3091 Tasting Notes

Little Terri fixed Breakfast, & the girl knows how to cook!
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Nothing goes better with a breakfast like that than a malty cup of Assam! Although this Organic Assam is not as bold & thick as Tea Spots (not organic) Assam, it is still malty, with a lightly sweet essence & smooth body. A nice start for my day!

Sil

want!

Sil

(breakfast that is…)

Lindsey

Oh, that breakfast looks heavenly! Putting my microwaved egg to shame.

Indigobloom

nomnomnom

Starfevre

My breakfast consisted of water so I’m a bit envious.

Fjellrev

Wow, they must be scrumptious!

Terri HarpLady

They were! Not too sweet, just a little maple syrup, cuz I can’t handle much in the sugar department.
I think my ‘retirement’ job should be a bed & breakfast. It would be great to have houseguests regularly. I could make awesome food from my garden & other local sources, take them on tours of St. Louis, suggest places to visit, take them on float trips, peach picking, or whatever happens to be seasonal. AND of course, there would be tea, SO MUCH TEA!

gmathis

Oooooh….check me in!

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Yesterday after my wedding gig I rewarded myself with a(nother wonderful) cup of this!
Then Tony & I went out for dinner & to hear some of friends band play.

Did ya know it also resteeps nicely?
I usually start my day with something bold & unflavored, but this morning I resteeped these leaves,
Because I didn’t want to waste their awesomeness.

Sil

steepster is being stupid. you may get a comment 6 times. but mostly..mostly i’m just jealous since mine will take forever to get to me since kittenna placed the order lol

Terri HarpLady

;ppp NanaNanaNAaaNa!!

Terri HarpLady

ok, sorry, that was mean…lol…

Seems like the dashboard tends to have problems on the weekends, when we’re all sitting around in our PJs with nothing to do but drink tea & write about it, eh?

Sil

Your box is officially in the mail today :)

Terri HarpLady

Awesome! I’m SO excited!

Kittenna

Psh, forever…

Sil

FOR.EVER!

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Oh, I have missed this tea!
My Butiki order came a few days ago, & I think sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss something until you have it again, ya know?
This is a rich, bold, spicey, tasty, malty Assam with amazing looking leaves. So good to be drinking this now! I’ve been on an Assam jag lately, & this one is SO satisfying!

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
3091 tasting notes

2nd cup of the day! I do recommend 2 tsp @ 3 minutes! Yum!

Sil

Stop tempting with teas in my cupboard that aren’t sipdowns! Lol

Terri HarpLady

Can I help it if I love so many of the same teas you love? :D

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This was my first cup of the morning, so satisfyingly sweet, malty, & bold.

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In an effort to broaden my SO’s horizons, I have been providing him with samples of various Earl Grey’s, since EG is his preferred tea (although he’ll also drink straight black teas).

He loved this one! He especially liked the lingering aftertaste, & his actual words were, “Where can I get more of this?”
Win!

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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
3091 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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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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