28 Tasting Notes

95

This was an excellent cup. It has a very smooth taste with hints of earth and roses. With a bit of milk and sugar it tastes almost like hot cocoa. This one will probably make my permanent on hand list. If you like black teas, you’ll probably love this one. Highly recommended.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Oatmeal Raisin Cookie by 52teas
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Extremely disappointed with this one. Didn’t really taste oatmeal cookie; rather a faint taste of watered down grape kool-aid. I kept trying to like it, but it just wasn’t happening. The more I tried it the less I liked it. After two cups I’m not sure there will ever be a third. A rare misstep for 52teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
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This is a very refreshing tea. The cantaloupe is assertive without being overpowering. The cream comes in at the back end of the tasting and is a nice complement to the cantaloupe. I see this as a nice afternoon pick me up or a lazy summer morning first brew. Anyway, it’s hard to go wrong with this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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93

A nice rooibos. I don’t think the organic aspect adds or subtracts anything to this one, but it is an enjoyable cup regardless. It’s pretty smooth, for a rooibos, has some nice floral and fruity notes, and is very refreshing. I tried this in the afternoon, brewed it in my two cup pot, and it seemed to give me a non-caffeine related lift. In my experience, a little honey (especially clover honey) complements the flavor of rooibos and this one was no different. Worth drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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84

Ok, I don’t have a lot of experience with puerh teas. This was the second one that has passed my tonsils. From what I’ve read, puerh teas tend to be really robust, earthy, smokey, and hearty. This one is definitely robust, but refined; which is the big difference between this one and the first one I tried. I don’t think puerhs will ever be my favorite tea but this one has made me much more open to adding them to the cupboard. I plan to experiment with this one some more. Worth drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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87

This was my first time trying a purple tea. I look forward to trying more. As recommended by Butiki Teas, I tried it using different times and water temperatures. The info provided below was the first go round. I tried it at 160 degrees first and it tasted much like a lighter oolong, or perhaps a strong white. The blueberry was definitely present and pleasant, but didn’t hit you over the head. At the other extreme, i.e., boiling, this tea came across similar to a weakish black tea in color and taste. Again, the blueberry was nicely balanced. In short, I think this would be a great desert island tea because you could brew for whatever you were in the mood for and only need the one package. With that in mind, the tea stands on its own merits. It’s not a gimmick. Worth trying and enjoying.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
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This is one of the better peach flavored oolongs I’ve tried. The peach flavor tastes very natural and tea has nice little floral notes. My one small complaint is that when re-steeping it seemed to lose it’s peach flavor pretty quick; yet, the oolong does nicely by itself. A pleasant cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

I’ve never had pumpkin creme brulee as a dessert. Plain old creme brulee I’ve had a few times and, I must confess, it’s not my favorite dessert. But, anything with pumpkin in it is a must try at my house. I’ve tried this one with milk and sugar and without. Both times brought back pleasant memories of my Grandmother’s “no crust impossible pumpkin pie”. However, this tea seemed to lack something. I can’t put my finger on it, but there is some hint of spice or flavoring that is absent or too understated for my palate. It’s a good tea, but I wouldn’t knock anyone over to get a cup. If you’re a pumpkin fiend I don’t think you’ll be unsatisfied, but neither will you be stunned.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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97
drank Malawi White Peony by Butiki Teas
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Well first I have to say, WOW! This is a really, really good white tea. Generally, I prefer the whites to the greens because they tend to have less of a “fresh mown grass” flavor to them. This was incredibly light and fresh with hints of citrus to it. It gives the mild impression that you are drinking fruit juice instead of tea. As a few people have noted before, the tea leaves are huge. It comes with whole leaves still attached to twigs. This was a little tough to get in the brew basket of my two cup pot, but I decided to drop the leaves into the pot and use the basket as a strainer. Worked like a charm. If you like white teas, give this one a try. Highly recommended.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Malawi White Peony by Butiki Teas
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