517 Tasting Notes

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Another sample from my order! I remembered how impressed I was by the cream flavoring in Butiki’s Cantaloupe Cream so I wanted to give this one a try. It’s such a romantic sounding tea that I wanted to share it with my husband. Of course he took one sniff and crinkled his nose. “It smells like flowers.” Hah. I figured he’d react that way. All for me then.

I quite enjoy rose flavor so it wasn’t too flowery for me even though there were 10 rose buds in there. So pretty! There was definitely a nice creaminess. I could taste the champagne more as it cooled. Lovely white tea base as well. It just tied everything together. I got 2 steeps and they were both delicious.

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I’ve been absent for a while. I’ll admit a new obsession is currently occupying my time – gardening! I still drink tea everyday, but it’s generally the same stuff. I’m still trying to drink through my stash. It has, sadly, not diminished much. I can’t believe how much tea I have. Despite that, I recently ordered Peppermint Patty and Peach Hoppitea from Butiki. I justify this by explaining that I am quite low on non-caffeinated teas. :) I requested this tea as a sample since it sounded so delicious.

It smelled sweet and decadent. I worried that I shouldn’t be drinking it. Of course it’s really just tea and has nothing bad in it, so I sipped away. It was such a well blended tea. The tea itself was really allowed to shine through. It was strong and just a bit astringent. I may have left the leaves in a bit long. The caramel provided a lovely sweetness and the vanilla propelled it into dessert status, no sugar needed. :) Too bad it was only a sample! I’ll probably buy this next time I have a good excuse to order.

TheTeaFairy

Welcome back :-)

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been having gardening withdrawals all week! I had too much to do, & the only thing I got to do outside was pick yummy veggies.
I love my garden, & this time of year I just want everyone to leave me alone out there, with no responsibilities, just to crawl around in my mindful earth, planting, sniffing, picking, trellising, creating weird little macrame hammocks for big fat tomatoes, etc.
Then there is life…so many things to do!
:D

Mercuryhime

I’ve only got a small garden bed this year. It took many many years to convince the powers that be to let me have one. I feel like the soil needs a lot of improvement. The things I have growing in there don’t seem to be doing well despite all the work I put in. :( I’m trying to avoid fertilizer but I might go out and get some organic stuff to put in. I’ll improve the soil over time. I’m going to try cover cropping in the fall. :D

Terri HarpLady

When I started my garden, it was solid clay. I’ve been adding compost, straw, newspaper, cardboard, leaf mulch, etc for years.

Mercuryhime

I have some wood chips to use as mulch. I was waiting for the plants to get taller before adding them in or I’d just end up burying them. Trouble is, the plants aren’t really getting taller. :\ I’m also participating in a sort of communal compost bin. I was hoping to do some hot composting, but it looks like everyone else wants to do cold composting. You gotta work with what you have! Hopefully I’ll be able to buy a house with a nice sunny yard soon! Then I’ll be able to do whatever I want to my garden. :)

Terri HarpLady

That’s the spirit! We do what we can. I have friends in a part of town where the ground is known to be polluted, so they do all of their gardening in large containers. They even add worms to them!

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I’m having this cold brewed. It’s nice! I didn’t read what flavor it was before tasting. I would have guess marshmallow. The citrus is not that obvious. I can see vanilla, but it also has a sugary candy taste to it. Not really like a vanilla pod.

It’s nice after a bit of gardening.

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Green oolongs are my home tea. From here I go out and explore other teas, but I always come back to green oolongs, my first and true love. :)
I love to floral green aroma. Just like spring! That luscious hydrating liquid. Better than water for thirst. :) This tea makes me happy. It is not remarkable, but it is excellent.

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90

Yesterday was such a nice day that I took an actual lunch break and walked the 25 minutes to Harney’s location in SoHo from work. It was pleasingly empty so I had 3 employees all getting teas for me to smell. :D I didn’t really go in prepared like I usually am when I plan a teashop visit. It was a rather impulsive decision to go there. I just sniffed a couple of teas, tasted Tokyo, and then decided I just wanted something simple and wonderful. Enter Vanilla Comoro. I got 3oz of this and an order of cheddar and chive scones to go.
I had the scones after returning to my desk. but I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. I thought they’d be savory, but they were sweet.
This tea though! I had a lovely first steep with no additions. I forgot that it was a bit finicky about temperature so it was a bit more drying than I would have preferred. Still lovely. For the second steep, I let the leaves sit, nearly forgotten, in the water for a long while. Then I added a bit of cream and it was heaven! I kept thinking I was having vanilla ice cream except that it wasn’t sweet. Yum! Such a lovely tea.
Love the natural vanilla taste and caramelly undertones. I think I’ll bring this tea home to enjoy. Too stressful to appreciate at work really.

TheTeaFairy

Aww, I’m so envious of the fact that you can just walk your way to a H & S on your lunch hour!! Sounds great :-)

Mercuryhime

NYC really is a wonderful place. :)

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drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
517 tasting notes

I just opened the pouch of this that I had been saving. It’s really a lovely tea. Fresh and lemony with the smooth creaminess from the marshmallow. Reminds me of lemon bars and whipped cream. Going to enjoy this to the last cup. :)

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84

I forgot to log this tea from earlier today. Work totally distracts from the tea drinking experience. Rude.

I remember a lot of sweet syrup. Lightly malty. I was hoping for a roasty chocolate taste, but it was light this time. Not really how I remember it. Hm.

I need sleep.

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Sipdown! And about time.

This was old when I got it and it hasn’t improved with the 2 years I’ve owned it. It no longer tastes of delicate limes. Okay, it does, but only a hint. Mostly vegetal now. Still pretty smooth and enjoyable. I’ve acquired a bit of a sore throat so this hot cup is exactly what I need to feel better. :)

In other news, I just had to toss a quart sized jar of homemade apple sauce due to improper canning. sadness. The next jar we opened was perfectly fine though. Awesome!

aisling of tea

Oh thank God, I’m not the only one with teas that are two years old XD

Mercuryhime

I buy faster than I can drink. :(

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I wrote a note but it ran away. :(
Basically, the cut up leaf bits brewed up quick. It’s a bit astringent but still smooth and sweet enough to be quite the pleasant cup. Love the deep reddish brown.

For the second steep, I let it sit a long time in the water, then added cream. Mmm, this is good with cream. Seemed like it would be as it had the potential to be strong and very astringent. Best British style tea I’ve had in a while.

Now if only someone in this office would stop spraying air freshener, I’d enjoy this tea a lot more. Ugh. It doesn’t even smell in here or anything. What gives?

Oh, also turns out I’ve had this before. Still good!

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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…

My profile pic features my two lovable puppies, Mr. Snuggles and Sr. Caliente.

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