1088 Tasting Notes

85
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1088 tasting notes

Delicious, delicious, delicious. My scoop of this tea has a huge piece of strawberry in it, but as it’s my first cup I’m unable to say whether this enhanced the flavour more than would be normal, or not. I expect time will tell. As first impressions go, though, this made a good one on me. It has a juicy, refreshing, fresh strawberry flavour. It’s very natural tasting, just like you’d imagine freshly squeezed strawberries would taste. There’s a hint of ginger, mostly in the aftertaste, and the mild spiciness is a pleasant counterpoint to the sweet strawberry. The green tea base is perfect here — light, mildly grassy, refreshing. It adds the tiniest hint of “greenness”, a vegetal touch that suits the strawberry as well as the ginger.

The combination is truly pleasing — this is a green tea I could happily drink all day (and I don’t say that about greens very often!) I can see this being a brilliant spring tea — and it’s one I’ll definitely consider restocking once I finish my current bag. Beautiful!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Stephanie

I love this one too :D

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85

Fresh pouch. First off, I have to say I like both the scent and taste of this one a lot more than I did the pouch from last year’s 12 Teas of Christmas box. There’s more banana, for a start, and it’s less sickly smelling and cloying to taste. I think that’s partly because the coconut is less prominent — I like coconut, but too much can be a bad thing. To my taste, this is better balanced.

I like banana, and I like it paired with coconut as here, so this is pretty spot on for me. It’s sweet, comforting, and tastes primarily of banana but with a strong hint of coconut. Adding milk helps to give it a puddingy taste, although how a thin liquid can be pudding-like is still a mystery to me. It somehow just IS. A great dessert tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
TeaBrat

I should get this, I love banana too

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80

I thought I’d found my blueberry tea nirvana with Della Terra’s Blueberry Boo! last halloween. Turns out that this one can equal it, though, which is good as I’m running short of the DTT. The blueberry here is fabulously vivid…I could almost be convinced I was eating the real thing. it’s perhaps a little sweeter than blueberries would actually be – more jam than pulp, let’s say. That’s okay, though — more so in context.

Unfortunately, it’s the context that lets this one down a bit. Although the blueberry is a clear and distinctive flavour, I’m not getting anything at all in the way of cream cheese or pastry. That’s disappointing, but I’m almost willing to overlook that because the blueberry is so true to life. As a blueberry tea, I’d give this 100, as Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish I’d only give it 50. In this case, I’m going to go with 75 as a fair compromise. It’s delicious, if not quite everything it promised.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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100
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
1088 tasting notes

This was a more wonderful than average, swirling glittery golden tea today. Maybe because it’s freezing cold, and it’s creamy cinnamon warmth was just what I was looking for? Perhaps. This is an awesome tea anyway, but it was unbeatable today. Sparkly autumn perfection.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
Dustin

The glitter really is quite mesmerizing! It is a tea I love to watch!

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90

I’m a bit late coming to some of my autumn/winter teas this year. I went a little crazy and over-ordered, I think, and I’m just about beginning to catch up with them now. This is one that languished, unfortunately. Once I found Bluebird’s Spiced Pumpkin Pie, I put all other pumpkin teas on hold. I think that might have been a little unfair.

This one is goooood. I brewed it for about three minutes, and made no additions. The first thing I can taste is pumpkin pie spice, then chocolate, then pumpkin. There is a buttery, pastry-like note lurking around in the background, although it’s subtle. The scent of this one is the truly wonderous thing — it’s so rich and creamy and chocolatey. I have a feeling this would make a good latte, so that’s something I definitely need to try before spring really gets going.

As pumpkin pie teas go, this is a really good one. All of the elements I’d want to taste are there, and the spicing lingers beautifully in the aftertaste. My only sadness here is that I didn’t try this one earlier, on a really cold day. It’s nice now, but it would have been perfect then. Possibly I’ll keep a little back for next year, if I can hold off drinking the rest until then!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
JennyFur

I loved this tea when I had it. It astounded me how much it worked, as Chocolate/pumpkin wasn’t something that worked in my brain.

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90
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
1088 tasting notes

I’m off work this week, so I’ve been having mornings that are a lot more leisurely than usual. That’s probably why I’ve been reaching for this tea as my breakfast drink of choice, rather than my usual strong, tar-like choices. It’s a gentle wake-up tea if ever there was one, but still packs a lot of flavour. It’s malty, slightly floral…a really nice way to begin the day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Stephanie

Yum I haven’t tried this one yet

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80

I wasn’t convinced by the scent of this one…it’s mostly just cinnamon. So as I sat there thinking “how is this ever going to taste like a cookie?” I took a sip. I’m pleased to report that it does, in fact, taste like a cookie. An oatmeal raisin cookie, to be precise. The initial sip is cinnamon, but then something blossoms behind that…a warm, oaty, sugary, vanilla flavour, tempered with a rich overtone of dried fruit. It’s fair to say that cinnamon is the strongest flavour, but the wonderful bakey, ineffably cookie-like aspect of this tea really makes it something special. I’d never have believed it possible, but there you go. An intriguing and delicious treat!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Christina

This sounds quite interesting!

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45
drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
1088 tasting notes

I’ve been curious about this one for a while, and finally requested a sample with my last Butiki order. I gave this three minutes in boling water, as per the recommended parameters. The result is quite a light brew — lighter than I expected — definitely no milk. To taste, it’s very slightly astringent. Strangely enough, this comes through first, followed by a hint of tamarind-like sourness, then a lingering sweetness. Caramel and vanilla are spot on when describing the taste at this point. The tea base is earthy, with very slight hints of smokiness, and pairs well with the sour/sweet qualities of the flavouring. This probably isn’t one I’d choose to purchase, but I’m glad I tried a sample to satisfy my curiosity.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Stephanie

That reminds me, I’ve been meaning to make this one into a tea soda! I like it quite a bit :)

Scheherazade

I might like it more with sugar, or cold. They’re things I’ll have to keep in mind for the future. I wanted to like it hot, but it just wasn’t quite to my tastes. Still, can’t win them all!

Ysaurella

I didn’t like this one at all neither

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90
drank Chai by Teapigs
1088 tasting notes

I had two bags left over, so I used both of them to make a huge cup of chai latte yesterday. I’ve started to develop a sore throat, maybe heading towards a cold, so the warming spices and comforting milkiness were just the thing. I went to see Propeller perform The Comedy of Errors last night — it was absolutely brilliant. I like to think this tea got me out of the door when it would have been much easier to stay at home. I’m seeing the same company perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream tonight — on the strength of last night, I’m really, really looking forward to it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
1088 tasting notes

A sample from Shmiracles. I’ve never tried a whisky tea before, so this is a new experience for me. Dry, it smells wonderful…there’s a strong hint of whisky, although sweeter than I’d expect, and a touch of fruitiness, rather reminiscent of glace dates.

To taste, I get a light smokiness and a hit of peat whisky, followed by the gentle flavour of stone fruit…apricot, or perhaps peach. It’s a surprising combination, but one that actually seems to work quite well. I expected quite a heavy tasting tea, but this is actually very light and subtle, in keeping with the white tea base. An intriguing and unusual tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 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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