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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
149 tasting notes

New tea #2 since the last was such a bust. And I’ll keep going through tea until I find one I can sip at while playing Diablo tonight….Then again, that might just take all night. I hope not though.

The leaves for this are gorgeous. (I never thought I’d say that about a tea. Lol) They’re wiry with gold fuzz on them, but some are kinda silvery. And damn are these hard to measure. Definitely on par with Caramel Vanilla Assam to measure. So I’m not even sure if I got the right ratio for this cup. There needs to be a gram measure instead. Lol.
Anyway, I get a sweet hay/grass sort of scent when I put my nose really close tot he dry leaves. But’s not not an unpleasant smell.
The brew I get that same sort of hay scent and the color is this nice golden tone.
Maltiness and a vaguely fruity tone. Also sweetness, though it’s very light. And a mild hay sort of taste though it just adds to the rest instead of being an unpleasant focus.
It is rather astringent to me, but I’m wondering if that’s something left over from my cold or just how I am right now, since I’m getting a strong dry sort of sensation in the back of my throat. And now that I’m pondering it, I get a strange fuzzy sensation at the top of my mouth and tip of my tongue. It’s similar to the sensation I remember getting if I bit into that brown stuff that pecans have around the meats when you’re cracking them yourself to eat, but without the horrible bitter/sour/UGH! sort of taste. (That stuff probly has a name, but I can’t remember it. Lol)

Taste wise overall it’s a bit watery, but I had a feeling that would be the case. So next time I’ll measure out more leaves.
I’m surprised that this was a white tea. But then with the color of the leaves and the name I guess I should’ve realized it.

Overall it was a nice tea past the astringency. I’ll most likely give this another go later on to see if it was just the remnants of the cold, or actually something I didn’t like.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I also had both the Irish Cream Cheesecake and White Rhino today haha. I agree about the measurement! Though, I didn’t get any astringency from this one.

Butiki Teas

You might want to try a little less leaf if you are getting some astringency.

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Courtney

I also had both the Irish Cream Cheesecake and White Rhino today haha. I agree about the measurement! Though, I didn’t get any astringency from this one.

Butiki Teas

You might want to try a little less leaf if you are getting some astringency.

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I wanted to cut soda out of my life, so I started drinking more tea. Now I’m quickly becoming addicted. But that doesn’t seem like so bad of a thing considering all there is out there to try.

I started with blacks, but oolongs are quickly becoming my new favorite. Unfortunately, I haven’t really been able to find a green or white tea that I really enjoy. Eventually maybe.

Always open for swaps. If you see something in my cupboard that you’re interested in, feel free to send me a message about it. I do have alot of sample sizes in my cupboard, so there might be a few that I won’t be able to swap. But it never hurts to ask. ^^

Likes – Fruity teas (Peach, Apricot & Pineapple to be specific, but I’d likely be open to others). I’m always on the lookout for a good caramel tea too…and a vanilla one. Or any sweet, dessert teas.
Oolongs and Blacks over any others.

Indifferent/Undecided – White teas are a bit delicate for me but I’m not opposed to trying something new. I haven’t yet found a green tea I like since I dislike vegetal flavors, but there has to be something out there. Coconut can be too strong, or alright depending on the tea.

Dislikes – Spicy/chai stuff not so much since I can’t seem to get past the spice taste to anything underneath. Anything overly astringent, though I can’t imagine anyone /liking/ astringency (but I’m probly wrong. Lol). Earl Greys, heavy florals, tart/sour teas, rooibos heavy, mint of any sort, vegetal, musky/leathery, citrus, hibiscus, coffee-esque flavors, lemon.

Allergies – Mangos, some nuts especially walnuts, cherries. Rose petals/heavy rose teas make me ill though it’s not an allergy so to speak. Heavy artificial flavors also make me ill.

Brief ‘How I rate things’ scale:
(Subject to change at any time. Lol)
100-80: I’d definitely reorder this/Keeping this in my cupboard.
79-50: Possibly reorder these. Either if there’s a sale or I’d consider swapping for it’s on a list and I don’t see anything else.
49-40: It’s alright. Glad I tried it but I won’t be ordering/reordering this.
39-20: Glad I tried before buying ‘cause I’d be ticked if I bought this. Ick.
20-lower: UGH! Get it away!

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