6489 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
6489 tasting notes

Terri inspired me to try some of the teas i brought with me back from china, funnily enough, most of which i’ve swapped away for others to try and enjoy.

This one is “smokey black from china” lol It’s not as smokey as an outright lasang souchong. Instead this is a smokey, sweet bold black tea that is pretty damn good. I’m having mine this morning in a wet dark and dreary toronto morning. You’d think it was a monday morning. ugh. I am totally digging this! The only thing that would make this perfect would be one of my other halfs creamy butter caramels to sit in my mouth while i sipped this down..smokey sweet caramel goodness…

Edit: I wish there was a way to remove ratings. and NM i figured it out. WOOT! haha

Terri HarpLady

This one is on my schedule for a sipdown this morning.
We have an overcast thundery day.

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
6489 tasting notes

mmmm ok note to self. strawberry + mint chocolate lol. So happy to have some of this back in my cupboard after getting to taste this foooorrreeeevveeer ago. I think if i ever pair down my chocolate mint blends in my cupboard this will be one of maybe 2 that stays – the other being some variation of a black chocolate mint vanilla.
Anyway, i’m happy to say that the “official” blend of this one rings true with my memory of the sample i had, though i think it’s changed slightly (did the sample have vanilla?). I am digging how smooth this blend is and how while it is VERY minty, the chocolate really rings through. Love it! not only that, it’s a herbal! woot woot!

(Final count for the day 282 after 2 teas showed up for my from china from my dear friend Ocean. She’s amazing!)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec
Courtney

Any chance you want to do a small swap for the rest of mine? I just ordered 1/2 oz. and it’s not for me.

Chelle

Which black chocolate mint vanilla? Sounds yummy.

Stephanie

I want to try this one Courtney if Sil isn’t interested :)

Sil

Chelle…uh undecided at the moment haha I’ve had more than a few :)
Curtney, let Stephanie have at….I have a large bag of the stuff so it’ll take me a while to get through it. :)

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
6489 tasting notes

mmmmm second last tea of the night since i should try to get to bed “early” tonight as i didn’t sleep well last night. I really do need to try making this as a latte eventually but tonight it’s just on it’s own. I’m nearly done the bag so i’m trying to remember to have this occasionally when i need a honeybush/rooibos fix though i’ve likely got more than 2-3 cups left of this. I prefer the walter bishop version now that i’ve had it, since this has a more of the cinnamon/pie flavour while walter bishop is all about the strawberry milkshake. :) Still though, so enjoy this one, though i need bit of a break from it after having 2 packages of it

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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76

mmmm sipdown! Thank you kittenna for sharing the last little bit of your pouch with me :) This is another refreshing light tea that has made me smile tonight. I can pick out the strawberry flavour and a lime…this really does come across as having tequila in here. a win in the 52 teas bucket! :)

Kittenna

Yeah, this one was pretty good for icing/cold-brewing!

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78

OOOH thank you lala! As one of the most unique teas that i’ve had the pleasure of being sent from lala, i wasn’t too sure what to expect. But this? This is an unexpected delicious surprise! I love it! I can’t even explain WHY i like it..but it’s refreshing and light and slightly lemon/citrusy and yum! Thank you for this treat lala!

Lala

You are welcome. I like this one at the end of the night, something light.

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drank Ankara Apple by Bluebird Tea Co.
6489 tasting notes

do.not.like. Maybe it’s the past experience with cloves from the tea i snuck a sample of from cavocorax’s teas but this has a distinctive smells reminiscent of those adagio blends i don’t like…combined with too much clove for my liking. Apparently i only really like clove in some chais. Which is what this ends up reminding me of, and apple chai. Ah well, i don’t have to love them all! :)

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drank Caramel Apple Oolong by 52teas
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thank you kittenna! I was lucky enough to get a cup’s worth to try of this one from her over the weekend and i’m glad i did. This is one of those 52 teas that i wasn’t sure if i should have been kicking myself for not picking up. It’s an oolong, but it was also caramel apple. Having tasted it, i’m happy to say that the cup is all i needed :) Not that it’s a bad tea but it wasn’t quite what i wanted from a caramel apple tea. The oolong is fairly nice and the apple flavour is present and not too shabby. But the caramel…aaah the caramel. This is just not caramelly enough. Especially when i think about the caramel beurre sale that my parents brought back for my other half from paris…now THOSE are caramels! Still though? I satisfactory cup of tea tonight :)

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drank Raspberry Beret by Bluebird Tea Co.
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unlogged sample sipdown :)

I’m always on the hunt for more rooibos teas that i slip into my rotation. I chose this one to try from bluebird because i am a fan of raspberry. I also wanted to see how their rooibos tastes since some companies have a more woodsy taste than others. This is not my favourite kind of rooibos but it IS quite tasty. The scent of this one is divine! raspberry deliciousness. I wonder how this would fare as a latte….. hmmm

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Bonfire Toffee by Bluebird Tea Co.
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unlogged sample sipdown! I’ve got a couple of these to get through this week so that my cupboard will more accurately reflect the true number. Right now i have to add roughly 20 to the cupboard total. BUT thanks to some sipdowns and terri logging a couple of my teas, that number is shrinking fast :) I’d love to be able to just be able to look at the number on steepster and know that’s what was up.

Anyway, on with this tea. I admit i was expecting more caramel and more smoke from this tea. While i’d read the ingredients had apple, in my head bonfire is not equal to apple. That being said, naming aside, this is a lovely apple cinnamon caramel black tea. I like that there’s ALMOST some smoke here, thanks to the black base though i would love to see it be a little stronger. This apple flavouring though is pretty spot on for true apple taste rather than that slightly generic apple taste that a lot of teas have had. Not a bad one bluebird!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

This is one of the bluebird teas that sounded interesting to me, although given the name, I’d assumed it would be smokey as well.

Sil

there’s a hint of smoke but not really…

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I had this earlier today as well. Inspired by receiving my other butiki teas. Sadly i drank this so long ago today that it’s hard to really remember the details of drinking this. I do remember the banana being less intense than i thought it might but pairing nicely with the base. I may have underleafed this as well so i’m chalking it up to that for now. I didn’t get much in the way of a walnut taste but that might just be my memory. Overall though, i remember being quite happy with this one. more to come when i have it closer to writing a tasting note :)

Terri HarpLady

I’ll be adding more of this to my next butiki order for sure. It’s tasty, & if you add an extra minute to the steep it brings out the banana more.

Sil

aaah good to know. I’m pretty sure i just accidentally underleafed this. was in my travel mug this morning.

TheTeaFairy

Yay, glad you liked this one :-) Terri is right about steeping it a little longer. But it’s not an in your face banana taste no matter what, that’s how it was intended in order to fully have a balance between the base and the flavour, since that Keemun is so good :-)

Sil

i don’t want in your face banana so i’m good with that! i like being able to taste the tea base under it all :)

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

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