798 Tasting Notes

drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
798 tasting notes

Okay, seriously, I think this is my new favorite tea. This morning’s cup tasted like rocky road ice cream/ brownies with nuts. I’m not a fan of either of those, because the nuts distract me from the chocolate-y goodness, but as a tea, it’s amazing! Yum yum yum!! Smooth and delicious! I did add a splash of half and half today, which might be the touch needed to make this pure dessert. Dessert for breakfast! That’s right!!

Cameron B.

I agree, this tea is yum! :D

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This was the tea I chose for my free tea from the sale, and it is SO GOOD! I really didn’t know what to expect. I usually think of assams as dark and malty, but the leaves make me think of a golden tip yunnan. When I brewed it, the aroma was AMAZING. I could just inhale those notes all day! Sweet, bread-y, with a hint of spice. The taste is very much the same. I think the spice note is a bit like nutmeg. I also detected a yam or sweet potato flavor. There is just the slightest hint of malt. This tea is smooth (like all of Stacy’s teas!) and I found it warming , cozy, and comforting. :)

Stephanie

Nice, I’ve not tried this one :)

Tealizzy

I can send you a sample if you like. Are you still at the same address?

Stephanie

I am! But we could totally swap sometime…

Tealizzy

Okay! I’ll put it on the list for a swap. PM me when you’d like to do it!

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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Hello, Zhen Qu! Nice to meet you! I wonder why I never tried you before, but I’m really glad I went for 2 whole ounces of you recently, because I sure enjoy your company! Ha!

This tea is SO FLUFFY! Makes me think of that silly line in Despicable Me 2. I don’t think I’ve seen a black tea that looks quite like it. So light and airy!

Steeped, it smells sweet, nutty, and malty and that translates into the taste. After a few sips, BAM! This chocolate brownie taste snuck into the aftertaste. Where’d that come from? After awhile, I decided it tasted like chocolate covered pecans, but more pecan than chocolate. It’s really smooth, and goes down fast! Good thing I bought a lot! :)

Butiki Teas

I totally read “so fluffy” in a despicable me voice. :D

Tealizzy

Awesome!! :D

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
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You wouldn’t think that sweetening an already sweet tea would be a good idea, but man, that agave works wonders for this tea! I had a glass iced, and it went really well with my polvoron cookies (Filipino cookies, kind of like buttery shortbread). Yum!!

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Yes, I’m drinking this again, even though I have a whole bunch of flavored black teas at my disposal. I guess I’m just in an unflavored black tea phase! I have about 2 cups worth of this one left. I’m getting a lot of dark chocolate from it today. Yum!

Gotta get my rear in gear, stop stalking my orders from Butiki and Teavivre, and go running before it gets too hot! Has anyone gotten a shipping note from Stacy yet from her big sale? I suppose the 6 business days aren’t over yet, but I’m so anxious to enjoy the teas I ordered!

Cheri

I got a shipping note from Stacy I want to say Friday….no, Thursday.

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Woke up with the headache I struggled with all night. Ugh! I think it’s from dehydration because I didn’t drink all that much water yesterday and we went straight from work to dinner and Guardians of the Galaxy and had to stand in line at the theater in 106-degree weather. Had an awesome time though!

So, this morning, it’s PTA to the rescue!! I needed something strong and delicious and this one never disappoints! Mmmm, malty, raisin-y goodness!! I’m running low on this tea. In fact, for unflavored black teas, I’m down to a bit of this one and a bit of Fengqing Dragon Pearls. The horror! The good news is I ordered a bunch of unflavored black teas from Butiki a week ago, and last night, I ordered a bunch from Teavivre, so once those come in, I should be swimming in them. The waiting, though, is SO HARD! ;)

CHAroma

Oh man, I hate waking up with a headache. It’s the worst.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Yes! I bought 4 more ounces of this today! (Don’t judge! Haha.) Really, though, it’s limited and is going away at the end of August when the Fall teas come out. Yay for Fall teas, which have the best flavors in my opinion, but I had to get my fill of this one before it’s gone. I got that annoying guy again, who over pours. Ugh. Never had that problem with other folks at the store. Anyhoo, I enjoyed a nice big cup of this afterward while I waited for our IT guys to fix my email problem at work. Yummy caramel goodness with a hint of fruit. :)

Lariel of Lórien

Is there actual popcorn in the tea? It sounds good.

Roswell Strange

Yes, there is actual popcorn! Same with Movie Night :)

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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Tonight I decided to try this one as a latte. I brewed it up a bit like I would do a chai on the stovetop. I didn’t add any sweetener though, because this one doesn’t need it. It brews up as a light pink latte…pretty fun! The flavor is good, but I think something gets lost in the milk and that it’s more flavorful when brewed with water, no additions. Maybe I didn’t add enough leaf? I can’t believe it, because I haven’t had THAT many cups of this one, but my 2 oz. from last week is almost gone! I guess that’s what happens when it’s a “heavy” herbal. I’ve become kind of attached, so I guess I’ll have to make a stop to pick up some more on a lunch break this week!

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Anxiously anticipating Teavivre’s upcoming 3rd Anniversary sale and so, enjoying some of these pearls in their honor! I really need a kick in the pants this morning too, and this tea does not disappoint! Strong, earthy, and dark chocolate-y, they are really hitting the spot! I still have a few left, so probably won’t restock in my upcoming order, but will keep them in mind for next time. Gotta make room for new teas, right?!

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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Enjoyed this iced today. So good! It steeps up real dark and sturdy, like a black tea, but the rooibos isn’t too medicinal. The creamy coconut is delicious! Maybe I should have included more of this one in my order? Dang! ;)

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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