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To me this tea is a cross between a ripe puerh, a raw puerh, and a roasted oolong. That is the best way I can describe it. It’s not as good as a good Chinese puerh but it’s decent, very different. Not sure what notes I am getting here, definitely not stonefruits as in the writeup on Steepster. More like tobacco I think. I didn’t use the recommended infusion time of 4 min as I never infuse puerh that long.
I brewed this twice in a 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec each time.
This was very tasty. I could taste the cashew for sure, as well as a sweetness that must have been the cakey taste. It was fruity, but I can never taste specifically plum in plum flavored teas. I think I will try this with a little sugar tomorrow to see if I can bring out more of the fruity, cakey flavors.
I have to admit, I’ve been avoiding this tea for a little while. It was VERY aromatic, in the sense of strawberries & coconut, so much so that it reminded me of lotion. Overtime I opened it, the idea of drinking it kind of grossed me out. But yesterday I finally manned up, so to speak, & steeped it to share with a student & her mom, thinking that way if it wasn’t so great, at least I only had to drink a small cup, right?
I should have trusted Ms. Stacy, because it really wasn’t disgusting at all! My guests loved it, and although I can’t say that I felt the same way, it was still a pleasant cup of tea, not really lotion-like at all. It was a gentle cup, kind of like a strawberry cupcake topped with coconut frosting. I even ate a few of the rehydrated strawberries :)
Thanks to Sil for sending me a sample :)
This floral, buttery-sweet oolong makes for a particularly floral and buttery jam and nut butter. At the best of times it’s a cup full of scone goodness, but something about the flavouring doesn’t quite do it for me. It’s still an enjoyable tea, albeit one I won’t miss too much.
This is more me saying goodbye to Stacy’s Organic Sparrow Tongue (I will find you again!).
Cue my Beatles-inspired Organic Sparrow Tongue theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgd15XcAzys
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Nuts, Raspberry
I’ve had this a few times now, but I don’t remember the powder sugar being so pronounced.. or there at all. I think it was mostly plum before- now it’s all in with the cashew cake and tangy-sweet syrup. Magic. The kind that’s probably connected to cooler drinking temperature, shorter steep time, etc. Also, paying attention to what I’m drinking.. I don’t know.
This is going to help me not eat the last of the cheesecake in the fridge. Yes it is. The last of the cheesecake was the perfect accompaniment for this tea.
Flavors: Cake, Nuts, Plums, Powdered sugar
First steep: 2min
Second steep: 3min
The first steep is very fruity and bright with notes of stone fruit, raisins, honey, and a heavy malt/caramel aftertaste. Most of what I taste here is fruit. It’s tart and has this bitter-nut-skin quality to it that’s not overly bitter or unpleasant. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten chestnut or had many things flavored like it, but it reminds me very much of SOT’s Candied Chestnut, so I suppose that’s the flavor I’m having trouble naming. There’s a hint of sourdough as well. The second steep also contains notes of chestnut, honey, and plums, though it is comparatively light. Slight caramel aftertaste, not much in the way of malt or chocolate. I will try the recommended 3:30 steep next time to see if I can coax a deeper and maltier flavor profile.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Chestnut, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt, Plums, Raisins, Sour, Stonefruits, Tart
Needed some black tea today, so I picked this one. It certainly smells a bit like custard. The flavour is sweet and creamy, with some vanilla. There is more of a nutmeg scent, I don’t really taste it much. As I have not tried the first version, I can not compare them. Perhaps I should try brewing it longer next time. Thanks to cookies for the sample.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Vanilla
From the Sheng and Shou TTB.
Brewed gongfu style in a ceramic gaiwan. 5 second rinse. Steeping times: 15, 30, 45, 60, 120.
If you need something to drink in 10 degree and snowy weather, this is one to have. The dry leaf smells of sod and loam, and wet leaf aroma of smoke, raisins, and freshly baked bread. The liquor changes throughout the session, beginning with tangy and smoke taste, a thin texture, and a slightly cloudy appearance. The second infusion, still tangy and cloudy, is creamy and tastes of pine, no longer smoky. The third – the height of the session – has become completely clear, the texture even creamier. The tang is replaced by a rich sweetness. The fourth and fifth infusions have deciduous wood notes.
This tea provides visual and tactile imagery and well as gustatory and olfactory: a cabin in the woods, a fireplace, a pan of homemade bread just out of the oven.
The first steep was very vegetal, with a touch of floral and buttery notes. This steep reminded me more of a green tea, than an oolong- I was trying to figure out what steamed veggie this reminded me of (asparagus, maybe)!
That steep, at 4 minutes in 180F, was a little too long for me with the amount of leaves I used, so I cut the second steep down to just under 3 minutes. Now it’s smoother, with my ideal butter to veggie ratio.
So far the third steep is just like the last steep- rich butter and heady florals, with a touch lightly boiled asparagus, and a sweet melon finish.
Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Floral, Melon
I know I shouldn’t have, but I had to buy a mystery box and a couple more teas! The way I see it, I won’t be spending any more money at Butiki anymore. And I didn’t think I could go wrong with any tea from Butiki anyway. Because of that, I’m pretty happy with what was in the box… of course I would have been happier with some of those blends I missed out on! I don’t want to make anyone feel bad about not getting a mystery box, but I calculated two of the eight teas I received would have paid for the entire box, even at 50% off!! That’s a deal. I actually didn’t expect some of the really expensive teas… this one happens to be one I also ordered, so I have two ounces now.
I wasn’t sure about the pumpkin WITH the apple, but with the Sansia base, I remember it being very bready, so I was imagining a pumpkin apple bread flavor. I do remember I wasn’t entirely in love with the Sansia though. The one time I tried it (from a teabox) even just because it didn’t resteep very well and left a very cedary type flavor on the second cup. This time, the flavor did seem lighter in the mahogany colored cup. Maybe a different harvest? It did seem like the Premium Taiwanese Assam was lighter too from what I remembered it tasting like. Ah well. I can’t see if there is pumpkin flakes in the actual blend, but I’m tasting more of a pumpkin spice and a little bit of green apple. The base itself seems less distinguishable than before… I can’t really tell if it has that bready flavor. BUT at least the second steep didn’t have the oversteeped cedar flavor this time. The second steep tasted almost exactly like the first cup which is nice… but this blend isn’t my favorite, both for the base tea, the combination of flavors, and the flavors themselves.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 6 minutes after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min