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2485 Tasting Notes

Thanks to Laurent for this sample!
The dry smell is VERY apple, but also smells of a very ripe & fragrant pear, & rose.
The flavoring is very realistic, & amazingly so. Some apples, like red delicious, tend to have a bitter peel, & this flavor seems to have been captured in this tea, which is not very appealing to me.
Otherwise the apple & rose flavors are nicely balanced & it is a pleasure to drink.

Terri HarpLady

As it cooled it took on a funky medicinal quality :p

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drank Keemun by The Tea Spot
2485 tasting notes

I enjoy the gentle smokiness & sweetness of Keemun, but this one is particularly interesting because it tastes as if it were smoked over pine boughs, with a gentle brown sugar sweetness & a fruity finish.
Tasty!

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This is nice.
Just a nice mellow gentle tea.
It’s has a nice brightness to it, a little fruity tang in the middle section, although the base, & by that I mean the depth, is not particularly strong.
A pleasant afternoon diversion.

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So last week I placed a Butiki order. Then I saw TastyBrew’s review of this tea & there was a conversation somewhere in the discussion boards about it too, & it was like: I must have this! I’m salivating already!
One of the awesome things about STACY is that she actually participates regularly on Steepster, & it was SO EASY to have her add an oz of this. I am SO GLAD I did! Because OH MY GOD, it is DELICIOUS!
Ms Theresa, whispering “shhhhh, little terri, use your inside voice”
LT “Sorry, it’s just SO YUMMY!!!”

So, I’ll confess, as soon as I opened the box yesterday I opened this tea & breathed in. The smell of the dry tea freaked me out a little, it’s very buttery, WAY buttery, almost too buttery smelling, & cream-like too. It’s SO rich smelling! I was a little nervous…

BUT I brewed it, & this afternoon I brewed another cup, & it is the best tasting caramel tea I’ve ever tasted. Unbelievably delicious. Also, I love vanilla, but haven’t been all that excited about any of the vanilla teas I’ve tried. Even vanilla comoro didn’t quite deliver what I was hoping for, although brewed double strength it’s not bad. I think the last time I had that, I said that I wished I could add caramel flavor to it.

My wish came true in this tea! The Assam is assertive enough to give the cup depth, the Vanilla & Caramel are so perfectly balanced but also strong enough to really be tasted. As far as I’m concerned, Stacy is the Mistress of the Arts & this is the quintessential Caramel Vanilla tea! It even re-steeps rather well! We love you Stacy! You Rock!

BTW, TastyBrew’s review of this tea is so perfect, that I’m just rambling!

TastyBrew

Yay!!! I’m so glad you like it too! It’s sooooo good!

jessiwrites

SO JEALOUS.

Terri HarpLady

The paltry oz I ordered is NOT gonna cut it!
“Please, sir, I want some more…”

TastyBrew

Yeah, I had her put some aside for me after I had my first cup. 1oz definitely not gonna cut it! I went huge and got 4oz. That way I won’t feel like I have to save it for special occasions. I don’t have that kind of will power.

Sil

oh thank god. it’s this one. I wasn’t sure that it was this one when you mentioned it earlier. Pretty sure i get 1.5oz of the 2 we jointly ordered

Kittenna

Yep, you get 1.5/2 :P I figured I’d be conservative and pick up more later :D

Sil

conservative! pshaw! go big or go home! which is where i wish i could be. YAY for more problems!

Terri HarpLady

little terri throwing a tantrum: “I want MOAR!!!”

Butiki Teas

Terri-So glad you are enjoying this! I never know how a tea will be received until it is reviewed a few times on here. I just had a cup as I was writing up the tea description. Yums! This will be up on our website in a few hours.

Fjellrev

Leave it to Stacy to create a dreamy caramel vanilla tea. :)

Rachel J

Ordered some! Can’t wait!

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drank Assam by The Tea Spot
2485 tasting notes

Opening the bag, I get a rich malty aroma with a hint of (unexpected) chocolate.
I steep…
ahhh….yes…malty, chewy, bold, full, sweet…calgon, take me away…oops, wrong commercial!
I resteep…
oops again! I accidentally resteeped yesterdays leaves from Two Friends for the 3rd time! I’m kindof shambling around here on autopilot, & I realized it as I was taking the filter out of the cup, the leaves of TF are amazingly big & beautiful! More on that later!
I resteep…
mmmm…still a substantial cup!
So, I’m off to practice some Debussy! I’ve got this, the resteep of TF, & a resteep of Caramel Vanilla Assam (review forthcoming, but I’ll say right now that it’s to die for).

Sil

caramel vanilla assaaaaaaam

Tea Sipper

yeah, that is a tasting note I’ll be waiting for!

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I’m finally getting moving! I’ve been on a late night jag for a few weeks now, but that means I don’t get up until the morning is half over.
Last nights concert was beautiful! My guitar player/composer friend put together some really interesting music, with influences of classical Indian (he studied with Imrat Khan, who is the ultimate master of raga style music, sitar, etc. If you have never heard of him, just know that he is a legend!). Other influences: Astor Piazolla, rock, folk, & jazz!
I played on a duet for guitar & harp. I also played in an ensemble with guitar, bass, cello, violin, 2 percussion players (one on set & one on hand stuff:mallets, shakers, etc), & 2 female vocalists (no words, just syllables). Anyway, it was fun to be part of, but after the concert I hung out with the band, then came home & played my harp til 3am, working on some other things. It’s just really hard to stop, once I get started!

The tea? Oh yeah, the TEA! First cup of the day.
Not as fragrant as I like, it’s got that ‘tea’ taste that I tend to associate with the iced teas of my youth. There was a nice base note, a deep blackberry-like aroma, & a high citrusy edge, very bright, but maybe not so much in between, if you know what I mean. Still, not a bad cup of tea! No astringency, & a good start to my morning.

Shelley_Lorraine

That ‘tea’ taste eh? now that is descriptive. haha.

Ever make tea before you go to play your harp? So many times I make tea, it’s too hot, so I think I’ll sit at the piano for a bit till it cools, then an our or so later. . . (yeah, its hard to stop once you get started. lol)

Terri HarpLady

Yup!! All the time! Then I plan rewards for myself. If I nail a phrase, or whatever I’m working on, I get to take a sip! LOL

Shelley_Lorraine

I’m going to have to remind myself to take reward sips too :) Because I get so disheartened when I find my full cuppa tea sitting where I left it all sorts of too cold to drink for my taste.

Fjellrev

Oh wow, I learned how to play the sitar a few years ago. That would be so cool being a part of that concert.

Terri HarpLady

So someday when we have our big Steepster convention, the 3 of us (& any other musicians) will be jammin!

Fjellrev

I totally suck at it now since I stopped playing, plus I’m left-handed and I was forced to learn it right-handed. So I would just ruin that jamming session haha.

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I stopped by the local health food store to get something. I haven’t been in that store in ages, & now they are carrying bulk teas from Frontier, a company I used to order herbs from. I bought small amounts of several different teas to try, including this one.
It’s not as bold & Malty as I expect an Irish Breakfast to be, but it’s also not bad! Next time I’ll use more leaf…

Meanwhile, my Butiki order arrived! YEAH!
Turn the kettle on baby, momma’s gonna steep some tea!

jessiwrites

Mmmmm, Butiki…

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drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
2485 tasting notes

I got a sample of this & a few other black teas in my order from the Tea Spot, & it won’t last long! I drank a cup this morning, complete with re-steeps, & I don’t know how to describe it!
~ The aroma & taste remind me somewhat of a Keemun, in that there is a little of that (very light) smoke & brown sugar essence.
~ The mouth feel is ridiculously smooth & creamy, almost like I’m drinking goatmilk, but thinner, like the purest water ever.
~ It’s bold, with almost a coffee-like background, a little chocolatey, mouth watering, & did I mention ‘smooth’? It’s as smooth as silk!
Next time I get the tin…
And Sil, the answer to your question is “Yes” :D

Sil

bwahahahaha :)

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Yesterday after drinking several steepings of this, I followed Bonnie’s pattern & put them in a jar of water in the fridge, & now I’m enjoying a nice cold brew with my lunch! Not as potent as ice tea, but definitely a step up from water!

Rachel J

I’ve been doing that with all kinds of teas too. It’s nice to have a light iced tea with lunch!

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Headed out to a rehearsal in a few minutes.
I actually started with Qu Hao Silk by the Teaspot, but I’ll have to ‘add a tea’ & tell you about it later.

This will be a busy day, rehearsal 10 to 12, a few errands, students 3 – 5, sound check 7:00, concert at 8:00. More info on my FB, for those who want to hear a sample of the style of stuff we’re doing.

I love this Tiger!! I need a good Assam to get me going today, as I stayed up practicing until 2:00, again!!

Update: I’m at the rehearsal. I’m not playing during this number, so I’m sipping my Assam & reading reviews on my iPad. I just realized that THIS was my 666th review!
There must be something auspicious about THAT, right? :D

Ysaurella

I am really impressed by the picture of the tiger in the middle of the tea “fire” circle !

Terri HarpLady

Yeah! I’m a sucker for good graphics!

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

Location

St. Louis, MO

Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

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