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678 Tasting Notes

15

Tried this one again last night, because it smells so lovely dry that I was having a hard time believing I’d disliked it so much. I used a little more leaf than last time, and made sure there were a few bits of freeze dried strawberry in there. It still smells and tastes a little bit ladybird-ish (I can’t describe it any other way!), but it was an improvement on last time. I actually managed to finish the cup, which is considerably better going. I did get hints of strawberry and a vague sweetness from this, but it’s still not what I was expecting. I’ve bumped the rating up a little to reflect my small improvement, but this one still needs work before I’ll be happy with it. Sugar, maybe? I’ll try that next, anyway.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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70

Lunch-time tea. Sweet, candy-like raspberry flavour, as lovely and perfect as the first cup I tried the other day. I think this could actually be my favourite of the Adagio teas I’ve tried so far, which is really something. I haven’t liked any of them that much at all, but this one is niiiice. Yum!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85

This one intrigued me when I first saw it on the 52teas site. It seemed such a unique combination that I knew I’d have to try it. As it turned out, this was my after lunch tea at work today. I treated it much as I would a plain white tea – about 2 minutes in water left to cool a little, which is as close to “180” as I can get without a thermometer. It’s certainly interesting – I wasn’t sure whether I liked it at first, but after a couple of sips I’m pretty sure I do.

Dry, it just smells odd. I can’t even describe what I’m smelling, I don’t think. Brewed, it’s sort of generically sweet, with a hint of fruitiness about it. To taste, the mango comes out most clearly. It’s juicy and slightly peppery, almost a perfect recreation of the real thing. I can just about taste the cucumber, but it comes out as a sweet and cleansing “fresh” flavour in the aftertaste more than anything. The combination is really striking, and the white base seems perfectly matched to the flavours. The thing I like most about this at the moment is that it smells beautiful as it starts to cool. Definitely one to try cold-brewed before the summer is over.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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70

Cold-brewed tea of choice for my first day back at work. I think I may have underleafed a touch on this, as it’s a little weak tasting. Not bad for a first attempt, though. I can taste cola, a hint of lime, and maybe the slightest touch of rum. It certainly smells the part dry. When I first opened the packet it was overwhelmingly strong, so I’m pleased it’s not quite so pungent brewed. There’s just enough flavour to keep me happy, but I’ll attempt a bit more leaf and maybe slightly longer in the fridge next time. A perverse part of me would actually like to try this hot, but I think it’s really meant to be cold. Maybe in the winter (or maybe not, if I see sense before then!). It’s a perfect iced tea for the summer, though. I’d never cold-brewed a black tea before today, so I’m pleased with how this worked out. I did wonder if it would become astringent after 8 hours or so in the fridge, but it hasn’t at all. It’s smooth, and actually a pretty perfect base for the flavours. Definitely one I’ll be drinking again very soon!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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100

Sticking with the melon theme, I decided to give this one a try also. I haven’t logged it yet, as I messed the first cup up. The watermelon was there, but it was very weak and tasted mostly of water. I used a smaller cup this time, and extended the brew time to match that suggested. I was a little leery of leaving white tea all that long, but it’s just proof that I don’t always know best when it comes down to this sort of thing.

Anyway, my second cup was much better. In the bag, this smells quite strongly of watermelon, and the slightest amount floral. I waited for the water to cool, added the leaves, and gave it about 3 and a half, four minutes. I was rewarded with a cup of sweet, juicy, watermelon magic. The first sip seemed very sweet and almost candy-like, but it seemed to mellow out a little as it cooled further. The liquor is surprisingly pale, but the flavour is as strong as I could want it to be, with a lovely buttery undertone from the silver needle. I enjoyed the SBT Watermelon iced tea I drank at work a couple of weeks back, and the more recent David’s Tea Luscious Watermelon, but this beats both of them easily. Another one I’ll be taking to work with me tomorrow for when I’m in need of a treat. Super-lovely, amazing stuff. I do love Butiki.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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100

I’ve just placed another order with Butiki (I’m calling it autumn/winter preperation, even though that’s debatable at best…), so it seemed the right time to begin finishing a couple of Butiki teas from previous orders. I did wonder at first how it would be possible to capture the flavour of melon in tea, but it’s achieved perfectly here. Even just opening the packet, I get a waft of sweet, juicy melon. Cantaloupe isn’t even my favourite in terms of the actual fruit, but it could be if it tasted as good as this smells! The dry mix is really pretty, with the greyish green Bai Mu Dan and the beautiful yellow helichrysum flowers. It was a treat to watch it as it brewed, which can’t be said of all that many teas.

To taste, this is absolutely perfect. The white tea base is light and delicate, mellow-tasting and slightly sweet. The melon is the true star, though, the flavour perfectly replicated and juicy besides. There’s a hint of cream, although it’s mostly in the background. Taken together, this is one of the nicest flavoured white teas I’ve had the pleasure of drinking this year. I’ve got a couple of cups worth left, so I’ll probably take this to work with me for when I need a treat to get me through the day. Beautiful stuff!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Isn’t Butiki wonderful :)

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30
drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
678 tasting notes

Opened my sample packet of this a couple of nights ago, when I was tired but desparately in need of a last (caffiene free) drink before bed. I’ve not been a huge fan of Adagio’s rooibos blends thus far, but this one actually took me by surprise. Dry, it smells just like I imagined — woodsy, with that metallic tang about it that I so much dislike. I gave it about 3-4 minutes in boiling water, and added milk. I have to say, it wasn’t bad. The milk mellowed out the taste a bit, and I actually ended up liking it more than I suspected I would. It’s not too overpoweringly strong, although it is woodsy in taste. It’s plain and no fuss, but sometimes that’s the best thing. I’m back at work this week, starting my new promotion, so I’ll finish off my sample if I use this as a pre-bedtime drink. Not one I’d repurchase, but worth trying all the same.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100

I’ve been drinking this at breakfast the last few mornings, as I’m off work and able to relax and enjoy myself a bit. The scent of the dry leaves is just amazing — if I didn’t know better, I’d have mistaken it for cocoa powder. It’s intensely chocolatey, with drier notes of cacao and the sweetly malty typical “black tea” scent running underneath. Brewed, this is just as amazing. The chocolate carries through into the flavour really well, adding a bittersweet touch to what is otherwise a sweet, deeply rich cup. Very satisfying, and very indulgent. If this is what mornings can taste like, I’ll be looking forward to them from now on! Amazing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70

This isn’t a bad tea at all. The scent on opening the sachet is amazing. Sweet raspberry candy, with a grassy undertone from the green tea. It’s actually almost mouthwatering. I let the water cool to about 180 before adding my infuser, and was rewarded with the best smelling cup I’ve encountered in a long time. Unlike with a lot of flavoured greens, it’s the raspberry that’s most prominent, rather than the green tea base. It smells just as good as it does dry, and that’s quite rare in my experience.

To taste, this is just as good. The green tea base is very light and delicate. I gave this about 2.5 minutes to brew, and the liquor was still a very pale golden-yellow colour. It’s barely detectable to taste, except for the slight grassy sweetness it adds to the aftertaste, which complements the sweet raspberry flavouring wonderfully. The raspberry is a bit artificial tasting — more like dried and sweetened, or candied, raspberry than fresh. I don’t mind that, though, as it’s reminding me of the raspberry cupcake my favourite bakery used to make before it closed last year. This would make a wonderful dessert tea. I may take the rest to work next week, for those afternoon sweet cravings. If it lasts as long as next week, anyway! Lovely stuff.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

This one I love. Had a cup last night, with a splash of milk. Strawberry, buttery-pastry amazingness. Luckily I have a fair bit of this left, because I’m going to be distraught when it’s gone. Divine yumminess.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich 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 not 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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