845 Tasting Notes


Good thing I kept such diligent notes on my teas – taking the summer off from drinking has made my memory rather short.

But reading the note brought it back – this was the pseudo vanilla tea. The one that if you add sugar turns into chocolate. Which is problematic since I don’t really like chocolate tea.

So I was at least able to avoid bringing out the chocolate notes, though by following my prep notes I got a tea with a great texture (thanks to some milk), but with no flavor. Thick tasting water. Maybe as it cools I will get some more flavor.

And nope. Thick tasting water is all I came away with. Blech. Good thing my sample was done after this, because it is really not for me.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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It feels SO GOOD to be getting back into my morning tea routines! It’s like coming back to myself!

Backlog from this morning, and continuing on in my mourning of the Butiki shop closing:
This is the assam that acts like a ceylon, to me. It’s got the rich earthy assam but there is also a citrusy brightness that I love from ceylons. The best of both worlds.

This is a tea I DON’T usually have with milk, just a touch of sugar and even that’s not TOTALLY necessary. It’s my ideal breakfast black – well, between this one and my precious East Frisian blend.

Lovely, and another one I’ll miss when it’s gone…

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Backlog from yesterday morning: I liked this tea anyway, but now that I know I’ll probably never have it after my stash runs out I like it even more. It doesn’t particularly evoke cheesecake so much as a rich creamy dairy-esque texture. I always accentuate it further with some milk and a touch of sugar and it is positively decadent.

I should really get daring and add some Bailey’s to it one of these days…I’m sure the irish cream would really pop then, but what if that makes me want it MORE when there is none left to be had? Clearly I’m just in mourning, nothing to see here, move along…


I really like this tea too, but I think it was discontinued a while back. Maybe not enough people felt as we do.


I loved this one too and I’m all out :/

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I was blissfully searching through my tea cabinet when I came across this yesterday. The pouch was almost empty, so I went ahead and made an extra strong cup. I had it with milk, no sugar, and it was perfectly sweet and caramelly.

I thought to myself, good thing its from a tea company that I know has been around a while so I can order more soon….and then I read one of Sil’s tasting notes about how Butiki is going to be closing permanently. Cue: record scratch breaking me out of my reverie.

I have been off of here for a while but that is truly sad news. :( I love Butiki teas, but I most especially love this, my perfect vanilla black tea. And I am lucky at least that this isn’t gone yet – time to order it rather than despair at a missed opportunity.

Like I said, a gorgeous vanilla black – and one I’m not ready to say goodbye to yet.

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

sorry to break the news :(



Admittedly it’s been a little while since I’ve placed an order (though I’ve now just made a huge one) but Butiki is my FAVORITE. :( So, so sad! Is it shameful that I actually cried a bit after reading this?

Also heartbroken that I missed out on the last of the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black. I’d been meaning to get more of that for months, but I was trying to save money, and figured I could always get more later…

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drank Smooth Earl by Compass Teas
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Backlog: I made this extra strong a morning or so ago. nearly 2 tsp. to 10 oz. water (vs. the directions of 1 tsp. to 6-8oz. water) It brought the vanilla out more, and really thickened the texture to how I like my tea (and of course, milk helped with this).

We’re getting to the point in the year that I somehow always forget about until it comes back – cold mornings not just in feel but in sound. The air is different and when there is a breeze it instinctively makes me want to curl up under blankets. And it’s a perk of night shift I’d forgotten, but: I can do this! I can have slow winter mornings.

I plan on enjoying each one of them, too.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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5 months since my last tasting note? Well, that’s embarrassing.

Perhaps more embarrassing is that I have probably actually gone that long without hot tea. I have had buckets of it iced, but putting the Breville on to actually make hot tea? It’s been a glorified water heater for a while. :(

Since I’ve been on here, I have: gotten really unhappy with my job situation (coworkers, great, management and staffing/patient to nurse ratio, not so great), turned 30!, and gone on my first vacation to Europe. I got back from Germany and Austria less than a week ago and loved it. So much so that I had to drink this, my favorite of all breakfast teas, and take some time to remember everything fondly.

So, a little milk and sugar, nutella toast and an Empress Sisi biography on a cold morning? (After catching up on here, of course)? Yes, I think I will.


Welcome back!


+1 Welcome back!


yaaay! you’re back! Sounds like you’ve had an eventful time with a few adventures thrown in :)

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As always, this is a TASTY cold brew. It really gets more apple-y that way and it reminds me strongly of apple juice. Super refreshing!

I will say that for whatever reason I must have messed up the leaves this time because the resteep of this tasted wrong/moldy. I spit it out and dumped the rest down the drain, but its a mystery why this happened since its not like it came in contact with anything besides water, which was freshly filtered before I put it in the fridge.

I should try to make iced the traditional way just to see if there’s a difference in flavor, but I do enjoy it very much this way. I was very hesitant about buying 100 g. of this because it is quite a lot for me to drink but at the rate I’m having it iced a sipdown is NOT going to be a problem – if anything the problem is going to be how sad I am when I run out!

Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML
Leah Claire

Gonna have to try it! Where do you order your Dammann Freres from? The place I used to get it shut down :(

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drank French Toast by 52teas
845 tasting notes

GAH. I have dropped off the face of the earth with these tea reviews it feels like.

Had this several days ago for breakfast only because it seemed the best idea of meh choices. I’m not super fond of this, honestly. But it did smell kind like the kind of sweetened custard that is what french toast reminds me of, so I went for it.

At a not quite boiling temperature I think it tastes slightly more accurate to what its supposed to be. Good choice for breakfast, though I think I’ll always prefer the pancake breakfast blend a bit more. Which is good, since I have a lot more of that one.

Hmm.. speaking of pancake breakfast, maybe I should make that one for breakfast today…

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

mmmm pancakes..

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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I really, really liked this one. For my last hurrah with it I cold brewed it in my DAVIDs mason jar for about 24 hours.

One thing I really like about cold brewing is that simple syrup is way too much of a hassle to make and (to me, at least) really dilutes the tea itself, so I usually just opt for drinking it straight. Cold brewing also usually makes tea much more mellow – I was worried that the hops in this would be REALLY bitter but surprisingly all that came through was the really juicy, sweet peach.

Peach iced tea is my favorite summer drink (not sure where I got it from, even, since it was never something I drank as a kid) so I will need to get more of this for sure.

3 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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Basic math seems to be eluding me – I keep oversweetening this tea since I can’t seem to remember to half the sugar when you half the gallon.

So I made this half gallon too syrupy and I’ll remedy that by boiling up another half gallon and diluting it – the lime, raspberry and orange flavors are fantastic iced and I don’t want to waste any of it now that the weather is perfect for iced tea!

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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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