202 Tasting Notes

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Very good tea! Today I am getting a more roasted nut vibe from my last sample pack along with the smooth green savory broth. Excellent for an organic Dragon Well. I am so glad I ordered a large tin of this or I would be writing another sad sipdown note this week, lol.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Steepster was being fussy when I tried to post the review of this, so this is from memory. I will be more comprehensive when I am sipping it next time.

I’d heard a lot about Eight Candles and the primary reason I wanted to order from Della Terra was to try this out. While it is a nice dessert tea, it reminds me vaguely of David’s Salted Caramel in that I wasn’t able to coax as much flavor out as I would like. Faintly caramel and sweet overall, it isn’t anything I would write home about so far. I will play around with the parameters and see what I can come up with next time around. :)

Flavors: Caramel, Sweet

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200th tasting note! And another reluctant sipdown, lol. I really enjoyed this tea- it wasn’t ice cream, but it was green, smooth, nutty, vanilla goodness. I would have repurchased for sure- it was one of the few flavored greens I truly liked. Goodbye PIC! :)

Veronica

Congrats on 200!

Fjellrev

Yay congratulations on your victory!

Nightshifter

Thanks so much! <3

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98

I’ve reviewed this at least 5 other times with top marks and I love it. Today is unique though because it is a (GASP) sipdown of Butiki’s famous Caramel Vanilla Assam. I will miss this flavorful joy of a brew. Farewell lovely tea!

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Smooth, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89

This tea smells amazing. Like buttery batter, creamy frosting, and all manner of sweet and cakey things. I liked it right from first sniff out of the bag. It is easy on the eyes with the tightly curled cut black leaf, dried pineapple pieces, and flower petals. I remember this tea had quite a reputation for being one of the must-try Della Terra teas and I can see why people enjoy it.

The steeped tea also smells like a moist and buttery cake and the liquor is clear and dark brown. The taste is very pleasant and sweet. Smooth and faintly malty black tea blend with sugar, vanilla, and a flavor I can only describe as yellow cake. I’m not really getting any pineapple or fruitiness, but that is just as well because I am a vanilla buttercream cake addict. This is a very nice way to treat the sweet tooth without stuffing my face with cake. I’m really glad I bought 2oz of this. I just brewed a second pot and the hubby is enjoying it as well. Most Della dessert teas I’ve tried have gone over well in this household. Without being overly cloying or artificial, they have a good flavor to my palate and I think the base is a decent black.

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Frosting, Malt, Smooth, Sugar, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
carol who

One of my favorites. I left a tumbler of this is my car when I was out shopping. When I got back my car smell heavenly! :D

Fjellrev

I love the way you describe this tea, and it makes me want it! But unfortunately, I never got that from this tea. It was just too sweet for me, so sweet that it covered up any potential bakery and vanilla notes.

Nightshifter

I can imagine how it would make a car smell good! Was your batch older Fjellrev? I just received this in the mail so it was just unsealed and literally I can still smell cake in my kitchen right now from steeping it. :)

Fjellrev

I had it fresh, and while it smelled heavenly (I remember my roommate wondering why our kitchen smelled like pancakes and syrup as it was steeping!), the taste was something else for me. Have you ever had David’s Red Velvet Cake? It basically tasted like that to me.

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
202 tasting notes

I think there are maybe 2 teas that I’ve given a rating of 100 to. And this is one of them. Before I fell asleep last night I thought about Laoshan Black and this morning it met all of my expectations. Dark chocolate, malt, baked bread drizzled in honey.. it is my perfect breakfast black. I am so glad I purchased 4oz this time, though I am already wishing I just went ahead and grabbed half a pound or more. I know as I whittle away at some of my less stellar teas that eventually I will have more room for my favorites. And this is definitely one of them that will need to stay forever. I am on my 3rd steep after 30/45/60 and it is still delicious without ever having even the faintest hint of bitterness. Happy Sunday all!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Happy Sunday!

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95
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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This is my first time ever trying the exalted Golden Fleece I’ve heard so much about. First of all, the dry leaf! It might be the most beautiful that I’ve ever seen. With hues of bronze, orange, and gold, there pekoe all over each long, twisty, unbroken piece. The smell from the bag is heavenly- spicy sweet malty goodness.

I must say the liquor is totally different from most teas also- it looks almost earthy olive-brown in my white cup. There is the slightest film at the top in the teapot because I didn’t rinse the leaves, but the tea itself is clear. It smells of honey and spice. Maybe cinnamon and pepper- but as odd as it sounds, it works.

And now for the taste. I’ve never had a tea before that is both so sweet and savory. It is a contradiction across the palate. At first I get a burst of sweet honey maltiness that is notably smooth on the tongue. There is a hint of sweet potato, but not that brown sugar cooked version- more like the raw potato that is starchy and vaguely sweet when you cut it. This is followed by (and I kid you not) a strong and savory taste of mushrooms that may have been cooked on a cedar plank or something similar and woody. The mouthfeel is very thick and almost like it coats my teeth when I swirl it in my mouth. I’ve never had a tea like this before and has truly been a one-of-a-kind experience this morning! It tastes like the winter woods. I don’t think a wild mushroom wood honey tea would normally be my thing, but it is so different that I find myself surprised with every sip. As far as I know, this is the Autumn harvest- sound right? Now I want to try the Spring harvest next- or whichever one was totally different from this harvest as compared to previous reviews. TGIF!

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Mushrooms, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nightshifter

Additional 1m steeps did well- and lost the mushroom taste! They were much sweeter/smoother and even more honeyed, very enjoyable. :)

Tabby

I really need to place an order with these guys!

Nightshifter

Yes, Verdant has some great straight teas. Some of my other favorites are Laoshan Black, Zhu Rong Yunnan Black, and Yu Lu Yan Cha Black :)

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99

Oh this is a sipdown I’ve been dreading and putting off again and again. My very last teapot of Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black. You can’t see it, but I may need to wail and gnash my teeth at the horror of it all. Fortunately, these final sips of goodness do not disappoint. Honeyed pastries meet smooth malt with a hint of baked sweet potato and raisins. Good to the last drop, literally. Now someone just needs to convince Stacy to share her vendor with another seller so this tea can live on once Butiki is closed. Or at least hang onto the contact info so if Butiki resurrects in the future then I can order ALL OF THE TEA. Happy Thursday everyone!

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Pastries, Smooth, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
QueenOfTarts

Can completely relate! I’ve been holding off drinking some of my Butiki teas because I won’t ever have them again!

looseTman

Has another source been identified? What current tea is the most like it? Or one that provides an even more full-bodied cup?

Nightshifter

Not that I know of. I also haven’t tried any other teas like it so far. I’d love to hear from others about this- great questions Tman!

Miss Starfish

Wow, Wow, wow! Butiki is closed/closing????

Nightshifter

Yeah, sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

Miss Starfish

I’m feeling a bit sick to my stomach (I’ve been blazing through my absolute favorite – caramel vanilla assam, with the intent to just order heaps more. It’s gone from the site.), but I’m so grateful to you as I’d much rather know, thank you so much. I’m so glad I saw your note. <3

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
202 tasting notes

Backlog as I couldn’t get the page to load when I had it yesterday. This is really tasty s’mores tea and is currently my favorite one of this type of nommy dessert! I will review more thoroughly when I have it again, but it was straight up smooth and malty black tea with notes of cocoa, gooey marshmallow, sugar, and graham. What’s not to like? I’m glad I bought 2oz.. kinda wishing I got more of this and Choco Pumpkin Pie so far because I could easily kill it. Della Terra has dessert teas down pretty darn good! :)

Flavors: Cocoa, Graham, Malt, Marshmallow, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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I have been craving sweet foods now that the pies are vanishing around here until Christmas. I don’t even normally eat breakfast and it has been pretty much constant food with family visiting since Thanksgiving. So they are home and I am taking a break from stuffing my face with food and am going to enjoy lots of tea instead. This morning I went with a no-fail sweet pastry tea. This is nothing if not strawberry (maybe with a little rhubarb?), sweet and tart both, all wrapped up in graham cookie goodness. Just a lovely fruity dessert blend all around.

Flavors: Graham Cracker, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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