2351 Tasting Notes

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It’s a really warm day today and I’ve already had enough caffeine but nevertheless… I could not resist trying this sample.

I was intrigued to find out what cilantro would be like in a tea, I know some people hate the flavor of cilantro but personally I love it, I used to make pesto with it and I’d put that on a pizza with fresh tomatoes, nom nom!

Come to think of it I am also a big fan of pineapple. :)

Anyway on to the tea. White teas do not tend to be a favorite of mine as a rule. I wonder if I did something to mess this up because it smells great in the package but when I went to taste it, I’m getting kind of a faint pineapple and cilantro and not getting the characteristic sweetness one would find in a bai mu dan. It’s ok but I don’t love it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

dammit. now i’m thinking of cilantro pesto pizza. sigh. i used to make herb pesto, you know just grabbing what i needed out of the garden? from tea to pizza and back again…

wheezybee

Wow… I think I know what the next pizza I make is going to be. That sounds fantastic!

TeaBrat

yes I believe there were also WALNUTS in the pesto, I should make that again soon!

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drank Hazelnut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
2351 tasting notes

I bought this because I was in the mood for something sweet and dessert like today. This sounded really good from the description but I should have been leery from the get go because I had another tea from Zhena’s that I didn’t really care for.

This smells amazing in the tin but unfortunately the flavor just doesn’t match up to the hype. One teabag in an 8 oz cup yielded a very weak and watery brew, I guess I will have to try for two next time but that means the price of the per cup is a lot more than what it should be.

I am getting hazelnut, cinnamon and vanilla but it’s just so weak and anemic, oh well. Definitely better once some vanilla soymilk was added but kind of a bummer overall. Makes me wonder if Zhena’s is owned by Republic of Tea since their tins are a similar size and the teabags look the same.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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90

This free sample came from Butiki – thank you so much Stacy!

This is really good, it reminds me of a few Indian greens I have tried. The tea is robust with strong vegetal notes, I’m definitely getting the kale and spinach type of flavor. There’s some palette cleansing astringency present, I might have oversteeped this a tad because I wasn’t really watching what I was doing. I wouldn’t say it became bitter although it is slightly sour in flavor but the nuttiness also gives it somewhat of a rich and brothy character.

Anyway I like it! It’s super flavorful and lively. If you’re into more robust Chinese greens like chun mee or you might want to give this one a whirl. I was kind of asleep before I drank this and now I feel pretty zippy… on the shopping list it goes!

ps – I also got a nice 2nd steep out of it

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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65
drank MateVana by Teavana
2351 tasting notes

This was part of a gift I received from my brother last Christmas and evidently I forgot to log it until now.

Anyway I am not a big fan of mate and even less a fan of teavana but since I have it I might as well drink it, right?

So let’s see I steeped this in a mug for 6 minutes with boiling water and a t-sac. The flavor I’m getting is light chocolate and even lighter nuts. IMO this is kind of a weak blend even though I used over 1 tsb. of leaf. Might need to try even more leaf next time? I don’t know. This doesn’t remind me of coffee at all, perhaps some dirty ovaltine. Hopefully it wakes me up anyway!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
2351 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite flavored rooibos tisanes. I don’t know what more I can say about it that hasn’t been said already. :)

It would be great to see some more rooibos blends from Butiki, maybe even a green rooibos? Banana cream pie? Well, one can always dream…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Butiki Teas

Amy-We are working on more caffeine-free options! There will be at least another rooibos but there are 2 honeybush blends coming up soon and that Birthday Cake herbal should be on the site tomorrow.

TeaBrat

Yay! :)

Jillian

Seconding that, we need more green rooibos blends.

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90

Managed to finish this one off today as a cold brew. I think this is what I will do with my other white teas that are getting stale. :-0

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85

This came in my latest Butiki order and I decided I was going to drink it for breakfast today even though I know it’s meant to be more of a dessert tea.

I love the Zhen Qu base, curly leaves that are so pretty. I steeped this at the recommended 3 minutes with boiling water. VERY pleased with the results. If anything the orange is a wee bit strong for me but then again it is 7:30 am. This is one chocolate tea that actually tastes like it has chocolate in it. One of the better chocolate orange teas I have tried. I’m not getting a ton of marshmallow flavor but I think the other ingredients are overpowering it a lot. hmm.

I think I am taking this to work with me and keeping it for when those afternoon sweet cravings arise. It’s super tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
2351 tasting notes

I got this with my latest Butiki order. One thing I really like about ordering from there is the super fast shipping and great customer service (oh yeah, and samples!)

Anyway I had been wanting to try this for a while now. Peppermint and I do not always get along, in the past I’ve had issues with heartburn but that hasn’t been bothering me too much lately.

I steeped my tisane for 5 minutes and then tried it – definitely very minty with a chocolate flavor present. I decided to try adding a bit of soymilk to this (yeah I’m weird) and now it reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Very tasty! This is a lot better than I thought it would be. It’s hard to find a tisane that really blows me out of the water but I could see keeping some of this on hand in the permanent collection. Hopefully the mint agrees with me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

I know I’ve had this tea for way too long. For some reason I haven’t really been drinking my white teas at all. I decided it needed a flavor booster so I added some turbinado sugar and that helped to perk it up a bit. I only have 1 tsb. left and that might be destined for the compost as I think it just got stale. oh well. :(

see previous tasting notes for more cheerful comments…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85

This was a sipdown for me yesterday…
what a good black tea this was, I could definitely see myself getting more of this. Love the sweet yam molasses type flavors, See previous notes for more details.

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

Yum! This sounds tasty, plus I love the name :D

Sil

put it on the list terri! hahaha

Terri HarpLady

That’s what I was thinking! I have their webpage open on my browser, but I’ll have to check it out later, as I need to get my butt off the chair & go DO SOMETHING! LOL

Sil

..and by list i meant spreadsheet

TeaBrat

I don’t think you’d be disappointed if you got some

Terri HarpLady

I knew what you meant, Sil :) GMTA!

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