541 Tasting Notes

drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
541 tasting notes

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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Perfect first tea of the morning. A solid black tea with a hint of blackberry. Exactly what I wanted. This one’s a keeper!

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Oh, this is good. REAL good. I might be in love. This might be my new favorite. This is the first tea I’ve tried from Butiki, and I can totally tell that it’s much higher quality than other teas I’ve had. It’s so natural. No fake flavor here! The dry leaf smells so good, maple-y, nutty, and woodsy. I waited very impatiently for it to steep the recommended 4 minutes, and then cool for a minute or two. It tastes exactly as it should. I get the maple and pecan, and it’s naturally sweet on its own. I didn’t feel like this needed any additions, but I did add a tiny bit of sugar, which amped up the sweetness even more. I actually felt like my sugar was so not worthy of this tea…note to self: must invest in higher quality sugar! This tea would probably be awesome for afternoon tea! It is so nice to branch out from my usual teas (flavored blacks). And the flavor is so unique. I don’t have anything like this. My favorite part is that is seems so natural, like the tea leaves naturally taste like maple pecan. Stacy, you are amazing!

Fjellrev

I agree, this one is fantastic!

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So I’m a little behind on tealogs, because I had a bunch of new Della Terra Teas yesterday, but I don’t want to write reviews of them yet, because I think my taste buds were off due to a massive headache that progressively got worse until I took some Advil when I got home from work. I did get to use my cute elephant mug, though, and I received my first Butiki order, so not a bad day!

I had this tea again this morning, because it was one of my first favorites from DavidsTea, and I’ve been seeing some less than stellar reviews on here lately. I still really like it. I agree with some of the reviewers that the cinnamon is more prominent than the chocolate, and that it can turn out weak if you don’t steep enough leaf, but I think you just have to experiment with it and find the right specifications. I steep about 2tsp for 5 minutes and add milk and sugar. I still think it tastes like chocolate cinnamon loaf from Starbucks! Yum!

jessiwrites

Maybe I will try a bit more leaf next time, and a slightly longer steeping time. I should like this one more than I did!

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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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