1330 Tasting Notes


According to my handy e-mail draft list, this is the last tea that Nicole sent me I have yet to write a tasting note for. Thank you once again for that lovely package of teas you sent a while back!

Steep #1 //12 mins after boiling (unintentionally) // 3 min
The leaves smell like an intoxicating Earl. The lavender is actually green rather than, uh, lavender. But the lavender is certainly potent – very good. The lavender surprisingly overpowers the bergamot, though I can’t really smell the lavender when the blend is dry. The base is perfect for the bergamot & lavender. If you like bergamot and lavender (and neither brings soap to mind for you) then this one is for you! I will enjoy this but I think I can never get enough Earl Grey Cream in my life.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
This steep didn’t have as much magic. The lavender and what bergamot was gone. I think I should have steeped it the way I did last cup. I’ll try again the next time, but I know if I steep it right I can get at least three nice steeps from exceptional EGs like SpecialTeas. This one isn’t my favorite. The Steepster rating is for the first cup but it would be lower if you averaged the second steep in.

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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Oh my gosh here it is April and I’m just now writing a tasting note for this one… from the holidays… the Amoda box (to be fair it was lost somewhere in the postal system for MONTHS or this was the second replacement box? I never figured that out). Here goes:

Steep #1 // 28 min after boiling // 2-3 min steep
The dry leaves certainly have the scent of praline but the flavor seems to disappear when sipping. I was hoping this was an improvement on the other Butiki eggnog, which was lacking in eggnog for me, but it doesn’t seem much different. I don’t see how either blend can be called eggnog at ALL. Usually Butiki is so perfect with their flavors! To me, this just tastes like one of those teas that I compare to creamed corn/ breaded corn (mao feng but this is a mao jian so it must be similar). That might be the most similar base for an eggnog type flavor, but that doesn’t make it eggnog.

Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 3 min
The steep was much brighter in color this time, but the flavor was still the same. Disappointing! The Steepster rating is lower for not being what it should be (eggnog) but it is a nice base if you’re just rating that. I guess I’ll just have to love every OTHER Butiki blend.

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thanks so much Dexter3657! I was craving blueberry but I thought I’d go with this one. It’s not bad! Sweet strawberry flavor on a decent rooibos that isn’t bothering my throat. There is a hint of cream with the strawberry (not exactly sure what the zabaglione is anyway). I swear I could have had a tea like this the other day, but I’m not sure which one (maybe 52Teas Strawberry Pie honeybush?). So many teas! It’s nice as it cools too. I like it!
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 3-4 min steep

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Additional notes: I’m sipping this lovely chai again mainly because I wanted to drink a chai while finishing the lovely book I’m reading: Mira Jacob’s ‘The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing’. A new writer with no-expectations-so-it’s-really-well-written and also really funny. But I’m giggling because the name of the tea company is ‘New Mexico’ and the book mostly takes place in New Mexico! What a coincidence! Things like that amuse me. I just wish I had some chutney that the book loves to mention.

This chai insists on still being one of my favorite chais. I could easily stock up on this one, since my favorite chais are mostly discontinued. It’s got such a nice balance of spices with dark & rich black tea but never astringent. So good. Raising the rating a couple points.

So I organized my tea collection the other day, mainly to put any similar tea samples in thin sandwich bags into those bigger Teavivre pouches. They are so handy! So I have a Teavivre pouch filled with fruity/Bluebird teas, one for plain black teas, one for dessert teas, etc. Hopefully they will let those teas last longer, but not contaminate each other! Really I should just stop hoarding last teaspoons of teas.

ETA: I’m on NMTeaCo’s site right now and I also didn’t realize they were located in Albuquerque… the book is, as well!

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drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
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This is from Rachel’s sale a while back (thanks!). And I try to try new teas so fast! But this one is already quite old… Oh if only tea didn’t age. I will certainly take the age into consideration. This tea isn’t bad, but I can tell it would have been better.

Steep #1 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 min steep
This definitely tastes like that butter pecan ice cream, but it’s on the lighter side. There are a few pieces of pecans in the sample, including an entire pecan. It tastes like pecan, but I doubt it is just from the pecans, there is probably additional flavoring. One thing I’m happy about is that the pecans are not actually terrible, like David’s playdoh walnuts sometimes are.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min steep (accidentally)
This steep was pretty much the same as the first. I expected most of the flavor to be gone by this cup. The same amount of buttery pecan. Not bad, not bad at all. I really need to enjoy the teas I have, instead of collecting more. But it’s very difficult when three tea companies are sending me free samples at the moment.

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drank Moroccan Mint by Zen Tea
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Another sample from my Zen order. A change of pace with spearmint! I’m not sure if Moroccan Mint teas usually have peppermint or spearmint, but this might be my only spearmint tea. At some point I liked spearmint more than peppermint, but peppermint makes headaches disappear, so there you go. This is certainly refreshing and tasty. Plenty of spearmint flavor… so much so, that it tends to overpower the green tea and I can’t really taste that at all for either steep. Very good if you like spearmint, but not for those who are searching for that gunpowder flavor itself.
Steep #1 // 32 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 3-4 min steep

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Additional notes: I needed to have a tea for the day, right? This works! Delicious slightly brothy, mostly peachy. I like it. My sample’s leaves seem to be turning into tiny pieces though. Not good. Hope everyone had a nice weekend!


:) Hope you had a good one, too!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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A sample from Red Leaf I’m just now trying. Thanks Red Leaf for offering these! I love the caramel matchaccino so this should be delicious. It’s basically a version of that without sugar. The fragrance wafting from the bag as a sweet fragrance, even without the sugar.

Latte with milk //
For this cup, I heated nine ounces of milk in the microwave for one minute: just hot enough. I accidentally poured a bit too much matcha in the mug before slowly pouring the milk into the mug and stirring/ whisking while pouring. I’m surprised the cup is this smooth even with this much matcha. It must be the sweetness of the caramel flavor that makes it so smooth… or helps it anyway. I’ve tried a few Red Leaf matchas now and the caramel seems to have the least amount of flavor, but maybe that’s my taste buds. Still delicious though. I’m grateful that Red Leaf had a nice sale recently, since I’m shocked at how much matcha I’ve went through and my last order was in September (!)

Just with warm water//
For this cup, I poured some warm water in a mug while whisking the matcha with a spoon. This makes it easier to taste the flavors. It does have more of a sweetness from the caramel blended this way, but I still say that the caramel matcha has less flavors than others. It seems to be more sweet than flavored. Caramel can work with anything though… like smoothies…

BONUS: Smoothie!
Greek Vanilla yogurt, a ton of strawberries, milk, matcha, whipped cream on top! This was really good but the yogurt had such a low amount of sugar that I probably should have opened my new bag of caramel matchaccino… it would have been the perfect amount of sugar.


This one is delightful in smoothies. I currently have it sitting in the fridge with milk as a cold latte to compare to Caramel Popcorn. :)

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Additional notes: Sipdown! I was hesitant to drink the last of this, because I loved how ghostly it was last time: tobacco, roses, maltiness, cherries. This is still very nice, but I think some of the flavors are gone. To be fair, I probably steeped it at boiling last time, rather than waiting ten minutes and steeping for three minutes. I wanted to sipdown at least one tea before organizing my tea collection today. Should be fun!

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Yes, I had to place a small Zen order… they are one of my favorites and they had a sale. Just sample pouches of some of my favorites and samples of new ones to try. I love this type of tea – I call it the creamed/breaded corn tea. To me it tastes just like creamed corn or that breaded corn side dish. The dry leaves are shiny like a gunpowder but usually I’ve seen maofeng that have fuzzy leaves like a white tea. I wonder how they taste the same either way? I’m forgetting that all tea is from the same leaf though. To be fair, Zen sent me this tea for free with my order because it was a bit older, so my review might not be as fair as if it were fresh, but to me, it tastes exactly as it should. The breaded/creamed corn flavor. It also has a nuttiness to it that I love. There is a bit of a bite to it, it could just be because it was a green tea and it was steeped for three minutes, or it could be the only hint of an old tea. But I’m not complaining! I love this type of tea.
Steep #1 // 30 minutes after boiling // 3 min steep

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite teas:
52 Teas – zoomdweebies.com

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! I was bored one day and found out that most of them have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
40-65 – Okay
1-40 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!



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