1676 Tasting Notes

90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1676 tasting notes

Oh, this is really amazing. I’m happy I ACTUALLY didn’t oversteep this. I’ve just had bad luck with teas lately and I didn’t want to ruin this one. I’m training someone to take over my post too so it’s going to be harder to log notes as well as time steep times. :|

I bought it because the community was pretty much raving about it, and it was on sale. Boy, am I happy I did. First sip is bright and golden – sweet with notes of hay. And that something else lurking in the background must be the peach – I couldn’t put a name on that flavour, but when I read the description that just felt right. :)

I can’t wait to finish this cup, and the 6 oz still in my tumbler, because as soon as I pour that into my cup, I will start re-steeping the leaves to prep for round two!

As much as I love the Taiwainese Premium Assam, I think I’d like this one on hand all the time too!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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65
drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
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I drank this hot yesterday and was disappointed, even though I used more leaf than normal to help bring out the taste.

I cold-steeped it overnight and was much happier with the result, but I still feel like I’m missing something based on everyone’s reviews. Oh well.

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So, even though I have a lot more matcha out there to experiment with, I think this one is a winner! Added to shopping list!

Q: What’s better than a raspberry truffle matcha latte?

A: A raspbery truffle matcha latte WITH a white chocolate macadamia cookie.

Thanks Sil for the generous sample. :)

Sil

i’m glad you liked this one. it’s a bit artificial tasting for me to love, love it but happy it’s got a good home. Also when you make it out here you need to come over and raid my cupboard…there are um a ton of unopened flavours hanging out here

Cavocorax

Sounds good. :D

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79

This is a damn fine timolino mug tea. It’s always hit or miss when you drink from a tumbler, but this one shines. It’s almost creamier this way. I’ll have to remember that!

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76
drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Thank you CrowKettle! This is another lovely matcha blend I am definitely going to order matcha at some point, maybe if I vpcan snag a sale.

Maybe Red Leaf will have a nice Black Friday sale!

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87

OMGsrsly brought me a sample of this when she came by to snag her H&S order and man, I am really enjoying this. Thanks for sharing!

It really tastes like fruit juice. Sweet, vibrant and just slightly tart but not unpleasantly so. I iced the entire sample in a pitcher and don’t expect it to last the weekend! This is one that you need to buy by the tin in the summer. Maybe I’ll snag more before I go East.

Preparation
Iced
Sil

I should totally get you to go buy things in places that are out there and make you move them here lol

Cavocorax

We could probably arrange something! THe last half of August I’ll be off work and home alone (except for the child), so going out to visit tea stores might make a nice adventure.

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I am sipping away at my cup of Laoshan Black, with another 6oz in my Timolino, while my baby is leaning against my chest and sleeping. I’m sitting at my desk and reading fanfic/doing other computer things.

This is a pretty great way to start my Saturday.

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89
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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I think I’ve only got one cup left: sadness. This tea is just so great and it’s grown on me. The baby is super grumpy and won’t sleep and she wore me down. Now I’m drinking this to recover and it was the elixir I needed.

It always seems like I get less cups than the package would suggest, but it doesn’t help that I drink 10oz cups and usually have to add a little extra.

At the very latest, I will have placed a new Butiki order by Black Friday.
(Gosh, I’m so sleepy that I almost called it Black November)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Sil

I want to place my butiki order so badly..but I’ve been able to hold off because she hasn’t put the new teas up. It’s looking like it’ll be over 90 without adding anything from anyone else lol

Cavocorax

Haha. That is definitely creeping up there! I could easily spend 40 – the hard part would be not going above that!

Butiki Teas

Sil, you’re gonna want to hold off until July 25th anyways.

Sil

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh! Ok Stacy…. Is it the 25th yet? :) I think I’m raiding the piggy bank then if my overtime doesn’t equate to a decent amount. Man I’m so excited now…oh crap…I might be out of town that day. Hmmmmm ok. Things to remember lol

Butiki Teas

Sil-Just so you don’t get too excited that is not the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black date. It is my birthday though and on my birthday I like to be generous.

OMGsrsly

Mine is about $90, mostly because I have 2 oz of all the stuff I really like on the list. And maybe more of the caramel vanilla assam. :)

Sil

Haha it’s my birthday today!

Butiki Teas

Happy Birthday Sil!!! :) Got any special plans for the day?

OMGsrsly

Happy birthday, Sil! :)

Sil

We went out in the morning and biked all afternoon. Home now for a bit before we go out for dinner and a movie….and ice cream! :)

Cavocorax

Happy Birthday! :)

Guess I might be tempted on the 25th…

Butiki Teas

Sil-Awesome, sounds like fun! Have a wonderful rest of your birthday!!! :)

Amariel

Happy birthday, Ruby girl!

Sil

Thanks guys :)

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75
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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And that’s another H&S that’s finished. I had several cups and enjoyed each, but am not convinced that this is one I need to restock.

Hmm.. I don’t remember it having those sweet and smokey tones before. It sorta reminds me of Tealux’s Four Knights!

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Backlog from last night! I want to keep track of how many times I drink each cup, even if I don’t say much so that my ultimate favorites stand out!

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

Ratings:
1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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