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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
390 tasting notes

Things happen …finally…there is a rooibos I appreciate !
It’s not as good as real tea to me but it is nice.

Mango lassi isn’t my favorite Indian lassi (I prefer the mint or the rose one) but this is a beverage I like anyway.

Here the mango aroma is really wonderful and take the head of the notes.
It’s not creamy as a lassi can be but the quality of the mango aroma is really impressive and I really appreciated this rooibos (this is an exploit !)

Thank you Azzrian for the opportunity you gave me to taste this blend.

Thanks too to cteresa for supporting me to continue tasting rooibos :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec
momo

Fruity ones are so much better!

Ysaurella

I think so and will continue this way :)

cteresa

LOL, yay for giving rooibos a chance – some of them are indeed worth it!

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Thank you so much Azzrian for sharing this blend with me.

I really enjoy it, I find the green tea base very subtle without any astringency nor bitterness even if I over-steeped it a little.

This is my second Butiki teas only and I am really impressed with this brand.
The pistachio flavour is the leading role – it is clearly creamy but cannot really say I get an iced cream flavour, much more a creamy pistachio (which is perfect to me)

As my mug is cooling, the flavours become more interesting : the pistachio is more & more present and the creamy note totally invades the aftertaste. I imagine it could be a very nice iced tea as well.

I really loved it – thanks again Azzrian

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

Ysaurella – butiki has wonderful flavoured teas! Stacy has some serious magic in the way that she blends things. If you like grapefruit…try her grapefruit dragon well.

All of that being said, she also has some mighty fine unflavoured teas too!

Ysaurella

Azzrian was so generous to me …she sent me several Butiki teas to taste these fantastic blends. Now I feel I won’t be long to place order !

Sil

If there are more you want to try that I have in my cupboard let me know in January! I’m happy to send among a few more for you to try!

If you like black straight teas….try her premium Taiwanese Assam. Soooo good.

Azzrian

And you also sent me SO many WONDERFUL teas!!! Thank you so much I have enjoyed many – now that I can make tasting notes I am too sick to drink tea :( Hope to make some notes very soon!

Sil

Ooh looking forward to see the reviews from both of you :)

Tis also makes me want to try this tea again….as luck would have it, I do have a bag of it haha

Ysaurella

@ Azzrian : oh get well soon we all had a cold around on last days
@ Sil : no probs, we’ll see in January for our swap :) I am sure I have a lot to discover about Butiki teas and other North american tea brands

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drank Raspberry Vanilla by Yumchaa
390 tasting notes

Thanks lovely cteresa for sending it over me.

but I won’t rate it.
I love vanilla (good ones only ! this is an aroma which cannot bear mediocrity to my opinion)
I love ,but really love, raspberry, my favourite fruit.

So what’s the problem ???…it’s me !!!
I trust cteresa (her tastes & opinions are so reliable), this is surely a very good rooibos. I trust Angrboda as well of course, I love so much your reviews and your notes !

The point is I think I really do not like Rooibos …until now…but will persevere : L’appétit vient en mangeant…as we say in French ;)

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

Hmm now I am not so sure if red rooibos is for you. We all got our own tastes! But I can not think of any rooibos more likely to convert you than this.

But maybe green rooibos, have you ever had any? It does not have that particularl rooibos body but it has more body than tisanes though and be lovely on its own or as basis for other teas. It is really quite different!

Ysaurella

I’ll give this rooibos another try – it has everything I love especially raspberry so I’ll give another try (I always give several try to teas and chances to people too !) sometimes we need to learn by trying again & again, it’s probably what I have to do with rooibos.

cteresa

It is true about people surely! Teas should get their chances as well!

An idea, do not brew rooibos TOO cold – at least 90, 95 maybe even, and at least 5 minutes (some rooibos not much longer but this one is not a problem how long it stays.) try 95 and some 6 minutes or so.

Ysaurella

thanks for the tip about temperature it may be why I found the rooibos not bodied enough to me

TheTeaFairy

Ysaurelle, I too am having difficulties with red Rooibos, finding it bears some kind of medicine aftertaste most of the time…But I’ve come to appriciate a few, such as David’sTea Ô Canada, and some Tealish very fruity blends. Il’l be happy to share some with you soon. You are right about wanting to try more than once, there’s lots of teas I wouldn’t be having otherwise :-) I think cteresa is right about the green rooibos, maybe you should give it a try, it’s very different from the red…

cteresa

Definetely brew it a bit hotter and a bit longer. I used to be very heartless with rooibos – free boiling water and many many minutes and that is not perfect either particularly for some blends, but 90-95 and 5-8 minutes should be good.

Green rooibos is worth trying! I think Kusmi makes plain unflavored green rooibos but not sure it´s worth buying from them, it´s relatively easy to find unflavoured green rooibos. I have been flirting like mad with theodor´s home page and they have also unflavoured and one or two green rooibos mixes (thé des swenkas I think). I have bought at supermarkets (Intermarché) flavored green rooibos teabags from a south african brand called carmien which were OK. And I got a nice green honeybush/green rooibos mix from this place http://teahouse.de/ which is called wiener apfelstrudel but actually tastes of hazelnuts. It exists! Germans seem to particularly like green rooibos blends, most of what i find is German.

Angrboda

This was the very one that turned rooibos for me. I had said for the longest time that I didn’t like it, but this belnd showed me that I apparently do like it when flavoured. Perhaps red rooibos just can’t be salvaged for you. Oh well, we win some, we lose some.

I can’t say about the green rooibos, though. I’ve only ever tried that once long ago, so I can’t remember what it’s like, but I’ll join the people encouraging the experiment anyway. You never know. :)

Ysaurella

I found one I liked : mango lassi from Butiki teas :)

cteresa

And I got to send you a couple green rooibos samples for you to try – just in case! I will send you a mail.

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Thanks so much to Azzrian for sharing this tea with me !

This is my first Della Terras tea and I was very excited to taste it especially because I fell in love with the name of the tea.
… but unfortunately not with the tea itself.

The blend is so beautiful with a lot of multicolored little candies (stars of David and little golden balls).

I found the tea base too light for my taste. The aromas of marshmallows was overpowering to me as well (but after all it is supposed to be a marshmallow tea ! – but I was expecting something with a much more pronounced caramel flavour).

I think this tea delivers its promises to be a marshmallow tea – I have enough blend to do a second big mug of Eight Candles tea and sure I will give it another try.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Try steeping just a bit less time and see if that helps perhaps :)
xo

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76
drank Trois Noix by Mariage Frères
390 tasting notes

hello steepsterites !
Happy to recover the possibility to send a note.

I had this tea yesterday afternoon at a Mariage’s tea room.
So perfectly prepared by the wonderful & so kind people of Mariage.

The smell was amazing : just like amaretto – we can say the almond overpowers the 2 other nuts (pecan and walnut)

The taste is just not so impressive, nutty, just nutty.
Pleasant but nothing more.more walnut on the taste, impossible to me to detect pecan…

we can just feel a very very little bitterness due to the nuts but it is not a desadvantage, it adds some personnality to this tea.

Better with crystal sugar, it add some sweetness too.

cteresa

I had been wondering about this tea, so glad you got a chance to try it and I can have your opinion!

Ysaurella

to my taste it’s clearly not one of the best MF.
I repurchased 100 gr of Rouge d’Automne and Wedding Impérial during my visit, my tins were already finished !

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Well I think I didn’t prepare it properly. It is my first Matcha and I have no tools to prepare it, just drop it in the mug, put some water, tried to mix it it with few water first thanks to a spoon and then dropped the rest of water.
It wasn’t bad but wasn’t exceptional.
I thanks darby for sending me some of her matcha but need clearly to improve the way I prepare it !

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Nik

I haven’t tried my first matcha, yet, but from what I’ve read, I would suggest the following:
- Try a small bowl instead of the mug.
- Try a regular kitchen whisk instead of the spoon, or a fork if you don’t have a whisk.
- Be sure to use the right amount of matcha. Most recommend starting with ¼ or ½ tsp (about 1.2g or 2.4g).

Hope that helps!

Ysaurella

yes it helps ! thank you Nick :)

Nik

Oh! I forgot to mention another preparation method that I learned here on Steepster (I feel bad that I don’t remember who pioneered it). If you want to have it cold, you can put your matcha in a water bottle, add cold water, and shake shake shake it. This is the lazybones method that I plan to try for my first cold matcha because it sounds like it would be difficult for me to mess it up. :D

Ysaurella

that sounds easy thanks Nik !

fleurdelily

I found this video, which I think is very nicely done, and it’s the japanese way of doing it, but not the ‘ceremonial’ way of doing it…. so maybe just watch it and adapt what you need to -to make it work for you ? anyway, nice video – worth seeing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NRB93In-rE

fleurdelily

when looking all over for a tea bowl, I found the following dimensions most common…. so for your small bowl, try one about this size …. 9cm by 13cm {or thereabout +/-} but that is assuming you use the little bamboo whisk.

fleurdelily

…. anyone ever make matcha with an immersion blender?

Sil

Fleur – i do! usually when i’m making a matcha latte though :)

Ysaurella

thanks girls :)

ashmanra

I use an immersion blender for the lattes and my daughter uses an Aerolatte. They work great!

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80
drank Palas Afternoon Tea by BOH
390 tasting notes

I have the chance to drink this blend thanks to LaFleurBleue who sent me a generous sample.
It is a nice and qualitative tea.
The dry leaves are amazing, very long but curved and very dry.

Once steeped, the leaves are very large almost entire.

The scent is not very strong but steeped, the aromas are there.
The tea base is a very good black one.
I really like it without being absolutely in love but maybe because I mainly drink flavoured teas and this one is not.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
390 tasting notes

I’m coming back to tea life after a big cold.

I wanted to taste Nosy Bey for a while now.
The perfume of the dry leaves is absolutely divine : vanilla and peaches.
The aroma is clearly a vine peach head note (not peaches but really vine peaches- In France our vine peaches are almost red (pulp) and the skin of the fruit is more or less grey ).
We can taste a very present and opulent vanilla behind.The black tea base is absolutely sweet and has no hint of astringency.

This is a delightful aroma, vine peach is a wonderfully perfumed fruit and this tea reveals perfectly its qualities.The presence of the vanilla just sublimates it and makes it very generous and luxurious.

A great afternoon tea, almost a fruity dessert tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Sil

mmmm that sounds divine!

Bonnie

Glad you’re feeling better!

Ysaurella

thank you Bonnie :)
Sil : yes it is really :)

Sil

We will need to have that swap sometime in Janvier so that I can taste some of these delicious teas! It should be a little quieter in the new year :)

Ysaurella

no probs Sil, January is fine for me as well

Nicole

That sounds wonderful!

Nik

I don’t much care for vanilla, but this sounds really good.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
390 tasting notes

I think I can recognize a DT in a blind test- or blind taste.
I don’t know, there is a signature, something like a kind of special vanilla maybe…an aroma I get everytime I drink one DT.

So this one is a DT as well. I have the same complaint about the tea base, too weak for me, I don’t have the feeling to have a tea but more an infusion, once and again…bis repetita…

The dry leaves scent is a perfection, very spicy and mild cinnamon mainly + pumpkin of course.

I was expecting something stronger as it is a chai but it’s a very light chai to me.

I think I am quite happy with this tea because I normally dislike pumpkin and I found it fair. If the tea base was stronger I would probably even have really liked it.

Forgot to thanks Darby for giving me the opportunity to taste this blend ! Thanks so much Darby

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

I know what you mean. I can tell the same tea base taste in 52 tea’s and the same tea smell/taste in some other tea companies. I wish they would have someone come in with a fresh nose. STOP USING THE SAME BASE ALL THE TIME! The tea scents smell muddled then the flavors get muddled too.

Helena

hehe, I remember expecting more of a chai out of this too my first time. I just treat as a pumpkin spice tea now :D and I prefer Red Leaf Tea’s pumpkin pie matcha to it, or the pumpkin caramel cheesecake by 52 teas

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75
drank Mayflower by Mariage Frères
390 tasting notes

I went to the DF shop to buy in person the tea Figue Fraîche but they didn’t have it !
I wanted a tea with fig so I bought this one at the MF shop.
MF rarely blends figs (Boléro has some but it’s clearly not the leading note).I found this one by chance just looking at their website and when I didn’t have the chance to buy at DF, I did know what to do instead.

So I am the first to review this tea and it is strange because the name of tea is an homage to you dear North Americans.

The aspect of the dry leaves is really beautiful : beautiful big petals of a mysterious blue flower (MF says this is a flower which is growing on the pacific coast…any idea dear pacific coast residents?)

Once I steeped it 5 minutes and it’s too much, astringency was really there and I disliked it.

I did it again with 4 minutes steeping and this is perfect, no trace of astringency nor bitterness.

The scent of the steeped leaves made me very happy : I had the fruits and especially fig.

Drinking it is a little bit different, I got more vanilla & exotic fruits (weird because not mentioned by MF but I picked Mango first I think)and the fig but behind.
The black Chinese tea base is nice

This is a very nice afternoon tea, it’s probably not to me to say but I think is this is a beautiful tribute to America.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nicole

This sounds good. My mother just told me about a fig tea she tried recently and liked. Might have to see if I can find this somewhere.

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First, please forgive me for my English and all the grammatical mistakes you’ll find in my posts.
As English isn’t my mother tongue it sometimes makes things more difficult to express cleverly and accurately what I feel.

I was mainly in black flavoured teas, green as well if not bitter.
I’m now drinking much straight teas because my palate is now developed enough to appreciate them .

My favourite brands are : Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard

94 to 90 : Excellent tea, often in my cupboard

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even nice, why not having it sometimes, but well, not so urgent !

69 to 50 : Meh, deceptive or just not for me – but has some qualities

49 to 30 : I just don’t appreciate it

Under 30 : is this tea ?!?!?

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