460 Tasting Notes

85

Another win on this one, no surprise there. I made it according to the directions, as I like to the first time I try any tea. The blueberry is really sweet, and the puerh is a good base for it. I do taste a grapey element, and I could see it being boozy. That said, it is not bubbly, I think the base is too heavy for that. As a bonus, because of the great puerh base, it holds up well to multiple steeps. I did 3 western style steeps, though I preferred the first two as the blueberry flavor dissipates a lot after that.

I am looking forward to trying it western style with a little sweetener, and using a bit more leaf and trying to get a whole day out of this with short steeps. I have a feeling it will be good either way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

This is very tasty. It is definitely chocolate plus fruit to me. A darker chocolate, though the first steep is pretty sweet. The second steep is definitely dark chocolate with fruit. Even though it is lighter, it is more dry for sure. I am really glad to have this and that I tried it, though I probably won’t be breaking my neck to keep it around all the time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I got this after realizing how much I loved the watermelon doke, and figured I needed anything with watermelon in my life.

It is tasty, but the puerh base is a bit odd. It definitely holds up to the intense lime and watermelon, which were pretty balanced, but the earthiness didn’t really evoke slushie to me. As though it matters when it tastes good. Next time, I am letting my cup of this totally cool as it could be really spectacular as an iced tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

This is really spectacular, but I can’t help but feel like it could be even more. It is thick and dessert-y, but even when shaking the bag like a loon, I can’t help but feel like the chocolate notes overpower the vanilla. As a vanilla fiend, I want more. I am not sure if it was just my bag or what, but I think this would be perfection if the vanilla were intensified.

I got two good steeps out of it. The second being much more smooth than the first, and light. I could taste the vanilla more, as a lot of the intense chocolate was tamed. Latter steeps were alright, but not as good as the first two. I will definitely plan to keep this around.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh but the idea of this one is to make it chocolaty. I use vanilla the way chocolatiers do: to accentuate the chocolate notes ;-)

Leah Naomi

Confession: While I love chocolate, I ALWAYS prefer vanilla. Literally always. I almost never pick chocolate over vanilla given the two options. Chocolate is great and all…but there is nothing like the decadence of a good vanilla. :)

Leah Naomi

The way to describe my vanilla obsession just came to me – hugs. No lie, real vanilla is basically like tastebud hugs. Like cinnamon is a fuzzy blanket. I love hugs and fuzzy blankets together too, but that is a whole different thing, haha :-D

Leah Naomi

The way to describe my vanilla obsession just came to me – hugs. No lie, real vanilla is basically like tastebud hugs. Like cinnamon is a fuzzy blanket. I love hugs and fuzzy blankets together too, but that is a whole different thing, haha :-D

TheLastDodo

To the Elderwood you must go! More vanilla fun-times to be had there!

Leah Naomi

If you say it, I must go. I want to try all sorts of things that aren’t in stock as of now. More to look forward to? :)

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88

Yum! This is really good. Thank you so much Stacy for popping this one in my last order, I am now SO glad I ordered more during the sale! Dry leaf smells both of intense lime and moderate marshmallow. Hot it is basically lime candy. The marshmallow isn’t very strong but gives it sweetness, which helps take away a bit of the tart edge. It isn’t sour at all, just so very limey. I added in a little honey and the marshmallow beefed up a lot with the added sweetness.

I am so excited to have so many new goodies to try…pretty much everything I’ve had from Butiki is great!

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100
drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
460 tasting notes

This is SO up my alley. It is downright juicy in how fruity and sweet it tastes. I love sweet honey notes in tea. I also love the floral aspect that doesn’t overpower anything. The second steep is less sweet and more toasted, which is also a note I love.

Methinks I’m going to be drinking Butiki only until the teas I have enough of get rehomed into tins. For the sake of not adding to the madness, everything in a small enough size is staying in the bags, out of the cabinet, and first on my to-enjoy list. Gotta make the Butiki love last somehow! :)

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70
drank Flap Jack Oolong by Tiesta Tea
460 tasting notes

This was interesting- I can see why it is called flap jack, though I get more of a buckwheat pancake type of breads flavor. The maple was so mild I added a drop of maple syrup to enhance it.

I enjoyed it, but I happen to be super duper picky about pancakes! And as it happens, just as picky about pancake tea.

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63

I am glad I saved these last two from my sampler for last. They were less impressive. This one was weaker than most earl grey style teas I’ve had. Not bad, but given the Butiki closing sale blowout (erm, blackout) I just went on, I am trying extra hard to clear out some space before they arrive. This is going in the give away box- I just have too many earl grey teas I actually like to justify keeping one that doesn’t compare.

I am feeling really good about my overall goal to have less mass of the stuff I love, and keep only the quality. I still have an excess (of tea, lipstick, body lotion) but it’s all stuff I love and nothing I am exacerbated with having to use just to use it up!

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90

Finally a good one!

I was surprised at the overall look of the brewed tea- I’ve never had purple tea, so I’m not sure how I came to any expectation. It was light in color, but was definitely a cool toned light bluish purple brown. Cool!

Taste wise it was light and delicious. It isn’t sour, though there is a slight tang, and it is naturally sweet and fragrant. A bit of sugar would surely make this resemble jam.

The second steep is also really great, but I only took a sip. I have a suspicion this will be heavenly cold, so I am letting it sit until after my walk!

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66

Another sort of ‘meh’ one this morning. I could taste the oolong easily, and there was a citrusy sourness from the Orange. But where is the spice?? I couldn’t taste that at all and I love spice!

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