1088 Tasting Notes

95

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #8

I followed the parameters with this one today, despite my reservations, and was pleasantly surprised with the result. Putting oolong in boiling water made me a little nervous, but I definitely experienced a depth of flavour this time that wasn’t quite there when I brewed this one at 180. It’s a pleasantly smooth, buttery, vegetal oolong. Kind of asparagus-like in flavour. I did get a little astringency as it cooled, but nothing too much to worry about. I pretty much said everything I wanted to say about this one in my first tasting note, but I’m glad I had the chance to try this one brewed a couple of different ways. Many, many thanks again to Teavivre for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #7

I’m still learning which oolongs I love and which I don’t, so I rarely pass up an opportunity to extend my experiences of this kind of tea. I’ve previously tried Teavivre’s Strawberry Oolong and loved it, so I’m hoping this one will be as good.

I don’t think there’s ever any need to doubt Butiki. This one smells delcious while brewing — pure, sweet, natural strawberry with a hint of buttery, slightly vegetal oolong. I followed the parameters with this one for a first cup — 4 minutes in 180 degrees water.

The flavour is very much like the scent. It’s delicately sweet, with a fresh, juicy hit of strawberry, and the smooth, light, buttered green beans flavour of the oolong lurking in the background. The strawberry is the real star, though, and the green notes of the oolong actually help to enhance the flavour. It’s a great pairing. One I’d definitely consider restocking in the future!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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100

Drank this one today while I made mint choc chip ice cream and mint hot chocolate cupcakes. I got distracted and left it a bit long, but surprisingly it just gets creamier. Who knew? I was expecting tons of bergamot, maybe some bitterness! A completely yummy cup. No surprise, really. I love this one :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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65

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #6

Second cup of the morning. I’m not the greatest fan of Guayusa, but I do find it helps to give me a bit of a boost on a morning, and I can tolerate it in a flavoured blend. This one is pretty good. The hibiscus hides most of the earthiness, although a little still pokes through. The berries and cream flavour is the thing I really love about this one. If only it were a black base, I think it might have been love. As it stands, I like it, but it probably wouldn’t be one I’d particularly seek out.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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89

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #5

It’s probably no surprise that I really like this one, given that it’s blended from two Assams and a Ceylon. They’re my two favourite black tea varieties, after all! Among those, Dinjoye Estate Assam is one of my favouites from Butiki, so it’s a no-brainer, really! I gave 1.5tsp of this one three minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk.

True to form, this one is intensely malty. It’s the kind of sweet, bready deliciousness that’s worth getting up for. I think that’s probably the biggest compliment I can pay a breakfast tea, given that I am totally not a morning person. I can also taste something citrussy playing around in the background, which adds the tiniest hint of bitterness to an otherwise sweet blend. It’s not quite bergamot, I don’t think, but heading in that direction. Orange peel, perhaps. I can feel a repurchase coming on, naughty old me!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #4

Another fabulous black that I’ll miss from my cupboard. Once I’ve finished off a couple more of my Whispering Pines teas, I’m definitely going to place another order. Primarily plain blacks, I think. This one pales a little in comparison to Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tip, but it’s still pretty good. Fruity, malty, sweet. Genuinely lovely tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Assam #8 by Tealux
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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #3

Finished this one off while watching the end of Wallander on BBC4 last night. It was about 10.15pm, and on reflection I probably shouldn’t have had black tea that late at night. I listened to some Red Hot Chilli Peppers for a while before I went to bed, and then had some pretty disturbing dreams about an ex boyfriend, so I guess the combination wasn’t a great one.

The tea was good, though, so I can’t regret it that much. Fruity, malty, perfection. On balance, I’m pretty sure I still prefer Butiki’s PTA, but this one runs a close second, and would do in a pinch. Another sad farewell.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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10

This is such a pretty tea. There are loads of rosebuds, and large quantity of lemongrass…I can’t see much in the way of white tea, but maybe I’m just being blind. Either that, or I need to give my bag a shake! It looks beautiful, but the moment I took a sip I knew we weren’t going to be friends. Because, oh my goodness guys, liquorice root! It’s my new nemesis. I’m finding this freshly born hatred a little strange, because I don’t think I’ve ever really minded it until very recently. Now, if it’s in a blend, it’s somehow all I can taste. A little like hibiscus, in that respect.

It’s so artificially sweet, and it sticks around at the back of my throat. Ugh. The second strongest flavour is lemongrass, and the rose is more a scent that floats over the top of the other two flavours. I would like this if it weren’t for the liquorice root. The combination of the lemongrass and rose is quite nice, and I can see a white base suiting this tea well. The problem is, I can’t taste anything except liquorice root. I might investigate the possibility of removing the pieces I can see from my sample bag, and seeing if that improves things. Hopefully it does, or sad to say this isn’t one I’m going to be able to finish. Grumpy face.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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100
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #2

This is my current favourite “pie” tea, and I somehow doubt that it’ll ever be surpassed. It’s awesome Butiki amazingness, for starters. The strawberry/rhubarb flavour is tart yet sweet, and there is actually a discernable pastry note. It’s buttery, fruity, sweet, and it tastes like PIE. Love it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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95

So, boys and girls, Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend is underway! This is the first, and hopefully by Monday evening I’ll be back under 300. Say yay!

I enjoyed every cup of this. It’s deliciously malty, but it has slight elements of smoke that counteract some of the inherent sweetness. There are some cocoa notes, also. I said pretty much everything I had to say about this one in my first note, but it’s a wonderful assam that I’ve really enjoyed having in my cupboard. A sad farewell.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
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i hope you make it! good luck!

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 26, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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