38 Tasting Notes

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drank Classic Earl Grey by Butiki Teas
38 tasting notes

I am surprised reading some of these other reviews. When I opened the bag, I immediately smelled a very strong Bergamot smell. (Bergamot is that orangey-citrus smell/taste, right?)

I just sipped the tea, and again, I am getting A LOT of Bergamot. It is almost overpowering, but I was in the mood for a lighter black tea this morning, and I am enjoying the citrus note.

Overall, this is good. Definitely more citrusy than some of the other Earl Grey’s I have had.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Yep, bergamot is the orangey-citrus taste.

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87

This was my morning cup of tea today.

When I opened the package, it smelled very strong of almonds. I thought it smelled wonderful, and was excited to try it.

I definitely get a light almond taste with a hint of cinnamon. After steeping, I think the tea smells more like cinnamon than almond. Seeing as I really enjoy almonds and cinnamon, I really enjoyed this tea.

Another excellent tea from Butiki!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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I got this as a free sample for sharing my last order from Adagio on facebook.

I like drinking rooibos at night time. I like the taste, plus it is caffeine free.

When I opened the package, I smelled a lot of vanilla. Since I like the taste of rooibos, I was honestly worried that all I was going to taste was vanilla.

The vanilla flavor is definitely there, but it is very light. I sort of get a vanilla-wood type of taste. It has a natural sweetness to it that I like.

I had this rated a little bit higher when I first started drinking it. However, now that I am about half way done, I feel like the aftertaste gets kind of old quick. It isn’t bad, I just do not find anything exceptional about it.

I would drink this again at night time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86

This is my first tea from Upton.

It smells like other English Breakfast blends I have smelled. That is not necessarily a bad thing, this is a straight black-tea after all.

This tastes very rich. Full flavored. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but not in a bad way. I get just a slight bitter note that lingers at the end. The tea itself is not bitter, it is just in the aftertaste.

I would definitely drink this again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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My sister came over earlier and after I made her smell all of my new teas, she wanted a cup of this because it smelled very interesting.

I enjoy truffles (especially raspberry truffles), and this tea honestly smells exactly like a raspberry truffle. It has a very strong chocolate scent, as well as a very strong raspberry scent.

When I took the first sip, I honestly thought it tasted a little weak. My sister, however, thought it was really, really good. I took a few more sips, and although I appreciated the light flavor, I decided to add just a little bit of honey. The description said that sugar would awake the tea, so I thought I would try it.

I thought that the honey definitely brought out some of the flavors. After I added the honey, I thought that the chocolate note was definitely a lot stronger. I was very impressed.

I really enjoyed this tea, and could definitely see myself drinking this again after dinner as a desert tea. If I had it again, I would probably add just a little bit of honey to it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Organic Rooibos by Butiki Teas
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This tea is currently steeping. The smell has a very light citrus note, it smells excellent.

Okay, first sip…

It tastes like it smells. It has a nice, clean, well-rounded rooibos flavor, with a light citrus note. This does not taste bitter at all. This is really good!

I don’t want to fill this note with too many adjectives or descriptions. This tea tastes very fresh, and I appreciate the simplicity of it. If you enjoy rooibos, you will definitely enjoy this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
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This tea smells great! It smells very strong of coconut.

You can definitely taste the coconut when you sip this. It was very smooth. The coconut is not overpowering, and you can still taste the rooibos. I thought the tea tasted kind of naturally sweet (just a hint of sweetness), but if I were to make this again, I might add a small amount of honey. I feel like this might bring out the coconut flavor even more.

I had this tea after dinner, and it really hit the spot!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
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When I first opened this package, I definitely could smell the apples, but I also got a scent of something that I didn’t like, which I am guessing is the clove. I don’t really like the smell of cloves. This is my first guayusa, so I wasn’t sure what the smell was until I read this tea contained clove powder. The tea is steeping right now, and I wanted to write this down quickly before I tasted it. I am not sure if I will like this based on the smell. It is almost done steeping.

The pot is done steeping. This definitely smells like a light, spicy cider. However, I can still smell the clove, which does not make me optimistic about this tea.

I waited for my mug to cool a little bit before tasting it. I can taste a light apple note and a whole lot of spice. Maybe I am just hypersensitive to clove, but it almost seems a bit overpowering to me. Like I said, I get a light apple note, and then I feel like that gets overpowered by the clove, which is the taste that remains in my mouth.

Seeing as I do not like cloves and that is the primary taste I am getting, I am going to rate this tea half way between the yellow face with the slanted mouth and the face with the smile. That is how I feel about it. I will definitely finish my mug, but compared to the other teas I have from Butiki, this is my least favorite so far.

If you are someone that enjoys cloves, you will probably really like this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
merton

I would just like to note that I removed my rating from this tea. After thinking about it, I’m not sure it is fair for me to rate this tea poorly. Had I read the description more carefully, I would have known it contained cloves. I didn’t want my rating to bring down the overall rating of the tea.

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87

This tea smells strong of vanilla. I am also getting a hint of bergamot, which pairs nicely with the vanilla.

This is not a strong black tea, at least compared to some of the other black teas I have been drinking lately. The lightness, combined with the vanilla and bergamot is delicious. It has a relaxing quality to it. I think this is one of the first black teas I have had that I would classify as “relaxing”.

I have the Around the World sampler from DAVIDs that I have slowly been working my way through, and I think this might be my favorite tea from it so far.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

This tea smells like a strong black tea.

This tea tastes very rich, and has a hint of maltyness. It has a very fresh taste to it. I made this pot pretty strong (I needed an afternoon pick-me-up). About mid-sip, I hit a bit of a bitter note (which might have something to do with how strong I made it), but it quickly fades away.

I was in the mood for a straight black tea, and this hit the spot.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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69 and lower: I probably would not buy this tea again. I might enjoy it, but I have had other teas that are much better.
70-79: I find this tea good, but have had better teas. I would gladly have another cup, but it probably wouldn’t be my first option.
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