3006 Tasting Notes

Tony (my awesome man of 13 years) actually made his first tea order!
He’s been drinking London Tea Room’s ‘Jubilee’, which is an earl grey, for quite some time. He used to drink English breakfast, until he tried earl grey, & now that’s pretty much all he will drink. So he was at a coffeeshop & they had an earl from Ahmad tea, which he really enjoyed, so he ordered some. He knows I like breakfast blends so he ordered some of their English Breakfast for me (because he once heard me say, “There’s no point only ordering one tea. If you’re paying for shipping you might as well order 2 or 3”). I’ve never tried Ahmad teas, so there’s something to look forward to.

This tea came out of Traveling Tea Box ‘A’. I wanted something caffeine free for the evening, so I kept 2 bags. I double bagged it, & I’m glad because there really isn’t a lot there, flavor-wise. I also added stevia, & that helped. It’s ok, passable, & probably my last tea of the night.

Sil

Yay! Someday my other half will order tea….maybe….not.

gmathis

Ahmad has a couple of good stout breakfast teas I like muchly: Warwick Assam and Hampton Breakfast (which hits you in the muzzly, sleepy face with a truncheon).

Terri HarpLady

I’m not exactly sure what he ordered for me, something breakfast related. I don’t see him much during the week, even though he only lives 5 minutes away, LOL. Maybe that’s why we’ve managed to stay together for so long! ;)
Anyways, I have a valentines gig tonight, then I’ll stop over for a few hours & see what he bought & although it will be late for drinking it, I’ll at least take a whiff!

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This is one of the Verdant Tea of the Month Reserve selections for February! It is a beautiful hand crafted tea, sage green with streaks of tan, with the heady aroma of jasmine…aahhhhh!

Damp it smells of moss & key lime.

The first 2 steepings had me lying in the forest on a bed of moss. The flavor is lightly floral & vegetative, with what I can only describe as a mossy texture, & a lingering jasmine sweetness in the back of the throat.

3 & 4: mmmmmm, creamy & sweet, with a hint of astringency & a fuzzy tongue sensation. These were my favorite.

5 & 6: I steeped the hand-twisted tea in a glass gaiwan (even though it always gets ridiculously hot & burns my fingers) so that I could watch them unfold. At this point they are fully unraveled & beautiful. The tea from these steepings has a taste & mouth-feel of key lime (I actually compared it to one of the limes on my mini-tree), with a clear & bright sensation, a lingering bitterness on the tongue, & sweet jasmine in the back of the throat.

7 & 8: The lime & moss aromas are gone, now I just smell the jasmine in the wet leaf. The flavor is still bright, but the bitterness of lime peel is gone. Now I have a fine, clear jasmine tea.

This is a luxurious treat!

Sil

woman! you get to them so quickly! Mine hasn’t even made it here yet :(

Terri HarpLady

Really? I think mine came last friday, but then I was running around all weekend, & then sick for a couple days. I was even at first hesitant to try it out today, wondering how my tastebuds would be, but the Big Red Robe went down nice & flavorful, so I figured, “I deserve something really special”.

Terri HarpLady

Maybe that explains why I keep being the first to review so many of them, eh?

Sil

lol probably. canada = usually 10 days before i get it :(

Kasumi no Chajin

I’m not in Canada, but I have to brace myself for trying verdant…brave it really…have had poor luck with my palate so far.

Terri HarpLady

Chajin, have you tried any of their teas yet?

Terri HarpLady

Sil, hang in there! I’ll try not to flaunt it too much ;)

Terri HarpLady

It would be nice if it arrived before you leave the country, eh? If not, I’m sure it will be waiting for you when you return!
(is the cup half empty or half full?)

NofarS

I was thinking of buying a glass gaiwan, but then I saw your review and changed my mind :) I think I’ll stick with my glass teapot to show off nice tea…
This makes me want to join the reserve club. But it’s a little expensive for me now…

Kasumi no Chajin

yes, I have tried 3, maybe 4 verdant so far.

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Finally! Something with a little substance!
I’ve been sipping through several steepings of this, gongfu style, & it’s quite pleasant. I swear, to me it has a peachy taste, undercurrents of chocolate, cinnamon, & a delightful roastiness.
Also, everything I said in my previous review of this tea still applies!

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At 9am the city water guys came to the door to tell me they’d be turning my water off at 9:45 for 2 – 3 hours, so I jumped in the shower & got cleaned up. Then I realized I needed to hoard some water for my tea!! I filled every available jar, pitcher, measuring cup, etc. I also quickly washed the dished that were basking in the sink. And I filled a couple of buckets in the bathroom so the toilet could be flushed.

I haven’t really drank much tea so far today, as my guts are still a little out of sink from being sick. I tried Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange, but it quickly became clear that THAT wasn’t going to work out (way too acidic, I don’t even like it on a good day). Down the drain.
I liquidated 2 apples in my vitamix…that was good.
I liquidated a carrot in my vitamix…also good.
I ate 1/2 an avocado & took a few sips of cultured kraut juice to get some healthy bacteria into my guts.
I think I deserve some tea now.
This tea is mild, which is not necessarily what I want, but it is what I need. There is a very small hint of maltiness & roses, & a citrus brightness as well.
They never did turn off the water…so far…

Butiki Teas

Oooh, you have a Vitamix too. Isn’t it like the most amazing thing ever? I love mine. That’s so cool that you cultured kraut. I just started 3 cultures yesterday. I did a carrot/cumin/ginger combo, an apple/cinnamon, and a cauliflower/cayenne/cumin/turmeric combo. Sauerkraut is on my list next.

Terri HarpLady

Stacy, I have every appliance you could ever want: Vitamix, Champion juicer, excaliber dehydrator, and the list goes on. I’m a fan of slow foods, so I make all kinds of cultured veggies & live off them sometimes. My latest kraut, ‘dilled coleslaw kraut’ just went in the frig today (after a month on the counter) & it is awesome. I’m thinking my next projects will be gingered carrots, some kind of daikon pickle (I still have daikon from this year’s garden), & I want to do a kraut that is more south american style I think…with cilantro, cumin & I’m not sure what else yet…

Butiki Teas

Sounds like we both have some stocked kitchens. I have a rincon dehydrator and a breville juicer. I love my juicer but I would like to get a masticating juicer at some point but they are crazy expensive. Sounds like you have some awesome projects lined up.

Terri HarpLady

your cauliflower project sounds intriguing!

Butiki Teas

Thanks, I can’t wait to taste it (in 45ish days). Hahaha. I love your idea for a South American kraut. I bet that would be delicious.

Terri HarpLady

Questions:
How long do you let the apple cinnamon culture for?
Does it get alcoholic?
I did one with apples, cabbage, cinnamon stick, ginger, cranberries, & OJ (& maybe some other stuff, LOL). I’m still not sure how I feel about it…

On the juicer topic, although I’ve had the champion forever (literally), most of the time I just throw things in the vitamix. It’s SO much easier, & I get to drink whole carrot (or whatever I’m juicing).

Terri HarpLady

I’m still not totally sure what I’ll put in the S.Am. Kraut…green cabbage, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin seed, chilis, I have a key lime tree in my sunroom that’s loaded, so I may slice a few of those really thin & toss them in there…

Butiki Teas

The apple cinnamon I’m fermenting is 1-2 weeks out of fridge (depending on when bubbles stop), 1 week in fridge. Nope, shouldn’t be alcoholic. I’m using a 2% salinity for these guys. That apples combo sounds interesting. Was it sour?

I wish I could always use the vitamix it is sooo easy to clean but unfortunately the hubby doesn’t like the texture. I’m getting close to doing my winter 2 week raw thing that I do, so I imagine I will be making lots of green smoothies.

Wow, it sounds like the SA kraut is going to be killer. Mmmm, I bet chillies would be good. My friend made something similar-ish and brought it to our fermenting party (ok, so its not a party but some girls getting together fermenting stuff and drinking wine) last night. It was a latin kimchi as she called it but had some similar ingredients and a chilli pepper which really was fantastic.

Terri HarpLady

I used to be a raw vegan, & practically lived on green smoothies & cultured veggies, LOL.

The cranberry stuff is interesting…pretty intense really, the first bite is always a little off-putting for me, as the berries give it a little bit of a wine aroma, but once I chew it a few times that goes away & I taste the ginger & cinnamon. If I did it again, I’d age it for less time. I had planned on a week, & tasted it then & it was interesting, but then I got sidetracked & “oops” 5 more days had gone by. It is fairly sour. I’d probably add more apple too. I’m not really sure that I’ll make it again though.

We should start our own FB “Cultures are us” page!

Butiki Teas

I’ve done raw for a month but after that I crave warm food. Though I usually will do partial raw for much longer after my initial full on raw cleanse.

The cranberry stuff certainly sounds intriguing.

Hahaha Cultures R Us. I love it. I would definitely join that.

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sipdown!
Ok, that’s kind of lame cuz this was in a sample package, but still, it’s gone now.
I started my tea drinking day with this because my guts are still a little achy & I’m not quite ready for food yet today.
This is a little minty, & quite soothing, so hopefully that will be helpful.

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
3006 tasting notes

Continuing my quest for relaxing teas, this will be my last tea of the evening.
It is also the last cup of this in my cupboard: another sip down :)
This really is a flavorful cup, bright with the taste of fresh mango, a little spice. I’m not a huge fan of rooibos, it tends to remind me of tobacco for some reason, but here it gives a caramelized flavor as a backdrop. I sweetened my cup with Stevia, & it is perfect for tonight.

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I wanted more tea, but not more caffeine. I used to have a lot of herbal teas, but somehow that is no longer the case. I did come across a sample box from mighty leaf that was given to me from one of my students, & this one looks interesting.

In my mind, this is a classic herbal tea. It is aesthetically beautiful, & the flavors are nicely balanced so that I can taste each ingredient, without anything being in my face. There is just enough chamomile, just enough citrus, etc.

As a side note, I’d like to say that I don’t care for the ‘silk’ bags. They are not biodegradable, & the proof is in my compost pile. If I were to order more of this, I’d want it loose.

Sil

Stacy has a chamomile blend that’s a nice “everyday” kinda of chamomile citrus

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to give that one a try on my next butiki order, which will probably be coming up soon!

Sil

It’s relatively inexpensive too if I recall… Heh

Terri HarpLady

That’s good to know! : )

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This is my first cup of tea in 2 days. I woke up in the early hours of monday morning with a stomach bug, which seems to be going around. I spent all day monday sleeping away the delirium of feverishness, & today have mostly slept as well. I was awake for a few reading sessions (I’m now past 50% on American Heiress!).

This brings to mind an Irish Fiddle tune, “When sick, is it tea you want?” I can’t drink tea on an empty stomach, so I had none.

Now I’m on the mend, having a bowl of soup. It’s late in the day, but I really wanted some tea! I opened the cupboard & went straight into the ‘hoarding’ section, & I knew I wanted this. Such a richly balanced blend, I know that many of us had hoped that David would create a Winter blend, but since winter is almost over, that seems unlikely. I can only hope that he will make another summer blend. Until then, I will continue to hoard this until it’s gone.

Josie Jade

Hope you feel better soon, Terri! Glad you had The American Heiress to keep you company :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Josie! My appetite is returning, & that’s always a good sign!
American heiress has turned out to be a much smoother read than Anna karenina, & it’s going by very quickly. At this rate I’ll finish it long before the deadline :)

Fjellrev

Aww no, sick twins! Hope you’ll feel better soon. You truly do deserve a hoarded tea at a time like this.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks incendiare. I hope you’re feeling better as well :)

gmathis

Irish fiddle tunes :) Believe it’s nearly time to break out the “Cherish the Ladies” CD!

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I got an order from adagio, which included some rooibos samples. Those who know me will be thinking, “why did she get that? I know she doesn’t care for rooibos.” And you’re right!
I don’t dislike the flavor, it’s that one piece that always manages to somehow get stuck in my throat…akckckck

So why did I buy this (and a few other samples)? Because I’m trying to cut my caffeine back in the evening a little, but I still want to drink something.

So with this tea I did not have the “ackckck” experience, I’m grateful to say. But the tea was pretty lame.

I’m thinking a chicory chai might be interesting…hmmm…

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The only decent tea I’ve had all day was the Keemun I had this morning. I just need one more cup of something black, something with some flavor, something satisfying. This is it. :)

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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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