1573 Tasting Notes

drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
1573 tasting notes

Grape candy. The kind you get in Japan, those “champagne grape” jellies.

Yep.

Definitely.

It’s nice, I LOVE that you steep it for a short time at boiling, and it does taste good, but I don’t think I loooooove the tea. I’ll have to wait till I finish the mug. It’s a touch bitter, so I’d steep it again for 1:30 instead of 1:45.

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Grapes, White Grapes

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Sunny Fruits Puer by Lupicia
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SSTTB2 #2.

This smells SO GOOD dry. So good. Like tropical bodywash or something. Steeped only 2 minutes, it tastes pretty good. I added milk, so it’s a little creamy (Also cooled down because it’s so weird to steep anything at boiling anymore!), and tastes of mixed tropical fruit. I think mango, citrus, pineapple… not sure what else. It is quite floral, but I think that can be from mango and pineapple as they can both be very floral fruits.

The puer is a little musty, but not fishy. It’s a nice backdrop that occasionally comes forward a bit more.

I like it. I’m not getting any soapy flavour, and I think I like the “Berry Bavaria” I have from Cornelia Bean better just because I prefer berry flavours to tropical fruits. But still, it’s quite nice! Back into the box it goes!

Flavors: Citrus, Mango, Musty, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Tulsi Red Magic by T2
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SSTTB2! WOO, thanks MissB for your distribution of largesse within the community. :)

So yeah. I opened it and went, “OH HOLY &(%%%$#%&$%)%%$#@%$(!!”

This is one of the top teas with no caffeine, so I thought I’d try it.

So far I’m liking it quite a bit. It’s sweet (perhaps due to the bit of honey I added) and cinnamon/fennely, with a bit of herbaceousness from the tulsi.

Not something I’m going to keep (because I’m not head-over-heels for it!), but a nice tea to have this late in the evening.

Thank you! :)

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Fennel, Tulsi

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

ooo, I think I would like this one :)

OMGsrsly

I was hesitant to try spice with tulsi for some reason, but it’s really good. I’ll have to keep an eye out for some more local blends. :) Australia is a little far for ordering, I’m afraid.

TeaBrat

True, dat

Cameron B.

They just opened a store in Soho, maybe you could do a phone order from there. :P

OMGsrsly

Maybe, but shipping from the states can be $$ which is only saving one $ from the Australian shipping. :D

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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So… this tea goes really well with the candy corns I’m eating for breakfast.

…yeah.

(Still a favourite! I’m going to have to track down some cream flavour and get a nicer nutmeg grater so I can re-create this tea once it’s gone..)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

I had beef jerky for breakfast. High fives :P

OMGsrsly

I might end up with beef jerky for lunch! I don’t have many options here with my stupid gluten allergy.

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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I wrote a thing then losted it thanks to the backspace taking me back many pages.

Sigh.

This tea isn’y my favourite, although it smells divine. It’s a little too spinachy and vegetal for me. If I ordered some (I can’t remember!) I will happily pass it on to someone.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Roswell Strange

The best cup I had of this was with milk, at like 3AM sitting in a rocking chair while marathoning Princess Jellyfish for the first time. I was unemployed, it seemed like I’d never find a job and that serene moment drinking tea was probably the happiest I’d felt in weeks. Butiki teas are really special, even when they’re not your favourite ones. Sorry; just kinda had to share.

OMGsrsly

I drank it all! I think I got it because I really liked the Amoda green tea she did, whatever it was called. I had it with milk and added a touch of sugar and it was nice, but I just don’t really love green teas which colours my enjoyment. :) No regrets, and my BFF loves it, she did get most of the bag!

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m actually quite pleasantly surprised. This is pretty good!

I still like Janet’s Special Pumpkin Spice better. It’s just more pumpkiny, less twiggy, and doesn’t have that white chocolate in it, just waiting to leave a film of grease on everything.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Oh this is so good. And sadly, I have way less of it than I thought I had. This is why keeping ones spreadsheet up to date is important, tea friends! I didn’t order any more and now I have a sad.

I’m taking some advice from CrowKettle, and drinking pots of this tea tonight. I’m steeping it in my gravity steeper, straining into a tea pot that’s sitting on a heating pad, and pouring into a tiny Japanese porcelain tea cup.

Yes. Perfect. All is well. Especially since I also have a purring beastie on my lap.

I’ll be resteeping this one a couple times, I think.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
mrmopar

Chairman Meow often occupies a similar place around here.

OMGsrsly

Last night I set up a chair (I’ve been reorganizing) with a view of the frogs, and he spent the whole night out there supervising the hopping. http://instagram.com/p/t5pQ9Kx5HJ/ The traitor.

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Yummy yum yum. Although it wasn’t so great on an empty stomach this morning. WHOO the rush, the dizziness, the nausea. Normally I have some milk or a snack with my tea in the morning, but I was in a rush today and didn’t. Oops.

Other than that, this tea is as delicious as always. At a 4 minute initial steep, there’s the slightest hint of dryness on the tongue, and lots of sweetness and malt and deliciousness. I’ve ordered more, and hopefully it wasn’t sold out, because it’s so amazing and I like it a lot. Note: I don’t like it in stainless steel tumblers, but the Sbux plastic $1 cup or a ceramic cup is perfect.

I think I’ll make a wee cozy for my $1 cup, not only to personalize it, but to make it more useable in the winter months. :)

I’ve kept the leaves in the fridge and will resteep tomorrow!

Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Malt, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Had the second steep this morning! I stuck the leaves and strainer in the freezer because I am a nincompoop, but then it turned out to be a good thing because this should definitely be steeped twice, to squeeze out all the goodness.

Om nom nom.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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(Gluten free version!)

So so so good. Strawberry, a hint of tart, vanilla… Yum! I like this best with some milk to make it more custardy like pie.

Definitely have to pick up more of this in the future. But for that to happen, I need to stop drinking coffee and drink more tea! Yep, coffee. Cold brewed with cardamom and vanilla powder, then heated up on the stove with milk. Delicious, but not tea.

Flavors: Custard, Strawberry, Tart

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Ooh gluten free. I want to try this one too! I’ll have to remember to inquire with my next order.

OMGsrsly

Yes! It’s so good. :)

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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