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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
766 tasting notes

I wasn’t too sure about this beige tea on the first couple sips. Then I started tasting strawberry jam and nut butter notes (Nutella, is that you?). Strawberry jam becomes a cream mid sip, and it’s so freaking fantastic. Mmm.. This tea is incredibly smooth and has a light zippy ginger finish.

I find that the grassy notes are mostly subdued here, but I wasn’t paying attention to anything else except the buttery strawberries. That surprised me, as I’m usually not that into strawberries, especially in tea.

The empty cup smells like toffee and general sweetness. I feel like I made a new friend. I hope that doesn’t make me sound like a crazy tea person.

Edit: Second steep is good too. The strawberry flavour is weaker, while ginger and creamy-sweet toffee notes are more noticeable. It’s a funky cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

I cold-steeped it for my second steep and you’re right about the ginger and toffee. I don’t think I even noticed the ginger the first time. Interesting!

JustJames

okay, i’m excited…. i got this as an extra sample in my order box. so much tea, so little time!

Plunkybug

Did we all get this one with the order?

Cavocorax

I think so. I imagine we all got the new ones as guinea pigs. :)

JustJames

i could be happy as guinea pig…

OMGsrsly

I didn’t get ginger at all, but I didn’t mind. :) This might be the strawberry (green) tea of my dreams!

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Cavocorax

I cold-steeped it for my second steep and you’re right about the ginger and toffee. I don’t think I even noticed the ginger the first time. Interesting!

JustJames

okay, i’m excited…. i got this as an extra sample in my order box. so much tea, so little time!

Plunkybug

Did we all get this one with the order?

Cavocorax

I think so. I imagine we all got the new ones as guinea pigs. :)

JustJames

i could be happy as guinea pig…

OMGsrsly

I didn’t get ginger at all, but I didn’t mind. :) This might be the strawberry (green) tea of my dreams!

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and the not so roasted green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Currently looking for the most buttery and sweet green oolong I can find.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, floral, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, orchid, pine, rice, rose, vanilla.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike: apple, cocoa nibs, licorice, marine, peach, stevia

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

91-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

86-90: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-85: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and combined with stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

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