901 Tasting Notes

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
901 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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What a unique green. I’ve never seen anything like it! The leaves are huge and very dark bright green and pressed flat. The scent is crisp fresh veggies.

The liquor is extremely vegetal, slight tart cherry notes, and very little sweetness. I actually rather like this. It is a welcome change from all the buttery super sweet green teas I’ve been drinking lately. This one is different and has a lot of character!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

spectacular, the leaves from the pic look like asparagus tips!

TeaBrat

Oh, I’d love to try this but I must NOT order more tea! Ack!

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My favorite leafhopper tea! And I got a BUNCH of it for my birthday! :D

Tastes like rich and sweet like waffles…yum yum yum.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cameron B.

Waffles?! Wow I need to try this one… With maple syrup… >>

Stephanie

I think syrup would dull the complex sweetness it already has going on…but to each his own! ;)

Cameron B.

You’re probably right… But I will definitely add this one to my Butiki list! Yum yum yum is right.

TheTeaFairy

This tea is dessert in the morning…

Cameron B.

Oh here comes TheTeaFairy, whispering Butiki in my ear again. What a rascal.

Cheri

I’m actually really happy I decided to place my last Butiki order…and then I stuck myself on tea buying hiatus for a while because I perhaps ordered too much. I love Butiki teas, so I have no regret over the order. I just wonder how I’m going to drink all the tea in my pantry. I now have tea on 3 shelves.

Stephanie

Cheri I am in the same boat…I have way too much delicious tea ;)

Cheri

And yet….I want more, different teas. All the teas!

TheTeaFairy

Cheri and Stephanie, I’m with you..more, always more!!!

Cameron B., ROFL!!!

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This is delicious! Thanks Angel and TeaVivre for the sample!

I can’t believe how sweet this is. It has a nice vegetal taste that counterbalances the sweetness. And I LOVE that it is organic! So rich and almost creamy.

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
901 tasting notes

When my husband asked me for a list of possible birthday gifts I might want the first thing I did was make a Butiki list! ;) Even though I’ve never had this one I really wanted to try it.

So, on my birthday Saturday I visited a local outdoor Sculpture festival. They were giving out these clay flower pots that had been stencil painted with pretty designs, and some of them including the one I took had the phrase “The Best of All Possible Worlds” stenciled around it. I’ve sort of had the phrase stuck in my head ever since, and had to read all about the French philosopher who coined the term and everything. Anyway, this tea made me think of that. It seems to be the best of all of its elements. A black tea with a little of everything! Very satisfying!!! :) I feel the addition of Darjeeling really makes it special.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’m shocked no one has reviewed this yet!

My husband got me some for my birthday, and I tried it this morning. It DOES taste just like Starbucks! I know because on my actual birthday I went to Starbucks for my free drink (if you register any gift card online you get a free drink on your birthday!) and so I just had the real deal recently.

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It’s my birthday!!!

I’ve had a nice relaxing morning so far. Woke up and made a cup of Laoshan Black (yum) and made a Dutch Baby with fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar on top (also YUM). Then my husband gave me some of my gifts…all were tea so far LOL!

He got me the Starbuck’s matchaccino copy from RedLeaf, and a HUGE box from Butiki including-

The Black Lotus
Blackberry Lime Guayusa
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black
2009 Banchang tree Puerh (having that one now, SO GOOD!)
Kenyan Silver Needle

Stacy also threw in some excellent samples! Birthday cake (totes apropos) the NEW Chocolate Espresso with Strawberry Cream frosting (OMG can’t wait) and the phase one butterscotch chai trial, and a new Taiwanese Black! Thanks Stacy!!!

Tonight I’m going to a neat local event the call Zoo Brew. They close the local Zoo for the evening and people pay to get in and there are a TON of booths with food and beer samples of all sorts. My husband is actually in the local homebrew club so he will be there with 5 gallons of his donated beer (an Amber Ale) serving samples to the masses. The homebrew club booth is always the MOST popular…these guys are fantastic brewers but they can’t SELL their beer without the proper licensing, but they CAN donate it to events like this! People go nuts for their unique and tasty beers :) Anyway should be a great time if it doesn’t get rained out!

Anna

Happy birthday!

Dustin

Sounds like a great start to your day! Way to go hubby on the gifts! And I love Dutch Babies, especially with honey. My mom has always made them for her kids on their birthdays. Wish there was a way to make them delicious without half a stick of butter.

Skysamurai

Happy birthday!

yyz

Happy Birthday!

inranger

Happy birthday, enjoy your tea. As an ex-homebrewer I’m sure the Zoo Brew will be a fun change of pace for your taste buds. Have fun!

TeaBrat

Happy birthday!!!

TheTeaFairy

Happy Birthday Stephanie, have fun tonight :-)

Tealizzy

Happy Birthday!! Sounds like it’s already off to a great start!!

SWApilot

Happy Birthday!!!!!

carol who

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a lot of fun!

KiwiDelight

Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

Stephanie

Thanks everyone!

Dustin I will PM you my Dutch Baby recipe, we can compare notes :)

caile

Happy birthday! Hope you have a great time at the Zoo!

Butiki Teas

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fantastic day! Your hubby happened to mention that the teas were for your Bday, so had to throw in a sample of the Birthday Cake. FYI, the Butterscotch Chai is not going to happen. Just feel as though it is not right but it tastes great with sugar. Have fun at the Zoo Brew! That sounds awesome!

boychik

Happy Birthday amazing tea friend!!!! Have lots of fun !!!!

Tea Sipper

A late happy birthday to you! Butiki for birthday – perfect! We have something for kids called the Zoo BOO around here. haha.

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I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos.

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