434 Tasting Notes

drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
434 tasting notes

excellent. just right for drizzly gloomy morning. Resteeps beautifully.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My recent purchase. I don’t know what to think of this. It has very strong leather flavor. So strong it’s like I made a brew out of new leather boots. It has sweetish aftertaste but very faint. Maybe its supposed to be this way. Wasn’t able to find any review

Flavors: Leather


Yeah a new one I think. I have it but have not tasted it yet.


I think I overleaf it. I took maybe 1 tsp of wet leaves out of pot. It’s strong clean and nice. Another discovery for me today: I added a tiny splash of milk and 1 tsp of maple syrup. I read that ifjuly made a latte with Mandala’s Special Dark. It turned out delicious . The only thing now I have to get smoked bourbon sugar fr H&S. I gave it to my hubby to try and he happily finished the cup;-)


Yeah I actually bought a small scale to measure the tea. I find it hard to judge weight or i did find it so till I bought the scale. I found the shou weighs more with a lesser amount than sheng seems to.


oh, i’m glad you like milk and sugar sometimes with intensely dark sweet pu erhs too boychik! makes me feel a little less like a heathen, haha.

i love the leather element in some pu erh, so i should check this one out!

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This tea came to me from CharlotteZero – thank you!
Dry it is so beautiful. Pure gold buds. i love gold everything! Haha
Seriously gold not a speck of black or silver,or green. used 2 tbsp for 150ml gaiwan
rinse/15/30/45/1min/3min/5min/10min/ etc. this tea is so giving, i still believe there is something left. i might coldbrew it overnight,just to see what happen after so many steeps. it is honey and malt. pretty thick brew. in some steeps i’ve noticed walnuts.
it is complex tea and its hard for me to pin point all the flavors.
Thank you CharlotteZero for giving me a chance to try it. i enjoyed it a lot.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Nuts

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I got this totally unexpected sample from very generous CharlotteZero.
this tea smells absolutely insane – lemons,almonds, cream. dry blend is a very pretty to look at. I brew it according to Butiki : 2tsp 180F 3min 8 oz. OMG, this is unbelievable, its a dessert in a cup. I agree with ifjuly that it tastes like citrus zest. plus almonds,cream on a top. it is like a liquid macaron. this tea would be so helpful when i have sugar cravings just before going to bed. i dont believe it needs any sugar or cream. Its complete.
Thank you so much CharlotteZero for sharing with me!

Flavors: Lemon Zest

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

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i placed a teeny tiny order fr. Angelina’s tea mostly with mini tuo puerh. while I was browsing on a site I noticed this blend which sounded so right to me nowdays. i have cravings for bold flavored teas. in the same time they shouldn’t be artificial tasting. well, let me tell you, this tea tastes like Sheridan’s. OMG, i love Sheridan’s . unfortunately you can purchase it only if you go Caribbean. But if you want to cut expenses you can order this wonderful puerh fr Angelina’s for $1.6/oz. . I feel bad that ordered only an oz, but I have a feeling i cannot resist another order.
Thank you Angelina’s tea.

I cannot even imaging the taste of it with cream and sugar

ps i rinsed briefly, i always rinse Puerh even if its flavored

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

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

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this is a sample from very generous ifjuly . Thank you so much!
I decided to try it today,its last day for free ship on GMT. I have this sample for a awhile but wanted to sample just before placing the order.
The leaves are gorgeous long black twisty its hard to measure with a spoon so I dump the whole sample, my guess at least 5-6g. 8oz boil 3min steep
produced dark golden brew. the taste is strong of honey and roast. i say roasted buckwheat drizzled with buckwheat honey. very smooth. I love it. as I read other ppl reviews complaining about pale color and not enough taste i came to conclusion that they underleaved it. Seriously, this tea is nothing short of flavor. Havent noticed any flowers, it reminds me more of Laoshan Black smell. Cocoa, honey,roasted buckweat.
2nd steep. @ 4min less honey,still roasty and some rye bread notes.
I’m sold. if ifjuly wouldn’t give me a sample I really dont know if i blind buy it. its not cheap and not offered as a sample.
Thank you ifjuly for being you!

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

Sounds amazing :D


this sounds terrific! thank you for your nuanced description :)


I’m so glad you like it! I think a lot of people who’ve tried it because I went on about how much I like it feel disappointed—it’s a little delicate maybe?—so I’m glad you could taste the honey, yum.

And I know what you mean about it. It’s hard to get—hidden on the site, and sometimes they don’t have any in stock when I’ve ordered it—and definitely not cheap. Alas. It’s one of my “I’ve been really good and it’s been a terrible day” treat teas. (:


I’ve gotta put this at the top of my ‘future order from Golden Moon Tea’ list…. it sounds fantastic! I love your description of it all…I could see and smell everything. :)


DeliriumsFrogs, i’ve got some i can send you to try! it’s way pricey so try before you buy is a good thing in this case. i will throw it in the “send to DF someday” pile.


Thank you DeliriumsFrogs. its hard to describe this complex tea, but i tried:) ifjuly is better at descriptions


sooo untrue. i love your logs, boychik. (:

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Very nice and satisfying cup of Assam came to me from ifjuly. Thank you !
1tsp 205F 3min 8oz
This tea is very smooth and on a milder side which means its perfect without additives. Floral, malty, with a touch of honey. Some muscatel flavors and stone fruits could be detected, nothing over the top. I think its perfect as afternoon tea.
I’m glad i had a chance to try it. i’m sure i will pick up some once there is some promo from Capital tea ltd.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Stonefruits

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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