2972 Tasting Notes

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2972 tasting notes

Another black from Butiki that I felt compelled to try. This one is definitely tasty, and I’m catching the chocolatey notes, but it’s not as tasty to me as Laoshan Black or Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam. It’s actually a bit more reminiscent of Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu Black, as there’s some of that hay-y flavour poking through here. Still, tasty enough and without astringency, just not a tea I’d repurchase!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tasting this alongside everything else this evening, I conclude that this is not my favourite oolong from Butiki. Although it does work quite well as a base for the Maple Pecan Oolong, by itself it tastes to me like a fairly standard oxidized oolong. Lightly woody, a bit sweet, a bit fruity. Not particularly remarkable. Other offerings are definitely better IMO! I think it might do well in the Timolino, so I’ll likely drink most of it that way :)

ETA: Second infusion (160F/nearly 6 min, oops) has a raisiny sort of sweetness and a bit less woodiness. I don’t think this is actually as typical an oolong as I first indicated, but I’m just finding that it isn’t quite suited to my liking. Not bad at all though.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Shocking…. another hit from Butiki! This tastes just like maple nut fudge. It’s even sweet and everything. I think I prefer Creamy Eggnog… but only by a smidge, because this is absolutely decadent. This is much more of a dessert sort of tea.

Yeah, I’m too lazy to write more. I’m just going to enjoy drinking this amazing creation…

ETA: Second infusion retains that delicious lingering sweet mapley flavour. Not as good as the first infusion, but still pretty darn delicious. Probably would have been better if it had only been steeped for ~4 minutes instead of the 5:30 I gave it. I’m being bad and not paying attention tonight, haha.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Only thing I don’t like about accidental oversteeps (besides possible bitterness) is that you can eke out fewer infusions :s

Kittenna

Yes, that too!

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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I have been drinking tea in the evenings without regard for caffeine content lately, but last Friday I did opt for this caffeine-free beverage. Quite delicious, as per usual. I prefer this one to Cinnamon Roll Honeybush. So glad I took the leap and ordered this in my first 52teas order!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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94
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Drank a delicious giant mugful of this last Friday. It was so, so spicy and delicious! This remains one of my top-ranked chais, for sure!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
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This is such a good tea. Have I mentioned before that this one typically also withstands a re-infusion quite well? Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

don’t be drinking all of this! i’m watching you lady!

Kittenna

I am saving a sample for you! I did promise :)

Indigobloom

I remember getting a sample from Jenn. Yum! and remember thinking that the second cup was great as well

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drank Sweet Merlot Black Tea by 52teas
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I guess I thought this one was okay the first time I tried it, but it really didn’t work well in the Timolino when I had it last Thursday. Too much bitterness in spite of a 2.5 minute infusion. And it didn’t really taste like wine, but like grape juice. Ah well. I may give this one another shot though, to see if I can’t prevent that bitterness from causing problems again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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I’m getting close to a sipdown with this one! While I do like it, and it has been a faithful companion to work many times, I don’t think I’ll miss it too terribly much. Cashew Turtle, on the other hand, is one sipdown I am utterly dreading :(

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

I have two bags in my house still if you’re ever craving it. Haven’t opened them yet as I’m trying to get through some of the other teas i have

Sandy Stith

I need to write a review of this one. I have a bag and am entirely enjoying it. I’m a weird caramel fanatic, though. I have no idea what that’s all about. =)

Kittenna

Sil – Awesome! It’s another of those cases where it’s like, if I had fewer teas in my house I’d totally want more of this, but I have so much to drink already….

Sandy – You’re still around!!! You and Missy & Dylan have been so absent :( I’m glad you’re liking this one. Tis tasty.

Sandy Stith

I am! I’ve been sick and working endless hours…and working Dylan to death. =(

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Mmmmm, glad to have this one back in my cupboard. Didn’t steep it as long/leaf it as much as usual, but still quite delicious!

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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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