301 Tasting Notes

75

This was pretty good – I brewed it four times, and it held strong each time. First steep was a minute, and I added a minute on each resteep. I really like that about the high quality teas – they might be a hair pricier per cup…until you do the math on the resteeps. This started out being very toasty and fruity, but got less and less fruity for me with each resteep. Next time, I will call it quits after 3.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

This was pretty good. With the emergence of some fall like weather (though not today, or this week, apparently) I have suddenly mentally switched to fall it seems. Comforting, sweet flavors, and spicy scents for candles and perfume are where I am at now. I just have a few more warmer-weather candles to use up, and then the two fall ones I just got will be busted out. I mention this because the one is a chai candle I got from Target. I’ve gotten it before, and it smells sooo creamy and sweet and spicy.

I digress. But with a splash of almond milk, I would definitely enjoy this on a fall morning, though the butterscotch flavor is fairly subtle.

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

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61

I wasn’t the biggest fan of this – it was alright, but chocolate teas and I just make me crave the real thing, and this one tasted kind of artificial. I actually got a pretty strong mint note though, which I was surprised to taste. I liked that. Perhaps a mint rooibos is what I really need.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This was really good. I have taken to enjoying Earl Grey in the mornings, in various forms, now that I realize how much I love it when it is tempered with milk. Without milk, it tastes soapy to me. But some really strong ones need a lot of milk, while others seem to taste soapy without but no bergamot comes through with just a splash of milk either. This one is definitely in between. A splash of milk was just right for a big mug to make it creamy, but the flavor still shines through easily.

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

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83

I enjoyed drinking this a lot – this was my first week of student teaching, and it was a really rough week. Everything went well, and my kids and cooperating teacher are great, but the 12 hour days so far are killer. I made this each morning from a sample I had to take in the car with me and it was great. I didn’t get any caramel flavors, but it was definitely spicy and very good when prepared with a little honey and almond milk like traditional chai. I have a 30 minute drive to my placement each day, and this makes me think chai will need to become a very regular part of the morning routine.

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

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80

This was very tasty and fragrant, but I think I won’t be making straight tea out of lavender anymore. It is so intensely floral that it ends up tasting kind of soapy…but I am very excited to use this for baking, and cold steeping in lemonade and other things.

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

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90

This was super super good. I am into chai, particularly on chilly days and mornings. This morning was pretty cold (in fact, a ton of mornings this summer have been downright cold – here’s hoping it isn’t a predictor for another hellish winter), so I brewed this up. I made it pretty strong, and added a drop of honey and some unsweetened almond milk and I was SO impressed at the strength of the spice. It is definitely very spicy – it even made my tongue feel a little burn-y. Just a teensy bit, enough to make me impressed. It would be perfect if it had more vanilla flavor to compete with the spice a bit more, though I can taste vanilla when I drink it as is. If you don’t like very spicy chai, stay away. If you are like me, give it a taste.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

This was pretty good, but I have to say, I don’t get a strong pecan flavor out of it. It is nice and sweet and dessert-y, and I definitely taste the “baked pastry” type flavor…but the nut for me was totally missing. I liked it best with some almond milk to make it taste creamier.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This is really really tasty. It is buttery without tasting oily (which I hate in tea, usually found with coconut for me), sweet, and creamy, but balances with the veggie notes really well. I also like that it is so full flavored after just one two minute steep, leaving it available for more. The leaves are long and flat and cool looking too, as a bonus. I love pretty tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
301 tasting notes

This was perfect to drink on a rainy day like today. It is tasty hot, but also tasty as it cools. I am usually multi tasking, and I rarely drink my whole cup before it cools, so this is important to me. It is a little astringent, but not enough to put me off, and tastes like a deep fruit. Like dates (which I am also eating for breakfast). Very nice.

Preparation
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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