152 Tasting Notes

85
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
152 tasting notes

Smells like honey and lemon while it is steeping. Faintly smells like fresh incense too. Taste is pretty much the same, I get notes that are mostly reminiscent of honey and lemon…maybe a little fruity? Pretty unique in a good way. I shared it with someone, and their verdict? “I REALLY like it!”

I just had some leftover and made it iced. Cold and sweetened seems to bring out that lemony flavor I got even more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
152 tasting notes

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85

I drank this with two other people, and everyone agreed it was fresh and floral tasting (for me in particular it is pretty lavender-like). I’m also getting some notes in the background that remind of basil, and maybe even a hint of cinnamon that comes through once in awhile. A little bit of sweetness in there as well. Good, complex tea. Decent iced, but I prefer it hot and unsweetened.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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87

Are there duplicate review pages going for this tea?
Anyhow this smells potent and fresh in the bag, a good sign!
On taste: Nice and rich, relatively smooth, and everything else I expect out of a good green (and usually only seem to get out of Japanese sencha), i.e. buttery, vegetal notes with a little sweetness in the background. The butter-like notes in here are particularly nice.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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99

This has everything I want in a great iced tea: black tea, with floral qualities and a hint of fruity notes that do not go overboard. Everything is nicely balanced. With a little sugar, this is just about as good as it gets. I now have 3 “must have” iced teas, and this company makes 2 of them, so I give them props for that. I will be ordering more of this.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
The Tea Merchant

Glad you liked it! My 3 favorite iced teas that i make are, this one (Lychee Essence), Tropical Splash, and Peach Petal. I’m curious what other iced tea themed blend did you like?

El Monstro

The other one is actually the French Earl Grey, which I had been drinking hot but decided to try iced because it’s getting warm outside.

The Tea Merchant

Oh interesting to be fair i have never had that one iced, i think i will do that today!

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86
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
152 tasting notes

The smell in the bag reminds me a bit of these chewy coconut candies I loved as a kid. Ah nostalgia. Smells kind of oolong-y while it steeps. On taste, this is definitely good and deserving of its high rating. I can taste the green tea in here, with vegetal notes coming through, but also am getting a taste that once again reminds me of that chewy candy from my youth.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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83

My first African tea. Tastes rich, vegetal, and maybe a little floral as well perhaps. I’ve been drinking a lot of Japanese green teas lately, so this is a nice change to something a little different. At about 165F for just over two minutes I didn’t find it bitter at all.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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81
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
152 tasting notes
I’m getting earthy smells that remind me of pu-erh while it steeps. Taste is earthy as well, and I’m getting notes that are reminiscent of raisin as it cools. It’s quite smooth on mouthfeel. I think I prefer this without sugar, it is good straight on it’s own.
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m basically a bum with gourmet taste.
I’ve been drinking tea since I was a youngin’, as a way of relaxing before bed. I ventured out from bagged, mass produced tea when I tried some loose leaf Earl Grey at the old man’s house years back. I’m still not too proud for the occasional bagged stuff, saving my snobbery for hard to find craft beer.

I gravitate towards Chinese black-tea varieties, Japanese greens, unflavored oolongs from wherever, and the occasional “I cant sleep” type of herbal teas. I signed up so I can keep track of the teas I’ve tried, and what I want to keep in my cupboard on the regular.

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