261 Tasting Notes

Monthly TTB Club.

This is a pleasant enough tea. Flavor wise it seems to straddle the line between light and dark oolongs, which is interesting. It has the smooth almost nutty flavor of some dark oolongs and a light vegetal note. I find myself wishing the flavor were a little bolder, though.

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Montly TTB.

This is my first tea by Whispering Pines, and unfortunately it doesn’t live up to the hype for me. I’m not sure if it’s the vanilla or the base itself that I’m objecting to, but I didn’t love this. The base is a light, smooth black with cocoa notes, but they don’t taste quite right to me. They taste artificial, which is odd since this doesn’t contain artificial flavoring at all. Well, it was nice to try anyway. I’ve been really curious about Whispering Pines teas, but they’re very expensive. At least I won’t waste money on a tea I don’t care for.

Nichole

I’ll send you some samples of my order I just rec’d if my boyfriend doesn’t drink it all first. He loves them!

rosebudmelissa

That would be great. I’ve heard so many good reviews of their teas, but I’m hesitant to commit since the teas tend to be expensive and I don’t know whether or not they’ll be worth the cost to me.

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Butiki Educational TTB. Taiwanese Shan Lin Xi.

Another black tea that tastes like sweet potatoes. These are really good! I’ll have to find a good place to buy tea like this.

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Butiki Educational TTB. Bihar Black.

This is an Indian tea. When someone says “black tea” to me, this is the flavor I think of.

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Butiki Educational TTB. Taiwanese Golden Dragon.

This is the first tea I’ve had that tastes like sweet potatoes. This definitely does. It’s really tasty. I may keep this. I’ve pulled out a few black teas that I definitely want to try and several more that I’ll try if I have the time, but I plan to send the box along by Monday or Tuesday.

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Butiki Educational TTB. 1993 Aged Oolong.

I was curious about this one as I’ve never had an aged oolong before. It tasted somewhat like toast in a way that reminded me of barley tea, but I think I actually prefer the barley. On to the black teas!

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Butiki Educational TTB. Chinese Roasted Oolong.

Mmm. this is more like it! Smooth, roasted nutiness. This is my kind of Oolong. I was hoping for a wider variety of dark oolongs. I’ve liked most of the ones I’ve tried, and I know I’ve had some in Asian restaurants that I’ve liked and have yet to identify.

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Butiki Educational TTB. China Oolong.

There were surprisingly few Oolongs that I was interested considering the size of the bag. Mostly because I prefer Dark Oolongs, and these appeared to be mostly green. This one was pretty unremarkable. I liked the nuttiness of it, but there was also an aftertaste that I didn’t particularly care for.

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Butiki Educational TTB. Kenyan Purple Silver Needle.

This tea has a flavor I don’t think I’ve encountered before, and I’m having trouble describing it. It’s interesting, but I’m not sure what else to say about it.

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Butiki Educational Box. Hawaii Needles.

Oooh. This is good. Good white tea makes me think of liquid sunshine, and this is definitely a good white. It’s sweet, with hints of green growing things and flowers, and maybe a touch of autumn leaves. Anyway, I really, really like this.

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I drink a lot of herbal tea, and the occasional cup of traditional tea here and there. I really enjoy experimenting with my own blends. I tend to reach for floral and savory teas in the spring, fruity teas in the summer, spice, nut, and barley teas in the fall, and dessert and honeybush teas in the winter.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/desert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, molasses caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, lime, apple, blueberry, plum, fig, grape, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit)
Flowers (jasmine, hibiscus, chamomile, rose, chrysanthemum)
Nuts (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew)
Misc. (anise, honeybush, green rooibos, mint, barley, rosemary, dandelion leaf, rice)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, red rooibos, lavender, licorice root, stevia; artificial peach, cherry, and almond flavors; bitter or astringent teas, unflavored greens,

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, the Butiki Herbal Blending Box, and the Butiki Educational TTB and am currently running the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club

Location

Maryland

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