Butiki Traveling Educational Box NUMBER TWO - On the move!

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Got the package! Shall I go ahead and add “Educational TTB 2” to the database then?

It might be a day or so until I can really sit down with the teas. My mother fractured her wrist (and broke her glasses…) yesterday, and I need to drive her around to different doctors. The tea box might be a real comfort…

I just rifled through the box. In the words of Ricky Ricardo, “Ay, ay, ay!!”

Jeez, sorry to hear about your mom. I hope she has a speedy recovery.

Not likely, since she’ll need surgery. Thank you for your concern :]

Cheri select said

Hopefully the surgery really speeds her recovery. (The ortho-hand specialist I saw after I had a terrible fall last October said my injury was the worst kind, non-surgical but not straight forward. Either of those would have healed a lot faster.)

Sorry to hear that she will need surgery. That’s terrible.

Cheri-You have a point. I badly broke a bone in my hand, which pretty much disintegrated part of the bone and left my knuckle in the middle of my hand. Once I had surgery, it was only a few weeks of healing time as opposed to months if I didn’t have the surgery. I guess it depends on what type of surgery she needs.

She’s over sixty, and she’ll need a metal plate. It’s incredibly bad timing since she was about to retire.

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http://steepster.com/companies/educational-ttb-2 KiwiDelight and I have added a few teas to the database!

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I’m considering doing more of these boxes and also potentially adding a product to our site that allows for educational tasting. If you guys wouldn’t mind answering the following questions after you have passed on the box, that would be great but don’t feel obligated to answer the questions.

What is your tea experience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?

Was participating in this box worth your time and money (shipping costs)?

Did you find it educational? If so, what did you learn?

Did you do any specific comparisons (regions, type of tea, etc)? If so, did that help in any way?

Would you participate in a future box like this?

What would you change to make this a better experience or more educational?

Anything else you would like to add?

You can post here or PM or email me ([email protected]).

Cool, I’ll write something up and email you soon!

Thanks, Stephanie! :)

looking forward to answering these!!

I’d be happy to post my answers here! I can’t wait to see what everyone else learned.

Frolic select said

I’d definitely love to get in on another box if you choose to to do one.

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Megan said

How’s the teabox going? I’ve enjoyed reading the tasting notes!

After I’m through with the Kenyan teas I’m going to make my way through some of the Taiwanese oolongs. So much tea, can’t try them all (sigh)

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Is it alright if I keep the box until Saturday? That day would be most convenient for me. I’d then have it for a week and a half and that’s within the guidelines.

Cheri select said

That seems reasonable to me, but I’m not in charge.

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I’m sure it’s fine, it’s only three days. Alternately you can pull out samples of things you want to try and send it on.

Glad it’s ok. I’d have sent it off today but I’m taking care of my mom (tomorrow is her surgery).

Cheri select said

In that case, IMO, it’s more than okay. Family is more important that a few days delay in getting the tea box moving on. Way more important. Take care of your mom, and please know that I’m sending very positive healthy healing vibes in her direction.

Thank you, Cheri :3

Dr Jim said

I’m fine with waiting. Sometimes life just intervenes and you have to take care of things. Your mom is more important than tea.

I hope you mom’s surgery goes smoothly.

Thank you. Drinking these new teas and writing tasting notes partially help.

Megan said

We will be thinking of your mom tomorrow!

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Sending it out soon. I’ll message the tracking number later, I’m going grocery shopping afterward. I hope to answer the questionnaire when I get back!

I posted tasting notes of what I sampled (except the Chinese twisty green), nearly all were half teaspoons. I took some of the Kenyan Orthodox Black #3 because it’s one of the best Kenyan black I’ve ever had. To compensate, I added 4/5 teaspoons each of Shan Valley’s green tea, first flush green tea, and black tea – all from Myanmar. I thought someone would be curious to try these.

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What is your tea experience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced)? Intermediate.

Was participating in this box worth your time and money (shipping costs)? Definitely!

Did you find it educational? If so, what did you learn? I was happy to see so many Kenyan tea. I took the opportunity to try the Kenyan green, white, and purple teas, which I’ve never had before. I learned that while a the leaf may look pretty – like the twisted Chinese green tea leaves – the tea doesn’t necessarily taste great (I read about “beautiful tea” from Gascoyne’s book about tea, terroir, etc but finally got to experience that for myself). Also, seeing the GABA oolong made me research as to what kind of oolong that is (never heard of it prior to the tea box).

Did you do any specific comparisons (regions, type of tea, etc)? If so, did that help in any way? I compared the Kenyan Orthodox Black teas and was surprised to learn that I had come so far with my experiences that I could tell them a part so easily.

Would you participate in a future box like this? Yes!

What would you change to make this a better experience or more educational? The selection huge and varied, and I had fun trying the teas I sampled. I’m completely satisfied.

KiwiDelight-Thank you for your feedback! It is greatly appreciated. So glad that you had a positive experience. :)

You’re welcome, Stacey :>

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Dr Jim said

The box just arrived and IT IS AMAZING. I can’t believe all of the tea, sorted by category. I’m starting in on the whites (random choice of first bag) and will try to be better than usual about posting notes.

Hooray, it’s safe!

Dr Jim said

I’ve already posted about 10 tasting notes. Also added a lot of teas to the Educational TTB2 “brand”

Isn’t it fun?

Cheri select said

I’m so glad people are using the same “brand” for this so we can easily find each other’s tasting notes for what they try. It sounds like such a great variety in the box.

Dr Jim said

I’m having a ball. It also really helped that Marzipan sorted the small bags into groups. I’ve sorted them into shallow boxes, so I can try to compare similar teas. The biggest problem is that Pu-Erh and oolongs really are better in multiple steeps, but that makes it difficult to sample as many teas as I want to. I’m using western style for the oolongs (with one re-steep), but feel like I’m missing the maximum experience.

Dr Jim-That is definitely a challenge. Many of those teas would benefit from gongfu brewing.

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A box participant had mentioned this to me but I wanted to mention it here. It may be beneficial to pick up some paper filters if you would like to compare a number of teas at once but don’t have enough strainers.

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