2487 Tasting Notes

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drank Apricot Guayusa by Butiki Teas
2487 tasting notes

This is my first experience with guayusa – I only got a small bag of this because I wasn’t sure about it but am open to new caffeinated beverages since I quit drinking coffee over a year ago due to heartburn.

My first impression is good – I like this! It’s earthy and slightly sweet and is definitely not as herbaly and bitter as mate. The apricot flavor is a nice touch here, it is fairly subtle but that’s much better than being overly fake or cloying.

I did do a resteep for about 8 minutes and although the apricot flavor has diminished quite a bit it is still a very pleasant drink. Glad I tried it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

This sounds mouth-watering… I’ve been dipping into guayusa myself but haven’t been too excited about the varieties. This one sounds like a must-try! :)

TeaBrat

well, it’s the only one I’ve had so far but I thought it was quite good. :)

KeenTeaThyme

I added it to my list. I love Butiki Teas anyway. Gotta support those local/small/women-owned businesses! (I can justify purchasing tea for anything…)

Butiki Teas

KeenTeaThyme-I’m open to flavor suggestions. I’ve been working with guayusa a bit trying to perfect some flavors. I had done a cider flavor guayusa that was fantastic but it sold out so fast that it never made it to my website. Cider works really well with the natural flavor of guayusa but unfortunately the specific flavoring I worked with is seasonal. I’m definitely open for suggestions though. I’d really like to have a well rounded line of flavored guayusas.

KeenTeaThyme

Cider?! I LOVE cider! Maybe you could do a blend for Autumn 2012… I would buy it for sure! :) I’ll have to think about other flavors to add…

Butiki Teas

Cider worked perfectly. I will definitely be doing another cider guayusa. I was contemplating doing a tangerine creamsicle in guyausa but will have to see how it comes out. The earthiness of the guyausa might not work.

TeaBrat

I would get the cider too! Or anything resembling apple pie. hee hee.

Butiki Teas

Mmmm, apple pie.

LiberTEAS

going to have to try this one!

Butiki Teas

Just wanted to add that I have a recommendation for making this guayusa. I usually make a pot of this for guests and it goes over super well. I use a 4 cup teapot and add 2 heaping tablespoons of guayusa, 3 tablespoons of brown crystal sugar and 3 cinnamon sticks. I steep for 6 minutes but leave the cinnamon sticks in the pot to intensify the cinnamon flavor. The combination of the sugar, cinnamon, and apricot is fantastic with guayusa.

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87
drank Exotic Pear by Butiki Teas
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yum… exotic pear.
It took me a while to decide if I wanted to try this tea from Butiki but now I’m glad I did. I believe I’ve had a few pear green/black teas but no pear white teas aside from the Celestial Seasonings brand. Overall I find pear flavors are tricky to get well into tea, or at least the ones I have had are not exceedingly well done.

I did steep this for 3 minutes at 180 F along with some of the yellow flowers that came in the bag. The pear flavor is pronounced but not overdone or too sweet. Reminds me a lot of a barlett pear. Star anise is an interesting choice to blend with the pear and the floral element of this white tea, but of course I like anise in all its forms. The blend is smooth and delicate but still quite flavorful. I quite enjoyed this!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
ashmanra

There is an Asian Pear blend at Tin Roof Teas that smells wonderful! I almost bought it. It is black tea, though.

TeaBrat

maybe you can get a sample. :)

ashmanra

I could have them make a cup for me! The smallest amount they sell of anything o’s 100 grams, but I just found out last week that you can buy 50 gram samplers. They ask that you buy at least four of them, though.

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79
drank Tropical Tulsi by Fusion Teas
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It has been a long day and I thought I’d try some more tulsi before going to sleep.

This is a very pleasant blend, the papaya and orange is quite tasty and goes well with the tulsi, I think. Rosehips are not as tart as hibiscus but this is still a little on the tart side for me, I might add some sweetener next time around. I think this would make a really great iced tea so I will need to try it one of these days. I like the apple and pear flavor a little bit better than this one but this is still a great tulsi tea (i’ve had a lot of bad ones lately) so I hope Fusion Tea Room makes more of these. :)

My apologies for this short and brief note – good night Steepsterites…

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drank Apple Pear Tulsi by Fusion Teas
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Hoooray – this is exciting! If you’ve been reading my tealog you know I’ve been having a hard time finding tulsi blends that actually taste good and this one is rockin’!

The tulsi is lending a nice herby and minty note while the apple and pear combination lends a nice fruity taste that complements the tulsi while also hiding it a bit -lol. Also I love the fact that it’s a fruity tea that’s not too tart. And no hibiscus is a definite bonus (I am just not a fan).

I will for sure be wanting more of this once my sample runs out…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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this is a pretty yummy flavored green tea from Butiki!

okay so it doesn’t taste that much like ice cream to me (it is a hot beverage after all)

I think the base of this tea is a Chinese green and I am getting some nutty flavors from that already. I did add a touch of sugar per the recommended suggestions. The pistachio flavor is slight and there is a touch of vanilla and a bit of floral type sweetness. I will need to try this again with soymilk, perhaps as a green tea latte. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec
ryan m

craving su’m sweet right now, and this sounds amazing

TeaBrat

It’s good!

ScottTeaMan

This is one of the few that interested me from Butiki. Amy, didn’t they also have a purple Oolong?

TeaBrat

there’s a purple tea but I don’t think it’s an oolong

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I’m really not much of a mate drinker but I ordered some other things from Fusion Tea Room so I got a sample of this to try… I’m hoping it will taste like a frappuccino or something. :)

Steeped in usual mug method at around 190F for 7 minutes. The aroma of this is very coffee like and minty. After having the first sip I am picking up lots of spearmint and mate. There is a mocha flavor here but the mint is quite prominent. I did add some soymilk to this and liked it much better that way than I did plain. As a dessert drink this is pretty yummy but it definitely needed the creamy element for me.

I do worry about mate as they say drinking large amounts of it may cause cancer… but I will have no problems finishing off this yum-a-licious sample. I do miss coffee drinks so this is a great substitute.

Now I wish I had gotten more mate from them but I got some other neat stuff… stay tuned. ;-)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Fusion Teas

Amy, I am glad you enjoyed the sample and I wanted to correct the misconception many have about Yerba Mate and the possible cancer side effects. The traditional way to dry Yerba Mate is to smoke it. This adds carcinogens to the Mate which can cause cancer. Plus you would have to have ALOT day in and day out to make a difference. The actual leaf by itself has not ill effects and has tons of antioxidants. With that said we at the Fusion Tea Room do not have any Yerba Mate that has been smoked. So feel free to drink plenty of it :)

Dinah Saur

Awesome information, Fusion Teas! Thanks for sharing! I know I’m planning on writing about Yerba Mate sometime in the near future and this is some good information to start with. :)

TeaBrat

I’ve done a bit of my own research and I am still skeptical. I think I’ll stick to the advice by the Mayo Clinic and others and consume it only occasionally. It was a very nice blend.

Fusion Teas

Everything in moderation is a very good way to live life. In my own research I tend to think the smoked mate is the colporate. Also the traditional way to drink it in a gourd at a high temperature and re-steeping it over and over can add to the cause. We recommend steeping our Mate at 180. As there is some questions raised about Yerba Mate we encourage everyone to do their own research and be comfortable in what they decide.

Dylan Oxford

Yeah, from the stuff Missy read regarding Mate, it wasn’t the plant itself that was considered a cancer causing agent, but likely caused by the production facilities or the uber-hot temperatures that the locals drank the mate at. Which is something to worry about for tea drinkers and mate drinkers alike ;)

Side note – I think I want to try this tea. Fusion – I think it’s awesome that your website has a link to Steepster on it. Very brave move ;)

ScottTeaMan

Makes me wary of other smoked teas-ie Lapsang Souchong.

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I did start airing this out at home in my cupboard to see if I could get the weird odor to dissipate. From what I have read it isn’t a good idea to store pu-erh in plastic anyway. It does seem better than it did when I first tried it – I am upped the score a teeny bit today. This is not a world class pu-erh but it was very affordable and benefited greatly by a hot water rinse and short steeping times. I will probably finish the cake someday but will not be in a big hurry to do so. I think it needs more time to air out, frankly.

Mediocre pu-erh is just so sad…

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec
ScottTeaMan

Ceramic is probably a good way to store it…….even better bamboo or Yixing containers.

Indigobloom

Maybe you can trade it away…
I wonder what Iced pu-erh is like. Oh I’m not sure I wanna know!

TeaBrat

Scott – I just keep mine in the original paper wrapper/box or in a opened ziploc so at least it can get some air

IB – I’m keeping it! Maybe it will be a lot better in a few years. :)

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73

I tried this again today and moved the rating up a few points. I’m not sure that I will ever love keemuns but I am enjoying it more than the first time I had it, perhaps due to the gloomy rain we are having? still seems kind of bitter and smoky at the end…

K S

I found short steeps helped me learn to like this one

TeaBrat

how short?

kOmpir

Also try cold brew, it’s amazing.

ScottTeaMan

I steep my Hao Ya teas no longer than 3.5 min at around 200. Maybe for you 2:30-2:45 would be good, at an even lower temp—say 190. :))

TeaVivre

I suggest you try to put less tea and brew shorter maybe will get better result.
Usually we use about 5g in gaiwan brewing for about 10 second. If you use bigger cup, you can put a little more tea and brew for a longer time.

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Thanks to Scott Tea Man for sending me this lovely sample!

This is yummy, after steeping the wet leaves smell like lemon and pepper, they are still so green and olive…

I don’t have a lot of experience with darjeelings but I thought this was a beautiful cup of tea. Light orangish and yellow in color with a definite intoxicating floral & sandalwood aroma. The flavors are so delicious and light. I am getting a bit of butter pecan nuttiness to start, delicate floral flavors mingled with a pineapple sort of sweetness and then a bit of lingering astringency in the finish but a very moist and refreshing mouthfeel. OMG! When are the 2012 first flush teas coming from Thunderbolt??

I don’t know if it is just my imagination but teas from darjeeling and nepal always seem to have the most profound influence on my mind – expanding but relaxed at the same time. This would be a good tea for meditation and reflection. Sweet! Yum!

I did a resteep also and although lighter, it was still delicious – thanks again Scott!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I thought of the Thunderbolt teas I have, this is the least astringent, yet nutty like a second. Glad you like it Amy. :)) Pineapple…….hhmmm, now I have to revisit this one. I have not been disappointed by their teas. :))

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75

Still working my way through the Le Palais de Thes gift set…

This smells slightly fruity in the tube and it appears to be a Chinese green tea with a few flower petals. I steeped my sample at 180 F for around 2 minutes. It’s an earthy and mellow tea with a light peach and flower flavor. I do detect a bit of rose in here but it is very mild. This is certainly nice but I don’t think I need to purchase a larger size, which has been my impression with most of their flavored teas thus far. I’m not sure what else to say about it since it didn’t make a big impression on me. I bet this would make a nice iced tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
astrida

Yea, this tea is pretty amazing iced.

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