897 Tasting Notes

WHOA. I feel like I must’ve tried this one at some point…but I sure don’t remember this taste.

I did NOT expect it to be so fruity! It is REALLY fruity and REALLY malty. Very enjoyable and complex. Lots going on here to keep my interest.

I am pretty sure this sample was from Terri…if so, thank you Terri! :)

MzPriss

I’m deeply in love with this tea.

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Another tea from Terri HarpLady :D

This sheng brings to mind fresh cut wood, as well as slight hints of golden raisins. Strong aftertaste on my tongue. Decent enough sheng but as I’ve been drinking a lot of different ones lately I can tell you this is NOT one of my favorites… but it is hard to pinpoint why exactly. Perhaps the woodier ones are not for me? Still totally drinkable though and I will steep the heck out of these leaves :)

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Another lovely tea from Terri :D

Had another crazy busy weekend! Back at work now and very glad for strong teas to drink…

This one I did a real long steep on…OMG SO rich and dark and cocoa-licious. No astringency. It reminds me of Laoshan Black without the creamy/beany element. Very tasty! Hoping I can get a 2nd and maybe 3rd steep despite my long first steep :)

Thanks Terri!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh, I got some of this from Terri as well, now I can’t wait to try!

Terri HarpLady

I just ordered some more of this for me & Sil. Totally hoard worthy.

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Another one from the group TeaUrchin order.

I have been drinking the same leaves all day, but didn’t have time at work to take detailed notes on each steep. The steeps did get progressively sweeter and more honey-like. There is some slight tongue tingle, but not much. A little tiny bit of woodiness, with some crisp vegetal flavors. When I did a long steep I got a pleasant, light sort of bitterness. I’m excited to explore this one further :)

MzPriss

I don’t know how I missed the Tea Urchin order – I quit seeing messages :(

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t tried anything from tea urchin yet.

mrmopar

Yum Yum!!

Cameron B.

Your tea photography poster is being featured by Butiki on Facebook! :D Congrats!

Stephanie

Stacy from Butiki teas is so awesome!

Cameron B.

Hah. I clicked the link and saw the evil ducky! :P I really love your fox print!

Stephanie

Aww, thanks!!

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drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
897 tasting notes

A single serve sachet of this was tucked into one of my birthday gifts. Not a bad minty herbal. I’m just never going to be that impressed with an herbal tea, so no rating on this one. Though tonight I did enjoy it :)

Cameron B.

I agree, I never even browse the herbal section of tea websites. The only exception is Butiki’s Birthday Cake – I want to try it!

Terri HarpLady

Is it your birthday? If so, Happy Birthday! If it’s not today, Happy Late Birthday! :)

Stephanie

Thanks! It was last Saturday :)

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Time for some creamy rich delicious shu! This one was from boychik. I have one more serving left. Woot. Good stuff! Just looked it up, not too expensive on ebay. Might get a little some day if I run out of my other tasty shu puerhs. Pleasantly earthy. If I am bad at picking out flavor notes in sheng I am even worse with shu, sorry!

boychik

lots of them ahead…Glad you liked it;)

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This is a cake I would definitely not have been able to afford on my own. Luckily this was part of a group TeaUrchin order I took part in. Thanks Yang-Chu and all the other Steepsterites who let me in on it!

Anyway, this might be my new favorite sheng! gasp! I’m not sure what a rockmelon tastes like, but I do get some fruity notes, as well as floral. Great energy and a tangy sweetness. I regret that I lack the proper words to describe this one. So much flavor!

Good shengs are magical though. That’s all I know :)

Stephanie

The aftertaste on this one lingers for EVER!

boychik

sounds amazing

SWApilot

Sounds great. You are correct, a good sheng is very magical.

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my green tea sampler from TeaVivre! It has been fun to taste each one and compare and contrast them. Thanks again Angel for the samples!

This one seems very well balanced. It has many elements but none are shouting louder than the others and throwing it off. It is sweet but vegetal, creamy, a little tangy and crisp. It has a mellow vibe about it. The aftertaste is divine. I love how it lingers on my palate.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
897 tasting notes

Had this as a special treat last night since Stacy included some in my husband’s birthday order for me :D

Cheri

Stacy is awesome like that.

Cameron B.

I think I need to grab some of this when I order from Butiki. I’m not sure that I’ll love it but it’s so inexpensive! :3

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My first experience with this tea was actually last night. I was packing some up for boychik to try, and after I’d already put everything away I found a leaf on the table. Instead of getting stuff back out or throwing it away I just popped it in my mouth, LOL. I sort of swished it around in there for a bit (the fuzz felt weird at first) and then chewed it up. It was surprisingly tasty!!! Very malty and crispy/crunchy. I don’t make a habit of eating tea leaves (except gyokuro) so it was a unique experience.

ANYWAY, just steeped up my first cup. It is sweet, creamy and lightly malty! I am not usually real big into white teas unless they are flavored but this one is very nice. I think next time I might try it with a little more leaf and see if I can coax out a flavor that is even more bold :)

boychik

im so excited! And i never tried to chew a tea leaf. my daughter likes to chew dried pasta or uncooked rice…

Stephanie

I guess this was my first time eating a dry leaf. When I eat gyokuro it is always after I’ve steeped and drank the tea! I was shocked how good it was, haha.

Butiki Teas

Huh, interesting. The only time I’ve tried dry leaf is adding it to a recipe. I’ve made an Earl Grey and lavender cookie, matcha cookies, and also made a rub with tea.

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