659 Tasting Notes

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
659 tasting notes

Backlog…didn’t really look like pearls much, and I found the flavour lacking, by comparison to other black pearl teas like Teavivre’s Fengquing Dragon Pearls. Those were rich, this was thin. Maybe it was my brew. I have more sample from Cavocorax so maybe a steeping down the road will yield a better brew.

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Backlog…had this one this morning. It seemed pretty smooth and not brash or anything. I don’t recall a whole lot of the subtle nuances or anything, but I remember it being very nice and easy to drink. I’ll have to report back after I have had it again.

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Yes, please.

This one is really good.

In the words of Oliver Twist, “Please sir…I want some more”.

If you like hazelnut, do not pass go and skip this one. It is super desserty, and delicious. I can say that I honestly don’t care much about the base…it is all the hazelnut and creaminess that I care about. That said, I think the base is a wee bit finicky, but pretty good in general.

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I probably underleafed this one because I shared some of this with a good friend, and there was about 2 tsps left, so it was either 2 1 tsp servings or 1 big serving, and I opted to have this one again so I went for less leaf. It is still incredibly tasty, though probably a little milder than I would like normally, so I might add the last of my caramel vanilla assam which is also a small amount left. But maybe not…we’ll see.

How is it that Stacy has such a smooth black base that doesn’t get bitter or astringent or anything? It’s so mild that the flavour blends beautifully with the tea in an amazing harmony and balance. And this isn’t mild in a bad way….sort of like the difference between real and artificial flavoring or something. I’m not sure I’m explaining that well enough.

Anyway, on the the tea…I love the chocolate chips in the mix, and it smells divine, but then I love this kind of blend…Chocolate Orange Pu Erh is a winter staple tea in my house. This one is not as strong or as bold, being a lighter base, but that doesn’t mean it is less yummy. They are both tasty in their own ways…I do love the heavier pu erh base from the DT blend in winter, because it seems heavier and heartier on a cold day, but I think this could hold up well enough too, perhaps with a little heavier hand in the leaves.

It’s going on my wishlist for sure, because it is so yummy. It’s just so smooth.

keychange

Amazing harmony and balance describes Stacy’s teas perfectly!

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
659 tasting notes

Had this one iced today. Whether here has been strange for a few days, but by the time I got home for the Gardens today, the sun had finally come out and it was warm, so I opted to try this one finally, iced. It’s a different flavour than Lime Gelato, from DAVIDs, but equally delicious tasting, and I am so glad it is a honeybush, because I can handle that way better than rooibos.

I only have a small sample of this, but I have a larger amount of the Lemon Chiffon, which smells equally tasty to this one. Interestingly, it tastes exactly how it smells, which is pretty rare these days.

I’m glad I finally tried this. Although I do prefer Swampwater over this, it is nice to know I have an alternate caffeine free blend.

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Something is weird with this tea…perhaps it is the sandalwood. It is definitely tasty, for a honeybush/rooibos tea, but I think I’ll stick with Orange Blossom and Alpine Punch from Davids, or Nut n Honeybush from Della Terra.

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I’m meh on this one. It smells so so good. I wish it were a bit tastier. I will try this one cold steeped next, to see it the apricot notes come out more. I wouldn’t say it is a bad tea, but a little disappointing.

Cavocorax

I wish I had tried a bit of this, only for the mulberry. Too bad it disappointed.

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drank PU-ERH MAPLE CHAI by Tealux
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Had this tea this morning. Got me going with a headache. Nice chai spices with maple overtones. It was not as good as the first time I made it, so I may have under leafed or under steeped it. It’s still a nice tea.

Cavocorax

Getting close to a few sipdowns?

Amariel

Yes, but some I don’t want to finish because then they’ll be gone. :(

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Made this to go with my spruced up Salsa Salad kit (I added fresh corn, red bell pepper, avocado, black beans and chicken to the kit). Cilantro always makes me think of either Indian food or Latin/Spanish foods…so I chose this one. It was a nice refreshing cup, better as it cooled off…

I have a little of this left, so thanks to CrowKettle for tossing this one my way.

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Very. Yummy. A little reminiscent of Cantaloupe and Cream in the melon department. The base is different and not as creamy as CaC. This tastes like real watermelon though…not that candied fake stuff. It’s pretty awesome tasting but CaC was my first love.

keychange

Oh, CaC is my first love also.

Amariel

It was the first Butiki Tea I ever had…and I was sold on them. Nearly everything I have had from Stacy has been great.

keychange

It was my first also, and I think I’m having a similar experience to you. It’s hard not to fall in love with nearly everything she makes.

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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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