607 Tasting Notes

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
607 tasting notes

Having this one tonight as pre-birthday tea, and also I feel bad tea (headache and nausea). Hoping it makes me feel better some, with the ginger, and just for the sheer fact that I love this one so much.

I did not steep this one particularly well, but it is particularly forgiving, so it’s ok…I still love this one and cannot wait til my order arrives…this was one of the few items I reordered…almost everything else was new.

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Sorry, but I killed this one. I had a hard time deciding what ratio to use, and ended up with the whole packet, which was way too much, and I should not have used the whole packet with my 12 oz of water. What I could taste of it, it was like the sheng from David’s and Verdant that I’ve had.

I am thankful to Angel at Teavivre for sending this one my way. I sent the other pack to a friend to see what she thinks because she doesn’t like pu erh teas, but I told her these were different, and not the thick pu erh teas they’re likely to have had. Anway, I feel bad I busted my only sample. :(

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drank Toasted Walnut by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s been a long time since I have had this one in my cupboard. I only recently picked more up, as I feel like I have been better with greens since then. I have to have to have to set a timer or I forget and oversteep my greens all to frequently. Since I started to do that, I am much happier with my greens.

This one is no exception. It’s back to being a have again. Not too bitter, lightly sweet from the pineapple, and the medium bodied green blends well with the walnuts. I originally tried it because I like genmai cha, and this is sort of like a variation on that.

Right now I am preferring this chilled, because it’s been hot here. Well, hot FOR HERE. It’s not hot by those who really know hot. I spent 30 years in Florida before living in BC. That is hot, and the humidity there is much worse than it is here…

Anyway, I will probably get more of this over the summer and into fall. I do really like it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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Had this again today…really enjoying this one this summer. I actually like it when it is cooled off too. I’m tempted to see how this one is with milk, though I feel like it may ruin it…but I have that curiosity to try.

Bear With Me

use skim or 1%, anything thicker does overpower it a bit. I’ve steeped it strong and added a bit of milk then made popsicles with great results actually!

OMGsrsly

Mmm, tea popsicles… :)

Amariel

Hmmm…I only have homo milk. The man likes the full fat stuff, and I’m indifferent to it. I’ll give it a shot though…maybe just a dab.

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Backlog…I had this one yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised on how beautiful this little tuocha is, and I took a picture or two and posted to Facebook even. One friend commented how it looked like a bird’s nest, and I can see that.

It smelled sweet, and the liquor was golden. This is not one of those fishy an earthy pu-erhs you might be thinking. The flavour is mild, a little sweet, a bit heavier body for a lighter brew, but still tasty. I don’t know what lotus leaf tastes like, so I can’t really comment on that, but I’d say that this tea is also smooth. It was not overly floral or tart or astringent. It’s just a nice tea. It almost has a sticky rice note to it too.

Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for sending this to me as part of the 3rd anniversary sample pack. Many thanks!

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Had this one this morning, and it is so good. So rich and chocolate pastry like. Not bitter or astringent at all. I added milk and a little raw cane sugar.

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
607 tasting notes

Went into DAVIDs on Saturday night before a show I was going to downtown, and it was a super warm day here, so I went in aiming to get an iced tea, and the tea that came to mind was Pineapple Oolong. I did not want an herbal, or a green, but possibly a white or oolong, and I was on the fence with black. In the end, the SA mentioned Vanilla Orchid and I was all, I haven’t had that in ages, and I kept sniffing it and the Pineapple Oolong, and decided on the Vanilla Orchid instead, but not too much ice. Oh wow was I ever happy I did! It was soooo yummy. I had forgotten how great this one is. I’m gonna have to get more when I refill my Oolong Supreme along with a few others.

Flavors: Cream, Orchid, Vanilla

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
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Having this again…I have had this several times since my initial tasting note, and I have to say that it is becoming a go to tea for me lately. It’s got body with enough weight, but still not super heavy like black, so it does still feel a little lighter and summery, but heavier than a white or green. In fact, on the oolong scale, I’d have to say that this tea is like right in the middle. The leaves are dark, but the brew is light, but it is not vegetal, floral, or grassy like like lighter oolongs are. The notes are creamy and buttery like a milk oolong, almost, but with a nutty taste…probably from the roasting. There are plummy mineral notes, and almost a peachy or apricot note too.

It’s a really unique tea, and I find myself reaching for it a lot these days, which is odd, because I don’t usually flock to a straight tea so frequently.

Saltmania

I think you’re right on the money with peachy. I’d also say litchi nut.

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Guess I’m the first to properly review this tea. Yay!

So I had this as my tea to go today. It was good. I have had red raspberry leaf tea, so I could pick that out of this blend, but the other ingredients do round the taste out nicely, I believe. I got 30g of it, and will have no trouble drinking it.

One note of caution…while red raspberry leave is an excellent female herb, and has great benefits to the uterus and pelvic region, caution should be given to those trying to conceive (tic). It is fine to drink to prepare for a pregnancy, especially where there is uterine weakness or previous miscarriage, it is not recommended by some to drink after ovulation. The toning action on the uterus in early pregnancy can actually lead to miscarriage (it is this same action that women in late pregnancy drink it for labour). There are some sources that say it is good for morning sickness though, or throughout the whole pregnancy…so use with caution if you are ttc or are in early pregnancy and check with your doctor or midwife.

ETA: This tea is super fluffy and light.

CHAroma

Thanks for the PSA! I’ll save this one till late in my third trimester. :)

Amariel

Yeah. I hear some women are fine to drink it right through, but it can potentially cause harm, so use caution and check with your doctor or midwife before drinking in the first and second trimesters. There is still conflicting info on it.

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So, I am trying this one again, because the last time I had this it was a tea to go, and it was bitter, and I thought maybe I’ll just get a small amount and try it again, because it really smells great.

I did kinda forget the water after it boiled, but it was still hot/warm so I used it anyway. Steeped about 4 minutes. It is considerably less bitter. It is a better cup than last time, for sure. I’m finding the mixed base kinda of hard to describe. I am getting a slightly floral fusty taste, and it is a little juicy tasting, too.

So, I would say, I’m still not incredibly seduced by this tea, but I am more seduced than I was the first time. I got 18g, so I can easily drink this down. Will decide after that if it deserves a restock or not.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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