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drank Buttered Popcorn by 52teas
814 tasting notes

Day 1 of the 12 teas of Christmas…

SURPRISE! Wasn’t expecting this! And then I looked up the date it was made and realized it was from November 2010 (but after the 2010 12 Teas of Christmas had already been finalized) I was hoping Frank would do it this way (why yes, I have given this too much thought) because otherwise a lot of teas could be excluded from the final list, if you only include teas from January – October.

Anyway, on to the tea! I’m trying to identify what the tea is before I look at the label, just to see if I can. When I first opened this pouch I could smell…fruity. But it also smelled familiar somehow. I eventually gave up and pulled the label out, and realized I was likely smelling the butter smell from other blends (Pancake breakfast, etc). Don’t know why the fruit essence came to mind, but it didn’t show up in the smell of the steeped tea.

I steeped up about 2 tsp. of this in my Breville (500 ml water) at the below parameters. The smell of the steeped liquor was BUTTER. Like in your face, without a doubt butter. During the sip the butter predominates, and in the aftertaste the popcorn makes itself known. I’m drinking this without additives (although I did try salt and some honey to bring out the flavors to the previous cup, but it hurt rather than helped in the end) and I think the taste is really accurate. It’s definitely a black tea, and the flavoring is in perfect balance with it.

I also have to admit I’m a little surprised at myself – I mean, I like savory teas, but I’ve never really gone for the idea of a savory flavored blend. I just assumed it would be not to my tastes. But it’s really, really good! And I came on to Steepster after it was produced last year so I would have never gotten a chance to taste this if I hadn’t gotten the sampler – so yay for new experiences!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I wanted to try this too! It was in my 12-days of xmas pack, too, but it had split open and spilled all over! I tried contacting Frank about it, but I guess he’s too busy right now. This does sound amazing…

LiberTEAS

@KeenTeaThyme: I am sure Frank will make it right, he is very good about things like that. :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I have 3 pouches left on my site www.iHeartTeas.com and a coupon code for 25% off Code: SecretSanta25 just an FYI if you want a full pouch. :)

CHAroma

52teas also made a few extra fresh batches of all the 12 Days of Christmas blends. You can buy them here: http://www.52teas.com/in-stock/

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KeenTeaThyme

I wanted to try this too! It was in my 12-days of xmas pack, too, but it had split open and spilled all over! I tried contacting Frank about it, but I guess he’s too busy right now. This does sound amazing…

LiberTEAS

@KeenTeaThyme: I am sure Frank will make it right, he is very good about things like that. :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I have 3 pouches left on my site www.iHeartTeas.com and a coupon code for 25% off Code: SecretSanta25 just an FYI if you want a full pouch. :)

CHAroma

52teas also made a few extra fresh batches of all the 12 Days of Christmas blends. You can buy them here: http://www.52teas.com/in-stock/

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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