939 Tasting Notes

Oof…this sheng is not for me! BLEH! I might have to dump it out :(

Stephanie

2nd steep is slightly more drinkable…but still!

KiwiDelight

What does a bad sheng taste like? newb

Stephanie

Bitter, “funky”…no sweetness or pleasant fruitiness. Try #7 if you want to taste a good but really unusual sheng!

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Thank you so much Courtney for sharing some of your precious Bavarian Cream with me!

This is one of my favorite matcha flavors now. Really good and creamy and vanilla-y :D

It has been a really long time since I actually ate anything filled with Bavarian cream, but it seems pretty spot-on flavor wise!

Courtney

I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

Megan

I just ordered this one! Now I’m really excited to try it.

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drank Chocolate Tea by Forsman Tea
939 tasting notes

Thank you Marzipan for a sample of this tea!

This is quite good chocolate tea. So many of them I have tried were artificial tasting, or not paired with a nice base tea…this one is good though! Not quite as good as Fauchon chocolate eclair, which is my favorite, but definitely one of the better ones I’ve had :)

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Winter Fire by Butiki Teas
939 tasting notes

Yay! I am finally trying this guayusa! It has intrigued me for a long time. I requested it as a sample with my Butiki order a while back and kind of forgot about it. I probably should have chosen a more wintery day before it was in the 80s outside, but oh well.

This is really good! I can actually feel the spicy! It isn’t TOO hot though. It isn’t making my eyes water or anything, heh. The tingle feels good on my allergy inflamed sinuses and throat :)

Tastes nice, too. I am drinking it plain but it would be nice sweetened. I’m going to give the other half of my sample to my husband because he loves spicy stuff! I would consider ordering this in the future, for sure.

Suziqzer

I don’t think I’ve tried a guayusa yet.. this one sounds like fun being so spicy.

Stephanie

It also perks me up like coffee! But no jitters :)

Suziqzer

Pun intended ?!?! :)

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Thank you so much KiwiDelight for a surprise sample of this in our swap!

Wow this is a extremely floral oolong, without being perfumey! It is like a gentle lilac aroma floating on a breeze…sweet and slighty vegetal tasting too. I like it very much!!!

KiwiDelight

Yay! I like this one a lot, so glad you like too! :]

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Thanks Garret for a sample of this with my recent Mandala order!

This is the 2014 harvest. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such large FUZZY white tea leaves! This is seriously some fluffy downy stuff :) The kind of tea you want to pet like a kitty!

I may have slightly underleafed this for my tastes. It is so hard to measure big leaves! This is a smooth, creamy white though. Light but with a rich earthiness. Creamy hay may not sound appealing but that is what it reminds me of. Sweet and summery :)

Garret

This tea makes my mouth water :) It’s been so fun to break this new crop out for the tea classes lately. I typically will do my first steep at 5 to 8 minutes when I am working with a white tea. This stuff works great in a tea thermos (grandpa style), too. Try a longer steep with it and see what you get.

And I am the one who should be doing the thanking, pal :) So, without further adieu – THANK YOU!!

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Marzipan gave me some of this tea! Thanks!!!

It is one of the first teas I purchased from Butiki ages ago and I haven’t had it in forever!

Not my favorite offering from Butiki but still very enjoyable :)

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Thanks so much Marzipan for a sample of this tea!

Ehh, not my favorite chocolate tea ever. Not rich enough! Not bad though. I drank the cup with no problem, but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any in the future. My favorite Teajo tea is the tropical mango. OH MAN it is SO GOOD iced!

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Butiki educational traveling tea box #2

Puerh #7

What IS this??? I’ve never tasted anything like it! It is fruity, has some faint malty notes, and vaguely reminds me of a ceylon black or a Darjeeling? I am perplexed! Quite tasty though whatever it is and I never would have guessed it is a puerh. It is light amber colored and not very dark brewed up.

Stephanie

I do not know, but I emailed Stacy so hopefully I will know soon. 2nd steep is even fruitier!!!

TeaTiff

Sounds interesting!

Stephanie

Stacy said it MIGHT be the 2009 banchang sheng she is adding to the website soon. I will just have to order some and compare my notes, but as apricotty as this is I bet that’s what I’m drinking!

mrmopar

I will have to keep a watch for this one.

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Today I am off work, and having fun with the Butiki educational tea box #2 while I work on carving a new block print. Just finished 5 half cups of different first flush darjeelings http://twitpic.com/e2lpl1

Next I am trying puerh #7

Trying to decide if I want to do a side by side of all the Kenyan teas in the box this afternoon :)

Fun times!

Marzipan

Be sure to try that red jade one in the blacks.

Stephanie

Oh right! Thanks for the reminder :)

Marzipan

Did you see that weird green one, with the short fuzzy twists?

Stephanie

Yes! Snagged some for later…

carol who

I just sent off the Butiki box 1. I really enjoyed it. When do you have the opportunity to try a bunch of teas to see which of a certain type you really enjoy? It certainly was educational!

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