6170 Tasting Notes

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drank Pineapple Cilantro Cream by Butiki Teas
6170 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! Semi fake sipdown as the rest of this will be going out as a treat in random swaps if people haven’t tried it. Not because it isn’t a lovely tea but because it’s not the tea for me. Something i full expected when i ordered it, but have now confirmed. It’s just too light and i much prefer the more substantial differing tastes between the mango and the cilantro in IB’s custom blend from stacy.

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drank Houjicha by Tsaa
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SIPDOWN!

You know? this one grew on me the more i had it. Bumping up the rating a little because it’s an interesting tea for sure. I like how it changes through the various resteepings while still remaining close to that sweet earthy taste that the first steep has. While i wouldn’t necessarily keep this in stock all the time, it’s certainly a tea variation i’ll be more aware of now, and may possibly look in to picking up a few more to try.

Edit: Also apparently my 1500th tasting note. woah nelly!

Kittenna

Hmm, was this from Indigobloom? I want to try more Houjicha :P I think I’ve only had one from…. Mercuryhime?

Sil

Raritea actually :)

Indigobloom

I’ve yet to try the tsaa version,it sounds great!

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drank Oriental Spice by Adagio Teas
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thanks to terriharplady for another adagio blend. this one is SMEEEELLLLY! I actually don’t mind this one too much, though the tea doesn’t seem to do a really great job blending together. It’s sweet! it’s spicy! it’s cinnamon! it’s tea! However, as this one gets a little cooler, the spices really go heavy and it becomes so much less drinkable :( Good to have tried, but just another to cross off my list so far.

Kittenna

Yuckers. I have such an aversion to cinnamony teas right now…. I’d probably hate it!

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The first of many adagio teas that Terriharplady was kind enough to send my way. I had terrible luck the first few times i tried adagio teas, which soured me against them. Since terri had a bunch in her cupboard i asked if she’d be kind enough to send me some in case there were SOME adagio blends out there that were nice enough for them to redeem themselves.

This one? It tastes pretty bland. I suspect i could have brewed it for a bit longer but i’m always wary of getting that bitter taste from adagio blacks. If i concentrate i can taste the puerh and the chocolate notes. But over all, it’s a fairly lackluster tea. Once again, happy to have the chance to try so many teas :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Terri HarpLady

Agreed, I was also disappointed with this one. It sounded like it would be really interesting, & it didn’t deliver. I even tried doctoring it up with stevia, creamer, & that only made it worse. I guess everything can’t be awesome, right? But we can continue to hope!

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I for sure had some of this in the afternoon to try and help me stay awake. Still having trouble sleeping through the night, and my stomach is queasy every day until about 4pm. No. I’m not pregnant.

This is still tasty and delicious, though suffered a bit having to hang out in my travel mug. Things to note for next time :)

TastyBrew

I made this in a travel mug once and it was terrible. Not sure why, but just not good.

Kittenna

You sure? ;)

Sil

Cup is better than a travel mug for this one for some weird reason.

Terri HarpLady

When I finally place a Della Terra order, this will definitely be on it!

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drank La Dame du Lac by Betjeman and Barton
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Guessing on the steeping parameters since i made this at work today. This isn’t bad but it’s a bit like the tea doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Lala’s right…it smells like a buttery, caramel green tea…and then when you drink it, it turns into a citrusy carmemlly tea. It’s not a bad tea, but it’s the kind of taste that i’d prefer in a dark bold black tea. Won’t be a repurchase but it’s nice enough that i’ll enjoy drinking the rest of it until it’s gone.

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

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82

Another tasty tea this morning that i pulled out of my cupboard. I really love the plum taste of this tea. Too crazy busy to write a proper note, but this is delicious! Loving the sweet plum taste.

Stephanie

I’m out of that one right now but I sure enjoyed it, too! :)

Fjellrev

You two have convinced me to try this one out if it’s still available when I order next. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh yeah, it’s on the list, Incendiare!

Sil

If you just want a taste, i can likely send you the last bit of mine.

Fjellrev

Sil, thanks for the offer, but I’m sure our Vic/Van group order will catch some. :)

I added in my Butiki stuff to the spreadsheet yesterday and I’m so pumped!

Sil

YAY! nice to see you guys getting in on the group buy action. lol

OMGsrsly

I’m kinda scared. I’ve totally geeked out on automating the spreadsheets…

Sil

heh do you have one yet that zeros out the amounts owed to give the final mount owe if different people are placing orders lol

Kittenna

I passed on a copy of ours :)

OMGsrsly

Yep! :) Plus I’ve automated the ordering sheet, since we have 6 people with varying budgets. Haha. I should send a copy back once it’s done.

Sil

Haha awesome please do

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82
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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Had this earlier today but i’m only now getting a chance to breath. I probably should have gone with something simpler today but i wanted the comfort of some favourites as well as teas that i’m close to being through. I feel like half my cupboard is devoted to stacy’s teas so i want to make sure i’m able to get through the ones that are almost done, try the ones that i haven’t yet so that i can get organized for another order soon :)

While i thoroughly enjoy this one, in comparision to laoshan black from verdant, stacy’s high mountain and her premium taiwanese assam, i’d rather pick those others up. This will likely become a floating rotation in my cupboard when i feel the need for a bit of change. Quite a delicious tea but more ordinary than others :)

Hallieod

I like your thinking about the need to try ALL the teas, so you know which ones to order. :P (Oooh, Hyperbole and a Half should definitely do a DRINK ALL THE TEAS picture too!)

Cavocorax

:P I had to do it: http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3txuuv/

In a sorta related note, I really really miss Hyperbole and a Half! I was a regular subscriber and there were so many moments I would lose my cool at work because I was reading her latest post. Allie hasn’t posted anything since she said she had depression and was trying to cope with that, so I hope she’s ok. :|

OMGsrsly

Yes! Drink all the teas! This is another that needs to go on my (huge) wish list…

Didn’t she have a book deal as well? She might only be able to focus on one thing if she’s not well. I hope she’s ok too. Oh my goodness the Alot.

Hallieod

Love it, Cavocorax! But I hadn’t realised there’d been nothing from her since that depression post – that is worrying.

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into the swap box this one goes. I picked it up on a whim since we were ordering from upton anyway and i wanted to see how it compares to other honeybush teas that i’ve had. I’ll take others before this one please. The vanilla isn’t a strong flavour in this one and there’s a slightly medicinal taste that i’m not a fan of. Oh well, good to try at least.

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drank Jessie's Ginger Lemon by T by Daniel
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I’m going to have to go with Rarietea on this one – lemon? yes. ginger? yes. pineapple? uh not so much. Still it was a decent cup to drink tonight so no real complaints here. Would i repurchase? likely not but only because other companies i order from more often, offer similar teas.

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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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