490 Tasting Notes


I really like this one – it is spinachy and veggie but also sweet. It is very very light, which makes it different from a lot of other greens I have. I will enjoy drinking the rest of this very much. I actually don’t have that many greens because of my low bitterness tolerance. I don’t tend to take risks on them. I am glad this one was risk free.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was really interesting. Smokey, coffee, almost savory. I am not a huge fan of smoked tea, as it happens. I really enjoyed trying it even though I don’t think I appreciate this as much as others might. It is pretty spot on. I am going to rehome this one – if anyone wants it, let me know. I am tasting a bunch of other things I have before deciding on an official post to sell off some of my stash excess.

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I was surprised I liked this. I’ve had a little sealed pouch stashed from a gift set from LAST christmas from a friend, and never really got excited enough about it to open it. I hate bags that don’t reseal. But tonight, I did, and I was surprised at how much I liked it. It is nutty and sweet and a pretty color. It isn’t a real tea, and it has typical Teavana overpricing so I doubt I will ever pay money for it, but I will enjoy it while I have it.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

It’s quite similar if not the same as DavidsTea’s Forever Nuts. (And other companies also carry similar versions, if you are looking to perhaps spend a bit less!)

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This was really interesting and delicious, and not really what I anticipated. I am obsessed with the cantaloupe and cream so I thought this would somehow still be very juicy, even with the coffee flavor. It really isn’t, but that’s ok. The melon is still spot on and flavorful, but to me it is more like melon coffee. The espresso is fragrant but not super overpowering, which is good because I don’t actually like the taste of dark coffee. Very interesting, and I am glad to have some. I am totally saving some of this one for guests who want a coffee alternative in the morning.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
490 tasting notes

This is yummy. It is toasty and bready and really good for a winter morning. I imagine it would not go well to oversteep this, as it already is pretty strong. I will enjoy what I have of this for sure, but I probably won’t notice overmuch when it is gone, unlike so many other Butiki teas in my cabinet.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is glorious. And little did I know that I would need some gloriousness in my day. It is one of the most delicious cups I have ever had. It was unexpected, for sure. It is very saffron-y, both dry and steeped. I also had no idea how much I would love the cedar scent and flavor that gave an almost boozey aspect. I also really tasted the vanilla in this one, particularly in the second steep when the saffron and cedar chilled out a bit. So great. SO so great. Now I am paranoid of running out. Eep.

Storytime: Online Dating Blows
I just had a terrible phone call, talking to a guy I met here on OkCupid. A guy I’ve been talking to via text and email literally nonstop for days. I request a phone call as the next step. He was normal and able to interact via email, and text. On the phone he was uncomfortable and stiff with overtones of superjerk. Pretty much said all teachers whine too much about how their job is hard when it really is such a cushy job they have no right to complain about anything. And while I agree there are many perks (summers and holidays off, etc), cushy is not the word I would use to describe my future profession (that he knew I was going into).

Even after that I was nice. I asked other questions. Every answer he gave was “I don’t know” followed by dead silence because I literally didn’t know how to respond, until he finally qualified his answers. Eventually I just asked why he was having so much trouble talking to me when he had no problem using text. He basically said he didn’t know what I wanted him to say, unable to grasp that if he would say it over text, he should say it with his actual voice. No more, no less. So I suggested we call it a night.

I have never, ever, in my whole life been in a situation with so much social failure with interaction. Nobody here knows me in person but if they did, they would know I am incredibly socially adept with conversation. Even if they are very awkward people. Ask about enough stuff and eventually you HAVE to hit on a topic that triggers an interest or a memory that could lead to a conversation. But what do you do about a man who, when asked what two pizza toppings he would pick if he could only have two his whole life, says cheese because he doesn’t need complicated pizza? TOPPINGS ARE NOT A COMPLICATION. I can’t even handle it. He didn’t seem stupid an hour ago. I don’t know what happened. Now I am feeling a bit like a dating failure. lol. And frustrated with the whole dating process.

I needed good tea today.


You totally are not a failure! Guys are lame. Tea is not.


You’re not a failure at all! Dating (and teaching!) is not for the faint of heart.

Leah Naomi

Thank you both – I needed a good night’s sleep, and a good cup of tea. :)


Ugh, I’m sorry the phone call was such a fail. It sounds like you did everything you could do be interactive, create conversation and take an interest in him. Don’t feel like a failure – you can do everything right, but conversations and relationships require the input and efforts of both people, and he clearly was giving you anything.

I hope you meet someone awesome soon. You deserve awesome.

Leah Naomi

I just encounter more than my fair share of weirdos in this process. I have little tolerance for it anymore. It is SO weird to me that he was baffled by a question about pizza toppings. Seriously, he was confused. FML.

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I imagine this would be pretty darn great in the springtime, particularly when it is approximately 65 degrees. Rainy, clearly. Because it is both warming but light and refreshing when it isn’t cooled.

I am enjoying it now because I am determined to work through some of my cabinet to make room for new things, and keep plugging away at whittling down the stash a bit. Lately I’ve been picking 3-4 tins and 4-5 samples to work on sipping down at once so I have variety in my day, but so I make progress on my storage challenges. I have quite a bit of this, and will enjoy it each day.

160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 160 OZ / 4731 ML

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I adore blackberry. I knew I would love this from jump street, and I definitely do. I had a sip of it without sweetener first, before adding some as the description recommended. It is pretty naturally sweet on its own, and because it is a honey sweetness, I used honey to add to the flavor. It was jammy and berry-y and lovely. It does have a slight dryness that is reminiscent of booze.

Plus, it tastes great on second steep, just lighter. I preferred the second steep without sweetener as the boozey aspect kind of dissipated anyway, and it just tasted like a good blackberry black tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve had this one a long time and just finished it up – I am surprised I haven’t reviewed it already. It is eerily accurate in its flavor. It really does taste like a super mildly sweet, flat root beer. Because of the similarity to flat soda when cold, I prefer this hot, though I imagine you could make a solid soda knockoff by adding carbonation.

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

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Drank too much pomegranate wine last night with a friend…in need of both hydration and caffeine to battle the headache. And possibly going back to bed.

This is light and unassuming. When I sniffed it in the tin, it smells SO sweet. I am a bit disappointed that it doesn’t brew up that way, but it is still sweet enough to taste good. It tastes very green, and looks very light colored, as many others have noted. Overall, this is solid, and I will enjoy drinking it.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am a 29 year old return-to-college student working on my certification in Early Childhood Ed, who discovered the (incredibly vast) world of tea about 3 years ago. In that time, I have learned so much, and am hoping to learn even more by joining the steepster community.

In my non-tea times, I am usually watching netflix while writing lesson plans, cuddling my two kitties, or trying to find new things to do in a town that is sometimes a bit limited!



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