692 Tasting Notes

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Sooo, I made this one again last night. It’s been a while since I last had some, but I was feeling in the mood for a straight green tea, and I was going through my David’s collection to pull things out for a friend of mine to try. I came across this one and had forgotten I had had it at all.

Now, I had made it, and then my husband came home, and we decided to go out for dinner, so I hadn’t really had much time to have it once it had cooled…but it was on the table near my computer, and I saw it when we got back in…we were properly stuffed, so we just took it easy til bedtime. I had some sips of this, and was reminded of how unique this tea is. I drank some of it and then put it in the fridge overnight to have the rest this morning, and it having been warm the last few days, i thought it would be nice to wake up.

So, about this tea…it really is a very unusual green tea, and one unlike any I’ve had before. In my previous tasting note, I compared this tea to a mix of green and oolong. I think it still has that body of oolong, a roasted one, and I’ll add that I get sort of a leaf hopper note of sweetness along with a fruity plummy or peachy note as well. And while I am not a fan of smokey, there is a hint of that here, but not much, and more like grilled plums and peaches instead of ashy smoke. The description actually mentions they had a hard time deciding where on the wall to categorize this because it had elements of black tea to it. It’s a super complex tasting tea for sure.

I’m really sad now, that I have probably one serving left of this, and I’m unsure if I can get my hands on any more of this. I’m going to contact my stores, but it is not on the site anymore, so I suspect it is gone. It’s really a special tea.

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I had this earlier today, and it was a nice, mild green tea, with a mellow mango taste. Neither taste dominated the cup, though maybe the mango was a little stronger, but not by much. It was a nice cup, and I will probably make one more before sending the rest of my sample to a friend of mine.

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Backlog…not my favourite rooibos, and not as good as the plum, but definitely not bad either.

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Backlog—-this is a nice light green, with a mellow berry taste. Nothing too tart or overpowering.

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drank Green Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
692 tasting notes

Got this iced to go…it smelled good in the can, and the initial sips were ok, but then the syrupy artificialness took over, and I got that weird aftertaste that I have been getting with so many of David’s new teas. It’s gonna come to a point where all the teas there I like will either be discontinued or reblended and I won’t like them anymore, like Chocolate Orange and Chocolate Chili Chai.

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One of the teas I got from CrowKettle this past weekend, and this is a winner! This is very similar to the Buttersotch Mocha Candies (pretty sure I got that wrong, or only partly right) but here the mocha is replaced but the coffee, and yet the three flavors blend together so well. The butterscotch adds a touch of sweetness to the coffee, while the pumpkin is smooth and mellows the coffee, but marrying it with a sort of warm earthiness. I do feel the coffee is the most present note, but it really isn’t in your face at all. If any of that made sense.

Of the pumpkin teas, this is probably my favourite. Can’t wait to have more!

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Yeahhhhh, not really a fan of this one. It’s one I got from CrowKettle in our Spring Meetup yesterday, and I requested it on name and it being Butiki. Had I actually looked at the tasting note and saw that it has smoky notes, I’d have passed, but I didn’t. And since I am so not a fan of smoky teas, I am not a fan of this one. I’m not really sure how a smoky base is part of cinnamon bread…but I know it was an attempt to use up teas and flavours near the end. There’s another serving left…I think I will share it with someone who likes smoky teas.

I’m sure this is lovely for someone that does like smoky teas, but it’s just not for me. I couldn’t finish my cup at work. :(

CrowKettle

I wasn’t amazed by this one, although smoky doesn’t bother me and I thought it smelled good (it’s real crime was making me crave real cinnamon buns).

Plunkybug

I’m thinking Bear With Me might like the rest of this. And yes, I was expecting a more desserty taste.

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Overleafed, oversteeped over everything…and I get a very bitter and astringent cup. Sadly. I can detect some sweetness in there though.

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drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
692 tasting notes

OMG NOM NOM NOM!

I really love this tea and have been waiting for it for a long time. And I finally have it, and I love it! Love love love!! I always liked Tamarind Pop, but found it was a little muted or understated…but here, with the gui fei base instead of black, the tamarind flavour really shines! There is a sweet honey caramel fruit with a lithe juicy tartness. It’s PERFECT!

If anyone has some of this that they do not like, I will buy it off of you, or trade for it. Yes, I like this that much! I have an ounce of this, minus what my friend and her daughter tried before sending, and it is not enough! I will cry when this is gone.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Aww! I only have 1 or 2 tsp left, and I’m saving it for summer. I want iced tamarind oolong.

Plunkybug

Oh no! I know you liked it. I’d never take it from someone who likes it. But anyone who wants to unload it on someone else, I would gladly take it. ;)

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drank Boomstick by Butiki Teas
692 tasting notes

This is a nice earl grey, with a little extra citrus kick from the tangerine and grapefruit. It went well with milk too. I didn’t find the bergamot too strong, so that was nice. I enjoyed this. I’m debating how I want to use the rest of my sample from my friend. Hot again? Cold steep? I’m leaning to cold steep, but I have said that a lot lately, and somehow feel like I often say that, but then wind up with it hot again.

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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 (except rose), 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.

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.

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.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.

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