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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
2390 tasting notes

Made some of this to take to work today, and it was nearly devoid of flavour. I did note that the instructions indicated to use 2 tsp of leaf per cup, which I swear I doubled (as I was making it for my travel mug), but I could really barely taste anything. It was quite odd. Just kind of a bland, smooth black. My score on here indicates that I liked it (also, I bought it, heh) so not sure what went wrong! My best guess is that I somehow did underleaf it….

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

Hummm maybe your taste buds are sleeping. This and the Lady … strange.

Kittenna

I was wondering that too, except I could taste Coconut Pouchong just fine. I just finished this one off and got a bit more flavour out of it, but still very weak.

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, maybe try steeping it longer. These leaves can handle long steeps. I once forgot about the tea and left the leaves steeping for more than 30 minutes and it still wasn’t bitter.

Kittenna

Stacy – I will probably try that next time, but I now have extra reason to suspect I under leafed yesterday – can’t find my 1 tsp measuring spoon, but the 3/4 tsp one was out with my tea stuff…. so I may have in fact only used 3 tsp instead of 4 here. And in my other less-than-flavourful cup. :(

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Azzrian

Hummm maybe your taste buds are sleeping. This and the Lady … strange.

Kittenna

I was wondering that too, except I could taste Coconut Pouchong just fine. I just finished this one off and got a bit more flavour out of it, but still very weak.

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, maybe try steeping it longer. These leaves can handle long steeps. I once forgot about the tea and left the leaves steeping for more than 30 minutes and it still wasn’t bitter.

Kittenna

Stacy – I will probably try that next time, but I now have extra reason to suspect I under leafed yesterday – can’t find my 1 tsp measuring spoon, but the 3/4 tsp one was out with my tea stuff…. so I may have in fact only used 3 tsp instead of 4 here. And in my other less-than-flavourful cup. :(

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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