199 Tasting Notes

69

So I’ve talked about how I think this doesn’t taste like vanilla. It is a nice black base, but the flavoring is too sweet, lacking vanilla complexity, and somewhat artificial. On the bright side, I’ve discovered it is much more enjoyable when cool. I’ve been sipping all day on the same pot and towards the evening I decided it wasn’t as bad as I thought, which is fortunate as I have probably 2oz left, lol. GO has absolutely ruined me for vanilla teas.

Flavors: Artificial, Sweet

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

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
199 tasting notes

I haven’t had this one in a while, but when I steeped it this morning, there was an entire bunny-shaped cookie floating in the top of the infuser, lol. True to form, Ruby Pie is bursting with flavor, particularly strawberry- and is naturally sweet. I can’t drink dessert-type teas every morning, but I really love to have this every so often when I have a sweet tooth for something fruity. I was sad to read that Butiki is closing as they have some truly unique blends, but best of luck to Stacy with her new adventures!

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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87

Smooth, medium-bodied, pleasant, flavorful. There is nothing offensive about this tea and I think it would be a good starter straight black for someone to try. While it may not be my personal favorite, it is definitely worth consideration for those that tend to avoid the heavy-bodied CTC types in the morning.

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98

This is a lovely tea, but I finished it today and it is time to say farewell. Sweet maple, pecans (with that hint of bitter that goes with their skins), a touch of citrus, and a lovely mineral note at the end with more maple. I would totally enjoy this one again- it is a great maple/pecan autumn blend that ages well and can be enjoyed straight or with sweetener alike.

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96

So I found a hidden sample of this in the cupboard yesterday, which was great because I thought I was out completely. It was exactly what I needed to soothe an unhappy tummy. Bright sparkling minerals, airy, naturally sweet, and faintly nutty- what’s not to like? For those that don’t like strong savory greens, this would be a good one to try.

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87

I’ve been trying to post reviews for days now so I have a backlog of teas. Long story short, this one is malty with some bakery (think based bread, not pastries) notes. I am sure there is more complexity, but I have will do a more thorough review when I can actually post the day I am enjoying it. Happy Sunday!

Flavors: Malt

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53

Working on some of my older autumn teas this week. I’ve had almost a full ounce of this now and unfortunately, I still do not get much in the way of creamy notes or pumpkin. The cinnamon is a touch overwhelming also, but sometimes spices can do that regardless of the base. I don’t hate this, but it is definitely not one of my favorites from Butiki or for the season. I need room for David’s Pumpkin Chai in the cupboard, which is my personal Fall favorite. <3

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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99

Had this cocoa treat yesterday morning, but Steepster wasn’t loading properly at the time. It seems to be working today, so fingers crossed! This tea is sweet and truly reminds me of chocolate right from the first sip. I saw some reviews that indicate that WP teas are overhyped and I agree that there is no tea that tastes like liquid fudge or ice cream, but this one is pretty darn delicious nevertheless. Happy Sunday!

Tea Sipper

Overhyped??! The teas aren’t actual chocolate but they are definitely the most like chocolate that I’ve ever had the chance to sip.

Nightshifter

I agree- they are the closest I’ve ever had, too. Love ’em. :)

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100

I went back to one of my staples this morning and it was delicious, as always. I honestly don’t think I will ever find a more tasty vanilla tea. It is so perfectly REAL with a lovely black base that nothing else can compare. It is my favorite flavored tea and also helps to satisfy my sweet tooth when I have one. Thus, it can never be discontinued. Never. EVAR! :D

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 0 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

It shall never be! However, it is being re-done. Much more chocolaty, smoother, more fruity, cleaner…

Sarsonator

I get twitchy just thinking about it! Nooo!!!

Nightshifter

Me too. It is so perfect as it is right now!

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85

I tried to review this tea twice the last two days and the dashboard was frozen. :( I am doing the review from memory now because last night was a sipdown.

Dry: Long dark twists of tea leaves with some shorter pieces mixed in. Appears to be a blend of at least two that are light and airy and thick and furled. The leaf did not appear purple to me, but was rich and dark in appearance and in scent with dark chocolate and honey-sweet wisps. I am a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan, so I had to have this tea as soon as I saw its name.

Steeped: Rich and dark clear liquor, but the bag said to use 1 TBSP for 1 cup of water. That uses a TON of tea for a 24oz teapot considering that most of the others average 1/2 to 1 TSP per cup. I was wondering if it meant to say teaspoon after all because it never came out quite right with the recommended measurement when the temperature is exactly 205 and the time is exactly 3 minutes. All of my other teas from this vendor have been spot-on though.

Taste: Honestly, I think overleafed is the best description unfortunately. Initially there is a burst of dark chocolate, a hint of floral, wood, and malt. I can tell there is a lot of potential, but there is a touch of a bitter bite because I think there is just too much dry leaf in the water. The best cup I made was when I used slightly less and was able to differentiate the above notes. I think I could have liked this one if I had more than an ounce to play with, but its okay because I still love basically every other tea from WP I’ve tried. :)

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Floral, Honey, Malt, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Whispering Pines Tea Company

I recently changed my recommended serving of this to 1/2tbsp. :-( Hopefully you get the chance to try it again with the new parameters!

Nightshifter

No sad faces- I love your teas! I think 1/2 tbsp will be a lot better. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:-) YAY FOR NO SAD FACES!!! :-D

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