451 Tasting Notes

drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
451 tasting notes

Thanks Kat_Maria for letting me try out this tea! I had this tea in the morning and it was a perfect morning kind of tea. Nice and bold, malty goodness that CTCs usually offer. I’m seeing some other reviewers mentioning asparagus? That’s odd, and I don’t recall tasting any of that in my cup, but I do have more of the sample left, so I will try to see if I detect it the next time around.

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drank Lychee by Lupicia
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It’s my 300th tasting note! Noticing this, I took a bit longer than usual to pick out which tea I wanted to try. I ended up going with this sample from Kat_Maria because I love Lupicia. This tea smells so wonderfully juicy and tastes juicy as well. I’ve had a lychee black tea from Persimmon Tree that I loved, but I may have to do a side by side because I’m really loving this one as well. I know this isn’t exactly a flavor descriptor, but I’d say that this tea tastes very bright and happy. I suspect that it will also taste great as an iced tea, so maybe I’ll cold brew some soon :)

Flavors: Lychee

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Thank you Kat_Maria for a sample of this tea! After lunch today, I was craving something sweet, so I made this tea. It’s definitely cinnamon-packed right from the beginning of the sip. It then leaves with a maple flavor that kind of sits in my mouth afterward. And it smells so wonderfully cinnamon-y that I kind of wish it were a candle. I usually don’t like dessert teas as much because I find prefer more subtle sweetness, but I had a major sweet tooth moment today and this tea helped quench that!


Yeah, dessert teas are good to have instead of sweets :) I would even venture to say that in my case, besides getting a job where I have to be on my legs for hours and move a lot, they are what helped me in the past six months to finally hit my ideal weight!


Wow congrats! Another reason why teas are so awesome :)

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drank Oolong Ti Dung by Ronnefeldt Tea
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I broke my favorite mug this morning :( So to cheer myself up, I steeped this tea that I remember loving the last time I had it. This time around, I had the tea on its own. It was still sweet and nutty and all that goodness. The only difference I noticed was that it was more bitter than I remembered. I think last time the bitterness was masked by the food I was eating. It’s still a very nice oolong, though, so I will enjoy the rest of the sample that Courtney sent to me!

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
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So I just got a notification from the library that the book I requested was now on hold for me, woohoo! So I trekked over to Cambridge to pick it up (Cuckoo’s Calling if anyone was curious) and took the opportunity to visit Tealuxe. It’s actually a very warm day today (relative to the past few months), so I opted for a bubble tea with their mango green tea. The mango was very powerful such that it almost felt like drinking a smoothie. I wasn’t getting much of the green tea base except for a hint of bitterness at the end. Anyway, I sat at the window sipping on my bubble tea and breaking open my new library book. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

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Sipdown! Although, I never added it to my Steepster cupboard, so I don’t have the satisfaction of watching that number go down. Oh well. Last time, I had a very vegetal flavor from this tea. This time around, I still had that, but also some nuttiness. It’s surprising that I enjoy this one as much as I do because I usually much prefer Japanese greens. Anyway, I will miss it as I have no idea how I would get my hands on more of it.

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Sipdown (126)! I’m sad to see this one go, but at the same time, I don’t think I will miss it too much because I have so many other Japanese greens. I overleafed a bit (last of the sample) and steeped for under one minute in order to avoid bitterness with success! I’m not sure if it’s because I overleafed a bit, but it also has a very thick feel this morning. There is a hint of astringency, but it’s barely there. I’m actually more excited that I’m having a sipdown on Saturday Sample Sipdown! Maybe I’ll finally really participate and find some other teas that I can sip down… Time to go through my (physical) cupboard!


This tea looks very interesting… Added to my wishlist!

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Sipdown (127). I’m slightly panicking because I’m sipping down my Verdant teas, but I’m not allowing myself to buy any new teas until the end of the semester. Eek! Even though I only had one serving of this left, I decided to bust it out today because I had an essay and presentation today to wrap up finals for this quarter. Thank goodness for the lovely resteepability of this tea! See previous notes for my tea descriptions.

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I’m grumpy. Building management came through my apartment “inspecting” things, saying everything was old (oven, fridge, windows, etc etc) and making a mess. When I asked if they would be replaced, they told me it wouldn’t happen until after I move out. Greeeaat. Thanks, guys.

Anyway, while they were trampling their way through the apartment, I was sipping on this tea that Skysamurai sent me in a swap. I’m getting a peppery/spicy taste from this tea that is surprising. It reminds me of some kind of sauce that I can’t quite put my finger on. It also has a thick mouthfeel. All of these things really surprised me as I have not really experienced the same in other oolongs. It is certainly nice to try it out, but I wouldn’t restock on it (and good thing, too, cause it looks like it’s discontinued). On to other oolongs!


Ugh…owning a house is difficult sometimes too in different ways, but I sure don’t miss that sort of intrusion when renting!

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I’ve fallen into a pattern of drinking houjichas after I have an unpleasant tea experience to re-set my palate. I guess it’s because houjichas have never failed me so far. This houjicha in particular has more of a pronounced dried anchovy taste. Sounds weird, but that’s what it reminds me of, and I do like it. My little sample has gone lasted quite a while, and I still have some left, thankfully.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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