1133 Tasting Notes

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drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
1133 tasting notes

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #13

This has to be one of the best herbal blends featuring chamomile that I’ve tried in a long time. Usually, chamomile kind of takes over the show, and it can be very sweet and cloying. I’d read good things about this one, though, which is why I requested a sample with my last Bukiti order.

First off, I can taste apple. It’s more like apple peel than acual apple, if that makes sense, like the very first taste of apple after biting through the skin. The chamomile is the second flavour, but it’s not too strong — just a gentle, sweet, honey-like flavour. It also adds a hint of floral edge. After these flavours comes a hint of orange, and the lemongrass. It’s a beautiful tea to sip on — very gentle and relaxing. I probably should have saved it for a pre-bedtime cup this evening, but I wanted to be sure I’d have time to write a note since it’s the first time I’ve tried this one. If I’m in the market for another chamomile based herbal, this is one that’ll be high on my list. I feel almost sleepy now!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #12

A sad farewell to this one. As mint chocolate blends go, it’s one of the tastiest I’ve tried so far! It does have a tendency to become a slight oil slick, although with all of the chocolate chips in here that’s kind of understandable. The balance of flavours is great, though, with both the mint and the chocolate sitting happily together, neither overpowering the other. The marshmallow root is a slightly odd note in the aftertaste, but nothing I can’t overlook. I know this is one I will miss.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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70

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #11

Really enjoyed both my cups of this one. The banana flavour is strong, if a little artificial, and pairs nicely with the chocolate. Add a splash of milk, and it becomes very creamy and dessert like, and the milk chocolate notes come more to the fore. I don’t get any coconut, but that’s a small complaint. Many thanks again to VariaTEA for this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
VariaTEA

You’re welcome. I am glad you enjoyed it :)

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #10

I still didn’t get any pumpkin from this one, but it was a drinkable rooibos with a sweet edge, and made for a pleasant pre-bedtime cup. Maybe I’ve been spoilt with pumpkin teas , or maybe you just can’t win them all. Either way, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try. Many thanks again to VariaTEA!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
VariaTEA

I am sorry you didn’t like this that much though I definitely understand as I was very disappointed as well.

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #9

I feel I’m beginning to understand unflavoured milk oolongs a little better now, after having sampled three or so different varieties. I can detect the buttery, creamy notes and appreciate them as a natural part of the tea. Of the milk oolongs I’ve tried recently, this is one of the nicest. The creaminess is even there in the scent as it brews, and it pairs nicely with the smooth, naturally green “oolong” flavour. A pleasant afternoon treat on a sticky day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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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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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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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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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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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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