630 Tasting Notes

TASTING NOTE # 600!

I wanted to drink a worthwhile tea for my 600th. So I brought this to work today for round 2.

I am wondering if maybe my gravity steeper still had a bit of the taste of yesterday’s (not my fave) tea in it, even though I rinsed it… because I seemed to enjoy this more when I made it at home.

This time it had a bit of a metallic zing to it. Strange.

I suspect though, in my mind I’m comparing it to the Yuchi Mountain Black, also from TTC, even though they’re two different teas. And let’s get real – nothing compares to that.

This had a bit of a honey note in it, but not as fruity as I recall.

I didn’t pay attention whatsoever to steeping time, and I also used the kettle at work and made it with what I can assume is whatever “boiling point” a cheapo kettle reaches.

I will try again at home.

Not quite the exciting 600th tasting note I was hoping for! Ah well :)

OMGsrsly

Yay 600! :D

Sil

woot! go 600!

Fjellrev

600 FTW!

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50

Evidently I’ve reviewed this before… hm.

Another old sample from Shmiracles that I waited ridiculously too long to try!

It smells delicious in the bag, I decided to go for it and just use the rest of my leaf up. I was too lazy to check steeping parameters and I may have shot myself in the foot.

I went 180 degrees for 2 minutes, and it turned out very bitter. I actually ended up dumping half the cup out. I wish I would have checked first because it had potential to be tasty, based on the smell.

I’m sure age must be a factor also.

But yeah, super bitter with a hint of berries.

SCHMEH.

EDIT I just checked the parameters used by others and HUZZAH i didn’t screw it up! So it must just taste that way to me. Ah well. Another sample bites the dust!

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75

I’ve drank this a few times without logging it, I think that’s because though I enjoyed it, it wasn’t a super STAND OUT type of tea.

The flavours are tasty, the cinnamon is the sort I enjoy in tea, natural – not a fake hot candy heart sort of taste.

The cinnamon, vanilla and squash notes all work well together. It wasn’t super squashy. I kind of thought it might have more of a hearty sweet potato sort of feel to it, but it’s a very light note.

I think I would have preferred something heavier in terms of the squash. But nonetheless I will enjoy what I have left of this tea!

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
630 tasting notes

Yummmmm. Two nights in a row I drank this tea. It is just so tasty.

I accidentally dumped half the mug all over myself but it was a resteep anyway, at least.

Bananas. Custardy Sweetness. Coconut. PTA. Yessss. Dessert.

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94

Weirrrrrrrrrrrrd……….. I’m like 97% sure I’ve reviewed this before, but it’s not showing up. STEEPSTER Y U EAT MY NOTES!?

I’ve had this one at work for awhile now, it’s one of my special happy place teas. Most of which are Butiki, admittedly.

It’s really a great blend of flavours. I love the smell and the taste and the fact that I only have MAYBE 2 cups max left makes me sad.

TeaNTees

I am in the exact same situation with my RiverTea Granny’s Cake. :(

Christina

TeaNTees, I’m also sad about Granny’s Cake :(

Butiki Teas

I’m pretty sure I saw you review this one too.

whatshesaid

Ok yes, thank you! Because the first time I tried it was at the movie theatre and I loved it!

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88

Had this again two nights ago. I guess I was on a bit of an oolong kick after the great success of the Osmanthe D’Or.

I still like this combo.
These two teas are still my favourites from Davidstea.

That is all :)

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drank Dark Horse by Cornelia Bean
630 tasting notes

Made this for a mid-morning snack today. Funny, because everytime I would look in my tea stash box at work to decide what to make, I’d see this one – “Dark Horse”. Then inevitably get that awful (IMHO) Amanda Marshall light rock jam of the same name stuck in my head.

I went into the kitchen and there was an Amanda Marshall CD on the table .Like, wtf. Once in awhile people leave stuff in there free for others to take if they want it, like magazines, etc, but I’ve never seen a CD in there. And the chance of it being Amanda Marshall!? Crazy. It wasn’t the one with Dark Horse on it, though.

Anyway.

This is a strong brew. I didn’t let it steep super long but still had to add some 10% cream. Then had to go back to add more, because it was still super dark.

It is a tasty, bold, malty tea though. Just what I need on a Friday!

Happy my Secret Santa sent it to me!

Fjellrev

Ha! I think of George Harrison before Amanda Marshall when I see that phrase, but I was totally just thinking of her the other day wondering what happened to her. Thanks to you I have this song in my head now. ;)

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drank Monk's Blend by Culinary Teas
630 tasting notes

Trying to get rid of this one.

Today it turned out bitter.
It certainly has potential to be a perfectly acceptable cup of tea, but I feel like I’ve had a Monk’s Blend from another company that I liked better.

Lowering my rating from 83… at this point I’m just ready for this one to reach sipdown status. I still consider it a “flavoured tea” – mysterious or not. I’m not so keen on these anymore.

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72

A sample from Janelle!

I have all but given up on DTT, but this one just sounded too good to be true, so I asked to try a bit.

Surprisingly, I guess, since I haven’t enjoyed a DTT in a long time (used to love them, but my tastes have evolved, clearly)… i did like this!

It was a half decent dessert tea. Definitely had the artificial flavouring thing going on but it was still a nice cup in the afternoon.

Caramel and spicy pumpkin and marshmallow are 3 flavours that I am down with. Mini marshmallows included!

Doubtful that I would purchase this, but I am glad I got to try it. It’s been awhile, but in my mind I would say it’s as good as Davidstea’s Pumpkin Chai…maybe better.

Thanks Janelle!

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Sipdown of an older sample, I believe it came from Courtney but I could be wrong!

Made this at work yesterday, enjoyed the inclusion of a big blackberry in the bag!

I may have steeped a bit too long. I haven’t tried too much guayasa in my life, I think it has a bit of a planty taste. Not sure I dug it. I could see how the blackberry lime might be an interesting combination, but this is not a Butiki tea that I mourn the loss of. Thankfully, because that list is already long enough. If I dedicated 5 minutes per tea to cry about every day, I’d be crying forever.

Thanks the the sample, Courtney! (?)

Dustin

I don’t think I like guayusa very much. I keep getting this cigar ash taste and I think it might make my tongue slightly itchy. Weird, right?

whatshesaid

Yeah, it was too oddly planty for me. Not planty in a good fresh green tea sort of way. Just – odd.

Courtney

Oh dear, I loooove this one hah. But I’m glad you got to try it at least!

TeaNTees

This one sounds very interesting. I have a fondness for guayusa, but I can see how it may not appeal to everyone.

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I love tea. I love my baby daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

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Butiki teas in general, I love how the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I will be dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Harney and Sons, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance.

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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