2971 Tasting Notes

drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2971 tasting notes

First cup of the day. I need to re-read my notes before steeping, as I forgot that this one requires 2 tsp to be more satisfying.
That’s not to say that it isn’t a tasty tea, because it is, with an essence of honey & a rich nuttiness to it. It’s just not particularly bold, & I like to start off with something bold.
I’m gonna make a note on the bag so I don’t forget to increase the amount next time.

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I used to drink a lot of Dragonwell at one time. This one is the classic embodiment of what a Dragonwell should be. The leaves are beautiful, flat, sage green, with a heady aroma of green-ness. They brew into a pale yellow.

The flavor is sweet & green, with a thickness to the mouth. Delicious.
Thank you Angel & TeaVivre for this lovely & generous sample!

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This is the last of this sample from SIL, & probably my favorite of the sloane samples she sent. It’s dark chocolate liquor with some almond essence. I added stevia. My only wish would be a thicker or creamier mouth feel, if that makes sense to anyone, as it feels ‘thin’.
Not really a problem though, it’s tasty.
Thanks Sil :)


I have a problem with most chocolate teas feeling thin- I always want hot chocolate after I have them! :-)

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This tea also came with me to breakfast. In retrospect, I wish I would have saved this one for later, so I could really focus on the sample, which Stacy sent to me a few weeks ago. I usually like to drink these samples when I’m just sitting around so I can pay attention to them, but it was in my purse, & I wanted more tea, so there it is.

It’s a greener Darjeeling, & the main thing I noticed about it was a pleasant peachy flavor & some nice malt, & some vegetal notes. As the cup cooled a little these were joined by a floral essence, very jasmine like.

Thank you Stacy. This is a very nice Darjeeling.

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Tony & I went to breakfast with his daughter for father’s day. Luckily I had a few teas & a steeper in my purse, because the selection at the restaurant was pretty lame. I drank this one while I was waiting for my breakfast to come out, & it’s such a wonderful cup that I didn’t mind the wait. German chocolate cake with coconut caramel frosting, with a rocky wuyi essence. I think the 2nd steeping is always my favorite.


That sounds incredibly good. I’ve only got a sample so I’ll have to make sure it doesn’t get wasted ny drinking it on a busy day where I could neglect it.

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First tea of the morning. Tony has a thing for Ahmad Earl Grey, so when he ordered some, several months ago, he also got a 100G tin of this for me. I feel that I should drink a cup from time to time, & since today is Father’s Day, here it is.

It’s not a bad tea, actually, but not a tea Im fond of.It’s sufficiently bold, pretty bassy, with an astringent bite. It is the type of breakfast blend that I shouldn’t drink before breakfast, or that I should include some form of sweetener or coconut creamer with, as I can feel in my gut the rising of queasiness that comes from certain teas on an empty stomach. I should drink it more often so that it gets used up, & then I can take the tin home & refill it with something wonderful.

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Enjoying a cup of this after dinner. I probably don’t need any more caffeine tonight, but I really wanted a dessert, & here it is.

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thanks to Sil for the chance to sample some teas from Sloan, including this one.

Admittedly, this one isn’t doing it for me.its ok, but there’s an odd aftertaste I just don’t care for.
Oh we’ll, I guess you can’t like everything! Still worth trying, & I still have a bag left, so I’ll try again another day.


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I’ll say it again, with a little more enthusiasm, “Yum!”
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to like this, much less to love it. I’ve never been a big fan of flavored green teas, & without sweetener it’s just ok. Add a little bit of sweetness & the deliciousness of strawberry & buttery toffee step up. I didn’t taste the ginger at all.
Thanks for the tasty sample Stacy!


I guess there’s hope. Maybe I should order Stacy’s green teas to restore faith in the variety.


Green teas aren’t much up my alley but Stacy does have a couple that are pretty good


I can’t wait to get my Butiki order from OMGSrsly
Stacy gave us a few extra samples of her new tea, and this might be one!!!

Butiki Teas

Cavocorax-It is but it isn’t the final version, though it is very close to the final version.


that’s funny that you say you don’t notice the ginger. It was the strongest flavor to me :) But I didn’t notice the toffee at all!

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This is one potent cup of tea!
So, admittedly, this is one of those teas I probably would never have ordered. It’s so finely chopped it looks like coffee grounds!
Stacy sent me a sample, so here it is. It’s really intensely good!
I haven’t drank for 30 years, but it reminds me of one of those really dark thick beers. It’s malty, fruity, a little edgy. This is what I expect an Irish breakfast tea to be like, really In Your Face!

Not something I’d want to drink every day, but I might add a little to my cupboard from time to time.
Thanks Stacy!


haha you really do only want to steep this one for a minute…maybe less lol

Terri HarpLady

The instructions on the sample packet said 2 minutes!


oh! on the package you buy i could swear it says one minute…as do the instructions on steepster lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, oh well. I was still drowsy, so who knows. I’m AWAKE now! :)

Butiki Teas

1 minute is the time we recommend but 2 minutes is what was recommended to us. I just find 2 minutes to be a little too strong, though some days I need a full 2 minutes.

Terri HarpLady

It was bold & beautiful at 2 min for sure, but next time I try it I’ll most likely tone it down a bit.

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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.

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Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
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