1108 Tasting Notes


I’ve been saving my sample of this for a special occasion. I’m teaching my first class later today and I am SO NERVOUS! Looking for that theanine calmness :)

Anyway, of course this tea is amazingly sweet and smooth and vegetal. Very luxurious and velvety. Wish I could drink this more often! I do enjoy sencha as well but this is definitely a special treat!

155 °F / 68 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

good luck with the class!


Good luck!


good luck!


Good luck! :)


Good luck!!!


Good luck!!


I also really like this tea. And good luck with your class!


Thanks everyone! It went really well :D I feel silly for being so nervous now lol. Yay!!

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Got my Butiki box today. YAY!!!

This reminds me SO MUCH of Good Morning Sunshine, minus the guayusa. It is very good, creamy, lemony, tasty tasty…but probably will not be a re-purchase for me. I get why everyone is raving about it though and am totally glad I tried it! :D

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

ooooh, I just ordered some stuff from them recently and I hope mine arrives soon :)

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
1108 tasting notes

I got a nice sample of this from Jennkay Thanks!

I was extremely curious about a “premium” CTC tea…and on a quest to Try All the Butikis!

This was a very nice bold malty breakfast tea. I enjoy the flavor, but I only really get the one flavor note from it. I’m ok with that though, since that one single flavor is so nice! I will have no problem at all finishing the sample but I doubt it’ll be a re-buy for me. So many other nice black teas out there, even others from Butiki!

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I had been hoarding the very last of this tea. I love all of Verdant’s Laoshan offerings, but this one is pretty high on that list :) It is so sweet and vegetal and tangy and creamy all at the same time. Sad to see it go but I know there’ll always be something from Laoshan in my cupboard so it’s all good.


I should stop hoarding this tea;)


drink it while it’s fresh!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I am so bad at hoarding my Verdant teas, they are just sooo good that running out is tragic!

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Sample sipdown! Found this one in my desk drawer at work. I think it was from BrewTEAlly Sweet ages ago!

Good stuff. So rare for me to like a vanilla tea, much less one with lavender. A testament to Stacy’s blending wizardry, I suppose! I’d re-order this one but I slightly prefer the Good Morning Sunshine for my flavored guayusa kick :)


I can’t make up my mind on those two blends! I thought The Killer’s Vanilla would be good for starting off an all-nighter, while Good Morning Sunshine would keep me awake long enough to physically hand in the paper later in the afternoon.. Maybe that’s too much guayusa.


hahaha :)


Blending wizardry is right.

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WOW this is good shu! Extremely sweet and flavorful but not “dirty” tasting at all. A little nutty and creamy, too. I will enjoy drinking this one all day. Thanks very much boychik :)


I’m happy you like it. I wouldn’t know about it if TeaExplorer wouldn’t send me a generous sample. After I got the whole cake. It’s very pleasant, sweet and full of flavor.


Yes! Exactly. It is hard to describe the flavor but it is very flavorful :) Thanks for sharing!


Yeah i have heard good things on this one.

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Today I’m having a sample of the Oolong version of this tea, gifted to me by kaylee :)

I am not sure which version I like of this tea better. Both are quite tasty! Tastes kind of like Autumn to me. Sorry for the brief notes today, this week has been crazy at work and I just haven’t had the energy to be verbose! Normally I get a few nice breaks during the day to read and write tasting notes and drink a lot of tea which is awesome. Slightly less of that this week, but enough to get by I suppose :)

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I was SO excited to see some of these in my package from boychik! They are one of my top fave black teas of all time, and they are really hitting the spot this morning. So rich and bold and sweet :) Yes!!! Thank you boychik

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This tea sample is courtesy of boychik who is so lovely and generous with me :)

I guess I’m continuing with my theme of the day which is TOO MUCH CAFFEINE. I had some matcha for breakfast and didn’t log it, a green tea mid morning, and then some Turkish coffee at lunchtime. Add some keemun to all this and I’m WAY over caffeinated for the day! heh

This is my first “Damn Fine” tea (I think?) and it is damn fine, indeed! Very complex, rich, full bodied and malty yet also has some floral notes on top. I’m not really getting any smoke from it, but I’m fine with that! YUM

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I should send you samples of others A&D. It is Damn Fine Tea!

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Oh wow, this is a lovely tea! Green tea with a floral black currant? YES!

I think this was from kaylee…thanks so much for the sample! This is right up my alley :)

Super classy, well balanced, and natural tasting.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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