605 Tasting Notes

Mmm, banana bread tea! Now that this is sold out, where will I be able to find a good substitute? I remembered DavidsTea had one awhile back and I kept thinking it was called banana bread, but when I looked it up, I found the herbal one, banana nut bread, which is not what I was thinking of. I did some searching through my notes and found snow bunny, which is the one I was thinking of as it has the black tea base. Turns out, I remember it more fondly than my tasting notes! Ha! Not that I would be able to get it anyway. It was discontinued or seasonal or something. Soooo, what to do now? Anyone know a good banana bread tea?

Fjellrev

Nothing comes close to this!

Roswell Strange

Banana Bake by T2 was pretty good; though definitely not the same as a Butiki blend…

Tealizzy

Thanks, Roswell, though I couldn’t find it on their website. Guess I’ll just have to save the last couple cups of this one!

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This morning I wanted Shou, and I didn’t want to have to figure out the right amount of leaf, so this one won out. ;) I love the convenience of these little discs. I really want to pick up some mini tuocha…planning an order for after our trip (don’t tell my hubby!) I think I might like Shou more than Sheng just because it’s so dark and comforting, which is what I want first thing in the morning. I like Sheng later in the day, but the caffeine seems to hit me harder!

It’s finally beginning to feel like fall and it’s already the end of October! It rained last night and early this morning and it was cool enough to wear boots yesterday!

So, this Shou is so unique…nutty and roasty like a roasted oolong, yet earthy and lasts for a crapload of steeps. Perfect to enjoy on a slow Saturday morning before I have to get ready for our trip. I just had to get in a puerh session before we leave because I’m sure I won’t be enjoying any good tea while were gone!

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I really really love this tea. I think it was the first unflavored black tea that I really enjoyed and now I absolutely adore unflavored black teas. I have to thank Butiki for that. It is so full of malty molasses raisin-y goodness. My 16 oz mug was gone in a flash this morning! At least I have 2 oz of it to enjoy before it’s gone forever.

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Had an excellent cup of this tea. I think it was kinda fruity this morning with a definite smoke note. I probably need to have a cup of something else to calm my nerves though, as I have jury duty this afternoon and I’m freaking out that they’ll assign me to a case that will go into next week, when we have a trip scheduled. Ugh. I hate the uncertainty. I would actually be interested in serving, but just not next week. Hopefully, everything works out.

Cheri

Good luck. I’ve never been picked for a jury….My spouse, the last one he did was a real doozy. On Valentine’s Day, too.

Tealizzy

They accepted my trip as a hardship. It would have been a doozy too!! 4-5 week murder trial. Geez!!!

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Enjoying the umpteenth steeping of this tea! I got the parameters right today…lower water temperature, right amount of leaf, and starting out slow with steep times. Didn’t really notice any bitterness today. It was just smooth and sweet throughout. Yay!

boychik

So what’s your parameters ? Also I was soo tea drunk fr this tea it wasn’t even funny.

Terri HarpLady

Inquiring minds want to know :)

Tealizzy

I used about 1 1/4 TBSP of leaf in my little 5 oz. pot and steeped 15/15/20/20/30/30 etc. Water temperature started at 195 degrees, but I only reheated my kettle occasionally, so I’m sure the water temperature cooled over some of the steeps. :)

boychik

Terri, I was aware of my breathing. Every time. I heard my lungs moving. My sinuses cleared . I had to drive to pick up kids fr school. If I knew this tea could make such effect on me I wouldn’t drink it during the day.

Tealizzy

Wow, boychik! It certainly didn’t have an effect on me. Interesting!

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried this one, but I totally relate!

boychik

@Tealizzy, i had 6g for 100ml @200F. the amount of leaves could be the main reason you didnt get buzz.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
605 tasting notes

They are already posting that they’re running out. Geez! It’s only October, people! Glad I still have a bunch left and that I picked up some for my mom. Not sure it’s going to last though, as I’ve been enjoying a cup fairly frequently (with almond milk and brown sugar of course!)

Kittenna

It’s concerning that they’ve run out of the fall stuff so quickly…. :(

Tealizzy

I guess that’s what happens when they announce it so early, and apparently they’re bad at estimating demand. You’d think they would know fall is a big season!

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I went to DavidsTea last week to pick up some teas for my mom and of course, couldn’t resist picking up a little something for myself! I’ve been wondering about this tea, so I picked up a small amount to give it a go. Tonight is my second cup. The first time, it was very sweet, but I could also taste the silver needle in the background. Tonight I decided it tastes like rum. Not bad, but almost too much flavoring for me. I think I’m really starting to move away from heavily flavored teas. There’s just so much to love about great quality unflavored teas.

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This Shou really hit the spot today. So creamy and uncomplicated, it’s one that goes with any mood. I enjoyed a tuxedo cupcake with it too! I think I need more Shou in my cupboard.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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I really wanted to try this tea, as it’s the base for butterscotch and hazelnut mocha candies tea, and I was curious as to what the base adds to the flavor. I also think it’s so unusual, brewing up a lot darker than other white teas, and tasting really different. I had a cup the other morning, brewed western style, but I had a hard time describing what I was tasting, so I brewed it up gong fu style today.

The first 20-second steep actually tasted like an almond pastry with powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Nice! The subsequent steeps turned into more of a honey, malty flavor, with maybe a hint of licorice sweetness. It reminded me a lot of those leaf hopper teas, which is super weird, because this is a white tea, right? I’m really glad I gong fu’d it to tease out the notes, and I might even prefer it brewed that way. At least I’ll know what I’m tasting now, when I make it western style!

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Yum yum yummy! As I’ve said before, this tea is like a hybrid between the Yunnan Dian hong golden tips and the Bailin gong fu black teas. Today, I got that yammy sweetness with malt and a hint of smoke. So good!!!

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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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