605 Tasting Notes

I am really pleased with JalamTeas’ October selection. This tea is extremely enjoyable. I steeped it at 194 degrees probably more than 15 times. The early steeps were very creamy and more savory, like corn, while the later steeps were nicely sweet. With almost no bitterness, there is a clean smoothness to it and something about it seemed to clear up my stuffed nose a bit. I also noticed a slight floral quality in the later steeps. This raw puerh ranks up there with the Teavivre old tree puerh I enjoy. Very nice!


I haven’t broken mine out yet. Maybe today?


You totally should! I’d love to hear what you think!

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Today was a work at home day, which means I get to have a puerh session while I work! Yay! I was really excited to try these. I mean, so convenient! Just drop the little disc in your gaiwan, or in my case, my mini tawny dragon teapot. No mess! The discs are so compacted, and one side has a line indentation through the middle that makes it look like pill. My puerh pill for the day! When wrapped, the gold foil makes it look like a piece of chocolate. I actually was confused when I opened my Butiki box! Ha!

The dry disc smelled sweet and nutty. I did a 15-second rinse, but the disc was still really compacted, so I decided to let it rest for a few minutes. That kinda steamed the tea and the leaves started to wake up. Then I did a 20-second steep and right away, it was dark and lovely. Wow! The scent was sweet and roasty, like a roasted oolong. The taste was roasty too, but smooth. I did a crapload of steeps and it just kept going. For probably the first 5-10 steeps, I didn’t dare increase the time longer than 20-seconds because it brewed up dark each time with lots of flavor. Towards the later steeps, I increased the time by a lot, but it stayed smooth, sweet, and nutty throughout. This seems really unique, as I haven’t had a puerh that tasted like a roasted oolong before. It seems like the everlasting gobstopper of tea, so if you like sweet, roasty, nutty flavors, definitely check this one out! I’m glad I picked up more than one disc! Maybe I’ll do just one more steep…!


Oooh, very interesting. I thiiiiink I picked up one of these… maybe it will have to go onto my list to get more of in my next Butiki order, if there are any left.


Last I heard, Stacy had plenty left. :)


So freakin good!!!! Glad you liked it too :)

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drank Shiva's Breakfast by Butiki Teas
605 tasting notes

This tea was fabulous this morning. All I really noticed the first time was the strength, but today it had great citrus and malt notes. Yum! A perfect wake-me-up!

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I really like this sheng. It was my first sheng, and really, the first puerh I enjoyed. I feel like it’s really accessible. I don’t detect any bitterness, and the flavor transforms from the smooth tobacco-like smokiness to a very sweet fruitiness. So good! I would definitely consider picking up some more of this one.


This one made me fizzy with energy! LOL!


It did that to me the first time, but not as much today!

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Golden tippies!!! Yes, drinking this one again. I just LOVE it! It always freaks me out too, because when I grab the bag, it’s so light, it feels like I’m almost out of it, but there’s still plenty left! All I have to say is Mmmmmm!!!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
605 tasting notes

Mmm, so silky today. Gotta love those almond milk and brown sugar additions! I even got my mom hooked!

So far the weekend is looking pretty nice. Saw the new Dracula last night and we’re planning to get sushi in SF tonight, where they serve a whole big pot o’ genmaicha! We might even upgrade our phones today! Yay!

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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
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Went on a Lupicia run with my coworker today to pick up this tea. I also restocked caramel & rum and picked up decaf momo. :) A perfect lunch break! Tea shopping therapy!!!

I’ve been less than enthralled with my caffeine free tea selection lately, so this tea is a nice change. I’m also really in the mood for all things fall even though it’s still hot!

I steeped this one up the minute I got back to the office. I have to be honest and say that my first impression of this tea was baby food. Yes, mashed sweet potatoes in the little baby food jar, but in a good way! I promise! You can still taste the rooibos, but the sweet potato note is dominant, I also added some milk and it was very creamy. No need to add sugar. You could also say it tastes like sweet potato soup, but without the salt that is usually in soup. There really is no spice in this tea, unlike all the other squash/pumpkin-flavored things around this time of year. It’s straight sweet potato, which is a nice change, actually. I found it very warming and cozy, and I think I’m going to enjoy this, especially once the weather wakes up and remembers what time of year it’s supposed to be!

Cameron B.

Yum yum yum. I’m glad I have a sample of this on its way! :D


Can’t wait to see your tasting note once you get to try it!


So tempted to get this one….
Though, I doubt it will be around by the time I get to a Lupicia store again. Sounds super good though! Maybe they will bring it back again. Everyone seems to like it.

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Oh, this is a sad sipdown. I almost ordered more of this on Monday when I heard Butiki was closing, but I decided not to, since I have other teas that are similar. The idea that once it’s sold out it won’t ever be available again is sad though. This is a delicious bread-y tea.

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
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Mmmmm! Yummy fruity honey malty deliciousness! I gong fu’d this one today and it lasted for several steepings. Watch that second one though, as it does that thing puerhs do and gets stronger in that steep. 30-sec steeps work great!

I’m so sad Butiki is closing…such a great company! We’ll miss you!


Yes, sadness!

Butiki Teas

I’ll miss you guys too :)

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Was having a hard time deciding which tea to start the morning with and ended up reaching for this favorite. It’s sad that DavidsTea discontinued this one, as it’s such a unique tea. Also, it’s like 1 of 2 teas I enjoy from there and that is all! Now I just go there for teaware. ;) Drinking this tea this morning wasn’t as amazing as it used to be. Ah, how taste buds and tea preferences change. Still, I’m glad to have a bit left to enjoy.


I love this one. I grabbed the gigantic clearance bag of it off their website a while back and one for my partner, so between the two of us we have over a pound, which is kind of ridiculous but delightful.

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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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