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I want to thank Butiki Teas for sending me this wonderful tea. I really didn’t expect such a generous amount. Thank you!

The dry tea is so cute. It’s whole dark leaves compressed into a thickish coin shape. I could tell from the smell and appearance that it’s a cooked puerh before even reading about it. The smell was woodsy and puerh-y. haha, I don’t know how to describe that particular odor. :)

The first brew is a bit light, which is to be expected, but I could tell it was going to get better. This tea is warm and smooth. I can detect leather and wood with a cocoa aftertaste. Hmm… I’m on the second steep now and it is so much better. More cocoa. I’m loving this aftertaste! I suppose one might even say this is a bit tobacco-y, which I’d only know because dad refuses to quit smoking. :(

As the cup cools, I’m tasting something bright like lemon. Refreshing!

I sometimes think puerh is the cabernet of tea. I hate cabernet. I really like this puerh. :) I’m rarely if ever in the mood for puerh, which is a shame since this one is so good. I can’t imagine wanting this tea too much as the weather gets warmer either. Then again, my desk at work is right under the air conditioning vent so maybe I’ll have good cause to drink this at work. :)

Listening to Trans-Siberian Orchestra radio on Pandora. :)

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Dylan Oxford

I’m curious what it considers ‘like’ TSO? Symphony X, maybe some Blind Guardian? I eventually gave up on Pandora and moved to Slacker due to Pandora’s definition of “similar” being so dissimilar to my own.

Bonnie

This is going on my wish list for Butiki when I can afford tea again!

Mercuryhime

Dylan, I didn’t pay too much attention but I got some Bond and Apocalyptica. There were some softer pieces that didn’t fit but I liked them anyway so it was not a big deal for me. I also have an old school RnB station that Bow only plays the same ten songs over and over because I do diligently liked and unliked everything it played. I’m pretty happy with Pandora but I’d be interested to try out your Slacker.

Bonnie, do try it! Very nice puerh for sure! And I love the handy shape!

Mercuryhime

oh man, the typos!

Azzrian

Oh this sounds very nice!

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Dylan Oxford

I’m curious what it considers ‘like’ TSO? Symphony X, maybe some Blind Guardian? I eventually gave up on Pandora and moved to Slacker due to Pandora’s definition of “similar” being so dissimilar to my own.

Bonnie

This is going on my wish list for Butiki when I can afford tea again!

Mercuryhime

Dylan, I didn’t pay too much attention but I got some Bond and Apocalyptica. There were some softer pieces that didn’t fit but I liked them anyway so it was not a big deal for me. I also have an old school RnB station that Bow only plays the same ten songs over and over because I do diligently liked and unliked everything it played. I’m pretty happy with Pandora but I’d be interested to try out your Slacker.

Bonnie, do try it! Very nice puerh for sure! And I love the handy shape!

Mercuryhime

oh man, the typos!

Azzrian

Oh this sounds very nice!

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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