31 Tasting Notes

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I was in the mood for something a little stronger for the morning, so last night I mixed this tea with some Kusmi Russian Morning Tea No. 24, and woke up to deliciousness. This tea is a nice medium strength (I think?) alone, and the Russian Morning tea just gives it a little more body, which I like in the morning. But really, it’s just as delicious by itself. I like it the more I drink it. It’s sweet and comforting in just the right way. I love love love the smell of it. Makes me smile when I take a sip. Butiki Teas are wonderful~

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

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81

This is a solid morning tea. The flavor is great by itself, strong with just a hint of sweetness that I can’t quite explain. Just really nice to sip on plain. Sometimes when I want to kick up some of my flavored green teas I’ll add a teaspoon of this. Don’t sure it I’m supposed to do that, but it still tastes great, so….

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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79

Another sample from my Butiki order. Unfortunately I think the cinnamon overpowers a lot of the almond taste for me, which is a shame because I think I prefer almond flavor to cinnamon. But that does not mean this is a bad tea. It’s actually quite good! I don’t know how Butiki does it, but so far the four teas I’ve tried have all been really pleasant. I know I overbrewed this one (which is maybe why the cinnamon is stronger?) but there was no bitterness and it was still a treat to drink. Even when it cooked down to lukewarm it was still yummy. Not something I would buy, but definitely something I’d recommend to a friend who enjoys cinnamon teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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83

A sample from my Butiki order. This tea may be a little too sweet for me to drink regularly, but I’m definitely putting this on my shopping list for when I need a treat. It just reminds me of juicy fruit and summer and all that good stuff. The base tea is light and mild, and this really enhances the cantaloupe flavor. Even better than the Melon Oolong from Lupicia, I think!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88

The dry leaf smell didn’t really appeal to me as much as I’d hoped.

Then I brewed it. Man. This tea smells SO good when brewed. It also tastes great. Just a hint of sweetness when I swallow—this is definitely something I can get used to drinking with or without milk and sugar. I kept coming back to the Breville for another cup because I just wanted to smell more of that deliciousness.

Can’t say I can taste the custard, but it’s certainly not overly tart or anything, and goes down very smooth. Love it! Thanks so much, Stacy!

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78

This reminds me of Euphoria from Kusmi—same orange and chocolate flavoring—though this tea is milder and a bit creamier—must be the marshmallow showing through. Overall I like it more than I did Euphoria. I think as an orange/chocolate tea combination it’s more balanced. It goes great with a little bit of sugar and milk/creamer. Definitely a dessert tea, and very comforting indeed.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82
drank Milk Caramel by Lupicia
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This is really nice! Warm and toasty, and the caramel flavor is just subtle enough that it doesn’t overpower. There’s a nutty-ness to the taste. I had some of it unsweetened, and it was nice, but with a little bit of milk and sugar, the caramel comes out more and it’s super creamy and dessert-like. A nice pick-me-up drink. I’ve never really tried houjicha before and wasn’t sure what I would think of it, but this is fantastic.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Kotobuki by Lupicia
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reviewed One Touch Tea Maker by Breville
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The best thing about this tea pot/kettle is that it can make tea for me while I’m lying in bed on a Saturday morning, and I can pour myself a steaming cupful the minute I get up. It really makes getting out of bed to make breakfast much more tolerable.

The tea, so far, comes out perfect every time. No more bitter, over-brewed tea because I walked off and no more setting the timer so my green tea doesn’t come out too astringent. Don’t know how I can go back to waiting for the kettle to boil in the mornings when I all I wanna do is crawl back in bed. Ultimate pampering. The best.

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