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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
532 tasting notes

Drank this while outside yesterday trying to clean up my sad little garden.

I swear at first sip I could taste some honey and fruity notes but that’s about as far as I got. I’m just bad at that stuff. I enjoyed the tea though. I slurped it and sniffed it and savoured my sips but no way can I tell you specifically which fruit notes are in there.

shrug

The harder I try and still can’t pin anything down, the more frustrated I get!

Doesn’t stop me from enjoying my teas though. So I’m not going to stress over it.

Butiki Teas

Don’t feel discouraged, that’s great progress that you got the honey notes and fruity notes. There are points where I still have a difficult time pinning down some fruity notes. It took me at least a year of actively trying to be able to pull out notes and feel comfortable about it. The next time you try this tea, focus on the fruity notes and see if you can find the category of fruity, is it dried fruit, stone fruit, berries, citrus, or maybe mixed fruit.

Chizakura

One thing that’ll help you pick out more flavors is if you — temporarily mind you as I know you love flavored tea best :) — lay off on the flavored tea for a little while, and just drink the straight stuff.
When you’re used to flavors being almost shoved at you, it makes it harder to pick out. Now that I essentially don’t drink flavored tea anymore (I keep thinking I love them so I panic and buy a whole bunch, and then after one very happy cup they lurk in my house for months since I’m never in the mood)

Once you can pick out the nuances of plain tea better, I think you’d enjoy your flavored tea even better. :) In addition to the added flavors, you’ll be able to pick out the tastes from the base better since you know ‘where to look’ for them.

whatshesaid

Thanks you guys :)

I am trying! Actually I have been laying off the borderling sickeningly sweet teas and focusing more on good quality straight ones (or more subtly flavoured ones). I just received the sampler pack from Verdant and have some coming from Teavivre also, along with my Butiki new arrivals I’m working on honing my tasting abilities :) (albeit slowwwwly)

Butiki Teas

Chizakura-That’s a great point. I’m going to add that to a blog article I’m working on about tasting.

whatshesaid-Good luck! It takes time but progress is really what’s important. :)

Sil

i still feel like i’m clueless when it comes to the tasting nuances that others get out of some teas. But i figure as long as i enjoy them, it’s all good.

whatshesaid

Yeah and I DEFINITELY enjoy them! Stacy I’m looking forward to your blog post!

Chizakura

lol, I didn’t even finish my thought. That’s what happens when you get up at 4:30AM to go to work. So I’m finishing the thought now, “Now that I essentially don’t drink flavored tea anymore, I’m finding that I’m picking out more notes in my teas than I ever have before.”

There. I have the day off tomorrow, so I can get up a bit later. xD

Terri HarpLady

Sometimes I taste an oolong or black tea or whatever & it’s so AMAZING! I can taste all these under-tastes, smell wonderful things, etc & be like, "ooh, that has a peachy fruitiness with a hazelnut…blah blah blah…
Other times, same tea – different day, I’m not getting all the nuances, and I’m feeling cheated, or wondering if I imagined it all to begin with.
Some of it has to do with my mood, my sinuses, what I’ve eaten, my ‘mindfulness’ level…who knows what?
When I’m in full tasting mode, especially on a new tea, I’ll try to get in a mindful space of relaxed breathing, take a deep breath & blow out through my nose, then hold the tea (dry leaf, wet leaf, or the steeped tea) & just barely inhale really slowly. It’s amazing how much more you smell things that way! I had a friend who had lost his sense of smell, & that’s how he got it back. It took awhile, but he gradually started noticing smells when he did it that way.
The more you notice the aroma, the more you’ll begin to notice the flavors as well. I also hold tea in my mouth for a minute before I swallow it, & try to let it trickle down my throat. (sometimes…sometimes I just drink it & enjoy it & that’s that)
Most of all, have fun!! And don’t think any of us are judging, or whatever, cuz we’re NOT!

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Butiki Teas

Don’t feel discouraged, that’s great progress that you got the honey notes and fruity notes. There are points where I still have a difficult time pinning down some fruity notes. It took me at least a year of actively trying to be able to pull out notes and feel comfortable about it. The next time you try this tea, focus on the fruity notes and see if you can find the category of fruity, is it dried fruit, stone fruit, berries, citrus, or maybe mixed fruit.

Chizakura

One thing that’ll help you pick out more flavors is if you — temporarily mind you as I know you love flavored tea best :) — lay off on the flavored tea for a little while, and just drink the straight stuff.
When you’re used to flavors being almost shoved at you, it makes it harder to pick out. Now that I essentially don’t drink flavored tea anymore (I keep thinking I love them so I panic and buy a whole bunch, and then after one very happy cup they lurk in my house for months since I’m never in the mood)

Once you can pick out the nuances of plain tea better, I think you’d enjoy your flavored tea even better. :) In addition to the added flavors, you’ll be able to pick out the tastes from the base better since you know ‘where to look’ for them.

whatshesaid

Thanks you guys :)

I am trying! Actually I have been laying off the borderling sickeningly sweet teas and focusing more on good quality straight ones (or more subtly flavoured ones). I just received the sampler pack from Verdant and have some coming from Teavivre also, along with my Butiki new arrivals I’m working on honing my tasting abilities :) (albeit slowwwwly)

Butiki Teas

Chizakura-That’s a great point. I’m going to add that to a blog article I’m working on about tasting.

whatshesaid-Good luck! It takes time but progress is really what’s important. :)

Sil

i still feel like i’m clueless when it comes to the tasting nuances that others get out of some teas. But i figure as long as i enjoy them, it’s all good.

whatshesaid

Yeah and I DEFINITELY enjoy them! Stacy I’m looking forward to your blog post!

Chizakura

lol, I didn’t even finish my thought. That’s what happens when you get up at 4:30AM to go to work. So I’m finishing the thought now, “Now that I essentially don’t drink flavored tea anymore, I’m finding that I’m picking out more notes in my teas than I ever have before.”

There. I have the day off tomorrow, so I can get up a bit later. xD

Terri HarpLady

Sometimes I taste an oolong or black tea or whatever & it’s so AMAZING! I can taste all these under-tastes, smell wonderful things, etc & be like, "ooh, that has a peachy fruitiness with a hazelnut…blah blah blah…
Other times, same tea – different day, I’m not getting all the nuances, and I’m feeling cheated, or wondering if I imagined it all to begin with.
Some of it has to do with my mood, my sinuses, what I’ve eaten, my ‘mindfulness’ level…who knows what?
When I’m in full tasting mode, especially on a new tea, I’ll try to get in a mindful space of relaxed breathing, take a deep breath & blow out through my nose, then hold the tea (dry leaf, wet leaf, or the steeped tea) & just barely inhale really slowly. It’s amazing how much more you smell things that way! I had a friend who had lost his sense of smell, & that’s how he got it back. It took awhile, but he gradually started noticing smells when he did it that way.
The more you notice the aroma, the more you’ll begin to notice the flavors as well. I also hold tea in my mouth for a minute before I swallow it, & try to let it trickle down my throat. (sometimes…sometimes I just drink it & enjoy it & that’s that)
Most of all, have fun!! And don’t think any of us are judging, or whatever, cuz we’re NOT!

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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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