1045 Tasting Notes

Kenyan whites are really different! I like them. Malty and somewhat lemony. Savory yet sweet. Something about it reminds me of a mild darjeeling. Good stuff :)


Wow, that seems really unexpected for a white tea. Sounds interestingly delicious!


Butiki does sell a really good Kenyan White- White Rhino! it is really good


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Enjoying more of this interesting tea from Boychik since she sent me such a generous sample :)

Good for when I’m unsure if I am in the mood for black or puerh.


This generous sample came to me fr TeaExplorer. I’m glad you liked it.

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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I should be sipping through samples but I was really craving this tea. Really hits the spot. One of my favorite teas ever!


I just got some of this in the mail,but I haven’t trried it yet.

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Well, this is better than Puerh #2 but nowhere near as good as Puerh #7. It is a rather bold sheng, with a tiny bit of smoke in the first steep, slightly bitter and astringent with some faint fruity notes. Drinkable but not something I’d seek out again by a long shot :)

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Blissing out on green teas today. This is another tasty one from the box!!!

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drank Gyokuro #2 by Educational TTB 2
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I’ve never met a gyokuro I didn’t like, and this is no exception :)

Sweet and green and slightly astringent. Now just waiting to see if the theanine kicks in!

carol who

Got to love that theanine kick!


I liked this one too :3

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Thank you Courtney for letting me sample this flavor!

Hmm, I’m not sure about this one. I should have tried it with just milk first, but I combined it with a frozen banana. I’ll have to try it plain next time. There is something artificial tasting to me going on here, but based on all the other reviews maybe I am mistaken…I’ll try it plain soon! As of right now I prefer the regular caramel.


I really liked coconut you send me;)


That one is my favorite boychik!

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I’m drinking a rose puerh tuocha this morning. It was in one of the Butiki Educational tea boxes, but I forget which one!

It is drinkable, but nothing special for sure. Kind of boring and not much rose flavor but it isn’t revolting or anything like that. shrug


I was thinking of the pu’erhs you’re sending this morning. I hope they show up soon!


Aww man, still not there? Hmm, well let me know in a week or 2 if they still haven’t showed and I’ll try sending another batch :(


No worries! It’s not been overly long or anything. I am actually just getting excited to try some new teas haha.


I am excited to hear what you think about them, too!

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Sample sipdown!

I had been hoarding the last of this sample which I got with a Mandala order a while back. This is probably one of my favorite shu puerhs. I’m pretty sure I prefer it to the famous Phatty Cake as well! I will just have to order more eventually.

Happy Mother’s day to all the Steepster moms!!! Hope you have great days :)


Too funny that this review happened just now, my friend! I am drinking the same tea. The loose leaf version. I’m really happy that you enjoy this one. It’s one of my all-time fave loose teas. I’ve been sipping and comparing it to the Temple Stairs blend that I did this year. The Noble Mark, with it’s age, has a slightly more well-rounded flavor, but this Temple Stairs, with a little more aging will most certainly be a rival. I just wrote the description for the Temple Stairs and put it on the site: http://shopmandalatea.com/ripe-pu-er/loose/temple-stairs-ripe-pu-er-2013-loose.html

I can’t remember if I got you some of it on your last order for a sample or not. I hope I did.


New shu from Mandala?! Oh, I’m in trouble now.


Oh boy, I hope that’s a good frowny face :) Pretty excited about it. So much so that I pressed 500 of the 100 gram cakes and 10,000 5gram mini-tuochas. Gonna be one mighty fine mini-tuo. Can hardly wait to get them shipped. They were pressed at the pu’er factory last week Now they just need to finish drying before getting on a boat and headed to us. Then you!


I have never tried the Temple Stairs! Sounds good!!

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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.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.


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