1774 Tasting Notes

88
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

Mmmm. Dragonwell! Strawberry dragonwell even! This is a very light and beautiful tea – buttery green notes, strawberry juice and a touch of sweetness. I’m going to resteep it and brown sugar…

Lovely sample! (156)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Plunkybug

OMG, you guys! I haz a sad. :( You got your stuff already and I don’t have it yet. It looks soooo good. I can’t wait….

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93

And that’s the last of this. (157) Gone now, but not forever!!!

Update : I just realized that I steeped this at 80C because I actually measured it. I wonder how many teas I steeped at that temp instead of boiling.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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96
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

I know I just rated this last night, but after that steep, I put the rest in my timolino and left it overnight in the fridge and the result IS TASTY. The flavours are so strong – I could actually forego an actual peppermint patty for this!

Going to add this to a shopping cart and stare at it for the next few minutes. It’s on SALE. (2oz for $18 with shipping to Canada…. still tempted)

Preparation
Iced
Nxtdoor

2 oz is nothing. bump it up to 4, make your shipping worthwhile. Don’t be afeared :) I bought 650 grams of stuff two nights ago. not butiki stuff but still, 650 grams of tea is a lot of tea. you can do 4 oz. easy does it

tea-sipper

You’re like the devil on Cavocorax’s shoulder. haha.

Cavocorax

Hahah. That’s exactly what I was thinking! (runs to the Tea Hiatus thread…)

Nxtdoor

I want to laugh. I that mean?

Cavocorax

Hahah. I love this group. :)

OMGsrsly

$18 shipping! Wait till you’ve tried enough that you can (easily) do the $90 to get free shipping. I’m almost at the $90 mark already myself…

Cavocorax

It’s $9 for 2 oz of tea and then $9 for the shipping …
A $90 order would be nice though! Maybe someday.

OMGsrsly

Ohh, I get it. :) That’s expensive, but not nearly as expensive as the Urban Tea Merchant, so I say go for it if you

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75
drank Thurbo Darjeeling by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

Sample Sipdown! (158) – Will my cupboard ever get under 100? At least I’ve got mostly everything in – there’s maybe just 1-2 swap packages out there and 0 orders.

So I am definitely getting the muscatel in this, and a lot of the fruity notes too. I don’t quite “get” Darjeelings yet as I don’t think I’d want this everyday, but I like it. It’s sweet, and hearty. There’s also grassy notes too. I keep thinking plum, but I don’t know if that’s supposed to be there. But yeah, plums wrapped in sweet grass/hay, with a touch of astringency – that’s this tea!

I’ll have to resteep it just to confirm this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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96
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

This is a stop everything you’re doing and rate this tea sorta tea. Which is good because it’s a sample and I’d better remember it so I can see if I want more.

And yes. YES I DO.

One sip in and it’s very similiar to biting into a peppermint patty. There’s almost a crunch to it. How does Stacy work this kind of magic? I swear, that’s what makes Butiki so good.

I’m sure this might cost buttloads of money but I think I’d need 4 oz of this on hand so I can drink it every night! (And again in the morning)

Thanks Stacy for the surprise sample! I’m so happy you included this!

(And I’m back up to 160 teas with all my Butiki teas! :O It’ll be fun trying them all out)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Alysha

I was considering getting this one and now I’m officially convinced!

TheTeaFairy

I just got this, took advantage of the sale! Didn’t regret, somehow I knew I would like it, being such a fan of anything mint. The smell is to die for, isn’t it?

Nxtdoor

Yes. I ordered this last time and I am fully planning on getting a crapload next order.

Ozli

Sounds good!!

Butiki Teas

Cavocorax-Glad you like this one! Actually, it’s on sale for $2.25 per 1/2 oz right now, so the price isn’t so bad.

Cavocorax

Is it? That’s horribly tempting great news!

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78

I got my part of the Butiki group order from OMGSrsly today, and also hung out with CrowKettle as well! It was really nice. See, I’m not always a hermit? It’s just too bad that it takes tea to lure me out into public. :P

So I’ve been waiting awhile for these teas and there are so many that I’m excited about, but THIS was the one I thought I’d start with. And it’s really good. It tastes like black jelly beans, minus the insane amounts of sugar. Sure, I could drink Stash’s licorice tea, but this is leaps and bounds beyond that, and it’ll probably be added back onto my shopping list for the next order.

Haha. I’m already thinking about the next order and I haven’t even logged THIS order.

THe texture of this one is almost thick and malty. And I get a bit of tacky tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth-ness that is also similiar to eating strong black licorice. I’m going to resteep it and try it with a bit of milk too!

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

I love this one, because it’s not super sweet. :) It’s on my list for the next order as well… Whatever tiny amount I got is not enough!

CrowKettle

It seems like we’re all thinking about the next order before this one is through.. I know this is going to be one of my samples. :)

Ozli

Wtg, social being!! :-O

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77

So I’ve been drinking this since last night and am currently on my third steep – each one at one minute.

I love the name of this tea. YES I want to drink Curiousity Brew. I bought 1oz of it because I was curious. #sucker

I don’t get a lot of chocolate out of this tea, but I’m hit more by the chamomile and spearmint. The chocolate is just lurking below the surface.

This is an interesting blend! I’ll keep resteeping it, but so far I’d rather just drink the Laoshan Black than to mess around with a blend.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Ozli

Huh! That sounds like a really strange mix of flavours. Unsure.

Cavocorax

Yeah. I probably would have been better off with a sample of this one.

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93

Ok, so maybe I can see why this is so amazing. And I’m so happy I wasn’t disappointed either after reading everyone else’s reviews.

This is a nice bright assam, subtly sweet, and just a touch fruity. It’s not as punchy as the Tiger Assam, and I think I’m getting notes of caramel at the end of the sip. Very delicious.

Also, added this to my shopping list. I can see needing several Steven Smith samples in the future!

Thanks TerriHarpLady!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Sil

Bwahahahahahahah looks like we might be able to have out travelling black tea box after all!

Terri HarpLady

I know! My dream will come true!

Cavocorax

Haha. I might be interested…..

Terri HarpLady

I’ll send you more info, Cavo…or did I already?

Cavocorax

I don’t know? I don’t think so!

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68
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
1774 tasting notes

It tastes like pumpkin milk! To be fair, this is half milk and half tea and all awesome. If I’d let it steep longer, I wonder if it would be like drinking pumpkin pie?

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79

So even though it’s summer and I’m wearing a long swooshy skirt, I’m cold and thinking about fuzzy sweaters.

It’s pretty tasty and I think there’s a touch of smoke along with the base, unless that was from the caravan tea. There’s is a fruity note and just a touch of astringency but it makes me feel warm and cozy. This would be great in the fall.

So, this was added to my shopping list as well! Thanks TerriHarpLady and JustJames. (whoops. I got samples from both of you but I’ll enjoy every cup! )

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it! It does have a touch of smokiness to it.

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