1566 Tasting Notes
I hope everyone celebrating has a lovely Thanksgiving!
Thanks so much for this one, DigniTea! The last to review from the lovely tea package you sent a while back. I used all of my sample was probably around two teaspoons. This is supposed to be a mix of white and black teas with cocoa nibs and vanilla but I really only see ONE piece of white tea… it’s probably just my sample. Really though, it’s kind of exactly what I wanted it to taste like. It DOES seem like an old timey milkshake (not like I exactly know what those are like)… the only thing lacking is a nice thickness to the tea like a milkshake has. It’s like vanilla icecream that chocolate was added to! I like it better that it was mostly black tea. Always love those crunchy vanilla beans in my teeth too. Somehow the second cup was very similar to the first steep even though it was steeped very different.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 4 min
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Another sample from my last order! This is an interesting green tea. The leaves are straight, twisted (which the description says is hand rolled) and VERY emerald green. I adore the color. The scent of the leaves are very sweet. The parameters say to use three TABLESPOONS for 17 ounces but I asked Teavivre and they say that is since the leaves are so long it’s actually better to measure with a tablespoon, loosely, but they actually mean 8 grams of the leaves. I’m not following instructions but I went with three loose teaspoons for my 12 ounce mug. The brew color is a very light yellow. If only green teas were actually brewed the color of the emerald leaves, I probably couldn’t resist drinking them every day. The flavor isn’t as different as I thought it would be. It’s definitely green tea flavored, though this one is difficult to describe. A little mild but the second steep was a touch on the bitter side. I’m glad I didn’t use the three tablespoons of leaves. Otherwise it’s a little grassy, soupy, vegetal, buttery and nutty. I thought with the look of the leaves that this green tea would be a favorite, but there are other green teas I like a little more.
Steep #1 // 32 min after boiling // less than two minute steep
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min steep
http://www.teavivre.com/black-friday-sales/ – I just want to shamelessly share the link one more time (sorry – I don’t have a blog or anything.) They have been adding more teas to the sale page. I know the contest is over, but I love how generous Teavivre always is! Thank you!
Even this green tea is a testament to the unique flavors that Butiki somehow manages to wrangle in any of the tea types. Even green! I’ll see if I can describe it… it isn’t actually one of the green teas that seem like creamed corn. Though the leaves don’t look like one of those grass cutting senchas, it kind of tastes like it. But there are other elements too: very sweet, nutty, a little brothy, and some sort of mysterious green vegetable I can’t place. The second steep somehow is much more savory, briny, and the vegetable is now almost seaweed.. in a tasty way! Very good!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 27 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // 23 min after boiling // 4 min
Additional notes: Finishing up this one! This is better than I remember. The rooibos gives it a nice cedar flavor to go with the subtle smoke and the sweetness from the marshmallow root. The cinnamon is a nice addition. Thanks again Veronica for sharing this one a while ago!
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I got my Butiki order a couple days ago! I went a little overboard.. but this will probably be my last Butiki order.. HAD to get some favorites (and some of the new ones) and it is tough not to order nearly everything. My tea cheat sheet says I tried around 70 Butiki teas (mostly samples) over the years and I had to give some support to what will remain one of my favorite tea companies forever!
First tasting note for this one?! I HAD to try this one! I was eagerly awaiting the new teas. This is a magical blend! The dry leaves have a very maple, sweet smelling scent! Otherwise, the black tea is twisty with little pieces of banana and yellow flowers. The flavor is the PERFECT balance – just enough smoke, hints of banana, and definitely a sweet flavor to it that could only seem like maple syrup. The smoke seems like a wood chip BBQ or something, though I’m not exactly sure what that means as I’ve never had anything like it. The black tea itself (the three different bases) go together perfectly as well and have the perfect level of briskness. The second steep is delicious as well, but seems to lose a TINY bit of the flavoring. I’d steep the first cup the same the next time. But I did forget to add some sugar this time. This is exactly the blend I was hoping for when I thought of smoky maple banana. Perfection, just perfection!! Oh Butiki how I will miss you!!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 10 min after boiling // 1 min 30 sec steep
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 3 min
Flavors: banana, Maple Syrup, Smoke
A sample with my order – also a sipdown! I think I’ve been lucky enough to try most of the oolong offerings from Teavivre, and though I wouldn’t usually choose a roasted oolong, as they aren’t my favorite, I wanted to try the roasted oolong Teavivre had in stock, as it was bound to be a delicious one. And it is!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // rinse // few min after boiling // 1 min steep
Two teaspoons in the sample for an eleven ounce mug. The leaves are darker bundles than most of the other Teavivre oolongs, but that is to be expected. The fragrance of the leaf is very vegetal. The flavor is the best roasted oolong I’ve tried: a nice balance of a typical green oolong but also with a roasted flavor, just enough charcoal to make it unique. I think the first roasted oolong I tried actually tasted like I steeped a piece of charcoal, so I think that one was too much for me. But this is the perfect flavor. Underneath is a lovely smooth buttery base.
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 2 min steep
Another tasty cup – almost exactly like the first. The flavor has slightly deepened but to the perfect level of flavor. Not any more or less charcoal flavor to the oolong flavor than I’d prefer. Delicious!
Steep #3 // couple minutes after boiling // 3 min
Another consistent cup – the flavor of this is addictive… very shocking to me for a roasted oolong. They are usually my least favorite types of tea. I could keep steeping this one – the leaves seem like they will be this flavorful for many steeps. I think I’ve steeped it perfectly so far too. If I wanted a roasted oolong to stock in my cupboard, I would certainly pick this one! This one is tempting to buy!
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Thank you Momo for the sale! This one was a freebie and I don’t love it too much, but it’s almost gone anyhow. I’m not sure if there is actual stevia in this or if the fruity flavor mimics the stevia flavor… kind of tastes like that orange flavored fluoride from elementary school. The fruitiness isn’t the best anyway… not fruity enough for me, and the amount of white tea kind of reminds me of a Teavana blend… not really there. I wish I liked this one better as it’s an interesting list of ingredients. I’m surprised it didn’t taste better as it was the only cup of tea I had yesterday! Uncanny! That hasn’t happened in a WHILE with this tea addict. :D
Additional notes: A sad sample sipdown. This one is lovely and I’d certainly consider ordering it. One of the best from Teavivre, but there aren’t many bad teas. I remember this being lighter for some reason… the cup is very dark red with two teaspoons 20 minutes after boiling. I guess the Tan Yang is a lot more sweet potato.
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Another to try from the Lewis & Clark tea box! Just a little left of this one. I really wanted to try this one as it sounds like a very unique pu-erh. And it is!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // few min after boiling // 2 min
The pu-erh leaves are very fine, bordering on CTC size. But it certainly doesn’t get to the bitterness levels of a CTC and the cup doesn’t look as dark as even a larger leafed pu-erh would… the brew is light mahogany. The flavor is very fruity on the first cup, though I can’t tell which: sometimes it seems like blueberries, plums, strawberries. There is hints of cedar as well, but this is the fruitiest pu-erh I’ve ever tried. Surprisingly, it reminds me most of Butiki’s Taiwanese assam.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
This cup isn’t as special… the fruitiness seems to be mostly gone. I don’t think I should have steeped it this long. It’s still mahogany in color. As it cools, it does taste more like the previous cup but otherwise it is tough to describe. The first cup was lovely though.
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min
I tried to tame this one on the third steep to try to get back to the lovely flavors of the first cup, but this time this ended up a bit mild. That is too bad. I know the first cup wasn’t contamination from another tea, since I had a string of plain teas in that infuser. First steep: one of the most unique teas I’ve tried. Other steeps: nothing special.
Additional notes: I wanted to try this one the way I steep another favorite green tea to see if it had a similar flavor result. Both teas have the same twisty green leaves and they are both Chinese green tea, but one has shiny leaves and the other is fuzzier. They certainly have the same flavors: creamed corn, nutty, super sweet. This one just has lighter flavors in those areas. I was supposed to use more than one teaspoon anyhow. Using two teaspoons would give the tea much more flavor on the same level as the other. I just wanted to see what it was like with one teaspoon, but two is certainly better. The second steep has more flavor with the longer steep time, but it still isn’t quite the same as the other tea. This is still very delicious though!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 32 minutes after boiling // 55 seconds
Steep #2 // 28 min after boiling // 3 minute steep