104 Tasting Notes

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Notes written while sipping: Wood smoke. Tobacco. Dark, VERY earthy/woodsy. Slightly minty. Very assertive. Resonates. Coats the mouth. Lingers sweetly. Smoooooth.

I’m definitely digging this pu-erh. It was perfect for this wet, rainy day! Must keep in my cupboard at all times! :)

Preparation
Boiling
Garret

Thank you for writing about your experience with the tea. I really do love this one and am so happy you do, too. This was one that I tasted in Kunming and new i had to buy a bunch of. This is the leaf that was pressed in to the Phatty Cake in 2010, as well as part of what makes up the Phatty Cake II pressed quite recently. I’m glad you picked up on the minty presence that is there. Not everyone does. Again, thank you for sharing!

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
104 tasting notes

Oh my goodness, the SMELL. It’s so delightfully creamy and sweet. I could tell I was in for a treat as soon as I opened the package I got in the mail! (Thanks to Stacy for the generous samples!) I had to brew this one up right away. How could I not? After pouring hot water the juicy, robust aroma of the rooibos caught my noise. The coconut notes receded a bit, but are still obviously there. It smells like a tropical paradise. I’m getting impatient waiting for my tea to cool. :)
After sipping…ah. This is nice. Tart, vibrant fruity flavors play across my tongue first, then step back to let the coconut really shine. Creamy coconut goodness. :) And a little buttery-ness in the aftertaste, to. The rooibos seems to become less pronounced as the tea cools. I’m having a hard time putting my mug down! I’m also curious to see how this holds up to adding a touch of soy milk…hmmm.

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It was definitely interesting to watch the flavor develop in this one. I picked a bad time to drink it the first time, as I was rushing to get ready for work and only got one steep out of the leaves before I left. :S Last night I sat down to follow through with my tasting. I started with a 15 second rinse and a 1 minute steep in pre-boil water, increasing the time by 15-30 seconds in subsequent infusions. Wow, wow. I honestly was not expecting to like this tea. It’s the light, creamy floral side of Tieguanyin that I love, so the description given by VT threw me off. First steep was very tangy and citrusy, with a very subtle hint of cream hanging onto the very end. It was mostly tangy. The kind of tangy that makes your mouth water. I was reminded of limes. Second steep, WHAT a change. The citrus notes are paired with equally strong notes of cream, and what’s this? Buttery, graham cracker crust? It tastes JUST like key lime pie. Oh my goodness. It left a pleasant sweetness in my mouth after drinking. Third steep, the cream and graham notes become a bit more prominent. Every flavor becomes more rich and full. I only followed through with three infusions because at this point I was exhausted enough for bed. Well, off to make another cup now! (:

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First Steep (pre-boil, 1 min)
A little floral with that certain mellow undertone that an oolong has…Almost leaning towards bland or bitter but not really sweet to me. I wasn’t very impressed but continued steeping.
Second Steep (pre-boil, 1 min)
Smoother, and somehow more tangy? Towards the tail end it becomes sweeter and curls into a deep caramel taste that caught me completely off guard. After that, I start catching dark woodsy, earthy, vaguely VAGUELY spicy notes that make me think of cedar trees. Whoa.
Third Steep (pre-boil, 1.25 min)
Smells more like wood and spice; it’s more at the forefront. Feels like a mouthful of silk. It has a very rich, heady, full, sweet taste that gets to your head. Settles into a deepening oolong taste. Resonates. Now this reminds me of custard or caramel flan! That lingering aftertaste! It’s DELICIOUS.
Fourth Steep (pre-boil, 1.5 min)
The aroma is more floral and vegetal; somewhat sweet. The darker caramel notes have become something milder, sweeter, and more vegetal. Overall the taste was more “green.” I feel like I’m sucking on tender green tea leaves. The caramel creeps back in and across my tongue as I just sit and savor the soft lingering taste of the tea.
Fifth Steep (pre-boil, 1.5 min)
Now the aroma is much more subdued, earthy and plant-like. Had only a few sips this time. The taste was similar like the last steep, but much lighter. Very pleasant. I suspected it was the last steep I could get out of the leaves…but I might have been wrong. I would say more, but I noticed a bug in the bottom of my cup (How did it get there???) before I even drank half of the tea. Ended up dumping it (along with the leaves). Very, very very eager to make another cup of this. (:

Also first tasting note—whoop!

Sil

welcome to the madness!

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I have been drinking tea all of my life, but I have only been drinking loose leaf since 2013. It has been a journey! I’m amazed at how much my tastes have changed just over the past year. I have met such lovely, sweet individuals on Steepster and am so glad to have become a part of this community.

My cupboard is reflective of the teas I have on-hand. (Though, of course, not quantities.) I’m always up for swaps so if you want to trade teas just send me a message!

I love, love love pure black teas. Definitely my favorite. I also quite enjoy white teas, puerh, and darker/roasted oolongs. Matcha is a secret love that I neglect too often. I try to stay away from flavored teas, but I do enjoy a well crafted blend. I drink dessert teas on occasion—usually when I’m craving something sweet. It’s a mood-driven decision. Things I (usually) don’t like: green oolongs, rooibos, artificially flavored teas, straight greens.

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90+ The very best! Teas that I always need in my cupboard!
85-89 Teas that I enjoy immensely and will try to keep around.
80-84 Makes a very pleasing cup. I will enjoy drinking them, but won’t necessarily try to keep around. (There are exceptions.)
70-79 Decent, but could be better.
60-69 Mediocre.
40-59 Gross. I might still try to finish the cup.
39 & under Undrinkable. I probably dumped this cup. Depending on the specific rating, I probably threw the rest of the tea out as well. It’s basically me saying “I hate it” with varying intensity and inflection.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:
-Whispering Pines Tea Co.
-Verdant Tea
-Mandala Tea
-Butiki Teas

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