789 Tasting Notes

drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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This tea may be a couple years old at this point. It still smells great in the tin, but the flavor isn’t coming through in the cup. I can pick out a touch of maltiness, but not much else. Adding coconut creamer adds too much coconut flavor and masks any flavors in the cup. Bummer.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nattie

Aw man ):

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drank Masala Chai by Zhi Tea
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God I love this tea! Such good chais from Zhi. It’s been hard to step away from this tea recently and pay attention to enjoying my older teas that I need to get through. This particular cup isn’t as delicious as previous due to my exploring soy alternative creamers. I’m trying an almond/coconut based creamer in this cup and it is distracting from the lovely spices in this tea. I was drinking a lot of soy creamer recently and heard someone talking about how severely it effects her, so I thought I’d take a soy break and see if I noticed any changes in allergy, skin or anything else.
The tea still has the warm well rounded spice coming through… lots of cinnamon, ginger and cardamon. I love it!

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

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Shortly after waking this morning I caught a whiff of something that made me think of this tea and it was all over from there. I had to have a cup. It seems to have lost a little of it’s edge with age, but not much. I still get that bright flavor of lemon without the acidic sour bite, almost like a lighter non syrupy lemoncello. It is rounded out by the almond flavor which (unlike a lot of other almond teas) doesn’t bring to mind baby powder. I still have several servings of this left, so I don’t have to say goodbye too soon, but still need to get through it before age becomes it’s enemy.

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

I loved this one!

Dustin

SO good! Have you found anything similar? I’m keeping my eyes peeled for something to fill the looming void.

greenteafairy

Nope, unfortunately not. I’m really enjoying Noël à Venise from Dammann Freres at the moment, as far as lemony teas go, but it has a pretty different flavor profile from this one.

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drank Marron Chocolat by Lupicia
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I still like the base of this tea! I’m not sure what it is, but it’s yummy. The taste on the sip is fading a bit as the tea cools. It flattens out a little too. Just like the other chestnut tea I had earlier this morning, the flavor lingers in the aftertaste. I get the chestnut and chocolate. I can see this being better with cream and sweetener, but I’m trying to cut the soy creamer I’ve been favoring out of my diet and trying a creamer that isn’t a soy base. The tea is nice, but I’m starting to wonder if chestnut teas are my thing. I’d like to think they are my thing because I like chestnuts and have fond memories of roasting and eating them as a kid, but the reality isn’t matching up with the dream on this one.

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

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
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I think I picked up this tea from a long ago traveling tea box. It is holding up remarkably well! The flavor is a little thin and flat on the sip, especially once it cools. It starts to change at the end of the sip, the chestnut starts to creep in and after the sip I can pick up all the brown sugar and nutty references. The base is really hard to pick out and notice. It would be nice if the tea were a little heartier and filled in some of the base notes. Overall this tea is enjoyable, but not amazing. I want amazing, so in the pile it goes to find another home.

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

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Meh bordering on blech.
It’s flat, it’s boring, it’s only a little bit coconuty.

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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This tea has been sitting in the back on my stash for some time now. I get the rhubarb/strawberry pie combo reference, but it makes me feel like something is missing on the sip…the crust. The Butiki attention to detail leaves me wanting more in all my teas and this tea reminds me of a lesser version of her Ruby Pie. It is hard to taste much on the sip where I get flatness (which I’m hoping changes as it cools) and most of the flavor comes in on the aftertaste. I get lots of strawberry flavoring, slightly chapstick like, but no rhubarb which could be pairing with the strawberry so well that it isn’t noticeable. Overall this tea isn’t striking me as very remarkable and I’m very tempted to put it in my purge pile, which is my new thing. I’m tired of being on tea buying hiatus, trying desperately to sip down all these teas I feel are mediocre for my tastes. It’s like I’m punishing myself for enthusiastically wanting to try a shit ton of teas for the past few years and I’m done with tea purgatory. I only want to drink teas I LOVE. 2017, is going to be the year of fantastic tea!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Nattie

That sounds like a great resolution! I might have to adopt that policy myself.

Dustin

My give away/get rid of pile is filling a grocery bad at the moment. I had forgotten about some I love in a hidden cupboard (which was my fourth tea storage spot to give an idea of the level of tea madness that exists at my house) and had to compost a couple that had ingredients that went bad. I’m thinking of doing a traveling box that doesn’t come back to me with all the tea that is still good. 2017 will also be the year of mindful purchases, tea and otherwise. And more exercise. And focusing on what direction I want my business to go. I’m starting my NY resolutions early!

Nattie

Meanwhile, I’ve watched four seasons of Torchwood in eight days and just about managed to organise my tea cupboards (two huge ones, completely full of boxes jam-packed with tea) and not much else… You’re making me look bad! XD

Dustin

LOL! Planning to organize my cupboard and do better next year is about as put together as my life is right now!

Nattie

Lol! I make lists all the time like ‘damn I’m so organised’ then never do anything on the lists :’)

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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I don’t recall what this tea originally tasted like, just that it was the first incarnation of the Nutmeg Dusted Custard that I so loved. I overleafed it a bit in my desire to go through my aging Butiki teas and enjoy what flavor they have left. It is funny to see which teas hold their flavor well and which fade. First sip of this was a bit bitter and instead of sipping on further to see if it mellowed, I added cream. With cream it’s still pretty delicious. I think I can pick out a bit of nutmeg through this slightly stuffy nose of mine. The actual sip is a little bland, but the aftertaste is fantastic! Some teas I need to sip through quickly because the sip is the good part and the aftertaste is bland or bitter, but this one is the opposite and can be savored slowly. I think I’m falling in love all over again. :(….

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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This tea was never one of my favorites, but it is well done and the flavor is holding up pretty well! It is tasty especially with a little creamer that mellows out the tart bite of the fruit. I get fruit on the sip and graham crust flavor at the end. The second steeping is less fruit and more graham. It somehow still retains some of the chocolate notes even tho the chocolate chips dissolved in the first steeping. Very well blended, but so far it’s not something I’m in head over heels for.

Side note: I have had the song Shiny from the new Disney Moana movie stuck in my head for two weeks now. It’s so good and I can’t stop listening to it!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Memily

I’m that way about You’re Welcome. (AND THANK YOU!)

Dustin

That one is really good too. The whole movie is really good! Has it released in Australia yet? Movies used to come out a month or more later there than in the US. I’m glad that Disney dropped the whole “Princess waiting for a man to save her/make her life begin” story line for this one and the Phil Collins soundtrack obsession. Hearing Phil Collins whiny voice can kill an entire movie for me! I’m going to have to give in and buy the Moana soundtrack soon so I can stop listening to the songs on Youtube.

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

I’ve been having repeated solitary car karaoke sessions to “How Far I’ll Go” every time i’m alone in my car ;)

Dustin

LOL, I love it! SO many good songs in that movie!

Memily

It doesn’t come out in Australia until the day after Christmas. I had a ticket to a preview screening last weekend but my cat had to be taken to the vet and honestly I strongly considered waiting to take her until after I’d been to the movie. WAH.

Dustin

I wonder why they don’t release it simultaneously in both countries. I would have guessed that it had something to do with a limited amount of reels they were willing to make, but I’ve heard that movies are now digital.
Cats and kids, they are out to ruin all your fun! :)

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drank Loke Lani by Lupicia
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I got distracted while letting this steep and left the bag in too long. I expected to end up with a cup that was far too bitter and ruined, but this tea must be very forgiving because it’s fine. It had been tucked away and hidden for some time in my obnoxiously large tea collection. It is still super strong EG on the sip with the lilikoi on the end. The fruit may be a little faded over time. I tasted it more in the beginning of the cup, but the EG seems to take over the entire experience at the end. Adding sugar half way through the cup… it really doesn’t do much to change the flavors like I was hoping. Oh well, I still really like this tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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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