3004 Tasting Notes

Just finally getting around to reviewing this, mainly because my son Drew made a pot of it to go with his breakfast & I pilfered a (small/stingy) cup from him. The main flavor is coconut, with black tea in the background & a little vanilla & a hint of apple. He spiked the whole pot with stevia, & it is sweet & pleasant, though maybe not as bold as I would like. Right now the coconut is making me think of suntan lotion a bit… :p


mmmm delicious delicious suntan lotion…

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Whew! I brewed this a little strong this morning, & it is AsSAM!
Bold, Malty, Wine like, & a little on the astringent edge today, WoWza!
Still very drinkable, it is, & it will liven me up for the gig I’m playing today from noon – 4.

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I like peppermint…fresh in salads & also in my toothpaste (Nature’s gate Creme de Peppermint), oh, and in my Burt Bees chapstick! It’s my favorite mint, but I’m not so much of a fan of any mint in teas, & when I do have it in teas, I prefer it in iced teas. So I was somewhat skeptical of this tea, which I received as a sample from Stacy in (one of) my recent Butiki order(s).

I really haven’t had much tea today, but I also don’t want anymore caffeine, since it’s getting into the evening now. So here it is.
The flavor is fine, mint & chocolate, with a bit of a creamy texture to it. The quality of the mint is excellent, my sinuses are enjoying it. I didn’t add stevia, but I think if I had the chocolate would be more present. What I don’t like is after the first sip, my throat immediately feels scratchy. I’m not sure why.


Is it real chocolate or vegan?


Hum…just read the vegan chocolate notes and would like more information. I’d hate to have a soy reaction.

Butiki Teas

Terri-Maybe its a reaction to the marshmallow leaf? Do you have any specific allergies? I hope you are ok.

Bonnie, it is real chocolate but also vegan. We use allergen-free chocolate chips. http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/chocolate-for-baking/mini-chips/ So no soy.


Oh good! Thanks Stacy! (I keep cocoa hulls at home for adding that flavor to tea because I’ve not seen non-soy vegan chocolate chips).

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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
3004 tasting notes

I played a wedding over in Illinois today. Tony wanted me to try out his GPS, which I’ve been avoiding. I love technology, but I have gotten lost more than once in IL (it’s so easy), & just wasn’t sure that I could trust the GPS to get me where I was going. Needless to say, it was awesome. When the wedding (which was beautiful except for the baby that screamed the entire time) ended, I checked my starbucks app for a nearby location, entered it’s address into the GPS, & went & got myself a Chai. I also got a new car mug, which I already love! It’s stainless steel on the outside & ceramic on the inside. I love it!

When I got home I brewed a cup of this Cha Yen in my new mug, which is basically a coconut chai, more or less. It’s one of the only Teavana teas that I actually like, & is especially nice with stevia & coconut creamer.


Cool. They didn’t have that tumbler locally. I bought the one that is ceramic inside and out. Haven’t got to try it yet.

Terri HarpLady

Those are nice too! I have one!

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drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
3004 tasting notes

Gotta get ready to leave in a few minutes to play at a wedding over in Collinsville, IL.
I’ve enjoyed this tea, which re-steeps very nicely. I reviewed it a few weeks ago:

Sadly, it’s a sipdown, but it is on the list for my next tea spot order!

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OK…sample sipdown!
This is an interesting tea, tasty lemon pudding/cake flavored. I’m not a huge fan of rooibos, & I’m not really tasting it, so that’s a plus. I drank a lot of caffeine today, so I’m glad to have something that doesn’t pack a punch. Thanks, Sil, for sending me this sample! :)


that’s why i have a few of these in my cupboard, so long as they don’t taste like rooibos lol


Nice, it’s hard to find ones that don’t taste like rooibos!

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I’ve been gazing at the Reserve TOMC box for a few days now. For some reason I seem to always get the box before everyone else, & so I was waiting a few days, to give someone else a chance to be the first to post about these teas. Last night before sleeping, I decided to do a comparison today of this Jin Jun Mei (JJ) to the Wild Picked version (WP) that I also have from Verdant. Every month I struggle with my cynical self (that would be Ms. Theresa) over whether these reserve teas are really so special & worth the price.

I have enough of the WP for about one more session, stored in a tin, but I also have a foil sample packet from awhile back. I decided to use the sample because I felt it would have the freshest taste. I followed the parameters given for each tea, which are not exactly the same, but close enough. These are the only teas I’ve had so far today, & in my tea journal, I took extensive notes all morning long, comparing each individual aspect of the teas, side by side, but rather than bore you with all those details, I’m gonna attempt to narrow it down.
Appearance: JJ = compact dense strands of black & Mahogany, WP =
Fluffier strands of Gold, beige, grey, & black. The look is similar, but by weight, the JJ looks like less tea due to it’s density.
Dry Aroma: ohhh, malt & honey! They both smell awesome, but admittedly, the JJ has a little something more, as if new smelling cells are waking up in my sinuses.
Warmed Aroma: Both smell like fresh bread with butter, but JJ has a sweeter smell, of a fruity honey.
Wet leaf aroma: Similar, with a ‘thick’ quality, WP has a peppery aroma.
Rinse: of course, I sampled the rinse water! Who could resist? To me they were both like unsweetened chocolate water, with the WP a little less pronounced.
Formula: JJ 4G + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 5 sec, adding 2 to each steep.
WP 4G + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 3 sec for 3 steeps, adding 3 to each steep

Throughout all steepings both teas were a beautiful orange brown, with the WP being a slightly browner & cloudier color, with more sediment in the bottom of the cup. Both teas had a lovely malt, butter, & honey flavor, & thick linen feel, with the biggest difference being that the WP gradually became more peppery with a slight bitterness, & JJ also had a fuller flavor all along, even though the color remained lighter, & it also had a sweet potato essence to it.

I love them both! I can see that JJ is a little more refined, but they are both delicious!


Yeah I always get the box super early relative to anyone else. After I got this one I added the teas to the database but haven’t gotten a chance to try them out. This weekend!


Oh wow, I like the sound of this one. :D

Terri HarpLady

I think I have enough of both to do the comparison western style too :)

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Hmmm…not sure how I feel about this one…I think I asked Sil for a sample simply because I’m a Christopher Walken fan, LOL. So while I was drinking it, I watched “The Continental”
Then I also watched the ‘more cowbell’ skit from SNL too. God, I love that skit! LMAO!
The tea? It’s not bad. Not something I’d purchase, but interesting enough to enjoy. Thanks Sil!
It’s gonna need more cowbell!


I keep begging our drummer to add a cowbell just one Sunday. I am not sure I could play if he did… Only a couple of us would get it and I’d be on the floor.

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I’ve been working at my desk all morning, answering phone calls & emails, booking gigs, etc. There is still a ton to do, always…

So it’s my lunch break, & I was trying to decide on a tea. Some part of my conscience keeps saying I should drink more green or white, or whatever, but really I just want another cup of black tea. Why not this?

Smokey teas are not my passion, but while drinking a cup of Keemun awhile back, I realized I do like a little smoke, as long as it doesn’t get to crazy! Also, drinking this tea, which is substantial through & through, not just a cup of smokiness, is making me want to BBQ something, or maybe use this tea as a marinade for something…

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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!


St. Louis, MO



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