2809 Tasting Notes

drank Lemon Meringue Pie by Butiki Teas
2809 tasting notes

Sipdown this afternoon.

I still don’t think this tastes much like lemon meringue but I’m enjoying it okay today. Probably will not feel the need to reorder this. I think it needs more lemon!

yesterday afternoon I drank too much tea before I went to the gym and I could NOT sleep so I’m trying to take it easy with the caffeine for the rest of the day…

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Scott B

I haven’t had lemon meringue pie in years.


Love lemon meringue pie! Can’t make it to save my life, however; so it’s a rare treat. Closest I can get locally is a really good 3" tall lemon cream at a BBQ place.

Butiki Teas

Amy oh-This one is in the process of being discontinued. The Good Morning Sunshine (guayusa), which is also lemon and has some creaminess to it came out fantastic and this one is not nearly as good. If you would like to try the Good Morning Sunshine, let me know and I could send you a sample.


sure – I’d love one!

Butiki Teas

Amy oh-PM me your address. :)

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drank Yuzu Dream by Mellow Monk
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My first order arrived from Mellow Monk! Do I need any more green tea? Er… ummm… well, in fact no! I just couldn’t resist once they got their new stock in.

I wanted to try this one out this afternoon, though I am a little wired already from having some gyokuro matcha with lunch. I followed the MM instructions which said to steep for 2 minutes @ 170F — I guesstimated.

There’s a TON of dried yuzu peel in this package. My cup ended up being a light yellow so I was somewhat worried about the flavor, but it’s delightful, IMO. The yuzu lends a grapfruity/lemon note and I am definitely picking up on the rose element. It’s got a lightly sweet and tart flavor and the green tea is just lending a slightly vegetal quality with a hint of berry. Hmm. This is good, I like it! Very refreshing for the afternoon. I bet this would also be good iced or mixed with some sparkling water as an apertif.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

I’ve gotta try some of their teas soon.


yeah, this is my first batch. so far, so good…


Did you by chance get the Top Leaf or Shaded Lead? You should try the two greens from Ito En that I’ve been reviewing recently, they’re really good.


Much inexperience here; never had the pleasure of meeting a yuzu!


I don’t know if you have Wegman’s over in your part of the country but they sell it in bulk there if you have any nearby. You could get just get an ounce to try it out.


Nope, no Wegman’s in my part of the world. We are a strange family…one of our great joys when we travel is to traipse up and down the aisles of local grocery stores like they were museums.

Charles Thomas Draper

Now you are making me thirsty for flavored teas.


Gmathis: I do the same! When I go to Raleigh I have to go through Whole Foods and the Fresh Market, and sometimes A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. You mentioned getting bulk bin tea. I JUST discovered that our health food store has a little cubby of a room at the back with the raw sugar I so excitedly buy in Raleigh! And they had TEA! Like yours! I haven’t purchased any yet, but I will soon!


@Kwinter – I also got the Top Leaf and the Frosty Garden, I hope to try them soon.

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drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
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very interesting tea – I had to get this in my latest order from Verdant as I love white teas. I am drinking this tonight in a wine glass, aren’t I sophistimicated?

Anyway, this is lovely! I am surprised by the flavors and everything going on here with this tea. I decided to steep it for two minutes at 165F — Western style — but would like to gongfu it sometime just to see what that’s like.

I got a nice, clear infusion and I agree with Doug that it has some similarities to a dragonwell; the light vegetal notes with a hint of butteriness is what struck me first about it. There is a definite light creamy element about it that is rather charming. The clover element is what sticks with me through the finish. I’m not really getting vanilla soymilk, but perhaps I need to steep it differently in order for that to happen? It isn’t as sweet as some white teas I have tried, but still rather nice all the same. A very nice offering from Verdant! I don’t know why I am so sleepy this evening, or I would try to write more… I feel like all I do is work, sleep, eat and drink tea!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

You are sophistimicated! I love the lingering flavor on this one too. You can really keep steeping this for quite awhile…and then…sleep!


Ooh, how fancy! That seems like a lovely way to enjoy tea, especially one as nice as this.

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drank Orange Spice Tulsi by Fusion Teas
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Finishing off the rest of this sample tonight, I cold brewed it for 24 hours as an experiment. It’s pretty good this way, but you would have to like rooibos. See previous notes for more info…

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drank Holy Basil Spa Blend by Verdant Tea
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This a tasty and lovely herbal blend from Verdant tea. If you read my tealog, you may know I am a fan of tulsi but some blends are better than others, of course. The peppermint and the spearmint are a nice compliment to the tulsi here, which I am having after lunch. The licorice is adding a touch of sweetness, the ginger is not very strong here which is too bad, I could havve used a bit mre but I’m a ginger freak. Overall, I think this is an excellent blend and really relaxing. Too bad I’m not at a spa. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I like this too. I can understand the pull back on ginger, licorice and tulsi…almost an introduction that says…“if you like this try some more”…and sometimes, well a toss of candied ginger in my cup is nice.


I was thinking this would be nice with some green tea also…

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drank Guricha by Den's Tea
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Green tea of the morning here, I actually like this one a lot but seem to be neglecting it for some reason. Today I’m feeling like it’s quite brothy and slightly vegetal, very nice compliment to the bowl of blackberries I’m eating. See previous notes for more info.

Last night I was at meditation and feel quite well balanced and relaxed to start the week off right!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
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This came as a sample in an ancient Lupicia newsletter and I’m just getting around to trying it now.

Firstly, I am not a huge fan of grape or muscat flavored anything, a muscatel flavor is nice if it’s in a darjeeling and it’s natural, but this reminds me of bubble yum, or japanese gummy candies. Very artificial tasting. I have no idea what the base tea is here, it’s a lighter color which makes me wonder if it is an actual darjeeling with artificial muscat flavor? I like the base tea a lot, it’s smooth and light.

It’s easy to drink plain without any milk and sugar. Not my favorite due to the overwhelming flavoring but I will certainly finish the cup.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I wonder if they have reblended this as I loved it. Very natural tasting to me. Mine is pretty recent – two months ago and yours was older so maybe that is the case.


Could be!

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drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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Sadly, i had to be at work for a few hours today even though it’s a Sunday. I’m sipping on some of this with lunch and it’s yummy! I wish it would go in the permanent collection, Frank!


Really hoping for this in my grab bag!


It’s mighty tasty!

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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