513 Tasting Notes

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
513 tasting notes

This is a very nice oolong. Thank you so much, Stacy, for sending me this sample. (I read afterward that this is normally not available as a sample, so QUADRUPLE THANKS!!)

I did mine western style, but I imagine this would have been even more amazing gongfu style.

It started with very rich roasty notes, like deep dark chocolate. mmmm. The sip somehow left that darkness behind, ending almost a touch sweet, almost sweet, kind of like when you’re making caramel and the phone rings so you get pulled away at just the wrong moment, and it gets too dark, but somehow you managed to save it before it was black but it’s still almost there, too dark for what you wanted to use it for, but still good for something.

It lingers. It envelops. It made me yearn for another sip. And another, until I was almost gulping it down. I really enjoyed this.

the resteep didn’t taste quite as dark chocolaty, instead being more roasty toasty, but the not quite sweet was still there.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
apt

strange…. mine didn’t taste anything like you described

Cheri

Strange. Things taste different to different people. I ordered more of this but haven’t had it since I got it. Maybe I’ll have some tomorrow and see how it is then.

Butiki Teas

I’ve noticed this one can taste pretty different depending how it is brewed. I’m actually thinking I prefer this one western brewed since the chocolate notes are much stronger.

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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I liked this tea a lot, but perhaps not quite as much as I built it up to be.

I tried it unsweetened at first, and it was decent, but I wasn’t really getting the pistachio like i’d hoped to. Then I added a little sweetness to it, and it was transformed. Not quite ice cream, but quite nice and creamy, and I finally could taste the pistachio.

I don’t know if I’d order this one, but I’m really glad that Stacy sent me a sample of it to try. I definitely wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered to me.

ETA – I’ve resteeped this and added just the barest touch of sweetener. I like it better that way, and the resteep is still nice.

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
513 tasting notes

Stacy sent me a sample of this tea with my order. I’m so glad she did. This oolong is outstanding. It’s nice and light, a little green with great floral notes, and an incredibly creamy mouth feel.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Definitely remember to add just a touch of sugar to this tea. It makes an outstanding tea that much better.

OOOOOOHHHH.

This tea is great for waking up. I love the juiciness of the blackberry (this is why you need the sugar. It really wakes up the blackberry) and the perfect balance of the lime. So yummy!!!

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drank Sweet Dreams (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I needed a good, calming tea for last night before bed. This was one of the teas I ordered to get free shipping. It’s okay. I’m not sure I really gave it a fair shot last night, so I’ll try again.

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drank Vanilla Bean Green by Vida pour Tea
513 tasting notes

I made up some of this in my carry mug and took it with me to Relay For Life yesterday. I’m really glad I did. It was a perfect tea for warming back up. I also love that in the carry mug I can smell the tea and taste it. (Of course, please don’t try to drink tea from the travel mug while the driver is accelerating. I wound up wearing a little bit of tea. (Not too much, but still.))

Suziqzer

Enjoy seeing your & keychanges comments about the carry mug.. The two of you may well convince me I need one when I’m ready to carry hot tea w/me this Fall. :)

Cheri

She’s the one that convinced me to get the carry mug in the first place. I resisted for a while, even though I was interested, but I’m so glad I did. Find a few Davids Teas that you like so you can get free shipping and just do it. It’s well worth it.

Suziqzer

Right now I’m mainly drinking hot tea in the mornings and evenings and iced in the afternoon. I’m using my Tervis during the afternoon and limping along with my so/so travel mug until I’m ready to make the jump and order the carry mug. I’m hoping they have some new colors if I wait awhile. :)

Cheri

I like this one so much that I could see myself getting another one if they added a dark blue or a true blue. I’m not as much of a fan of the ice blue color as I’d hoped. It’s not bad, but I’d prefer a darker color.

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This tea makes the morning so much better. I am not a morning person, so if I say that, it really does help. I should try adding a little touch of sugar to this one. I’ll probably do that when I’m getting toward the end of the mug. (I’m only partway in so far. I just enjoy it so much I want to tell you about it now.)

Heading out in a little bit to our Relay For Life. I’ve managed to raise over $1000 in only two weeks this year. I started much later than I normally do, so I’m pleased with how well I’ve done. Unfortunately, it’s a chilly day here, with a good chance of rain. This is now how I want to spend the day outside. (This is part of why I’m taking it easy and enjoying my tea this morning. I’ll also probably take a few mugs of tea with me in travel mugs and my carry mug because I can.) (And if you wanted to donate the American Cancer Society, let me know and I’ll PM you my link.)


Okay, I added a touch of sugar to this tea when the mug was half full. Why didn’t I do this earlier?!?! Mostly, because I don’t generally sweeten anything. This tea is somehow even better with just a few crystals of sugar. Just a few, mind you, and it becomes amazing. I really need to remember to trust Stacy when she tells me to add just a touch of sugar.

I only ordered a little bit of this tea. I think I’m going to need more in a week. I guess I should try these samples Stacy has sent so that I know what I want to order.

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75

This is nice. I had just enough for one mug of it, and tonight was the night. I hate drinking boiling hot teas, so I let this one sit some to cool, and wow, it is perfect. It’s nice and chocolaty. it’s not something I would want all the time, but on occasion, this would be a nice treat.

I decided to add some milk to see if that would make it more like a hot chocolate, since it’s really chocolate, but I’ve decided that it was better without. Ah well.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Organic Long Jing by Steepster
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I don’t know why, but this tasted bitter to me. I followed the directions on the packet exactly, so maybe I need to try a lower temp or less time….or both. I didn’t like it, but I could tell there was potential.

TheTeaFairy

Cheri, what temp. did you brew it at?

Cheri

I forget. Whatever the packet said to do it at. I’m pretty sure it was 180° but I don’t remember for sure. I have a nice bonavita at work now, so I know the temp was right.

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76
drank Berber by Tay Tea
513 tasting notes

This is a nice tea. I like spearmint a lot. This tea is a good spearmint and green blend. I’ll try this one iced to see how it is, but it’s good hot. I do have to say that I like The Tea Spot’s Moroccan Mint better, but that’s just me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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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.

Pu-erh is also something I’ve recently found that I enjoy.

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