112 Tasting Notes

78

mmmm… banana bread….

Interestingly enough I bought and tried a banana bread beer the other day and was pretty impressed with it… it was like drunk banana bread and it was delicious.

This tea reminded me of that. The two had a similar flavor as far as having real true banana flavor. Nothing sickly sweet or banana runty about this flavor!

The dry leaves smell like a bag of banana chips, which I guess is appropriate because there are real dried banana chip pieces in there. The steeped tea smells like the batter for homemade banana bread. it’s fantastic.

When first sipped I tasted mostly the black tea base with a hint of nuttiness, but the banana flavor soon follows and lingers nicely in my mouth.

As the tea cools the banana flavor does fade a bit, but it’s definitely still there in the finish of it even cooled. I really enjoyed this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Marzipan

I wonder who Foxy Roxy is?

Butiki Teas

Marzipan-Here is Foxy Roxy: http://www.butikiteas.com/Custom.html

Banana Bread Beer goes great in beer bread. Here is a recipe if anyone is interested: http://butikiteas.blogspot.com/2012/07/beer-bread-recipe.html. Beer Bread is awesome! Every time you use a different beer it is like making a different bread.

lolainred

Wow, Stacy, that sounds like a fantastic idea! I may have to make some beer bread with my banana bread beer this weekend.

Butiki Teas

Personally, I love making the bread with a dark beer like a stout or Quad but my friend loves making them with the Banana Bread Beers. I posted this recipe on my blog because my friend would ask me for the recipe like once a week, so I just posted it there so she can just look it up.

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60

This smells like pancake syrup or maple syrup to me… though it does not taste anything like either…. haha. It is definitely very warm and pleasant smelling.

I have no idea what Carob tastes like, so I couldn’t tell you if it lends its flavor to this tea or not. I don’t taste a whole lot of vanilla, but it is evident that it is there. Some of the blame for me not being able to taste the flavors entirely is probably on the fact that my water was a little cooler than it called for… but I our water cooler at work only does one temperature… 180 is the best I could do this morning.

Overall its a nice smooth black tea with a warm pleasant flavor, but not one I would run out to purchase again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79

I was very excited yesterday to find a package full of samples in my mailbox from Just Organic Teas! I was expecting this one and one other, but instead got all twelve of their current offerings! Very exciting stuff.

I love the way this one smells. Such a rich chai with so many spicy layers. I knew I wanted to use this one to try a homemade chai latte for the first time, which is exactly what I did this morning.

I steeped it in about half the water I would normally steep tea in and then whisked in hot vanilla almond milk with a pinch of Just Organic Teas sugar, which was also included in the package I recieved. It turned out pretty tasty, but I think next time I would do two things differently, steep the chai for a bit longer (or use a bit more chai) and use regular almond or soy milk not vanilla. The almond milk definitely masked a lot of the spiciness from the chai, so I don’t feel like I got a chance to really taste this one. It still made for a flavorful and delicious chai latte that I drank every last drop of.

As a side note, making my own chai latte highlighted just how much sugar is really in those starbucks chai lattes… holy cow. I think I am a homemade chai latte convert. And I do believe I will be picking this chai up!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
carol who

Thanks for the tip about steeping in Vanilla Almond milk. I just got those teas, too. Super generous to give samples of all of them! Some people noticed how strong the smell was when they opened the package. I put the bags in containers with baking soda and put a lid on it. It seemed to take a lot of the smells out so they are not cross contaminated. Just a suggestion. :)

lolainred

That is definitely helpful. I noticed the strong smell for sure, but I promptly separated the ones with cinnamon and clove, etc from the other more mild ones and put them in entirely different places. Seemed to do the trick because I didn’t notice the scent this morning.

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97

I’m surprised how long it has taken me to add tasting notes on this tea, especially considering I am nearing the bottom on the tin on this one.

It has the most delightful soft and comforting jasmine scent both in dry leaf form and after is has been steeped. The taste is wonderfully delicate when the tea is hot to warm, with the jasmine flavor lingering in my mouth. As it cools (and today I forgot about it half way through my cup when I was distracted by the Atari 2600 my mother dropped by my house) the floral notes become much more pronounced.

I definitely prefer this one hot to warm, which is good considering this tea usually doesn’t last long enough for it to cool for me. This one has been in my top 5 teas for a long time and I imagine it will be there for sometime. I’ll be sad to see the bottom of this tin.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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64

Decided to give this one a try iced and sweetened. It turned out great. Definitely has some strong flavor. I taste more apricot than anything… though it does taste slightly more like peach than apricot to me, but there is definitely a creamy vanilla quality to this tea.

Definitely don’t think I’d like this one hot and unsweetened, but it’s a nice sweet ice tea. I’d drink it again.

I do have to say though that this blend confuses the crap out of me… i mean given it’s name and its purpose in the harry potter universe you’d think it would be an caffeine-free tea or decaf at the least. None of these flavors have anything to do with the namesake potion.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am trying to sipdown these Harry Potter fandom teas. I really wish they weren’t all black teas, as I’m not terribly fond of flavored black teas.

This one smells just like the top of a nice creme brule. All burn sugar and subtle cream. I wish it tasted as good as it smells, but to me it was lacking the roundness that I was hoping for.

I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt that maybe my allergy ridden self isn’t experiencing the full flavor since I can only really breathe/smell out of one side of my nose. I’ll reserve rating this one until I’ve given it a few more tries.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

My first time tasting this one and I pick up the floral and hay notes of this more than anything. It’s soft and pleasant, slightly nutty. I’m kind of amazed at all the different things that people seem to taste in this tea, but then again that’s what’s so interesting about tea to me in a way… that it almost never tastes the same to any two people.

I’m going to reserve rating this one until I’ve had time to taste it a few more times.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

I asked Stacy for this tea as one of my samples, after seeing all the rave reviews it got. I was a little wary of it because I’m not a huge fan of melon, but I thought I’d give it a go and be open minded. Verdict: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

As everyone else has pointed out, this tastes like a big cup of fresh cantaloupe. It’s not overly cantaloupey and all the sweetness is implied rather than outright. It smells absolutely heavenly once it is steeped. I went around my office making my co-workers smell it… yeah I’m that girl.

It’s light and creamy and fresh. I bet this would be amazing iced too. Has anyone tried it iced?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I ate a sad honeydew melon yesterday (I knew it would be sad, since it’s not honeydew season, so I was already braced for disappointment), and it made me think of this tea and how I need to order it soon….. This tea is everything my melon wasn’t. lol

lolainred

haha, that is hilarious. Melon tea… better than actual melon!

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99

Oh man… this tea. I placed an order with Butiki after seeing this tea and its reviews on Steepster. I have been dying to try a pistachio tea ever since I missed out on the Pistachio Cream tea on DavidsTea. So I was eagerly awaiting my order’s arrival so I could try this one right away.

I made my first cup this morning and headed to work with it. Halfway to work I was seriously regretting not bringing the whole package with me… you mean I have to wait until I get home in 9 hours to have another cup?!?!

This tastes EXACTLY like my favorite Pistachio Macaron from the local bakery. It’s absolutely heavenly. I practically licked the cup when I finished it…

It smelled very much like that favorite pistachio macaron that I love so much… sweet and creamy like I walked into a bakery.

The first couple of sips I tasted mostly the base green tea, a little seaweedy, then the creaminess kicked in followed by the subtle warm nutty flavor. There is no innate sweetness in this tea, but it definitely gave me the bakery vibe. All of the flavors just meld together perfectly and none overpowers the others.

This is a tea I will go back to again and again! I know I’ll be putting in another order as soon as my current bag runs out!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
221tea

Oh! Sounds lovely! I’ll add it to my wishlist. Do you sweeten your tea, or does it depend on the tea? I have been trying most of my tea both ways, sweetened and unsweetened, but I am finding I prefer most of them sweetened and I feel like maybe I am letting the gods of tea down with my need for rock sugar…haha.

lolainred

haha, the way I look at it, the gods of tea probably approve of however you take your tea as long as you’re enjoying it!

I do not sweeten my tea as a general rule. I just have always liked unsweetened tea (being from the south, that makes most people gasp), but that’s just my personal preference. I definitely sweeten teas occasionally, and this is one I think I might try that way.

I keep meaning to try rock sugar in the teas I do like to sweeten, which one do you use?

221tea

I have tried rock sugar from a few different vendors, and I like Teavana’s the best. It sweetens but doesn’t overtake the flavor of the tea. Just gives it a boost in the right direction. Adagio’s was too weak and I ended up using double to get the same effect. And I have tried a few samples from local places with no luck. So as much as it pains me to recommend Teavana…there you go. Haha. I can send you a sample if you would like? The smallest size they sell is rather large if you end up not liking it.

lolainred

I might have to take you up on that at some point. =)

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79

I’ve had two cups of this in as many days. The pollen is wreaking havoc on my throat/sinuses this year. The fiance brought this over with five other teas from this company and recommended it for a sore throat, so I gave it a shot.

I definitely wasn’t crazy about the smell of the sachets dry… very licorice smelling to me, but they smell mostly like spearmint once they start to steep.

I added a heaping teaspoon of local honey to both cups, which is recommends, and found the taste to be mostly mint, a bit licoricey and of course I could taste the honey too. The taste was pleasant, though not my favorite, but again I don’t like mint teas very much.

I did find this very soothing on my sore throat though. Both times it seemed to sooth the pain in my throat pretty well, though not entirely. I would definitely buy this again to have on hand for future whiny sick times like yesterday and today.

Flavors: Licorice

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The first time I tried loose leaf tea at home, I was hooked. I’ve been drinking tea for years now, though I still feel like such a newbie in the world of teas. There are so many things I’ve never tried from so many new to me companies!

I used to be very much a black tea drinker, but have started, in the last year, to realize that I prefer the lightness of greens and whites much more.

That said, I will basically try any tea once (probably twice, just in case)!

My review categories:
100-94: I never want to run out of these!
93-80: Restock please!
79-60: Definitely like, but not a must have
59-50: Not lovin’ it, but I’d drink it again
49 & below: nope, Nope, NOPE.

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