788 Tasting Notes

reviewed Smart Soak by Mandala Tea
788 tasting notes

Whoa! Get ready to witness some stain miracles! This stuff totally works. If you love tea stained patina on your cups, stay away. If you have items you want clean, especially those with hard to scrub areas, this is the soak you want! David’s glass perfect mugs with those lids that have those impossible to clean under lips, Aladin travel mug with that lever basket mechanism, metal steepers, David’s travel mugs, super old Teavana gravity steeper, old steel thermos… all amazingly clean! I was able to get quite a few things cleaned with one quart and reheated it a couple of times to soak more items in it. It finally gave out on the gravity steeper and I had to make a fresh batch of soak. I wish I could post the before and after pictures because it’s such a drastic difference from dirty to clean!

The only thing that disappoints me about this product is that I can’t put it in my mouth and soak the tea stains off my teeth. Work on that, would ya Mandala? ;)

I should add that this came to me as a sample with one of their puerh sample specials. Thanks for that!

Kittenna

My travel mugs really need a good cleaning, as do my infusers. One day I’ll get some of this!

Dustin

I didn’t realize how dirty my stuff was until I cleaned it! Looks like I can add photos! Just added a before and after.

Garret

I’m working on one for the teeth :) Thanks for writing it up and for the photos, too!

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Having this again this morning! Such an incredibly crisp zesty lemon flavor without any unpleasant bite. This time I added a little cream to it and it was nice, but just like when I tried it with sugar, it didn’t really seem to change this tea for the better. The cream just made it a touch creamier. I’m on my second steeping now, which is just about as crisp as the first cup and only a touch toned down than the first. I think I’m loving this tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Yes! This has the same delicious creamy nutmeg flavor that Nutmeg Cream has! It has a little brighter or lighter of background to it (I’m comparing the two side by side at the moment), I’m guessing due to the different base. I am going to be kicking myself when this is gone for not having bought more. So if anyone who ordered it didn’t end up liking it, let me know cause I’d love to buy or trade!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

We do have an extra ounce of this. Someone cancelled there order and they had purchased one ounce of this. I can save it for you if you want?

Dustin

OMG YES!!!

Butiki Teas

No problem, it has your name on it (literally).

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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Oooo! This is neat! I get high notes from the strawberry and base notes from coffee and chocolate merging. Adding sugar brings out the sweet and tart of the berry for me. Adding cream changes it into a cup of delicious! They berry is more muted and the chocolate more prominent. Aaaaand my cup is empty. Now for the big decision… do I buy more of this while it is still available?!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ost

Yes! The answer is yes!

Dustin

Is this one of your favorites? :)

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drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
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This came to me as a freebie with my order! Thanks Stacy!

Artichoke! I think I taste artichoke at the start of the sip. I get a bit of malt at the end of the sip. The first few sips had a little bite, but it mellowed out quickly. The aftertaste is interesting too in a way I can’t describe. This is the type of tea that I go crazy for with cream and sugar. I feel like I’m disrespecting the tea a little by doing that, but… I’m going to do it anyway. And you can’t stop me. I did it! And it’s delicious. Creamy artichoke! And buttery. I do love artichoke. I have had so much tea this morning that I think it’s making me a little loopy!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Daddyselephant

I love a good tea high!

Kittenna

Wow. 7 different Butiki teas reviewed in a row on my dashboard :) By 5 different people.

Dustin

^Who knew closing shop would be so good for business and hype?! I’m about to make a second “last” order!

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This tea smells amazing! I can pick up the raspberry and cashew. The base is really interesting! It is like a combo of hay and floral! I get a hint of cashew in the beginning of the sip and raspberry in the end. Adding sugar brings out some creaminess in the cashew and I can taste the raspberry sooner. I just want to eat this tea! Is that wrong?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
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I don’t always favor oolongs, although I have been trying more out lately, but this one is quite nice! The leaves didn’t open up fully on the first steep and that makes me wonder what flavor it’s hiding for future steeps. It is fruity. I get the pear/apple flavors which are rounded out nicely with a little sugar. The caramel sits in the background as supporting cast. I tried adding a touch of salt, because salty caramel is delicious, but I don’t think it does this tea any favors and makes it a little soapy in the start of each sip. Really great tea before the salt! :D

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I got a Butiki order in yesterday and I’m doing tasting flights to see if there are any that I feel I need to stock up on. I’d hate to find out that I LOVE one only to have it be gone forever.

There was a strange taste on the lip of my mug. I’m a little concerned that my dishwasher isn’t rinsing well enough and am worried it may taint the taste of my tea! Anyways… I smell coconut! And something else, but I’m not sure what. Wow, this is strange! (I do enjoy strange) I’m getting fruity flavors on the tip of my tongue and a more savory feeling on the back! I totally get how this is like a perfume with base mid and high notes. Adding sugar amps up the fruit and takes away a little of the savory, but it doesn’t change the tea drastically or bring out hidden flavors. I might be getting a little pineapple at the end? The flavors merge together so well that it is hard to pick them out on their own. And hot hay is listed as a flavor in the description! I know what hay would be like, but I have no idea what hot hay would be. Sounds like I need to do a little more living outdoors! Now as it cools I feel like there is grape in the beginning. This is really interesting! I’d love to try it cold and see what flavors pop out then!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Kittenna

I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that by the time I try any of the new teas, they’ll be sold out, so I just have what I ordered. Haha. I got my big order of previous favourites in earlier.

Dustin

I wish I could be happy with what I already have, but I have such a terrible hoarding instinct and there are one or two that I need a little more of. Just so I don’t have to rip the bandaid off quite as soon with saying goodbye.

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OMG, I need to wait for my tea to cool before I eagerly start chugging it! I’m getting a pretty nice light butterscotch flavor in this. Very well balanced and good without sugar BUT, I’m going to try a little sugar anyways to see what it does! Tastes kinda the same with a sweetness on the end. I think I prefer this without sugar. I’m really enjoying this, but I don’t think it is a stock up and hoard choice for me since there are other butterscotch teas out there that I also enjoy. (the bar for stock up and hoard is pretty freakin high at this point btw) :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ost

what other butterscotch teas would you recommend?

Dustin

Tealux and Art of Tea both have ones that may be the same tea. I think there is another brand that has it as well. It has got to be a tea that multiple companies are buying from a bigger distributor, unlike Butiki who flavors teas themselves and comes up with custom blends.

Kittenna

I know which tea you’re talking about, Dustin, and I’ve had it from at least two vendors (Tealux and someone else). It’s pretty yum.

Dustin

It’s kinda cool when you can find a tea that you like sold by multiple companies, but it is also kind of a bummer that they are buying from the same source and acting like it’s their creation. I guess I have mixed feelings on it!

Kittenna

I mostly find it irritating, although it’s sometimes helpful when you realize something is available locally and not just via expensive international shipping! It really ticks me off when things are marketed as their own blends, though. I don’t like lies.

Dustin

Yeah, the lying part gets me too. I find that as I get older I have less and less tolerance for BS.

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drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
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Taiwanese assam? I don’t think I have ever met these long twisty leaves before! It has a creaminess to it and something else I can’t put my finger on. It is almost floral, but only a tiny bit. There were a few white chocolate chips in my infuser, but I didn’t see any sugar bits which were probably hanging out at the bottom of the bag. Once I add a little sugar I can pick out some white chocolate at the end of the sip, but it isn’t a super bold taste for me. What really shines through for me is the tea base which is pretty tasty. I might try leafing a little heavier on the next cup and giving the bag a little upside down shake.
I dumped out the steeped leaves in my hand to check them out and found a couple chips that hadn’t melted away. They tasted good which was the floral taste I’m getting. I don’t know how my brain registers white chocolate as floral! Lately I have been steeping at 205 when teas say to use boiling and I may have gone wrong with that choice for this tea. I have some adjustments to make for next time!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

Never had Taiwanese Assam before?!?

Dustin

Not that I know of. I tend to favor dessert blends and have only started to appreciate and explore unflavored teas.

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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