255 Tasting Notes

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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Butiki Educational TTB. White Peony.

So, I tried this one and it tasted exactly like the Bai Mu Dan White tea I have, which I love. I looked online, and they’re the same thing. Good to know! I feel like this TTB will give me greater confidence in choosing unflavored teas in the future, which is terrific! It’s nice to be getting an idea of what I like in this area, it can be a bit intimidating at first.

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Butiki Educational TTB. Silver Needle

On to the white teas! There aren’t a whole lot of white teas in the box, so I decided to tackle them next. Again I picked a few samples out based on the scent of the leaves. I don’t know how reliable an indicator that is of the flavor – the puerhs I picked had relatively similar scents, but wildly different tastes – but I can’t sample everything so I have to pick and choose somehow. I’m not sure if I underleafed this one or what, but I’m not getting much flavor out of it. What I do taste is pleasantly floral, though.

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Butiki Educational TTB. Puerh #9.

So, I need to find out what kind of Puerh this is, because I really like it. It tastes similar to the kind used in Rishi’s Puerh Bordeaux, which I also really liked. It’s smooth and earthy with hints of stonefruits and citrus. I will be keeping the rest of this sample.

Stephanie

Was it loose puerh or compressed disc?

rosebudmelissa

It was loose.

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Butiki Educational TTB. Puerh # 7.

This one tastes like hay. It’s pretty good, but not so much that I’ll miss it after I finish this cup.

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Butiki Educational TTB. Puerh # 5.

I didn’t particularly care for this one. It had more of a fermented flavor than I prefer.

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Butiki Educational TTB. Puerh #2

It’s difficult to know where to start with this box, it’s so packed. The samples are separated by tea type, and in the end I decided to start with the Puerh bag, since its what I’m least familiar with. Even then I needed to narrow my selection, since there are so many things in this box that I’d like to try, so I did that through the very scientific method of smelling the dry leaves, and grabbing a few that smelled nice. This one tastes earthy and a bit metallic, though not in the unpleasant way I associate with certain artificial flavors. Still, it’s not my favorite cup of tea ever. It will be interesting to compare it to the other samples I grabbed over the course of the day.

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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 like to keep a variety of teas on hand and I love trying new teas.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/desert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, apple, blueberry, 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, carrot, 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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