158 Tasting Notes

80

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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79
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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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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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
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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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80

Looks and smells fresh in the bag, which is always nice (though I’m not surprised; this company is an excellent tea source). Apparently this is made with real jasmine, another plus. The first thing I noticed about this tea is the jasmine is not overpowering like some jasmine teas, it is blended in nicely on smell and taste. Very refreshing. This would be a great tea for Summer.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

I get scents that remind me of vanilla and butterscotch in the bag. After a quick rinse and then steeping, it takes on a more fresh-floral scent, mixed with the minerally notes one often gets from an oolong, and the vanilla scent is still there but less pronounced. On drinking, the tea tastes just like it smells. I can definitely taste the oolong in here. Everything is well balanced. I’m getting an interesting creamy mouthfeel as it cools. Good stuff, and great customer service as well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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85

First of all, great customer service from this company.

Man this tea smells good in the bag, has a very clean, fresh character.

On steeping it has the classic tea scent, yet it also has notes that remind me of pumpkin, honey, brown sugar, and general vegetal scents.

Taste: Not being the biggest fan of Assam teas, I was skeptical before I tried it, but this is the best Assam I’ve had thus far. Actually, this is one of the best teas I’ve had in general. Smooth and malty. A bit of natural sweetness. Just a slight hint of vegetal and mineral notes. Pretty clean finish, although now that I’m done with the cup there is a nice lingering aftertaste that makes me want more.

It doesn’t need sugar, but I made a second steep and added some out of curiosity, and the tea takes on a nice roasted caramel taste.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a young, 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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