Bird Pick Tea & Herb

Recent Tasting Notes

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from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB

This one really does remind me of an oolong. It’s creamy and I bet I could steep it for forever. It’s like a creamy, but still really green, oolong. It’s tasty. (I’m doing this western style, and I’m on my fourth infusion and it’s still going strong.)

I took my car back to the body shop this morning to get them to fix the button for the hatchback that they broke. I thought it would be quick (because that’s what they told me) but I wound up being a couple of hours late to work. Blah.

mj

Like the tea note, not the car drama! Your poor mini :(

Cheri

Well, they fixed my MINI, so that makes me happy. This tea also made me happy.

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Flavors: Butter, Vegetal

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

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #9
I could smell this through the baggie and it smells like buttered popcorn. Must. Steep. Now. I would have guessed it’s an oolong since it is rolled up like an oolong, but it is actually a green tea. By the flavor I would have guessed green, so there you go. It’s a mild green flavor. I know some oolongs have that veggie flavor, but not many. Most of the flavor is just like the fragrance: buttered popcorn. So kind of like a milk oolong if the base was green. The second cup has the same level of buttered popcorn but it seems like the base is more like oolong now rather than green tea. Sheesh, most of these teas in the teabox have a high 80 rating on Steepster. I hope what I add to the tea box does it justice! One teaspoon left of this one for someone to try!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 25 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min

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Sipdown (141/148)!

Thanks VariaTEA and by extension Amariel for the small sample. I have to say, I’m really not sure how I feel about this one though. Taste wise I’m getting some really weird stuff from it.

I definitely pick up on a vegetal roastyness characteristic of a Houjicha, but on top of that is a really intense metallic taste and zero caramel notes. I also really vaguely, under all the metallic taste, get a sort of coffee like flavour which I have seen a few people mention in tasting notes so maybe I’m not totally crazy.

But overall I’m not really enjoying this one.

Flavors: Coffee, Metallic, Roasted, Toasty

Sil

i still need to try this one… and also, i AM catching up to you..slowly!

VariaTEA

I didn’t get caramel either. I was hoping for much more than what I got with this :(

Roswell Strange

I’m running out of sample sizes to sipdown ;) Soon I’ll just have stuff in quantity.

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I don’t know what I am doing wrong because I have had this twice now and both times I couldn’t find the caramel. The houjicha was just too strong for my tastes. Thank you Amariel for the opportunity to try this tea but I just don’ think its for me. I will try the last of this cold brewed and see how that goes.

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It was a weird sort of day today. It started out cold and overcast, then sunny and warm, then the wind kicked in and it got cloudy again. Work was refund city, so it seemed like every step we took forward, we got pushed back again. It was a struggle for sure. And I’m still feeling super emotional right now, and just mentally and physically tapped out.

So, I decided on this tonight, even though it is some caffeine, but not much, and I even had it with milk…it’s just a little bit of comfort in a cup right now! I dunno, it’s a weird taste, initially, but it really grows on you. If you love toasty teas with a bit of sweetness, this is for you.

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For some reason, I can’t get it out of my head that this tastes like sweet strawberry-milk. It’s so great! Although I would advise against drinking this everyday as it gets old quick. However, for a nice treat every once in a while, this tea is perfect! I’m definitely keeping this one in my tea stash.

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Had a cup of this tonight. Decided to add a little genmai hojicha from my amoda box from January. Didn’t really make much of a difference, to be honest, in terms of flavour.

Still, I like this tea. It was the right tea for tonight. I’m glad I picked up the bag when I was in LA.

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I received this in a swap long ago but had forgotten about it! It had a nice smooth jasmine flavor without the tea base overpowering it. I prefer my jasmine a bit stronger so I won’t purchase it personally but would definitely give as a gift if trying to introduce someone to jasmine.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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I’m remembering this tea having grown on me a bit since I first reviewed it and I was eager to try it again today as a latte, but I can’t taste a thing through this cold! I’m imagining it as creamy, carmaely and delicious. It is like trying to see in the dark. Sometimes I wonder if there was a sense I would prefer to loose over taste and smell, but I honestly can’t come up with an answer. It is one of those things you take for granted until it is gone… like indoor plumbing!

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Had this as a tea latte, while at a Bird Pick shop yesterday. They made it with sweetened condensed milk, which was pretty good, but maybe a little much. I think I would try it with standard milk new time….though next time ended up being tonight, and I have a bare fridge post-vacation.

Nice to know I can drink this one without sugar, though I do think it would benefit from a teensy bit. I did have maple syrup on my waffles tonight, so I’m sticking with my unsweetened mug for now though.

Still roasty and lightly sweet as remembered, though a little strange tasting at first. I got about $5 worth, which isn’t a huge amount, but sufficient number of servings, considering this is a lightweight tea. It cost half as much as the bags I got last year, and i have more servings, getting it loose.

I’m gonna try cold steeping in the summer, I think, and maybe use the sweetened condensed milk again. I’ve got enough to experiment. I may even mix in some green rooibos…

The thing I like most about this tea is that it is low in caffeine, but has body, and works well hot (as well as sweetened and with milk). This means that I am fine at the thought of having this in the morning, in an attempt to take control on the caffeine level, even if it still feels like more of a n afternoon or evening tea.

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Wow, did someone put out a campfire in my mouth?! Sat down with my tea at breakfast this morning and my husband said he smelled a fire. I casually told him it was my tea and he had to sniff it to believe me. Then I had to hear how it’s probably filled with carcinogens which is bad for you. I’ll just pretend he didn’t say that part. It’s so smokey! I like it!

Stephanie

I drank a Lapsang Souchong at work one time and got funny looks from people LOL

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My daughter and new brand new husband invited us to spend a few days at the beach with them, and I packed this as a never fail take along. I know it was good and I drank two whole pots of it while we were there but I still have a somewhat stuffy head and a cough and it is affecting my taste worse now than it did at the beginning of this cold over a week ago.

While we were at the beach, a dear lady who taught us to work with stained glass at her studio there died from lupus and complications of H1N1 virus. She never ever complained but just kept going and blessing people with her generous heart and her art. If you think of it, raise a glass to Pati and say a prayer for those who will miss her so much. She was an inspiration.

gmathis

Sounds like quite a vacancy to fill. Prayers for those who are missing her.

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Got a sample of this tea to try to figure out which bases I like my flavored black to be. I let this tea get cold before drinking it and that was a bad move! I’m hit with a bitter taste. Kinda subtle smokey. I may have brewed it to strong. Watering it down and heating it up makes it much better! It is now smoother, but a little bland and leaves my mouth feeling dry after each sip. Sweetening it really doesn’t do much to change it for me, good or bad. I give this one a meh for being pretty unremarkable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is the second tea in my plain black taste test! This one is definitely more mellow than the Ceylon. No bitter twang and fairly smooth. A tiny bit of caramel on the sip and maybe a touch of smoke at the end. Sugar adds to the caramel flavor.

This is nice. I kinda like it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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In an effort to better understand the flavored teas I like and don’t like, I picked up a few small samples of popular basic blacks to try on a trip to Bird Pick. First up is the Ceylon.

I recognize this flavor. It is the flavor I remember tea tasting like at Chinese restaurants. It has never been one of my favorites, but drinkable in a pinch. It is very grassy. Like a watered down warmed up wheat grass shot. It is a little unpleasant on the tip of my tongue when I sip and a little bitter in the back when I swallow. When I sweeten it, it reminds me of the Lipton sweet tea that my in laws would make and drink down by the gallon each summer. Bittersweet memories with a bittersweet tea, how fitting! I’m also thinking this may be the same base as some of the desert David’s Teas that I have tried like Red Velvet Cake. I wish more companies who do flavored teas would list the type of blacks they are using so I could form a better opinion of what I like and dislike.

This tea is alright once I sweeten it, but I’m not a fan of it plain. It gets an eh.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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On my quest to finding a great tasting Milk Oolong that is unflavored and at a reasonable price, I ran to Bird Pick. I had currently tried Lupicia’s Milky Gold Oolong and completely fell in love! But after being sold out I had to find an alternative.

I walked into bird pick and asked to try a sample. I was very disappointed that they served me a sample of burned, bitter, and unsatisfying Oolong. I usually steep my Taiwanese Oolongs 1-1.5 min they brewed it for 4 min! I was applaud…later I asked to have it steeped for a minute and it tasted so creamy and buttery. It was a nice tea, made my day (: I bought myself some and ran home to use on my gaiwan.

I rated mid satisfaction because although the tea smells amazing I can taste the low quality in the leaf. I usually steep my oolongs up to 10 times but this one gave up the creaminess on the 3rd steep. Nice tea, just not my absolute favorite.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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This is one of those teas that I would build a special underground bunker for if its existence were ever threatened. When I got this in a swap from the sorely missed Quiltguppy I had to have it, and I ordered a LOT of it.

When drinking it by itself it tastes like buttered popcorn, heavy on the butter. Last night, my son and I had it with Asian buffet takeout and it. was. heavenly. I had it again today with leftovers and it was every bit as good. I even drank some of it cold and it was still amazing.

I wish I knew exactly what it was. They call it a green but it really has to be an oolong. It HAS to be. Just look at it. But what kind? I called the company and they told me that oolongs were roasty and when I told them that they can be roasty toasty or green, the clerk said she hadn’t heard of that and really needed to learn more. Sigh. So I have never found out.

If I ever was challenged to win someone over to green (or oolong) tea in just one try, this would probably be the one I would pick to do that.

Nicole

Buttery green is something that would appeal to me, probably. I love the buttery oolongs. Sounds great.

ashmanra

I just checked and they still list it as a green on the website. I really wish I knew exactly what this was!

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