415 Tasting Notes

I’m sick, so this doesn’t really count as a review, because I couldn’t really taste it.

But I liked it.

Different than other whites. Had a surprising depth to it. I think it might have been a little malty or something. There was definitely a something to it.

And then I accidentally let the second infusion steep way way way too long. It was still okay, not bitter.

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Decent four seasons. It’s working for me today because I’m home sick with an incredibly sore throat and just feeling miserable in general.


feel better soon!


Aww man, that super sucks :(


Pray to the God of Night Sweats to cure you of your ills.


Hope you feel better soon!


That sucks. Feel better soon!


Hope you’re better soon! Take good care of yourself.

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Sweet. Creamy. Really good.

I was distracted by work this morning and let an early infusion go longer than planned. Then all other infusions had to be long, too. I had a couple of really long ones at the end. The last was maybe half an hour…possibly longer…and it was just sweet. So delicious.


Woah, this tea is sure endurable.


Wow, that’s kind of amazing!


It was delicious. Not really hot by that point, but it tasted tasty.

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Yum. This is such a good tea. It’s a really nice four seasons oolong – my favorite by far to be honest. It’s just got the exact right flavor that I want. It’s also really relaxing and comforting. I’m curled up with a mug of the first infusion, but I think when this is done, I’ll add more hot water, and go curl up with my book.

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
415 tasting notes

I haven’t had this in quite some time. I’d forgotten how delicious it is. It’s the right amount of floral, the right amount of nutty, fresh, flavorful. Delicious.

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This is not the first time I’ve had this tea, but it’s the first time I’ve written a tasting note.

It’s really good. Sweet. A little floral. A touch almost nutty, but not really. Delicious.

I love oolong at work when things are awful here, because a good cup can keep me company all day. It provides comfort. Multiple infusions.

I’m doing this one western style today because I just don’t have time to deal with even my pseudo gongfu. It works. It works well.

But I think I will take this tea home so I can try it with my cute oolong clay pot. (My tea kitty also wants to drink some of this delicious tea.)

I had this one today at work. It’s been a bad week or three so far, crazy busy. I guess it’s not a horrible thing that Steepster has been having issues, because I haven’t been tempted to spend too much time on here.

Anywho, this tea.

I was busy, so I don’t remember a lot. The first few infusions were strong, but kinda sweet. Then it got a lot mellowed, but still delicious. I went from 20s all the way up to 8m before deciding this one was pretty much done.

I liked it a lot. It kept me company. I don’t remember details, because I was too distracted by all the rest of the crud going on here in the office, but I know I really liked it.

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So I was supposed to get extra samples with my last order from Green Terrace Teas because they didn’t have the gongfu teapot available that I ordered. And then there weren’t any samples included with my order. Oops. So they sent a few samples later. This was one of them, in fact the only sample of their teas that was included that I hadn’t already had.

But I’m really glad they included it.

I’m having a lazy, blah kind of day. I have a bit of a sinus headache and I have this horrible knot in my neck/shoulder. So I’m not accomplishing much of anything. I’m even lazy in my brewing and did this in my ForLife mug western style.

It’s actually quite good this way.

This tea is pretty sweet without being over the top. I was expecting at least a touch roasty, but I didn’t get that at all. Not really floral, either. Sweet, maybe fruity.

A second infusion. I forget to set my timer. Oops. I’m really not sure how long this steeped for. At all. AT least five minutes, probably a lot longer, more like 10 to even 15.

It’s not ruined at all. Now it tastes kind of apple-y. Still sweet. Not bitter like I expected. I’m actually getting a little bit of the roasty now, too. I like this.


That happened to me, too: no extra (promised) samples. Then when I wrote to them I got a strange response to the effect that it was “possible” that they forgot to put them in. That kind of offended me. I mean, I wrote because they DID forget to put them in, so that was like accusing me of lying to get free samples. They did end up sending me a couple more, but I don’t know whether I’ll shop there again, between having had to place the order four times and then that last little jab…


Yeah, I got a weird email back from them, too. I have liked the teas that I got from them, but I, too, might not shop with them again. Especially since they’ve changed the smallest size I can order now to 150g for most teas. That just seems like a lot of tea, when I would rather have smaller amounts of tea for more variety in my cupboard. It’s too bad.


Shoot. I was planning to order more of this. WHY would anyone do that?


Yeah I noticed the change in minimum quantities. 150g is just ridiculous. It’s so rare I find a tea that I like well enough to buy that much, and if I’m ordering online I certainly want to be able to buy multiple teas to make the shipping cost worth while. I’m certainly not going to buy 150g of something I haven’t tried.


I dunno why. I think they weren’t selling enough or paying too much for shipping or something. They had their big sale to get rid of all the smaller sizes, is my bet. I really liked that they had the samples, too. Ah well.

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I decided that I wanted oolong today but I didn’t really have the time to sit and enjoy the ceremony of it with my clay teapot and all that jazz, so I did this one western style. It worked out pretty well and tasted delicious. I do like this tea quite a bit. I finished off the sample I got from GTT today, but I ordered more during their big sale.

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Still relatively new to drinking teas, or so I feel, even though I’ve been at it for several months now.

I’m drinking more and more of different varieties of tea.

It’s been a few months that I’ve been on here. I’ve expanded from greens and flavored teas to now I’m all about the oolongs and some unflavored blacks. I’m mostly drinking unflavored teas now, but there are a few of those flavored ones that have a special place in my heart.


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