283 Tasting Notes

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.


Was it loose puerh or compressed disc?


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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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
283 tasting notes

Monthly TTB Club.

This is a good tea, but not quite to my tastes. I prefer my earl grey with either a stronger floral flavor, or with vanilla or cream flavors. But I would recommend this to anyone who likes citrus black teas. It has a mild flavor, isn’t bitter, and the flavors come together well and taste very natural. I won’t restock, since it’s not my favorite tea, but I do recommend it for anyone looking for this kind of flavor.

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Sample from Nichole. Thank you!

I might have liked this if it wasn’t pre-sweetened. As it it, I find it too sweet, so I’ll be passing it along to someone else.


I made mine a latte. . it was much better that way. I still have 3 boxes of it :)


I doubled up with a bag of plain black breakfast tea and that cut the sweetness a bit.


I sent some off to a friend, but I’ll have to try out these suggestions.

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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, licorice root, stevia; artificial peach, cherry, and almond flavors; bitter or astringent teas, unflavored greens

Allergies and Sensitivities: lavender upsets my stomach

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, the Butiki Herbal Blending Box, and the Butiki Educational TTB and ran the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club.



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