2606 Tasting Notes

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
2606 tasting notes

Accidently brewed this one for over 8 minutes, my bad! However, it doesn’t seem to have suffered! It’s just a toasty oolong, with… wow, a super sweet flavour that reminds me strongly of an ice wine I had recently. Like, very strongly of this ice wine. So delicious! Oh man. I’m drinking this one waaaayyyyyy too quickly now. I suspect I won’t get a second infusion this fabulous, but this is absolutely delicious!!

Wow. I can definitely see myself picking this one out again when I’m looking for a darker tea that isn’t a black but has lots of flavour! Too many times I’ve found darker oolongs to either be super finicky, or lacking in flavour. This is neither!

I just realized I’m the first person to review this one?! Seriously!? C’mon, people!

ETA: Second infusion, not sure how long I let this one go, is still pretty tasty, but not nearly as intense in the syrupy ice wine flavour. There’s a bit of astringency, perhaps, coming out (but it may have been a very long infusion, again), but it’s still very delicious, and the aftertaste remains that delicious sweet ice wineyness. Hopefully I’ll get to #3 tomorrow. This tea definitely hit the spot tonight! Exactly what I wanted, apparently!

ETA again: Third infusion, 180F for 5 minutes, is more your generic sort of woody oolong flavour. Nothing wrong with that, and it’s still quite flavourful, but I definitely enjoyed the first two infusions much, much more. I may try for a fourth tomorrow if time permits.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

ooooooh, tastes like ice wine? I’m all over that! /adds to shopping list

Kittenna

It was crazy! It was initially that typically woody oolong flavour, but then there’s a huge rush of delicious sweetness that yeah, was bang on the mark for ice wine for me. It may need a long infusion to be like this, I’m not sure!

Butiki Teas

Wow, I can’t believe that survived 8 minutes. How accurate would you say our description of the tea is based on the 8 minute steeping? Hmmm, maybe I should try a long steeping to see what it tastes like.

Kittenna

I was shocked, to be honest! It would have gone into the cup at 180F, and stayed there for about 8.5 minutes. Not sure what the temp was when I removed it, but it was fabulous! I think the honey notes were intensified by such a long infusion, and there was definitely no astringency. I’m terrible at picking up specific flavours, so I’m not sure about almonds/apples. It was very, very good though!

Kittenna

I’ll have to try the tea with the recommended infusion time and compare :)

Indigobloom

makes me think this might be good cold brewed :P

Kittenna

Possibly! I don’t have a ton of it so may not try that since it’s so good this way.

Sil

apparently you need more teas that let you make them and be distracted cough

Kittenna

I am innocent!

Butiki Teas

Very interesting. I’m going to try this at a long infusion.

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62
drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
2606 tasting notes

Brewed some of this up last night, and made the unfortunate mistake of putting it in my plastic travel mug, which I now am certain is giving off a soapy flavour. It last happened with my Yogurt Strawberry tea from Tsaa, and now this one. I’m certain it wasn’t the tea, as I did taste it prior to putting it in the mug :(

So the soapiness definitely ruined the flavour, but I have to admit that I didn’t taste much flavour to begin with. It just tasted kind of like a light TGY.

However, I just brewed up the second infusion of it tonight (which was left to infuse for probably a half hour, oops), and it’s actually rather good! I can taste the background oolong, with some floral peachy notes that I wouldn’t usually expect in an unflavoured tea. Maybe I just didn’t infuse long enough last time? I’ll have to try again, but I’m enjoying this half-cup now! Rating withheld until I have a tasty first infusion.

ETA: Third infusion likely has merit as well here, but I did a bad thing and left the leaves in the cup for WAY too long. Like, overnight-style. I tasted the tea and it tasted ok until I swirled it and the bitterness permeated the whole cup. Ah well. Next time.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Missy

D’oh soap! That’s actually some thing I worry about when I’m washing up the tea ware.

tigress_al

Shoot, that is so disappointing when your tea is ruined.

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88

Picked a sample of this one up as I was curious as to how it compares to DavidsTea’s Dulce & Banana. The aroma of the dry tea is quite similar, caramelly-sweet and chamomiley, but I’m definitely getting a bit more chamomile than I’m used to, and it’s a bit offputting. Steeped, however, it smells very similar. The flavour, too, is quite similar; not really much discernible banana, some caramelly sweetness, all rounded out by chamomile.

I’ll have to do a direct comparison to DT’s version at some point, but I think I like it a bit better.

ETA: A re-steep worked out ok here, definitely got heavier on the chamomile though. I opted to stick with just the two infusions as the smell of the chamomile was getting to me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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94

Um….. YUM!!!! Of all the four teas I tried tonight, this one REALLY hit the mark! Finally, for once, I taste cheesecake in a tea! And the apricot flavour is wonderfully authentic and prominent! I can definitely taste the white tea base as well, and it’s so, so good. I am drinking this cold now, and it’s absolutely delicious. It was when it was warm, too. Yum yum yum!!! I would buy this again for sure!

ETA: Second infusion was fabulous, third was still pretty good, but tasted oversteeped (usually third infusions don’t manage to get that way, but this one did!) Fabulous blend though!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

darn now I wish I’d gotten this one to in my last order! haha

Kittenna

… It. Is. Delicious. If I have some left when we meet up again, I’ll bring you some, unless you don’t want to taste what you missed out on, haha :P

Indigobloom

it sounds amazing! hope we get to meet up soon ;-D

Sil

Mmmmm…..tea

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86

Finally trying my tea from The Persimmon Tree! I got this one in a free 1 oz. promo they had. Hoping it’s delicious!

The dry tea smelled a bit like guava, if I recall correctly, but not as strongly as I would have liked. The flavour is also rather mild… BUT it does actually taste like guava! I just read Azzrian’s note below and see that there’s apparently ginger in here?? I’d believe it, and it’s at the perfect level too. Strawberry? Hmmm, can’t really pick that up. I’ll have to try this again when I’m in less of a rush, and can review it before it sits cold for a couple hours. Seems quite promising though!

ETA: Second infusion was even better, if I recall correctly! Threw out the leaves after that though, as they had been sitting too long. Many more future attempts await :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
teawade

sounds like an interesting mix of flavor profiles. I assume the flavor is not as strong because it’s a white tea? Or is it too light even for a white tea? In all cases, sounds like it would have a unique and quite an exotic flavor to it.

Kittenna

It very well could have been that I didn’t use enough tea, too! I was quite distracted while brewing things up this evening :) What I did taste was pretty good though. I imagine the flavour won’t ever be super strong because it is a white tea – you are right on that front – and it may be that the flavour I got is all it has. Worth a try though!

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83

Second new tea to try!

The flavour of this one is quite tasty; a delicious green oolong paired with fruity pineapple notes. I’m enjoying the fact that it definitely does taste like pineapple! I’m not sure I am really catching the “flowery” aspect though. The flavouring here reminds me quite a lot of another tea… perhaps a DavidsTea (not Pineapple Oolong). It’s quite tasty though!

ETA: I re-steeped this one once, but can’t recall the results. I don’t think it was all that wonderful. However, I looked in the infuser, and it seems like I may have used way too little tea… so will definitely have to fix that next time.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87

Finally got to some new teas tonight! Thanks to Azzrian for packaging up my multiple orders and shipping them off to me!

The dry tea smells much like Cantaloupe & Cream to me, minus the cream. Strangely, my roommate initially said it smelt like milk. Who knows.

There’s not much aroma from the steeped cup.

The flavour really, really reminds me of C&C, with a bit less creaminess (but a lovely smoothness). I’ll have to compare them side by side one day. I can distinguish the flavour as “melon”, but it isn’t coming through as watermelon quite yet. It still is quite good though; expected nothing less from Butiki! I’ll try some different parameters next time, perhaps, or the addition of rock sugar, to see if it bring the watermelon out more.

ETA: Re-steeped twice, both were tasty, but still remind me a lot more of just a generic “melon” flavour, not specifically watermelon. I still quite like it though! Sugar will be added to a future infusion just to see how it works out :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Butiki Teas

If you have a chance, definitely try this tea either cooled to a lukewarm temperature or with some added sugar. It makes a huge difference. Not even much sugar is required. I really wanted to add some fruit to this, since the natural sugars would bring out the flavor but I couldn’t find any dried watermelon that met our standards.

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88
drank Xinyang Green Tips by Peony Tea S.
2606 tasting notes

Drank some of this on Saturday, but sadly only one cup. It was very delicious! Sweet and vegetal. Same parameters as last time, so I don’t know what was different; no bitterness this time. Delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Sun and Cloud Mist by 52teas
2606 tasting notes

Mmmmm, delicious! Sadly I didn’t finish my travel mug of this one, or get to re-steep the leaves, due to… “circumstances”, but what I did drink was quite delicious. Glad I nabbed a packet of this one! I quite like marshmallow root in tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Hahaha

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96
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
2606 tasting notes

Huuuh. Strange, I should already have a note for this tea. Anyways, this is a backlog from Saturday morning, when I made a nice cold almond milk latte sweetened with maple syrup for my drive out of town. It was great until my stomach started hurting; perhaps a strong matcha latte on an empty stomach wasn’t the best idea! It was delicious though. Proper note to follow in the eventuality that I get my crap together and have time for such a thing.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sil

I may harass you about your latte once my order gets here. Yes…I broke down and bought matcha

Indigobloom

oooh! which ones did you get??

Sil

the caramel matcha from the other days sale. I figure i’ll start there and then move on to other flavours if i like them. i ordered ONE tea… sigh instead of my usual “i’ll order 500 because i’m assuming i’ll love them”

Kittenna

Yeah, I saw you ordered the Caramel Matcha. I’m subscribed to the “orders” thread :P Good choice btw! This is my favourite of the three I’ve picked up so far. Really need to write a proper review to get credit and get a fourth, but no time :)

Missy

Glad to see you back!

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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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