1552 Tasting Notes

A friend took me out for Valentine’s the other day and this is what I ordered. I’d have to brew it up myself to really figure it out.
The pot was too large so by the time I got to the bottom it was quite bitter. Also the cups were somewhat smaller than I am used to and it came with cubes of sugar! so I couldn’t modify the input properly. Bah. It was pretty tasty. Very sweet with one cube. I tried with half and that was loads better. However I still haven’t got a picture of what “elderberry” tastes like. It was super intense, so if I had to guess I’d say it was somewhere in between strawberry and blackberry. Hmmm.

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The first cuppa I had from this batch was terrible and weak. This time? It was spot on. There is hope yet!

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Well geeze. One thing I’m coming to dislike about this tea, atleast this batch, is the remarkable lack of consistency. The last cup I had was almost entirely devoid of Jasmine, which suited me just fine since I really don’t do well in the tummy when it’s overly present. So when the cup I made up this morning had a significant amount of Jasmine in both the aroma and flavour, I was not impressed.
I do really love my Christmas Morning, but when it’s double doused with Jasmine like this, I get a little grumpy! harumph


I’ve only had this in bag form. I never tasted jasmine though it is listed on the ingredients – so, weird. First time I had this I loved it. A year later it was just kind of ok.


Same here, only bagged. Glad to know I’m not the only one who finds that it varies!

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This was interesting. Good! I imagine it’s called Sailors Delight due to the fact it actually has flavours associated with fruits known to have vitamin C in it. Which made me think of citrus. So when I saw Strawberry in TeaBrat’s description, it made me think twice. I think I need to have another cuppa :)
Thanks for the sample TeaBrat!! This is quite yummy. I just haven’t decided in what way, fruit wise. yet. haha

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Well. I seriously enjoyed this cup. Yum! Thank you Tea at Sea for the sample.
It’s very crisp, the way I’ve noticed high grown or first flush teas usually are. I see this level of quality more often in Darjeeling teas, so it was nice to see it applied to a different region.
At first, I tried it straight. It was quite nice. But I found I preferred it with a bit of milk. It seemed to bring out the mild malty note hanging way in the back. Almost like a “green” tobacco, the way it was paired with the apple note I noticed every now and then. I like it!

1 tsp

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
1552 tasting notes

Sample Sipdown!! Haha! I’m now at 285. Not as bad as I had feared. But I need to get it down again. Had really hoped to be down at 250 by the time the tea festival rolled around but stuff got in the way, as it always seems to :P
Thanks to Sil for the sample! (yeah, it’s been awhile, I know!)
This is good!! I can really taste the candied pecan note, and a touch of cocoa. Not so much floral. Not something I’d want every day, but it certainly makes for a wonderful treat. I’d recommend it to any tea lover who wanted to try something unique and fresh.

2 min, 15 sec

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Thanks TeaBrat for the sample!!
This was… interesting. I really like the coconut part, that was nice. The puerh was ok, but dusty, like the dust you’d get in a horse pen. Not entirely unpleasant. I think a rinse might help.
Sadly, I didn’t notice any cacao. Where oh where are you, you cacao note?


Maybe the cacao found it’s way out of the leaf you used! :(


yeah not too impressive, this one :-P


Yvonne, good point!! I’ll take a look in the baggie.


TeaBrat, I’m glad to have tried it!! :)

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This is quite delicious, but I think it should be renamed Carrot Cupcake Chai, as it’s a little spicy. In a good way. That said, it still reminds me very much of carrot cake, only a not so mild one.
The spices are blended nicely, and it goes well with milk. A comforting cup. OH!! I also feel like there is some sort of “icing” component here. Perhaps that’s the coconut/vanilla addition? Either way, I had a heaven moment there when sipping away. Yum!

So. This was supposed to go to someone I know but I had ordered a bunch of stuff for various people when Mum went to Florida last year, and then she forgot them there so had to wait three months to bring them back on the next trip… and then my email got deleted so I’m not sure who… (facebook changed their settings and all of a sudden things were moved around)
Anyhow, if it was you, or if I’m mistaken and it was another tea I owe you from the Spice Exchange, please let me know! Hope ya don’t mind that I sampled it!!
It’s been in my cupboard for over a year now, I asked around before and nobody has claimed it… so speak up or I’ll forever hold your tea ;)
Would be a shame to lose out on this one, whoever you are.


Mmmm – I’m sure it’s similar to DTT’s Carrot Cake.

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Thanks for the sample Bluebird Tea
This was ok. Tasty. Mildly sweet with something hanging in the background. I suppose it could have been “cake”. I was a tad disappointed.


I’d love to try this – looks so cute!


Yvonne, if you ever get the chance, let me know what you think :)


I sure will! :)


Hmm. Sounds like a pass for me.


Looks like an interesting tea, but the feedback isn’t stellar. Doesn’t seem to deliver in the cake department. I’d be concerned with the rooibos in it as I’ve had random issues with rooibos lately.

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!


Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)



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