504 Tasting Notes

drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
504 tasting notes

Got this as a sample in my Butiki order. Thanks, Stacy! I unfortunately had the same experience I had with the pistachio ice cream tea in that the vegetal note was strong for me. I did get a custardy vanilla note, and even a hint of nutmeg. I got more as it cooled. I would have liked more spice though.

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I REALLY love this dragonwell tea from China that I got from my husband’s friend. Stinks that I don’t know where he got it, but I have a lot of it! It is extra yummy with honey. Funny how my tastes have been changing. Lately, I’ve been developing a better appreciation for green tea!

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I am laughing my butt off right now and I must tell you this story! You know I bought my first Timolino travel mug last Thursday, the purple one. I brought it home and washed it that night and left it on the drying rack. In the morning, I had this terrible thought about losing one of the pieces….there are SO many little pieces! I went to work without it, and when I came home, my husband had put it in the cupboard, but the lid was missing! I knew it! So, trying not to blame my husband for losing it, we searched everywhere. I thought, maybe it fell into a bowl or mug and he put it away without noticing. Then I thought, maybe one of our kitties got up on the counter in the night and played with it. We looked everywhere….even the litter box….and we found nothing. I was really upset because I never lose anything, and I hadn’t even gotten to use it yet! We tried looking a few other times but couldn’t find it until today…..I did a thorough search under our couches, and there it was in the last place I looked! It WAS the kitties! LOL!! Guess I better not leave small plastic discs lying around!

On to the tea…so, I applied my new rule of thumb to steep banana flavored teas for less time, and it worked! This one was a lot better. Still wish there was more of a chocolate note. Maybe white chocolate would be better? Thinking this might be good as a latte, although I have yet to make a latte…we’ll see.

Kittenna

Ahahaha, that’s great! Btw, you need the little rubber piece that goes with the lid in order for it to properly seal. Otherwise it leaks! Trust me…

Tealizzy

Like I said, too many little pieces! Thanks for the tip!

Alysha

Luckily they sell replacement lids now on their own, which is kinda reassuring.

Tealizzy

I know, but the replacement lids only come in grey and wouldn’t have the cute purple ring on top! ;)

KiwiDelight

I steeped this tea less than the minimum recommended amount of time (4 mins) for the second try and it still tasted funky. It bummed me out because I was really looking forward to finally having a taste. What’s your rule of thumb?

Tealizzy

I did just under 4 minutes, whereas I normally steep black teas for 5 minutes. I added sugar and some soy milk. I agree with you though…it’s okay, but I probably won’t buy more.

KiwiDelight

Bah! I don’t have soy milk. Now I have a “teas I wish I could like but can’t” list. And I love banana/chocolate teas.

Chizakura

That is so hilarious! xD Little mischevious kitties :D They pick such random things to play with. My cat will just find a random speck on the floor and start going nuts all over it.

Once when I was staying the night at a friend’s place, I didn’t have my glasses case so I just put my glasses on the table, and sure enough, her cats confiscated them during the night! Thankfully they weren’t too far away, but it sure was an interesting choice for a toy. xD

Tealizzy

Chizakura – haha! That’s too funny about the glasses! And those are important! One of my kitties also whisked away a bunched up paper towel the other day…still haven’t found it! (At least that wasn’t important!)

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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I think I like the second steep of this one best, or maybe it’s just growing on me? This is a nice rooibos, where the coconut is center stage and the rooibos is behind the curtain. I don’t know if I get much pie from it, but it’s good, and I will enjoy having another caffeine free tea for the evening! Best with some sugar. :)

jessiwrites

This one is good, and I totally agree on the second steep. I feel that way about most rooibos.

In fact, I feel that way about most tea, in general.

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This is a good rooibos. The apple cinnamon flavor tones down the rooibos flavor, which is nice. There is also a creaminess to it. It’s great to have an apple cinnamon tea without orange peel flavor. I’m not a big fan of orange, so I like this a lot better.

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All I can say is, wow! This is so sweet, creamy, and cantaloupe-y, I am blown away! White teas are still a bit foreign to me, as I’ve found them to be too subtle in flavor, but this one totally changes all that. It tastes just like it smells and just like it is named. It is silky smooth, as I am finding all of Stacy’s creations to be. Like other reviewers, I’m detecting both cantaloupe and honeydew. There is a definite creaminess too. I added absolutely nothing to this tea. No added cream or sugar was needed.

This would probably be great iced, and would perhaps rival my mother-in-laws’ cantaloupe drink, which is like a cantaloupe lemonade (minus the lemon) with actual pieces of cantaloupe in it. This tea is extremely soothing and refreshing at the same time! Is that even possible?

Fjellrev

Ooh, iced would be fantastic. I could just never justify it due to costs, though.

Tealizzy

Ya, I know. It’s up there! I only ordered 1/2 oz.

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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The first time I tried this tea, I was a little overwhelmed by the coconut. It’s very powerful! Steepsterites seemed to like the second steep, so I tried it this afternoon and I agree. The coconut is toned down, definitely present, but there is a buttery creaminess that I like a lot. Saved the first steep to try it iced. We’ll see how that goes!!

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So I’ve tried this twice now, and I don’t know… not a big fan. I definitely got some good whiffs of dark chocolate from the aroma, but it has a funny taste to it. The chocolate is definitely there, but not the taste of chocolate I wanted. A little artificial tasting, really. Bummer.

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Now this one was interesting! The dry leaves smelled nutty and sweet. Once steeped, it honestly smelled like spinach! I thought, “uh oh, that’s weird.” Tasted it without any additions and I could tell the pistachio was there, but I still smelled spinach. So, I added some sugar and a dash of soy milk. Bam! There it is! Pistachio ice cream! Still smells a bit like spinach, but it tastes true to its name. :) it is a very silky smooth tea, and I will enjoy the rest I have, but I’m not sure I’m in love, at least not yet.

Fjellrev

Interesting that you get spinach! I’ve only tried it once at a tea fest, so it was naked, and luckily I didn’t get that. But soy milk sounds like it would taste great with this.

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I really don’t know what my problem is with this one. I tried it Friday, but couldn’t trust my judgement because of a massive headache, so I tried it again this morning and….meh. I love dessert teas, but this one isn’t doing it for me. It has a fake-y sweetness that I don’t care for….maybe because of the marshmallow?

Fjellrev

That’s too bad. I know what you mean by the fake-y sweetness. I get that with Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

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I thought my profile needed a facelift, so here we go:

My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

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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