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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
532 tasting notes

Whoa!! What is this delicious devil juice?

ETA

I know I should qualify this tasting note, and have been thinking about it, but the thing is I’m not entirely sure what to say, specifically.

When I was drinking it, I was trying really hard to notice all the flavors that supposedly come out to say hello, but as per usual my tastes are just not that refined.

So you might be wondering why I liked it so much. Reason is, it is a straight up tea, but it tastes like a flavored tea. Even though I cannot discern what the flavors are, exactly. I’ve tried a few of those along the way, so my basis for comparison is limited. It reminded me of a more subtle and less roasty version of Laoshan Black, which I realize isn’t the same type of tea at all, but that’s also a straight tea that magically has a bunch of flavour.

It’s sweet and multifaceted and would be a great tea to start the day with.

I would totally order this, so it’s going on my Butiki wishlist.
Steepster, you may just make a refined tea drinker out of me yet!

Thank you to the awesome Sil for sending me this to try. Win!

Sil

So glad you enjoyed this one :)

Cavocorax

Haha. I would have laughed more if you’d just left it at the first line. :P

Cavocorax

Also, I’m happy you didn’t because that oolong does sound pretty awesome. I might have to try it!

TheTeaFairy

Love when that happens! Some teas are and feel special regardless if you’re a «refined» tea drinker or not:-) I remember when I started drinking wine, I felt intimidated and unsure about what I was supposed to taste an identify. Then an expert told me that no matter how sophisticated it might be, what really makes it a good wine is if you like it or not… I think this applies for tea as well :-)

whatshesaid

I had left it at the first line since Friday but thought people might want to know a bit more ;)

It is really good! Very unique :)

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Sil

So glad you enjoyed this one :)

Cavocorax

Haha. I would have laughed more if you’d just left it at the first line. :P

Cavocorax

Also, I’m happy you didn’t because that oolong does sound pretty awesome. I might have to try it!

TheTeaFairy

Love when that happens! Some teas are and feel special regardless if you’re a «refined» tea drinker or not:-) I remember when I started drinking wine, I felt intimidated and unsure about what I was supposed to taste an identify. Then an expert told me that no matter how sophisticated it might be, what really makes it a good wine is if you like it or not… I think this applies for tea as well :-)

whatshesaid

I had left it at the first line since Friday but thought people might want to know a bit more ;)

It is really good! Very unique :)

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Hello!

So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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