38 Tasting Notes

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This is the first dragon well I have had.

When I opened the package and smelled it, I got vegetal notes, and a hint of toasty-ness.

When I sip it, I get a very clean vegetal taste, I would say a little bit like a snow pea or sugar snap pea. I might have used a little over 8oz of water (it might have been closer to 10oz), but this tea tastes very light, in a good way.

This is excellent. Very refreshing.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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93
drank English Breakfast by Butiki Teas
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So, I normally don’t drink black teas at night, however, my very first order from Butiki arrived today, and I couldn’t wait to try it. I decided to make a cup of this around 10pm.

I am relatively new to the tea world, but this is easily the best English Breakfast I have had so far. If you are relatively new to tea like I am, this is the kind of tea you want to be trying.

I was starting to think that I might not like English Breakfast teas. I have had some other English Breakfast blends that smelled and tasted kind of bland. Before opening this tea, I honestly thought that this might be just another standard cup of tea that I like, but is really just a “good tea”.

This tea smells very rich, and smells much more lively than some of the other English Breakfast blends I have had. As soon as I smelled it, I thought to myself, “Oh?”.

This tea tastes like a full-bodied black tea, with a hint of toasty-ness. It is not bitter at all, and tastes very smooth. With some of the other black teas I have had, I have gotten a bitter aftertaste, but I do not taste that at all with this tea. I feel like at first, I get this strong black tea flavor that slowly fades away (in a good way) and leaves a very light aftertaste. Mmmmm….

This is my first tea from Butiki, and my high expectations (based on what others here have said about Stacy’s tea) were absolutely met, if not exceeded. I would definitely buy this tea again.

After this cup, I can honestly say, “I like English Breakfast blends…..at least good ones like the one from Butiki.”

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

I’m so happy your first experience with butiki was awesome! I haven’t tried this blend yet (it’s in my cupboard) but I’m looking forward to trying it :) now you just have to watch out for her sales and new teas….she’ll get you every time! :)

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79
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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This came in the “Around the World” sampler pack that I bought at DAVIDsTEA. This is a pack of 12 teas that come in small tins, and are packaged in a small box with a card that lists the descriptions.

I thought it was really funny that for this tea, the description on the card starts off with the question: “Why is everybody talking about mulberry leaves?” I don’t know a single person talking about Mulberry leaves. Hahahaha.

Anyway, about the tea…

When I smell it, I get the sensation of a buttery peanut. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, buttery peanuts do not necessarily smell refreshing, nor do they sound like something I would like to drink.

I was kind of thinking about buttery peanuts on my first sip, and I think it weirded me out a little. However, now that I have had several sips, I think this tea is delicious.

Like I mentioned above, I do not think it is a refreshing cup of tea, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For example: at the end of a long day, I might have a mint tea to unwind and relax. That is refreshing. At the start of a long day, I might have a strong black tea, which I wouldn’t consider refreshing either, but I still really really like black teas.

The aftertaste almost has a light buttery note and a light peanut note, which is interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

I have had a really lazy Saturday, and thought I would wind down with a cup of decaffeinated Lemon Mint Spice from McNulty’s.

When I opened the bag, I could immediately smell mint. Even after steeping, the primary smell I am getting is mint.

I think I am only getting a slight lemon note when I sip this. I first taste mint, but it isn’t overpowering. A moment later, I can taste the tea. It has a very light taste.

In my opinion, this is a good tea to have at the end of a day. I find mint teas kind of relaxing in general, and this one is no different. I wasn’t looking for a strong tea to have a night. I wanted something light and refreshing, and that is my opinion of this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Java Santosa by McNulty's
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This is the second day I’ve had this, and damn am I enjoying it. This is my favorite black tea that I have had so far.

Also, I feel more energized after a cup of this tea than when I have coffee in the morning.

Time to go make more!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
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It’s a goodie!

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83
drank Rooibos Capetown by Primatea
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As soon as I opened the bag, I was immediately hit with a lovely citrus smell. This tea smells very strong of citrus, kind of like a combination of orange zest and lemon.

I can’t stress enough how citrusy this tea smells. It is smells VERY citrusy.

I put 1 table spoon in the tea basket, put the basket in the pot, and made an entire pot for everyone at work. As I was pouring the water in from my tea kettle through the infuser, I could really smell orange zest.

I was worried that this tea was going to be bitter. Orange zest in and of itself is bitter. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The tea was not bitter at all, and had a strong citrus flavor. I did not add any sweeteners or honey. I could see a little honey potentially bringing out the flavor of the orange.

When I first sip the tea, I get an orange and lemon taste. However, the aftertaste has slight floral notes that I think make this tea shine.

Overall, I was very impressed with this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Casablanca by Primatea
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When I first opened this bag of tea, I was immediately hit with a strong berry smell. It was such a strong berry smell that one of my friends asked if it was even tea.

I have been trying to sample different berry teas. I really enjoy berries, but out of all the berry teas I have sampled in the past, none have really blown me away.

I thought this tea had a very strong berry flavor. However, right after I poured the water into the teapot at work, I started talking to a co-worker and definitely steeped way too long. The tea ended up tasting a little bitter. I am not sure if this tea is generally on the more bitter side or if it was because I steeped it too long and the water was too hot, so I am going to hold off on rating it until I make it again.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine by McNulty's
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The stamp on the bag says “Jasmine China Green Tea”. I thought this tea was refreshing, and was a good afternoon pick-me-up.

After steeping, I thought it smelled more on the vegetal than jasmine. You could definitely taste the green tea with just a hint of jasmine.

I would have preferred just a little more jasmine, but I really like green tea, so I still give this tea a good rating. I will most likely drink this again tomorrow morning.

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

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78

This is a good cup of tea. I have definitely had better black teas, but I am enjoying this.

It is a very straight black tea. As others here have noted, I don’t find anything particularly special about this tea. If you like straight black tea, you will probably like this. I like straight black teas.

This is my first cup of tea in the morning, and I would definitely drink this again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This tea smells like a bouquet of berries! I think the primary smell I am getting is strawberry.

When I taste it, I first taste the berries, followed by black tea. It is very smooth. I definitely get a lot of berry flavor, but it isn’t so strong that you don’t taste the tea.

This is one of those teas that grows on me as I drink more of it. I am about half way done with my cup, and keep raising the rating slider.

I could see this being a very good fruity iced tea in the summer time.

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.
80-89: This is a cup of tea that I really enjoy, and would buy again.
90-100: This is a cup of tea that I not only enjoy, but find something unique about it. This is something I would definitely order again.

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