1212 Tasting Notes

I had this last night and had to have it again today because it is awesome. This is the redesigned version of the tea, which was redone last month (other notes are months old).

Both times I have steeped it at 3 minutes. For me this is like the nice sweet spot for breakfast teas. With this tea, it means not even needing a splash of milk at all.

It’s slightly malty and sweet, with some nuttiness to it too. It’s bold, but not too in your face. No astringency at all.

Now to just actually have it in the morning. I’m struggling to get through this day so a little boost of caffeine now is just right.

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drank Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong by Verdant Tea
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Teas like this in my gaiwan are the reason I convinced my mom to get me an electric kettle for Christmas.

I only had two steeps and I’ll probably go back to it later.

First steep was 10s, second 11. I probably should have had the water a bit warmer so I’ll make sure of that next time.

First, I am not a fan at all of darker oolongs like this, but I actually like this one! My problem is usually that they taste of wet wood with all these other flavors bouncing around. This one does not do that.

On these two steeps so far I mostly taste honey. I didn’t get much of anything else. It does have that woodiness, but not in a bad way at all. There was also just a hint of floral.

Ok, steeped 4 more times and it really never started to taste any differently. Maybe it got creamier. I just really need to try again when I have a kettle that makes this easy. Even with a gas stove it took forever to get just a bit of water to reboil for a second steep after the first I’d do.

Now I have to drink water because I ate a giant slice of cake. Ugh.

Oh, Sebastian turned into seed. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_me4kbi69vG1qz5e5oo1_1280.jpg He is a growing bird though, but this was his 8th meal of the day (my mom kept calling him Bigfoot because he’s so small compared to them)! Also he finally chirped at home, to a Formula 1 video, a German video at that. He is very smart already.

Terri HarpLady

I really like this one too.

Invader Zim

I used to dislike darker oolongs too. Verdant has changed that for me, I love all their darker oolongs, this one was probably my least favorite and I still liked it!


Heh I’m on the opposite end of you guys. Gimme a dark oolong anyway! Ill pass on the green ones :)!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Mmmm dark oolong! Woodyness is probably my favorite quality in a tea :)


He is such a little cutie. =)

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drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlogging from 11/25

I wanted something that said birthday without resorting to rooibos. So this was the winner, especially because I knew I could steep the leaves again and have it iced. I actually forgot I was doing that on the counter, so I came back home later and it was like surprise tea just waiting for me.

I think this tastes way more like buttercream when it’s cold. It’s not bad hot, but it really tastes like mango and chamomile separately instead, rather than combining to taste like frosting.

I love this tea so much, they need to give in and make it again >:O




Sounds yummy!

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drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
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Backlogging from 11/24

I’ve been having problems liking rooibos if it’s not fruity, but I figured this might work just fine because I do love chocolate and peppermint.

But they are not enough right now to cover how red rooibos will stand out and just taste horribly woodsy and sickening to me right now. So I didn’t drink much of this at all. I’m going to hold on to it though in hopes one day I get my taste for chocolate rooibos back.


oh noes! I have a pouch of this…hope it’s not disappointing.


it’ll be fine if you like rooibos. out of nowhere I just can’t do the red stuff when it’s not with fruity flavors.


Have you tried Zen Tea’s Chocolate Mint Rooibos? I was going to send you some in the teabox, but I wasn’t sure if that was one of the samples you requested. It is REALLY good.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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This is so amazing! It’s like a 2nd flush Darjeeling meets a Yunnan black. Out of all the black teas I’ve been drinking in the morning, this needed absolutely nothing added to it.

I taste nuttiness, honey, chocolate, and just a nice touch of floral notes to it. Maybe a bit of caramel too! The caramel especially comes out now that the remaining tea has cooled a lot.

It’s a very mild tea, I found myself sipping it very easily, without even thinking about the taste, other than about how good it tastes!

I’d definitely get more of this in the future, I really wanted to take advantage of Butiki’s sale yesterday but I couldn’t justify it, and I tried to get my mom to buy even $15 of it and she just tells me she doesn’t like tea (and 10 minutes later she liked the chocolate tea I had last night when I gave her the mug to try it). Oh well. I’ll have money one day.


LOL that reminds me of that movie, He’s just not that into you, or something like that. Your mum… she just isn’t that into tea!


i LOVE this tea from butiki. It’s up there with laoshan black imo.

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drank Dubbele Chocolade by Della Terra Teas
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My brother doesn’t drink much tea, but he would not take his nose out of the infuser after the tea steeped.

SO MUCH CHOCOLATE. This was perfect with our birthday cake. My brother’s is today, my dad’s tomorrow, mine Sunday, so we sing “Happy Birthday to Us.” The cake was white frosting and yellow cake, so chocolate on the side was excellent. I added a little bit of milk for creaminess, and it’s like a really rich, malty hot chocolate. No more sugar, so much already in my system, and it doesn’t even need any!

A 3 min, 45 sec steep was really good. It’s more like a dark chocolate flavor, a bit bittersweet, and all around tasty. I think I only got this in a sample pack so I am definitely going to need more in the future!

This tea gets a seal of approval of not needing any more chocolate flavor, a rare feat!


Wow! You guys can party all week! Happy birthday, um…everyone!


I thought my mum’s birthday four days after mine was awesome, but yours beats that by a mile. That’s so cool! Happy birthday to all of you. :D


Happy Early Birthday!


Happy birthday to all! :)


Happy birthdays

Hesper June

Happy birthday, ya’all!!!


Thank you guys!


Hope you all have he best birthdays!!!


Happy Birthday! ;)


Happy Birthday!!


That would mean your birthday is today, as I’m reading this! Happy birthday! This tea might be infusing all of my others with its chocolateness.. so I keep all the chocolate teas in the same try me pack!

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Ok I can’t find this on the website so I guess it is no longer around.

It looks like it’s gunpowder with peppercorn, and it tastes like that too. I steeped it twice this morning and it was just really easy to drink. A little smoky, as you’d expect from its name I guess, but very mild.

It also had a bit of fruitiness to it, and I quite enjoyed it.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Strange! I wonder where the product page went! Will have it up tomorrow, thanks for noticing that, it’s a favorite of a few of my customers. :)


That is intriguing! What does Gunpowder tea taste like? I suspect I might like that combined with a sweet contrast. Was it as smoky tasting as Lapsang Souchong?

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drank Oolong Chardonnay by Vintage TeaWorks
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I apologize if this is a bunch of nonsense because after I drank it I went out to a bar just to get out and there was the most amazing IPA.

This really tasted more like a papaya rose oolong to me. Then again I try to avoid Chardonnay as much as possible, though I have a general idea of how it tastes. This to me tasted far better than Chardonnay and it was very delicious with the pumpkin cheesecake bars I made. I ended up also making a maple apple pie because my mom accidentally baked her pecan pie’s crust, and if any had been left when we got back, I would have drank it with a small slice of that pie.

I would definitely have avoided this tea just based on how I associate Chardonnay with this horrible oak taste, but this is far better than any Chardonnay I’ve had. Like I said, strongly papaya and rose, with a little vanilla. Not bad, but not my favorite so far of the Vintage Teaworks teas. Again though not the kind of wine I normally go for so don’t take my word on it.

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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
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I already can’t wait to get back to my full supply of tea LOL

I enjoy this for breakfast but it’s definitely not a favorite by any means. If I found it on sale again for $5 when I run out, I would probably get it again.

I just met my grandpa’s new dog and she is already attached to me. She doesn’t play, sadly, but she really like to smack people with her front paw. Apparently everything is “shake.”

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I decided to have some different breakfast blend this morning. This sounded interesting so I ordered a sample.

I steeped it for four minutes, and added a little milk. I’m not entirely sure I like it compared to just the Yunnan tea I’ve been having the past couple of days. I like it and I like Assam but together it’s just not a flavor I really would go for.

It comes off kind of smoky, not in a lapsang sort of way at all, I feel like this might be the spicy notes mentioned in the description. It is a pretty smooth, bold tea other than that note that is just a bit too strong for me. And I steeped it for a minute less than the bag called for, next time I might try 3. Or maybe the 5 min is the way to go, somehow.

I feel awake though so it does its job as a big, robust breakfast blend.

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I watch too much hockey and soccer. So does the bird in my photo, surprise. Finally getting back to drinking my way through my stash thanks to finally securing myself a real paying desk job.



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