993 Tasting Notes

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I had this for breakfast with an actual banana. Banana overload! :D

Best banana bread flavored tea!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I decided to try my new Gaiwan for the first time today and made this tea, also for the first time. I really love the Gaiwan! This tea ain’t half bad either ;)

The first steep was extremely buttery and reminded me of a good sencha. The 2nd steep had more of an oolongish vegetal yet floral vibe. All steeps were super sweet! Gongfu is fun! Getting to taste the tea evolve, and see the leaves unfurl. Good times! Thanks again for everything, Stacy :)

Butiki Teas

So glad you are enjoying your new gaiwan and the teas too! You are going to love rediscovering your teas! Some teas taste vastly different in a gaiwan.

Stephanie

I am going to try some puerh in it next :)

I really like the glaze on the green gaiwan, BTW!

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-I’m so glad! The green one is my favorite and I’m glad you like it too! Nice, I hope you enjoy your puerh!

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Hmm, this isn’t as bad as I was afraid it would be. I’ve got a strong aversion to fennel or anything with an anise like flavor! Licorice bleaarrghhh!

;)

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drank Thé de Lune by Mariage Frères
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How lucky I am to have received this tea in a swap with JustJames!

This tea is downright enchanting! It is all sweet citrus and berries with creamy floral overtones. Lovely stuff. Thank you so much for sharing JustJames :)

JustJames

an artist’s tea….. a dreamer’s tea. you are more than welcome.

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I was all SQUEE! when I saw that a Dancong was part of this month’s classic club box! I was given a little bit of a phoenix dancong (not from Verdant) in a swap once, and it was my favorite dark oolong to date!

This particular Dancong is a little spicier than the one I fell in love with. The sweetness and complexity I love is there though. Floral or fruity at times, yet dark and creamy and roasty. MMMMMM!!! YAY DANCONG!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I knew you would love this months classics the moment I got them in the mail:)

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Yum, I’m glad I decided to get more of this one, for when I’m craving something fruity!

Also next time I’ll have to try it iced :)

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YUM! This is MUCH better than anything out of the Verdant blend club box for last month! I definitely get a genmaicha vibe from the toasted rice, but the tangy oolong is interesting and different. The coriander and cinnamon give this a curry-like vibe. Very savory, and very southeast asian :)

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Backlog from last night!

I got SO MANY teas in the mail yesterday- http://twitpic.com/dmlor5

This is the first one I decided to try. It does indeed taste like rootbeer! I’m really glad it was a honeybush and not a rooibos tea. I hate rooibos. I’m glad to have a few nice caffeine free teas around for evening consumption :)

Cavocorax

That’s an awesome haul!

Stephanie

It was epic! I’m not allowed to do any black Friday shopping now :P

Fjellrev

Nicely done!

mrmopar

I got some stuff coming too that I am going to be in trouble for too!

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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SWEET COCONUTTY GOODNESS! Oh man oh man, I loves me some coconut, and this tea takes the cake. The banana and assam, too…its just perfect! It tastes like super creamy toasted coconut pudding, with banana toffee crunch. Or maybe a buttery toasted coconut pound cake with banana cream pudding trifle. drool I would totally buy this one, for the record. I think I prefer it to everyone’s beloved caramel vanilla assam!

I am drinking it straight this time, but with the rest of my sample I’m definitely going to try adding cream and sugar. I bet it will be heavenly! Thanks for the sample JustJames and thanks for creating this blend Stacy! :D

Stephanie

I think I would love this tea even if it was just a generic black base, but with the special delicious assam? Could it be more perfect? OK, I’m done gushing now :)

keychange

Oh, you’ll love love love it with cream and sugar as well! Unbelievable!

JustJames

=0) so glad you like it….. try drinking it while watching dr. who!!

Stephanie

I am a huge nerd, and I love Star Trek, and other sci fi, but I just can’t do the Who :/

I never got into it and then my British ex husband kinda ruined it for me! Ha!

LOVE the tea though :D

Fuzzy_Peachkin

oh! THis sounds amazing!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

(Drooling) coconut obsession

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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Thank you JustJames for sending me a sample of this tea!

I really love rhubarb and strawberries too :)

Though this was obviously a black base, I steeped it a little on the cooler side just to be safe. The flavoring is still outstanding. Tart rhubarb and sweet strawberry, YUM! Mild nondescript black base. I’d definitely drink this again and I bet it’d be fab iced as well as hot.

JustJames

i adore this tea….. they did such a good job.

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