252 Tasting Notes

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drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
252 tasting notes

I’ve been away for a while, due to finals and moving into a new apartment. I’ve finally unpacked everything I need for tea making, and decided to try out this tea as my first cup in the new place. While it was steeping, the smell really reminded me of this candy I used to have as a kid. It was fruit flavored gum in little spheres. There was grape, strawberry, melon, and many others. They came in little individual boxes held together by plastic wrap.

The taste reminds me of the same. I almost feel like I’m getting honeydew more than cantaloupe, though it’s still delicious! It’s sweet, probably from the cream and the tea itself.

After letting it cool down to a warm, not hot, temperature, I’m noticing that it seems more juicy, like I just bit down into a piece of melon. I’m not sure what else to say about this lovely tea that hasn’t already been said, but I really enjoy it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90

I drank this as a way to power through my three hour exam yesterday morning. I don’t remember much of the flavor, but I kept drinking it, so it must have been good! I do remember that I quite enjoyed the smell. One more exam to go for the semester!

On a side note, I’m going to be in Huston next week. Anyone know of any good tea places?

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Drank this earlier, I only have enough for one cup left! :(
This one smelled a little funny in the bag. It didn’t particularly smell like pineapple, cilantro, or white tea. It smells a lot better after steeping at least! This is very interestingly flavored. I definitely get the creaminess. The pineapple and the white base blend together well. I don’t know what exactly say about the cilantro. I can tell it is giving a flavor to the tea, but I definitely wouldn’t consider it cilantro. It’s not really good or bad, just different. I would be interested in trying this iced.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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89

Finished this off with another cold brew that I drank along with some delicious Greek food. This is a very good tropical tea, and I definitely want more.

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I’ve finally over my cold and I can try all the Butiki tea samples I received! Thanks for those! This is the one I’ve been most anxious to try, as I keep seeing wonderful reviews.

I steeped this one up, I accidentally forgot to set the timer. I think only about a minute passed before I realized but there may have been some oversteeping. I took a sip and…didn’t really taste much. I tried again, and got some vague black tea flavor. What did I do wrong?? Maybe my tongue is broken. I’m really sad that I couldn’t get all these amazing flavors.

After running to the store with one of the roommates, I came back and had some tea still left in the mug that had gone cold. I decided to try it and actually got some of the flavor I was expecting! There’s definitely orange and dark chocolate. So what’s going on with me and this tea?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
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Tried this as a cold brew. It’s very sweet and mapley, and I think the roobios actually tones it down a bit here to keep it from being overpoweringly sweet. It’s good, but I prefer it warm

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Blueberry Cheesecake by Art of Tea
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My cold brew of the day before I dash off to lab where we’re going to race apple snails. This one smells very rooibos-y in the bag, and the flavor is still there in the tea. It’s not as mediciney as some that I’ve had. It actually doesn’t taste too bad, and I wouldn’t mind it much except that it feels like it’s covering up the other flavors. I get blueberry, especially in the aftertaste. And I feel like there’s a bit of creamy sweetness going on here, but nothing that I would call cheesecake. I have enough to try this hot, so I’ll have to do that soon and compare.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Alphakitty

Racing snails?!

Emilie

Yep! That’s what happens when the professor lets the students design an experiment. One person was set on some kind of snail-related gambling, so we just went with it.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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I’ve been having a lot of cold brew teas lately since the weather suddenly got really warm, in the 80s and humid. I thought this might be an interesting cold brew for today, but when I woke up this morning it was in the 50s! I made myself drink it anyway, because I needed some kind of caffeine for class.

This is definitely an interesting cold brew. I sweetened it to get a bit more of the ( what I imagine to be) butterbeer flavor. I think this would be really good with some addition to make it creamier, though I didn’t have anything. At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked it. But as I sat in class, I found myself sipping it more and more, and enjoying it. I think I might prefer this warm, but it’s definitely not bad cold.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Finished off the last of this that I got a while back from TeaEqualsBliss. I still enjoy it and plan on trying other Milky Oolongs.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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My stomach was feeling a little unwell earlier, so I figured that I should skip the black tea I was craving and go for something a little lighter. So, I found this in my “drink these first” box. It smells a lot like the Tropical Getaway from Compass Teas I had earlier today. I don’t have a thermometer, unfortunately, so I have to guess at the water temperatures for anything less than boiling. I should probably pick one up soon. This tea keeps the delicious fruity smell during and after steeping. However, I’m guessing I didn’t get the temperature right, since I’m getting no fruitiness and instead a somewhat bitter green tea. There almost seems to be a soapy flavor. Definitely need to pick up a thermometer before I kill any more helpless teas.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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