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2517 Tasting Notes

drank Exotic Pear by Butiki Teas
2517 tasting notes

This is a nice delicate tea, very clean tasting. Very soothing.
It’s also really pretty, with it’s yellow flowers & such.
I bought a small amount of it, & I know I served it to Tony once.
Neither of us were enamored. It’s not bad, just kind of je ne se qua…
“Boring?” little Terri offers.
“Shhhh”, Ms. Theresa says, “We don’t want to hurt Ms Stacy’s feelings!”
“Oh! Sorry Ms Stacy! We love you!”

I think we (that’s me, myself, and I…among others in my head) would all prefer a pear tea that is more of a caramelized kind of taste. Maybe with some ginger…
Anyway, I admit, I tend to lean more to the bold end of things. The quality & flavor of this tea is excellent, & is a better choice for when I want to be quiet & introspective.

Butiki Teas

No worries, this one was retired. I’m still working with the pear. Nothing is coming out amazing, so we will have to see what I end up with that is pear.

Terri HarpLady

I have full confidence that you will find a way to make it shine!

Butiki Teas

Thanks Terri!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a cup of Matcha, but I’m pleased to report that my whisking technique is still top notch! I got a nice head of foam on my cup, no clumps, & enjoyed a tasty cup of green goodness!

Ms Theresa (who had the idea for the chart, & the analysis I reported on earlier) has pointed out that I need to drink up more whites, greens, oolongs, & puers before I can have another cup of black tea. So here we go…

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First Sip down on the day!
This was sent to me by Ysaurella, & it’s a very interesting tea.
It is a strong Assam, laced with a very buttery caramel & topped off with bitter chocolate. To me it really tastes like there is a shot of expresso in there too, because of the bitter edge.
I drank 2 cups of this. The first one was plain, & the 2nd with stevia.
I love them both!
Thanks again Ysaurella!

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First cup of the day!
This is a lovely Dian Hong, not too bold, but sweetly smooth, & a nice wakeup to enjoy whilst fixing my breakfast. The flavor is full & rich, but mellow, with a caramel & sweet potato essence, & a linen thick mouthfeel. I steeped the 1st cup for 2 minutes, 2nd cup for 3. Both are delicious & satisfying (I guess that’s my word of the week!).

Recently I cataloged all of my teas (including samples & trades), & am checking them off as I drink them, in an effort to work my way through everything on a regular basis. I have 18 straight unflavored black teas, with 4 more on the way. Here’s the analysis of my drinking habit over the past week (probably really just 5 days), just for fun. The number represents either a cup of that tea, or in the case of teas that were brewed in a gaiwan, a session:
White – 0
Green – 2
Oolong (any style, flavored or plain) – 1
Black (plain) – 14 (on some I cheated & drank them more than once, but I’m not counting the cheats)
Black (flavored) – 12
Puer (shu) – 1 (I really like shu, & I have plenty, just been busy)
Puer (Sheng) – 2 (same as above)
Puer (flavored)- 3
TOMC samples that don’t fit: 3
Samples from friends: 8

So we can see where my true allegiances lie, where teas are concerned.

Indigobloom

that sounds like me, with the black. I loooove my assam! though I drink more green than puerh

Terri HarpLady

Black tea is just SO AWESOME!

Indigobloom

Hehe, agreed!!!

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This has been in my cupboard for quite some time. I’m not really hoarding it, it’s just not that exciting of a blend for me.
I love Big Red robe, I love Laoshan black, I love chocolate, I don’t mind a little chamomile. I want to like this blend. But for me, it’s just ok. I drank the first 2 steepings plain (2 min, then 3) & on the 3rd steeping I tried a little honey. :P meh…
I have enough to drink it one more time, which I plan to do soon, & I think I’ll up the first steep to 3 minutes, as it just doesn’t seem all that exciting (I already upped the amount of tea to a Tbl).

Sil

Yeah…this one is kinda…meeeeeeh…..for me

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I think its too…amalgamated. Nothing really stands out, which might be considered a plus in a blend for some people, but for me, this one just doesn’t work.

Bonnie

Stick some puerh in like the breakfast blend. I liked this cold.

Terri HarpLady

It might be good as a cold brew, the mint would give a refreshing quality. Maybe I’ll do that with the last bit.
Whats the ratio of water to leaf for cold brewing? Anyone?

Sil

i usually make it the same, though if i plan on adding ice cubes later to keep it cold i add a little extra. since i can always dillute it later

MsWhatsit

Yeah, chamomile with chocolate does sound kind of weird…

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Sil, I think I’ll give that a try.
MsWhatsit! It’s about time you showed up on here, sis! :D

Bonnie

Not me. I like my cold brew more diluted,more of a hint of tea flavor in a larger amount of water which may be steeping 24hrs. If I want to I sweeten it…depends. I cold brew puer, and throw good quality spent leaves in a pitcher (or filter bottle) with a pinch of new leaves. I haven’t been disappointed yet. Some oolongs work well, especially roasty oolongs.

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Yesterday I drank several short steepings of this, using the gongfu method. It was a satisfying late afternoon.
Today I ended my caffeine day with several xingyang style steepings, 2 minutes in length each (the last few were 3 minutes), & it was another satisfying late afternoon, a little more robust, but every bit as tasty.
This Shu has an interesting incense like flavor, not as sweet as some of the other shu’s I’ve drank, but earthy & satisfying, for sure.
I just realized I used the word ‘satisfying’ 3 times. Whatever…

Kittenna

Hahaha – whatever is right! This is no English essay/scientific paper, you can use the same word in every sentence if you want! :P (I hate finding synonyms :( )

MsWhatsit

Well, that just emphasizes how satisfying it was. In case there was any doubt.

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This is a nice creamy one, with almonds & flowers in the flavor!
My guitar player friend came over to rehearse today, for a concert we’re playing next week at Webster University. It will be all his original compositions, with harp, guitar, bass, strings, & some vocalizations. It’s pretty cool stuff, with influences of Raga style music (he studied with Imrat Khan, famous sitar player from India who teaches in St. Louis), jazz, & other styles.

He is a tea drinker, & the last time he came over I turned him on to one of the Laoshan greens & Ms He’s Dragonwell. He loved them both! So today it was this Tieguanyin, of which I still have enough for one more session! Of course, it was a big hit! How could it not be? He’d never had a green oolong, & was immediately enamored with the floral taste.

Maybe I’ll make him a sampler bag of amazing teas as a gift.

MsWhatsit

Great idea! I hope he likes it.

Terri HarpLady

Maybe if he likes it enough, I’ll have a tea ordering buddy, right?

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It’s been awhile since I had this, but it is so tasty & satisfying! I think I have enough left to drink it one more time after today…
BTW, I noticed that David is starting to bring back some of the summery blends on the Verdant site!! Hopefully this one will follow soon!

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This was my 2nd cup of tea at breakfast.
I can’t say I’m a fan, but at least the lavender wasn’t too prominent. I love lavender, the smell of it is wonderful, but I don’t care for it in my tea or in my food.
Gratefully I’m home now, where I have a crazy & wonderful selection of teas that I do love!
BTW…did you know that under the ‘companies’ heading, there are 4 listings each for Stash & for Tazo? This applies to several other company listings as well. If I had more time, I’d go in & consolidate all the multiple listings, just because (look out, here comes a rare left brain moment, someone let Ms Theresa out of the closet) it really irritates me! Maybe a group of us could each agree to take a letter of the alphabet, & clean up that letter, consolidating all the companies & reviews that have multiple listings. Any comments?

Dinosara

Duplicate companies can be merged, but it has to be done by Jason because it is somewhat tricky. A while back they had to fix DavidsTea because there were multiple listings for that company. I think they best thing to do would be to email Jason with an example of the listings that show different company names, and eventually he’ll get to fixing it. It can take longer than merging multiple tea listings, which seems straightforward.

For merging listings of an individual tea, you can email Ricky with both of the listings, and I usually say which one I think is more accurate/whatever for him to use as the primary one, while the second one gets deleted after the tasting notes are moved over. Those he usually gets to pretty quickly, within a day or so.

The problem with trying to do it ourselves is that we can’t move tasting notes! But I send things to Ricky all the time. I feel like I must get annoying but he has thanked me for helping clean up the Steepster database. :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Sara!
I was thinking we could go in & edit a Tea, changing the company it was listed under, & all the tasting notes would move with it.
Oh well…I’m not gonna worry about it then.

Dinosara

Yeah I suppose that would work for teas that aren’t double listed under two “different” companies. Of course then the “wrong” company name is still hanging out there in the database and you know somebody will use it again. :P

Kittenna

I cleaned up a bunch of duplicate DavidsTeas recently, as many organic ones were duplicated (people really don’t look before they create a new tea, argh!) But yes, Jason is pretty good at taking care of things/merging duplicates if you find them! It bothers me a lot too.

Kittenna

And yeah, if you can change companies to something consistent (i.e. there are no double-listed teas), that’s a perfect way to deal with some of it! Unfortunately, Steepster won’t let you name two teas from the same company the same thing (unless you’re sneaky and put a space at the end of the name ;) )

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Tuesday is the day my daughter Ari & her son usually come for breakfast, & we have a wonderful time drinking tea, & fixing & eating way too much food! Today we went out to a local breakfast joint, accompanied by my 2 sons as well. The tea selection there is always iffy, but I did find one bag of this EB, which for a bagged EB isn’t too bad.

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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!

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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