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62 Tasting Notes

88

I’m back into this tea again today… it is such a complex warm-flavoured assam with great notes of sweet potato, malt, baking bread…mmmmmmmm… not so much raisin today, as I had to use a nasal spray for sinus allergies and I fear the meds are killing some of the delicate deliciousness…but truly, it’s just what the doctor ordered. If you’re used to Assams being IN YOUR FACE black tea, surprise yourself with this one. I doubt you’ll regret it.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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77

A straight up deliciously malty assam. There’s a bit more astringency than I usually like here, which is why I prefer their Good Morning blend, but I am not one to complain about a tea that takes milk and sugar with aplomb! A simple tea for a hopefully simple Monday! (Warning: steeps quickly for an assam, as there is ctc here….2 minutes max!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87

So I’m on the uphill climb of getting my husband to take the time to actually TASTE tea instead of just looking for the teabag of his childhood taste. I chose this tea for him to try this morning, and he actually could taste the “smoothness” of tea! Yaaay! Baby steps! Royal Teas of Kenya have a great Kenyan tea here, even though it masquerades as a “plain old CTC”…. I really enjoy this malty straightforward kenyan tea. Just enough maltiness, chocolate and baked bread notes, but with a nice “breakfast” feel to it in your mouth. I will be keeping this around for as long as it is made!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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83
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
62 tasting notes

This was the tea I was EXACTLY in the mood for today….nothing too heavy, and the pecan note was calling my name (isn’t THAT a funny picture in your head.) The more I drink this tea the more I like it. It’s beautiful in it’s subtlety….light earthy, malty nuttiness that fills the mouth but doesn’t weigh it down. I have learned that it takes my milk and sugar quite well, as long as I’m not heavy-handed. The weather has gone all summer out here in California (90 already), and this is a wonderful breakfast tea without the heaviness. nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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76

My husband brought this bagged tea home from the UK a few days ago…. He is an “80 bags a box” kind of guy, so it was nice that he tried to bring me " fancy" tea. I steeped up a cup for both of us this morning. His response? “Tastes like tea”. Gotta love the husband! This tea actually has a pleasant biscuity aroma and taste. It’s a lighter brown tea, but I couldn’t detect much bitterness, which works for me. I add milk and sugar and this tea held both well. I didn’t have the guts to open a teabag, but I suspect there’s weensie pieces, or perhaps dust….. But this is a nice and easy alternative to the standard bagged in a box breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
Sami Kelsh

Tesco Finest do a good range of nice supermarket stuff! I’ve had to try really hard to resist adding a few of theirs to my terrifying stash.

Marzipan

Does he go there often? My husband is Danish and I’m dying for some Anthon Berg Lifli, it’s usually sold in the airport shops. I don’t think we are going to DK this year though.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
62 tasting notes

…This is the first Yunnan I’ve ever tasted. My guess is that it’s going to ruin a whole heck of a lot of yunnans for me! I’m getting closer to a “good steep”, and when I get there I will give a rating number….but til then I can tell you that this tea seems malty in a different way than my coveted Assams….but still a lovely maltiness. I can also taste a nuttiness in this tea, but I’m not quite to the floral yet. This is a very different tea for me, so I am taking my time reviewing, which is making me taste more…. which is lovely!

Flavors: Malt, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I should have been paying more attention…. I set my tea timer and then got caught up in reading reviews of this tea…and didn’t hear the timer go off! I ordered a sample of this from Harney, so I have one more cup to do this right. For this steep, all I’ll say is that it’s a bit on the astringent side, but with milk and sugar it is a good honest cup of Assam. Nice and malty, and gone from my cup rather quickly!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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79

…interesting! I’ve not had Golden Monkey, so this is new for me. The tea smelled malty and a touch smoky while steeping, but now that I’ve added milk and sugar, I’m getting a caramel note with the malt and the smoky has disappeared. There is a bit more astringency in this tea that I expected by Harney’s rating of 2….for me it would perhaps be a 3 on their scale. I just had a Nilla Wafer with this tea (astringency and my stomach aren’t particularly friends), and afterwards I got a blast of almost citrus notes from the tea….that was weird! ok, I just did it again…. cookie chemistry!
Sorry, I digressed. This is a nice cup of tea, a nice option to a straight Assam. I’m sure I’ll use the sample up, but beyond that, who knows!

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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87

I was in the mood for a Kenyan tea this morning, but didn’t want to deal with astringency….dang this is one smooth mouthful of flavor for a CTC. Again, although the packaging says to steep for 4-5 minutes, DON’T!! A 1 minutes steep seems impossible for a kenyan tea, but since this is a CTC, 1 minute is perfect. Malty, bready goodness in my cup with milk and sugar. NOM!!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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89

Another Butiki sample, so out comes the pyrex beaker for accurate measurements! I’m so haphazard with my tea prep sometimes that this is truly the only way for me to guarantee to TASTE the tea samples the way they are meant to be tasted. I have kind of a “buckshot” approach to life, so this is a great exercise in restraint for me! So I went forth and accurately steeped.

Ooooh, this is really nice. At first sniff, I got primarily a sweet tobacco scent…. I was concerned about the tobacco note, as don’t care for it in perfume (BPAL uses lots of strange notes in their fragrances, so I’ve learned what to avoid for me perfume-wise), but apparently the combination of the breadiness and the wee bit of chocolate and astringency with the tobacco works for me, because on first sip, that complex wonder of Butiki teas rose up to meet me and it was gooooooood. I couldn’t quite get to the citrus note, but maybe it becomes more apparent when doing comparisons with the regular PTA. Either way, this tea was great way to start the day!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Spot or pot, I love a cup!

I learned to drink tea while living in Dublin in the early 80’s, so as you can imagine, I am a hearty brew lover, and take tea with milk and honey. I am trying to expand my horizons with tea….that is why I’m now on Steepster! Just joined in January 2014…

Currently loving strong black teas that hold up to milk and honey well. Trying green teas….trying. Herbal? No thanks…they still taste like vase water to me. Maybe that will change one day!

I do like some flavoured teas…almond, vanilla, cardamom, ginger. I almost OD’d on chai in the 90’s so I’m slowing down on that front a bit.

My husband is British and a man whose religion is Tetley, so we’ll see where I drag him on this journey!

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