Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Apple Candy, Caramel, Tea, Apricot, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Grain, Honey, Pastries, Raisins, Fruity, Sweet, Baked Bread, Sweet Potatoes, Yams, Chocolate, Stonefruits, Cocoa, Malt, Vanilla, Cream
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 10 oz / 284 ml

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From Butiki Teas

Our Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black originates from indigenous wild tea plants grown between 2,500 feet and 5,000 feet in the surrounding mountains of Yuchi Township in Taiwan. The tea picking season for this tea is July through August and the supply is limited because the tea is wild. During this time, the tea master will wake up around 4 a.m. to travel the mountains with local tea pickers in search of wild tea. Similar to our Gui Fei Oolong and Mi Xian Black, the leaves of our Wild Mountain black are also bitten by leafhoppers. These bites cause the plant to initiate the healing process which produces sweet honey notes. The honey aroma is unbelievably strong and inviting. Notes of fresh baked pastries and honey linger. Some gentle raisin and caramel notes are also present in this smooth and refreshing tea.

Ingredients: Taiwanese Black Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)

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5069 tasting notes

Soooo i haven’t had any tea since Sunday. When i woke up this morning i knew i needed a couple of old favourites to get me through the day since my next few weeks are going to be a little crazy. Got in last night, and now i’m at an offsite for two days which means the work is piling up! There’s a release over the weekend and then i’m back on a plane for a couple of days, which means more work piling up. Long story short…looks like there will be some overtime for a while! eesh.

This is such a wonderful tea to kick off my time back in Toronto. On the upside, i think the team is going bowling tonight which will be awesome! even though all i want to do is go home and sleep haha.

TheTeaFairy

Gee, welcome back busy woman!!!

TeaBrat

No tea since Sunday? How did you survive??

Kamyria

No tea since Sunday? But… but… it’s Wednesday today! Welcome back!!

Cavocorax

Overtime means more money to buy tea!
(Or, I guess for your wedding…)

NofarS

At least you made it through and it’s all behind you now. Curl up with a nice cuppa and forget your tealess days in a puff of aromatic steam.

Fjellrev

Nice choice, especially since you’ve been hella busy! When you have the time, make sure to go through my cupboard and pick stuff out that you’d like to try so I could return the favour and send some back your way. :)

Sil

oooh i’ll try and take a look this weekend before i leave again. maybe this time my hotel room will have a damn kettle!

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55 tasting notes

Today I have been thinking about which teas I want to axe. We have a number of new flavors I would like to test out. Whether they will work out, I’m not sure but I do have a large number of ideas that I would like to start on. Three of my favorite ideas are an Irish Cream Cheesecake, Espresso Stout Beer Tea and Champagne with Rose Cream. I think those will be hard to pull off but I can’t wait to try. The top contenders to be axed are the Raspberry Truffle, Strawberry Oolong, and the Mint Oolong. Also, I’ve just been thinking about trying out a Pumpkin Milkshake tea and seeing how it compares to our current Pumpkin Crème Brulee.

On to the tea at hand. I love love love me some Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black and this harvest is fantastic! Leafhoppers are magical creatures! I truly believe this tea needs to be tried in a gongfu session to be really appreciated as that is how I’m getting the most flavor out of it. I have been doing about 7 steeps with this tea with my gaiwan. Here’s a pic of the wet leaves in my cute little red 50ml gaiwan: http://instagram.com/p/dQPsaGFfKn/. From this session, I’m getting heavier honey notes that linger and evolve into powdered sugar notes. Additionally, there are some bready notes with cinnamon and sweet potato. Occasional plum notes peak through the maltiness. This tea is weighty and produces a lovely complex cup of tea. I just absolutely love it! :)

Stephanie

I LOVE the new tea ideas!

Butiki Teas

Thanks Stephanie! :)

Sil

all of those can be safely axed without any issue from me haha. Love the new teas…looking forward to trying to sample you sent me tonight :) this one is on deck for tomorrow! i can’t wait!

QueenOfTarts

I’m drinking some of this tea now! :) So tasty! I’d love to see a pumpkin milkshake tea and maybe just a regular cheesecake one, too! I think they’d be amazing as a rooibos blends, but you always come up with the best blends!

QueenOfTarts

*or maybe a caramel cheesecake!

keychange

Love the new ideas—especially the Irish Cream Cheesecake one!

Nicole

Ooo… I have a recipe for an Irish Cream Cheesecake that I lurve. Could be a great tea flavor. :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

oooh! Champagne sounds lovely!

Butiki Teas

Sil-I know you won’t mind many of the oolongs being axed. Haha. Would love to know what you think of the sample. That is only round 1, so it is a bit of a work in progress.

QueenOfTarts-Glad you are enjoying the wild mountain tea! I’m excited about trying out a pumpkin milkshake. I’ve made a vegan one from a random recipe in the past and loved it plus I’m always trying to think of new ideas for flavors that don’t already exist. There will definitely be a new rooibos, since we really need to add more rooibos & honeybush options. Caramel cheesecake sounds awesome but I think for another caramel flavor I might go with one of the ones that terri or sil recommended (i forgot which one of you recommended it) a caramel coffee flavor.

keychange-Thanks, I hope they end up working out! :)

Nicole-I didn’t know they really existed, how awesome.

Fuzzy_Peachkin-Thanks :)

Nicole

Well, when it gets cold out, I have been known to ship cheesecake…just in case you needed a point of comparison, you know. Strictly for research… :)

Butiki Teas

Nicole-That’s a really awesome offer. Unfortunately, with the whole me being vegan thing, that wouldn’t work out. Though, how odd is this, I did find a vegan irish cream cheesecake recipe. Very weird. I would be happy to send you a sample of the tea, strictly for authenticating purposes. :)

ifjuly

I really need to do this in my gaiwan. You are convincing me! :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

love love love the ideas! i cannot wait!

JustJames

aaaand another addition to the upcoming order. stacy, we’re going to have review things before you send me an invoice. sheesh.

Sil

Nicole…I’ll take Stacy’s cheesecake!
Stacy – sent you an email with a few notes…not bad for a first start :) and I enjoyed raspberry truffle…just not one of my favourites from you :) as in, make room for new!

Butiki Teas

ifjuly-Yes yes yes! The gaiwan really does make a big difference with this tea. :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet-Awesome! :)

JustJames-Mwahahaha :D

Sil-Hahaha. Excellent, I will check it out. Exactly. There is only room for the best of the best and unique teas. I’m happy to listen to any suggestions for which teas to axe.

Jillian

Not a fan of anything coffee-flavoured for dietary reasons, but those other two sound delish.

Bonnie

I know you’re creating something with rooibos but I I hope it’s not these! I want to be able to try the new tea’s too.

JustJames

okay, i love the idea…. but the yuletide/christmas pudding is just so finicky. that would be my vote. i got frustrated and sent it to scribbles who couldn’t make it work either.

and i must agree with Jillian because i am allergic to coffee. (besides, tea is far superior!)

Tea Sipper

Irish Cream Cheesecake sounds divine!

tigress_al

Irish cheesecake and pumpkin milkshake sound amazing! And I would LOVE some new honeybush!!!! Yay! I really enjoy the strawberry oolong, but I am sure you will create something equally as magical!

Bonnie

Coffee is fine because of the stout…Beer..yum!

Bonnie

Buttery pecan pie, French vanilla apple pie with golden raisins (nice holiday flavors, I have recipes for the pies but wonder about tea recipes). Your cheesecake sounds good no honeybush I hope!

Amariel

I GET MY ORDER TOMORROW! Yays for me! Plus I’m getting more samples in the swap. I’ll be all Butiki’d up, and can finally have the rest of the Cantaloupe and Cream I’ve been hoarding til I got more. :)

Butiki Teas

Jilian-Glad to hear the other 2 sound good.

Bonnie-There will definitely be a lot of new ones that aren’t rooibos or honeybush. The pumpkin milkshake I was thinking about trying with our Zhen Qu. I have a few cofee-ish teas in mind. Mmmmm french vanilla apple pie sounds fantastic. I’m undecided about which base to use for the Irish Cream Cheescake though puerh is a possibility.

Heather-Yay! I hope you enjoy your new teas! :)

Just James-It is a bit finicky, particularly with the water temperature. I was actually thinking about turning that one into just a creamy plum.

Tea Sipper-thanks! :)

tigress_al-I’m on the fence about the Strawberry Oolong. I love it but we have 2 other strawberry teas and they sell more and just strawberry is a little plain. I’m not sure about that one yet.

Ali Bee's Bake Shop

If I’m going to be honest, I have Strawberry Oolong and Raspberry Truffle and I don’t reach for them very often so if they were axed I wouldn’t throw my fist in the air and cry “WHY WHY??!”. I can’t wait to get my order that shipped today! Yay! And I am SOOOOO looking forward to those new teas they sound AMAZING! I think I would have to get them all! Because I need more Butiki Tea…hahaha!

Terri HarpLady

I won’t miss any of those teas. I’m sure I’ll have to sample all the new ones, although flavored teas aren’t my forte, so keep carrying all the awesome unflavored ones that I love, that’s all I’m asking!!! :)

Terri HarpLady

Although, I have to say, when it comes to flavored teas, blends, etc, you are the awesome-est, Ms Stacy! You’re the Queen!

Ysaurella

these new teas are really appealing. I am wondering if one day I’ll see a Pain Perdu-Framboise tea, this should be wonderful (I need to begin thinking to a customer blend :) )

Bonnie

I’m all for a European theme for Ysaurella and other friends across the sea…maybe ‘The Grand Tour’ as the British used to say in the old days. Paris, Venice, Florence, Rome, Vienna and so on. You already have the Irish started, Espresso reminds me of Rome.
(I think I’m going off my rocker here!) Just laugh at me, I’m OK with it.

Butiki Teas

Ali Bee-Thanks for the feedback! Feedback is always appreciated. I hope the new ones come out good. crosses fingers

Terri HarpLady-No worries, there will be new plain teas as well and I certainly won’t be getting rid of any of the top sellers. We are also revamping most of the straight tea blends. The current Irish Breakfast was the first one done. The English Breakfast tea needs an update and I’m working on a Butiki Breakfast Blend and an Indian Breakfast. Thanks :)

Ysaurella-Thanks. So, I am not quite sure what Pain Perdu-Framboise is. I tried googling it but all of the recipes were in French. It does look amazingly delicious though.

Bonnie-That is not a bad idea at all! We are currently working on a tea that was inspired by Philippino flavors. Its about time really, since the name of our company is a Tagalog word. Also, part of company focus is teas from around the world so that really works with our vision. :)

JustJames

i have a custom tea on the way… final stages. coconut cream pie— WITH a detectable crust. can’t wait. early september. (along with a mammoth order of other stuff thus me blowing through my other supply!

@Ysaurella… une the comme saveur de pain perdu at framboise? i’ll faudra que je met un feu rouge sur mon commande a butiki jusqu’a cette melange existe! (SVP pardonnez les erreurs grammaticales… ca fait longtemps!)

JustJames

@stacy… ‘pain perdu a la framboise ’ translates to ‘lost bread with raspberry’ which is french toast! i always sortof liked the old french name more. a raspberry french toast would be awesome…

btw any idea when the flavouring is coming in yet?

Stephanie

OMG coconut cream pie tea by Stacy? That will be the BOMB JustJames!

JustJames

lol, i agree… and the custom build part is fun… watching stacy’s process is rather enlightening. i think you buy 8 oz with a custom, i’ll have enough to share =0)

Butiki Teas

JustJames-Thanks for the translation! Sounds yummy, though the french name sounds sexier. No idea when the flavoring is coming in, I will call them tomorrow to check in. I know the summer is generally the worst time to order. You will be the first to know. I will be working on your tea along with the new teas (since I’m waiting on those flavorings too). I will be sure to send some samples of my work in progress with your custom blend sample.

Stephanie-I’m very excited to work on that custom blend, JustJames chose 2 amazing base teas to test it on. :)

JustJames

agreed, ‘pain perdu’ is far more romantic than ‘french toast’…. bread sacrificed to the overwhelming taste sensations of milk vanilla and spice…. it is perdu…. and then you pile syrup on it and it’s even more perdu-ed, lol.

Bonnie

The best dessert I ever had was in Messina, Italy…a small pastry shop with handmade waffle cones filled with hazelnut gelato, dipped in THICK bittersweet chocolate. No dessert has ever been as well-made! It was pretty good sized, not dainty… prefect though. The whole shop was filled with marzapan cakes and handmade candies wrapped in beautiful papers. Extraordinary!

Butiki Teas

JustJames-Mmmmm, sounds awesome!

Bonnie-That sounds fantastic! Wow! Mmmmmm.

Bonnie

Let’s go! Research!

Indigobloom

Holeeeee smokes this thread is long lol
So much going on… :)

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673 tasting notes

Chinese New Year!!!

Granddaughter Schey and I went to Happy Luckys after Church like we normally do, and hopped up onto the bar stools that we usually occupy.

“Hey, what did you bring us today?!” Preston asked.

With great excitement, I pulled out my bag of Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black Tea which caught Joe’s eye further down behind the cash register.

“Wow, is that it?!” Joe exclaimed. (He and Preston had tasted the previous small sample from Butiki but this was MORE!)

“Yep, I brought the whole bag in so Eric, Andi, and Schey could have some of this tea too!”

I’ve never seen Preston move so fast! He had a Gaiwan, 6 tasting cups and an aroma set (for me) ready in no time.

I invited a young man at the bar (he was drinking tangerine stuffed puer that the shop now carries thanks to advice from Steepster mrmopar) to join in the tasting.

Preston warmed the Gaiwan, placed the leaves inside…waited, then passed the Gaiwan for everyone to smell the aroma. Delicious waffles…this is what we all think the tea smells like!

We each held the first golden-amber pour in our cups up high as Eric made a toast in Chinese 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè) for Happy New Year!

All that I heard after that were….GROANS AND SIGHS OF DELIGHT!

I’ve seldom seen so many speechless, excited tea people. It was a pleasure bringing a grand tea to my friends.

In the past month…I’ve shared 2 tea’s that have been in the top 3 that Eric and Joe have ever tasted…Master Hans Black Tea from Verdant and Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black.

One final word:
What takes my breath away when I drink this tea is the finish.
Just when I’ve swallowed the tea it lifts me up and I’m floating on the most gentle ribbon of lingering flavor that undulates on and on like small ripples in the water. Eventually, my whole body feels the thrill of the tea. (Hard to explain how good it is)

This was a grand way to celebrate Chinese New Year!

K S

Awesome review Bonnie. Question, what is an aroma set? Teach me o’ wise one as I have no Happy Luckys and no Bonnie in my neighborhood.

Indigobloom

you’re a good friend to share Bonnie! that orange pu sounds tasty as well!

Bonnie

http://siam-tee.de/product_info.php?cPath=14_22&products_id=120 You ahould find the pictures here of aroma sets. You pour the tea in the tall cup and place the small shallow cup over it. Next, hold your thumb on the top of the tall cup, fingers under the small cup and upend it. Lift the tall cup letting the tea drain into the small cup. Bring the now empty cup up to your nose and smell the tea aroma, rolling the cup between the palms of both hands. Finally, drink the tea in 3 sips (slurps).

Bonnie

The proof that I’m not wise is that I can’t spell a simple word like should!!!

K S

A simple pinky slip that I would never have noticed.

I now understand the concept of the aroma cup. Do you find it to make an obvious olfactory difference or is it more a part of the experience of connecting and enjoying the cup? Maybe both? I love to examine the leaf and smell it both dry and wet. I love watching the leaf dance. I can almost see myself enjoying this process except for the whole tiny cup thing.

Bonnie

I’m not wise, I can’t spell should!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks for the review, Bonnie. I’ll have to give this one a try. I’ve also been curious about the tangerine stuffed puer for awhile, having seen it a few places now.

mrmopar

I am glad they are having success with the orange puerh, it is a great starting point on a tea journey.

K S

I think you just did ;)

Bonnie

The aroma cup enhances the experience for sure and is useful when you really want to dive deeper into scent.

Sandy'sCuppa

I feel like I’ve just read one great love story!! Best review ever!!!!

NofarS

What a lovely, lovely review! You really made the tea and the moment come alive.

Bonnie

Thank you. What nice things to say! I know that I talk about my tea house all the time, but what some people don’t know is that going to church and the tea house are the ONLY places I go regularly to interact with people (other than the grocery store or gas station). I feel ‘safe’. These people understand my limitations and never make me feel uncomfortable when my brain gets stuck and I can’t remember a word (which happens often in public). I use a cane in public too. One time at church I didn’t have my cane and went to cross myself and fell over,.which was really funny! Migraines and fibromyalgia play tricks on the brain. My fondness for my tea house is in my heart and in the teacup.

Butiki Teas

Wow, that is quite a compliment to have one of our teas be in the top 3 favorite teas of another tea purveyor. I love how you describe the finish. So poetic! :)

Kashyap

very wonderful fellowship all around!

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3006 tasting notes

Oh yum!
I totally disregarded the directions (2tsp) & went with 1Tb + 8oz X 3min.
YUM!!
I have previously not been that impressed by this tea, but I love the way it looks, & because the leaf is so big, I figured why not treat it like I treat Laoshan black? I mean, really, why not?
So I did. Now I’m in love with it, it was so much more rich & delicious, fruity & sweet.
I’ll drink it this way from now on, with a 5 minute resteep as well.

Anna

How do you handle measuring out teaspoons when the leaves are so big? Is there a special trick?

keychange

I just stuff my teaspoon until the leaves are level with the edges (length-wise), and it usually results in a heaping tsp, but that’s fine with me. There will always be some leaves hanging out over the sides, but it’s better than underleafing, as far as I’m concerned.

Dag Wedin

I really do not get how to measure by teaspoon. :) where does it come from? What other ways is there in other cultures?

Anna

Dag, you always weigh out your teas, right? What kind of scales do you use?

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Hey Anna, this scale is pretty awesome for measuring out single servings: http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/my-weigh-durascale-d2-300.html

Other than weight, I measure by how much of tea % wise is in the gaiwan. A lot of times I go for about 1/2 full with long leaves.

Anna

Stacy, that store is ridiculously amazing. ALL SCALES. I can’t even. Seriously. I will nerd out over this so hard. Thank you! I’m looking forward to the fall, by the way – I miss your pumpkin tea, and I want to sample some of your unflavoured teas now that I have graduated to those. =) (Sorry for the hijack, Terri!)

Butiki Teas

Anna-Look for a scale that goes 2 decimal places in grams. Those are more accurate. Have fun scale nerding out. The small scales are really affordable too.

Excellent, look forward to hearing from you in the fall. :)

Sorry Terri.

Terri HarpLady

Hahahaha, I don’t mind my post being hijacked at all! I only glanced at the scale page briefly, because I can be very obsessive, & often have to work NOT to be.
Regarding measuring teas, for anything that has wild leaves, like this one, if the instructions say 2 tsp, I’ll try to fit them into a TB & just fill it loosely. This time I heaped it.
More often I’m starting to just weigh things, especially crazy teas, using 4 – 5 grams to make a cup of tea. I’m still figuring that out, but it’s MUCH easier, especially with the crazy (but fun & beautiful) teas.

Terri HarpLady

My current scale:
http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Glass-Digital-Capacity-3831/dp/B00B27H7RE/ref=sr_1_28?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1393528677&sr=1-28&keywords=taylor+kitchen+scale
It’s not fancy, & I got it at Target. On grams, there are no decimal points, & occasionally I have to re-weigh things because it will get a little off, but it suits my needs for now (unless I start perusing that scales page Stacy shared…but I’d rather spend my money on tea).

Dag Wedin

I use a pocket scale. Small and practical.
https://www.teknikmagasinet.se/db.pl?tf=product_link.html&link=&artnr=340145&title=Pocket%20Scale%20500g%2f01&

Im sure pocket scale is availible everywhere.

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451 tasting notes

Oh my gosh. i read roswell strange’s tasting note on this yesterday and realized it had been ages since I’ve had this. For some crazy reason unbeknownst to me, I somehow thought I was getting over this tea, but this morning’s cup was a resounding reminder that this indeed was not the case. I nearly gasped out loud after I took my first sip, and quickly pushed the cup toward Mr. Keychange to have a sip.
“My gosh!” he exclaimed, “What flavour is this one?”
“Aha!” I exclaimed on Stacey’s behalf, “it isn’t flavoured! this is just the great Taiwanese wild mountain black! doesn’t it taste like waffles?”
“Wow, so the tea just tastes like that?”

Which is exactly my own awe at this tea. I don’t know if there’s any left to order, but I sure hope there is, as I’ll be topping up very soon. Mmm. Creamy, honeyed waffle deliciousness, with the signature taste of black tea aftertaste. I seriously don’t know what was stopping me from having this more often!

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Anna

My utmost sads on your account concerning the Violet tea. <3

keychange

Oh, I know. I’m legitimately grieving that one.

Anna

I hoped you stocked up. Plus it might come back!

Kamyria

Ha ha ha… I had to re read the first sentence because at first I thought there was a strange tasting note I haven’t read yet.

Courtney

Waffles! That’s a great description.

keychange

LOL! and anna, I hope and hope it’ll come back, but who knows. :(. And I’m definitely stocking up.

Sil

Oh is it out of Rostock again?

Sil

It’s in stock silly….

Butiki Teas

We still have plenty of the TWMB in stock. The Rose Violent Calendula is the one that is out of stock.

Butiki Teas

errr, Violet not violent.

Stephanie

Now I want some ‘Violent’ oolong \m/ ;)

keychange

I want violent tea also!!

Anna

I am laughing so hard at this…

Butiki Teas

I don’t know that I would want a tea with the word “violent” in it as in violently ill but I am now picturing some tea bushes robbing people at knife point.

Roswell Strange

Everything about this note and its ensuing comments amuses me.

Courtney

Hahaha! Tea bushes robbing people. These comments are awesome. It works so well with this post I found http://funsubstance.com/fun/49946/violently-inserts-title/

keychange

I would be totally down with grappling with a tea bush, as long as it wasn’t too rough and if I could steel some buds to then turn into more rvc! mmm teabush!

Kamyria

lmao!!! Revenge of the tea bush.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

These comments!! (Dying of laughter!)

Sil

love you guys..

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1994 tasting notes

I have been thinking about Butiki custom blend contest entries lately, which has led to thinking about Butiki teas in general. I haven’t had this one in a bit and I wanted to come back to it. This time I brewed it at four minutes, as suggested.

Mmm, yes I would say this one really shines at four minutes. Honey, apricots, and a thick, rich texture. This time I can see where waffles are coming from, as well as the slightly powdery sweetness of confectioners sugar. Although I typically am not quite as fond of fruity blacks, the richness of this one totally balances it out and gives it that extra oomph. Quite a delicious tea, and worth of the hype.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Yum. I can’t wait to see everyone’s tea blend ideas :)

keychange

One of my favourite teas ever!

Terri HarpLady

I really want to enter, but when I look into the void that is my mind, I see nothing.
Oh wait….what’s that out in the distance? Something is emerging from the void!!!
Stacy….oh Staaaaaaaaacy ….
(Looking to the right & left, to be sure nobody overhears her, then whispering)
Stacy, I have an idea…

Donna A

Just received a new order of this. A favorite.

Sil

I feel the need not to enter this year since it’s not fair of me to win two years in a row snicker

Dinosara

I didn’t have any ideas, but something struck me yesterday. It’s one of those ideas that I like so much that I might have to order a custom blend of it if it doesn’t win!

keychange

Oh sil, that was you who won last year?

Stephanie

I have more ideas than I am allowed to enter :P It was sorta tough to narrow it down to 3!

Terri HarpLady

Sil, what ever happened to that idea we were working on together? I think we both got sidetracked. Maybe we can enter that one?

Butiki Teas

Sil-what? You should definitely enter.

keychange-Yep, Sil won.

Sil

terri…ooh yes we could…
keychange – i think it was mostly due to the fact that it was the first year. :) i was kidding about the whole me winning again.

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110 tasting notes

1 tbsp in 12oz

Every time I don’t have this tea for a couple of weeks and then have it again, it’s an experience. Seriously, there can be no better taste on earth than this. It’s crazy how much I love it. Nothing else compares. Other Taiwanese blacks are kind of similar but this one is unique and just amazing.

Just a couple of tablespoons left to hold me until it’s available again. Eek.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ifjuly

So jealous! I don’t have any and have to wait to try it…aren’t teas like that the best? Yay.

ifjuly

(And don’t worry, I’m not fishing for a swap. Just realized that may have come off as passive aggressive beggining, ha!)

ifjuly

*begging. Wow brain, wake up.

Rachel J

Haha, ifjuly… If I had more, I would trade (even thought you aren’t begging), but I got the last ounce Stacy had and have to make it last. ;)

Chelle

I have this on my wish list too. Have you tried the Mi Xian Black from Stacy? t’s yummy!

Doug F

Stop it already! I can’t read any more reviews of this tea knowing I can’t buy it until the summer!

Rachel J

LOL, Doug… The Mi Xian Black is amazing too. Very similar though a bit “drier”.

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I want one of those “I Love Leafhoppers” magnets. They’re cute and our fridge could use some decoration.

Small glass gongfu, short, variable steep style.

Every time I drink this tea I feel like I’m spoiling myself. I don’t drink this often, not because I’m hoarding it- “things” just have to click together first. That’s fine though, as it will last longer that way!

Preparation
Boiling
Butiki Teas

Yay, glad to hear you like the magnet! :)

Amariel

I’d love to try this one, though I haven’t gotten to the mi xian black you gave me in the last swap yet, but I will try it soon.

CrowKettle

I’m going to bring this one along when we meet up next, for you and Shayne! :)

CrowKettle

I’m planning on getting a magnet (or two) in my next order.

Amariel

Nice! Thanks!

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I’ve been reading about this tea since I started on steepster back in March and it’s been pretty much sold out since then. So needless to say, I’ve been super excited to finally try it.

It doesn’t dissapoint. It’s sweet and full of spices. I can’t for the life of me figure out how an unflavored tea leaf can taste so strongly of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet potato pie. It’s kind of a shock to the system. The first sip caught me totally off guard. As I continued to drink it my head just started spinning trying to figure out all the flavors in that little cup. So I stopped thinking and just enjoyed it. It’s not a heavy dark cup at all, which tends to be my preference, but the flavors are so crazy delicious that I can imagine this being a great afternoon tea.

I’ve had a few cups since. I’ll definitely need to stock up before it runs out again (warn me when that’s close Stacy!)

Butiki Teas

TastyBrew-Absolutely, we will definitely be doing a warning when we are down to 10% stock left. We tried to purchase the correct amount for the year but it has only been a week and we have already sold 10% of the stock. I didn’t anticipate that people would be buying such large quantities. This may just be the initial rush, due to it being out of stock so long.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Steepsterites certainly hyped the tea enough to boost sales! :-)

Sil

careful tasty…i’m watching you….MINE!

Bonnie

Not a hype which implies deception. This tea sold out before and has just come in from the next available harvest. This is wild not farmed tea. Even the experienced tea people who have been in the tea business for years agree that this is a top of the line tea.

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Sipdown (196/200)!

Ok, that’s not the actual total because my cupboard isn’t updated yet, but it is the total I had at the time of making this yesterday…

I am heartbroken to see this one go. I instantly fell in love with it and I want it in my life forever and ever. If we don’t meet again I will be one miserable, heartbroken tea drinker. However, I went to the dentist’s yesterday to get some work done (and yay, because I haven’t been in pain since!) and I knew I wanted something black and delicious and just perfect to take with me on the bus ride there and home and nothing else seemed like it would do.

So, I steeped up a timolino of this and added in a splash of milk and very happily sipped at my liquid waffles and baked bread and caramel deliciousness on the way there and back until every last drop was gone. And then when I was home I resteeped and repeated the process. I made damn good use of my splendid waffle tea, and when finally the leaves had given all they could I sat down, drooling a little a lot because I couldn’t feel half my face at all, and made a really mopey, pouty face for the next few hours.

Well, I tried to make a pouty face. I had no feeling in half my face and couldn’t get that half to cooperate and move for the pouty face. So on the outside I was only half pouty, but on the inside I was all pout.

EDIT: Oh hey, that was tasting note 700! Yay me.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

Yay 700! And this tea is magnificent.

keychange

This tea is indeed magnificent!

__Morgana__

Congrats on 700!

Sil

Grats on 700….and this is still in Stock.. Also if you like this tea, I can send you some other Taiwanese teas you might enjoy, once you get around to wanting to swap teas heh

Roswell Strange

I know it’s in stock, I just can’t afford to get more at the moment. :(

Sami Kelsh

I wish you a speedy dental recovery! huggins

Also HOT JAM THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD, OH MY SWEET GOSH.

Kamyria

Congrats on the 700th!!

OMGsrsly

Woo, 700! And I’m glad you’ve been able to get some of that dental work done. :)

boychik

Roswell I’m sending you this one I think it’s 1/2 oz all I have. We just expect another blizzard tonight/ tomorrow . If I could make it to PO tomorrow …

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