1661 Tasting Notes


I won! Thank you Eco for sending me this delicious tea.
It’s just what I’ve been craving… a barely roasted green oolong. YUM!
Unfortunately I accidentally steeped this for longer than I should have. The dirty dishes distracted me and I got carried away sorting them out. Sighs.
Oh well, the tea tastes great anyhow. Very floral. The smell reminds me of tulips. or perhaps magnolias. A little earthy in that flowery way. I like it!
The taste is floral as well, but also a bit sweet like the flower is caramelized, and just slightly creamy. The lingering aftertaste is really nice as well. Sweet like a pastry, though not really bready. I can’t wait to try it out in a gaiwan :D


Congratulations on winning! I loved this one too :)


It really is good! I’m thinking I’ll try it in my gaiwan soon


Wow! This sounds delicious. My mouth was watering by the end of your review.


It IS quite the amazing tea. Though a little light for my tastes,now that I think about it

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drank Cherry Black by Riston
1661 tasting notes

Ok so here’s the deal. Piping hot, I looooove the flavour here. It’s the perfect level of tartness. Like a cherry pie! Mmm so good. But I can’t drink much tea when its hot like that, I take teeny tiny sips. And then it gets cold and looses flavour. Harumph.
I need to remember to drink this one first when I make more than one at a time…

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
1661 tasting notes

I like it!! No rating today because I seem to have burst a capillary on my gums and yeah that doesn’t mix well with oolong… (sorry for the TMI)
Anyhow, from what I can tell this is a pretty awesome tea Caramel Apple Oolong.
Hot, it seriously tastes like a baked good. All gooey and sweet. Cold, I get more caramel and apple with a definite oolong undertone. I don’t think I’ve tried the base on it’s own so I can’t say for sure how the variety affects the flavour, sadly.
I can’t wait to try this again soon.


Oh geez, I hope that’ll heal up really soon! I have never experienced anything like that before.


Fjellrev – it isn’t so bad. I brushed my teeth too hard I think and all the mildish food I ate tasted a bit metallic. It’s almost better today!


Ouch! Well glad to hear it’s almost better.


Thanks :)
It doesn’t hurt so much as it gives me the creeps haha

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Oh mama this is good.
I didn’t get to try much of it when hot, but cooled down, it is all cheesecake baby!
Curious, I added a touch of sugar and it was even more cakey!
A hair bit scratchey, so I wonder what that’s all about… but otherwise, this tea is my gold.
I’ll have to do a full review next time.


I have been reading reviews for the new Butiki blends with envy! Someday when I have less tea I can justify an order! :)


Dustin, they are SO worth it. I’d send you some but I am terrible at swaps. We could do a small one maybe, as I haven’t got much and really need to update my cupboard!!


I have so much tea I need to try here as it is. Thank you for the offer tho!

Lariel of Lórien

It’s on my future tea list.


Dustin – of course! We must do a swap though, eventually :P


Lariel – I recommend it!!!


You got a deal!

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I stopped by the shop on Friday whilst running errands and picked up a cuppa. So much yum!!!
Now, I could have very well brought home a whole bag of it for double the price of one cup but I really didn’t wanna bring MOAR tea into the house when I am trying my darndest to sip down my (slightly damp, but still, I can’t bear to throw it out) supply as it is. Atleast not until I know if I like it or not.
Either way, now I know that this is a highly delish tea filled with dark chocolate and malt notes, with a very slight hay-ish backround. There were also moments where I thought I detected a subtle pepper but then it was gone faster than I could blink so don’t quote me on that!
Would love to try this in my gaiwan :)


I know the feeling :)


I keep meaning to write a more analytical note on this one, too, and I keep slurping it up too fast to be very precise!


TeaBrat, it gets a little overwhelming, trying to manage my addiction :P

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drank Assam Lattakojan by Hotsoup.nl
1661 tasting notes

Thank you Rogier for the sample!!
I love this tea. It was just what I needed this morning. Very comforting and mellow with the perfect amount of maltiness. Overall though, I find it is on the mild side.
I love love loooove malty Assams, especially with milk and a touch of sugar. It is my tea weakness and what I fall back on as my standby.
There are times when I enjoy a cuppa without any additives, but made ala milk n sugar, that is my ritual treat. Sadly though, the last few years I’ve had bad luck finding an Assam which hit the bullseye. Sure I found teas I greatly enjoyed, but they always hit a spot just slightly out of my swoon zone… and then my luck changed! In the last month I found two of them! (this being one)
I need to put in an order, and SOON!!


Hell yeah, Assam is my weakness and trusty fallback too!


Mmm, Assam teas… :)


Fjellrev, glad to hear I’m not the only one!! It’s the one silver lining to winter… getting to enjoy the warmth of tea again :)


I love assams :)


TeaBrat, there is nothing better! :D

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I bought this to try iced but it seems I like it better hot. If the base was Darjeeling I’d probably be in lust but it must be Ceylon, or maybe a blend.
Either way, I’ve really enjoyed having it in my cupboard… that is until the flavour started to fade a bit. Being organic, I suspect the lack of preservatives means less staying power.
Good to know! I’ll buy less, more often in future.
Raising the rating a few points. I can’t very well be in adore with a tea and leave the rating in seventies range!

Flavors: Lemon

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What a lovely oolong!
Light and fragrant with a smooth floral honey note throughout and a mild grassy/hay background. Now, I don’t mean hay like you might find in a Yunnan or Puerh tea. This is more like… fresh hay that still has some grassy moisture in it. Quite enjoyable.
I wonder what the second infusion will bring.
Thank you so much for the sample Roger!

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Sighs. Where have my coconut oolong loving ways gone? There was a time I adored this particular tea so much that I wished to share it with anyone willing to indulge.
Now? I revisit as a throwback to the good ol days but otherwise I am indifferent.
My how tastes change. I know this is still a delish tea. It’s smooth and sweet, slightly creamy with a hint of tang hidden underneath. The coconut is strong, but not overpowering (imo). So why did I stop adoring it so?
Oh tea lords, I want to love this one again! I really do.


Thanks Teaves! I will follow you back

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I have so much tea in my cupboard, but this is all I want to drink!
Strong malty teas are my absolute fave and what got me into tea initially. They are my home <3
Sadly, I drank this cup up so fast that I forgot to note down any details. Again.
But hey that means I really, truly, undeniably enjoyed it :P

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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!


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