227 Tasting Notes

84

This is the tea I like best from Butiki. It has a sweet honeyed floral fragrance and a sweet taste.

ScottTeaMan

From the picture here it looked like a Yunnan tea, but now I know It is a Kenyan, and I really enjoy Kenyan teas. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so tippy! :))

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88

I was running out the door to get to an audio session and realized I would need some tea (audio work is thirsty work) to lubricate my words. I grabbed this with faith that anything the Steepster guys had picked out for me must be good. I wasn’t sure that it would tolerate the extra hot water, but I figured it was worth a chance.

Happily for me it tolerated the water well and was a perfect companion in the audio booth. At once soothing and clearing it enabled me to do my work in a minimum of takes. I love the mild roasted taste and the soothing tea that is neither bitter nor drying even when brewed under difficult conditions. I don’t have any more audio sessions scheduled for quite a while. If I did this tea would be my go-to tea. However it can still be my go-to tea for calming winter evenings.

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89

I’m as surprised as the others by the sweet corn aroma and flavor of this puerh. No off flavors. Nothing musty or stinky. It’s very pleasant with some of the hypnotic effect of puerhs in general. It’s very nice to know that it is organic as well. And how lovely is it to sit back in my home and allow someone with more expertise to pick something I will like. Steepster Select is great!

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87

A beautiful tea with a light sweet floral taste and several other notes that appeared and disappeared including a sweet plum and a tease of champagne. It has a great deal of subtlety. It is a beautiful tea as well, from the perfect little leaves to the golden brew.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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Definitely deserves its award! This is an excellent, sweet tea that matches its description perfectly with a delightful blend of coconut and pineapple flavors with a fleeting taste of rum. The fragrance and the taste match perfectly. No bitterness and no off flavors. I’m very glad I ordered it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
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Sweet, slightly peachy taste. Golden liquor. Although I’m not a normal fan of oolongs, I quite like this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I purchased last years Da Hong Pao from H & S, and that’s about the score I’d give it. I usually prepare it Gong Fu style, and get 4 quality steeps. It’s a good tea, but I’d have to buy and taste it again to give an honest review.

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drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
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drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
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It’s a sad state of affairs when one’s crazy work life prevents one from trying new teas. It is an absolute tragedy that my abbreviated routine prevented me from trying this wonderful tea for more than a month. Wombatgirl is right. This is an excellent substitute for Dawn tea. One sip this morning and I was delighting in the sweetness and notes of cocoa and caramel.

After the second sip I ran to the kitchen to get the package so that I could immediately order a quantity of it from Shang Tea. If there is anything the Dawn tea debacle convinced me of it is that the right time to lose oneself in tea is the present moment and the right time to buy a tea one loves is immediately lest they run out or go out of business.

It is quite, quite good. I’m so very glad my life slowed down enough for me to try it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

Oh thank goodness. I was worrying a little since I hadn’t seen you review this. I’m glad it’s working for you. (I feel a little like a Fairy TeaMother! :)

Carolyn

It’s just been crazy here! Most of my mornings I don’t have time for tea and am never at my desk long enough for tea. So rather than trying new teas when I get a scrap of tea time, I’ve been relying on Adagio’s Black Dragon Pearls.

It is a wonderful tea and better in some ways than Dawn. It does not have the level of cocoa taste, but it is sweeter. I’ve kept some Dawn for special occasions and I had it yesterday and was able to compare.

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