2831 Tasting Notes

100

Wowwwww, this is delicious! Definitely glad I ordered some (shoulda got my free ounce of this instead of Strawberry Oolong!) It reminds me quite a bit of Laoshan Black, in that it’s very malty and chocolatey, but there’s quite a fruitiness to it as well. I had this in the Timolino, so I need to write a more detailed tasting note later, but this is definitely a winner for me. And the leaves are crazy huge, thin, wiry, unbroken. Fabulous!

I’m drinking the second infusion right now. It’s heading towards astringent in spite of only a 3-minutes infusion, but it’s still good. I’m sure it would be better re-steeped immediately instead of sitting all day.

Rating tentatively placed, but may increase upon proper evaluation.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Mmmmmmmm I love this one

Donna A

I love this one. I read your post and went to make some only to discover they I only had one teaspoon left, and I just put in an order to Butiki earlier this week without realizing I was almost out. Oh well. Next time! This may be my favorite Assam. I re-steeped immediately and it was very nice.

Kittenna

Donna A – Oh no! I can see this being a staple for me!!

Initially I was kind of expecting this to be quite similar to Laoshan Black, but although they so share the chocolatey, malty flavours, this one is definitely more nuanced and fruity. Different enough to want to keep both on hand and alternate!

Indigobloom

Oh man this sounds SO good

Sil

Indigo….you haven’t tried it yet? For shame! If I have any left when we meet up ill kick a sample your way.

Indigobloom

Nope, I need to reduce my cupboard before making a large order and didn’t see any sample sizes on the website so no Butiki for me :(
but if you’re willing to share, I’d be uber grateful!!

Sil

I am always more than happy to share butiki teas with the world! Lol

Indigobloom

YAY!! I hope the Kally order arrives sooooon

Sil

Not yet…..hoping mid this week. Then we can meet up and I can give you a bunch of stuff lol. Della terra, butiki, Kally tea etc….

Indigobloom

HAPPY DANCE
Geez, I am so impatient today. this whole waiting business is driving me nuts

Donna A

Indigobloom, the owner of Butiki, Stacy, is really nice and helpful on the phone. For people on Steepster, for any order, she’ll be generous with free samples, and will ask which one’s you’d like to try. I have several favorites from Butiki, including this one.

Sil

Paul- the two are similar and yet different. Both well with having in your cupboard at the same time.

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80

Yay, my Butiki order arrived! Boo, I’m still crazy busy! Was out of the house from 10am-1am today. I’m exhausted…

Anyways, I threw some of this in my Timolino with some rock sugar this morning. It was very lemony and tasty, not quite the way the sample tasted, but certainly one of the best flavoured guayusas I’ve tried. Can’t really say if it kept me awake/energized as I didn’t drink it at such times :P

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
2831 tasting notes

Yep, I maintain that this is a fabulous rooibos. Had another cup out of my sample (it’s almost gone! Nooooooooo!) and the aroma was absolutely intoxicating. I still don’t think of eggnog, but it’s like someone took a creme caramel rooibos (which I enjoy), mixed in vanilla, added just a hint of spicing, enough to make it different, and the result is pretty much the best rooibos blend ever.

Also, this re-steeps once ok, but the rooibos flavour does come out a bit more. Not enough to be too much of a bother, but I didn’t like it quite as much. Not quite as special.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cavocorax

Awesome! I can’t wait until mine comes! :D

tattooed_tea

There was none left when I placed my order :(

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87
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
2831 tasting notes

Took a thermos-ful of this to work on Saturday, but wasn’t really enjoying it then… on Sunday, I brought it to my boyfriend’s house, and drank it there cold, and it was fabulous! The green tea was quite a prominent flavour, with the lemony, marshmallowy goodness present but less dominating. I really should try this one iced (I’m not sure if it would work cold-brewed though).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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89

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89

Two cups of this one = a sipdown of my sample of the fall 2012(?) batch of Zhu Rong!

I’m finding this tea very, very much similar to Laoshan Black, as I have before. I had this in my thermos yesterday, and when I opened it up, I thought I had opened up the Chocolate-Covered Strawberry tea that I also had popped into my other Timolino, because the chocolate aroma was so intense and unmistakeable! Of course, a sip told me otherwise, and what a delicious sip it was, too :D I think either this or Laoshan Black would interchangeably satisfy my craving for straight, chocolatey black tea.

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87

Also brewed this up at the boy’s house this morning. It was the oddest thing though; when I took a couple sips so that the Timolino would close leak-free, I could have sworn I was drinking chicken broth. Savoury and salty. Strange! It tastes fine/delicious now, but that kind of threw me. I suppose it must have been the savoury qualities of the oolong poking through a bit more prominently than usual. Contamination was a non-issue (unless it was with DT’s Cream of Earl Grey, which wouldn’t = chicken broth, IMO).

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87

I have an absurd number of backlogged teas to post on here… I’ve been ridiculously busy, and trying to get things done, working late…. blaahhhh. I’m sure there are a bunch of you who I should be contacting re: all sorts of things, and I’m sorry I haven’t had the time to. I’ll get to it & the sending of various packages as soon as I can.

Anyways, I brewed up some of this at the boy’s house this morning, prior to my accidental hour-long nap on his couch (ooooops). So by the time I tried to drink some, it was perfect! I still feel like I might be doing something wrong with this tea though… it’s just not as deliciously creamy as I remember. Back on the lookout for earl grey creams as a result (I think I mentioned this in my last tasting not on this as well). Still good though (but I do think I overleafed today… oops :( )

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Gooey Butter Cake by 52teas
2831 tasting notes

Trying another tea from ch3rryprincess! Thank you! This has been on my “to try” list for a while, and it has been all I can do to keep myself from ordering it.

Brewed up, the aroma is quite interesting and tasty. I can smell a lemon verbena sort of lemony aroma, backed by caramelly aromas and a black tea base. Unfortunately, IMO, this tea smells more promising than it tastes. Sure, it’s lemony (kind of a lemongrass/lemon verbena sort of flavour), but other than a hint of sweetness, that’s all I’m getting, yet bitterness is already poking through in spite of a careful 2.5 minute infusion in a Finum basket. This is certainly not bad, and I’m sure it’s great sweetened, but I much prefer black teas with more caramelly flavour (which I was hoping this one would have in addition to the lemon).

(I’ll admit, it’s been about 5 minutes since I wrote this and neglected to hit “post”, and it’s growing on me a bit. Still not caramelly enough for me, but I do kind of like it, haha.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I can’t imagine Azzrian liking this lol

Rebecca Lynn

^Yeah…me either, actually?

Kittenna

I know…!

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90

When I first opened the vacuum-sealed packet, I was greeted with a delicious, creamy, sweet vegetal aroma. Not an aroma I’d necessarily typically associate with an oolong, but it was quite appealing! Brewed up, the aroma remained a creamy sort of vegetal, and the flavor reflected that quite closely. This is pretty tasty! Lightly sweet, with that boiled veggie flavor and an overlying creaminess. It’s not what I would label a milk oolong (based on some others I’ve had), but its creamy quality certainly lends itself toward the title. I’d definitely drink this again! Thanks so much to Tea from Taiwan for this generous sample!

Very belated ETA: The re-steep on this one was okay, but I’ve noticed that with many green oolongs, the first infusions are the most delicious and distinct, while subsequent infusions lack uniqueness and just taste generally oolongy to me. That was what happened here.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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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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