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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!

Stephanie

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.

Anlina

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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I thought it would be fun to steep a white tea gong fu-style, so I opted to try this tea out. Thanks for the sample, Angel!! I’ve had a white tea gong fu-style at Samovar, but they used too much leaf, in my opinion, and the steeps came out bitter. For this session, I used probably 2/3 to 3/4 of the sample packet with the recommended 194-degree water. I did a super quick rinse just to wet the leaves, and then steeped it 15/30/45/60/90/180sec. The first steep was similar in taste to other white peony teas I’ve tried before…sweet hay notes. This one, however, was smoother than others I’ve had. Sometimes the hay note kind of causes a drying feeling in my mouth, but I didn’t really have that with this tea. In the second steep, the hay note moved to the background and a pleasant peach taste came through! There was also a bit of a vegetal note, similar to what I find in green oolongs. In the later steeps, that vegetal note came through as sweet zucchini! Nice and light and great for hot weather (which we can’t seem to get rid of around here!)

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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I tried this tea out on my mom yesterday and she liked it! Yay! She’s a black tea drinker, so I think this one turned out to be a easy puerh for her to drink. She didn’t sound too enthused about the wood flavor I get in other puerhs, so this was a good choice. We enjoyed it with chocolate-dipped biscotti! Yum!

I also brought a raw puerh for comparison, but I just showed her and my dad the dry leaf, to which my dad said it smelled like chocolate….what?!!! I’ll have to brew up one of those in the future so they can smell what it’s really like….not chocolate! Ha!

boychik

yay for great experience!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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I don’t care if it’s going to stay hot and not feel like Fall…I’m gonna have Fall tea! I’ve also decided that my favorite way to have this tea is to brew it up for about 4 minutes and add a teaspoon of brown sugar and a splash of creamy almond milk…makes this tea a perfect pumpkin creme brulee. So silky! Yum!

Bringing some to my mom later today and I’m going to try puerh out on her…we’ll see how that goes! ;) I’m thinking Special Dark would be the least offensive, although it’s so different than other puerhs, as it doesn’t have that woody taste. Hmmm, should I go with representative? Or least offensive?

boychik

You never know, you might be pleasantly surprised. Take both.

Tealizzy

Okay, will do! Thanks, boychik!

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
608 tasting notes

Had a nice session with this tea again. My Prrrrrecious!!! My gong fu sessions seem to last 2-3 hours. Lots of tea!! Anyone have other ways to enjoy this one? I saw some people steep it long and add milk and sugar?

I also discovered I can watch episodes of the new show Selfie on the abc app. Yay! Cute show too!

TheTeaFairy

Here’s a very special concoction… Read MzPriss review, she’s the creator :-)

http://steepster.com/teas/mandala-tea/48689-dark-beauty#tasting-notes

Tealizzy

Ooh, thanks TTF!!

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Enjoyed this to-go on my way to a doctor’s appointment today. I’m having some foot issues…the result, I need new shoes. Good excuse to go shopping!! Although, I’d rather be Shou shopping, if you know what I mean!! Haha!

This tea is still delightful. Nice roasty oolong, but smooth and caramel sweet. :)

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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This was my first thing in the morning tea today, and that’s all I got to, for the rest of the work day was so crazy! This is straight-up hot cocoa tea. LOVE it!!!

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drank Autumn Song by Mandala Tea
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My last sample from the raw sampler. This one tested my patience. That artichoke vegetal bitterness I usually get in sheng started on steep two and lasted for a bunch of steepings, rather than the usual 2-3. Once it faded, there were some nice citrus and green bell pepper notes, as promised by the description, but pretty mild in flavor overall. The texture was nice and smooth. I’m glad I got to try it, but again, I think Heart of the Old Tree wins out.

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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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