795 Tasting Notes

drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
795 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
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!

Preparation
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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What am I doing?! I’m having the worst Butiki sip downs ever! My penance for hoarding and letting tea go bad. Or it could just be that I dumped all the dustings in the bottom of the bag in my steeper. I’m not getting much licorice, just that too-much-clove bitterness. Never noticed clove in this before. As I sip on I get a little more licorice and that tingling sensation on my tongue from the cloves. I’m not enjoying this cup. What a rotten way to say “So Long”.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
greenteafairy

Oh no, I’m still hoarding my last little bit of this one too—I suppose I’d better get on it. Despite not being a huge licorice fan generally, I adored this blend—so unique and unexpected.

Indigobloom

Awww that sucks!! bad sipdowns are bad, but bad butiki ones are heartbreaking :(

Dustin

I was hoping my Butiki stash would stay preserved a bit longer… like forever. Now I’m trying to get through them as fast as possible.
It is down right tragic!

Indigobloom

I went through this one really fast. I wish I’d ordered more. Got another licorice one from a local lady but it isn’t the same. I wish they could be preserved forever too! :/

Nattie

My Butiki teas seem to be holding on for as long as they can – most of them still taste just as they did when I first bought them, only maybe not quite as strong. Every time I see a tasting note like this it makes me panic. I will always miss Butiki. ):

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I think I ruined the rest of this tea via cold steep. I dumped the rest of it in a pitcher last night and this morning I’m greeted by overwhelming soapy coconut. I can see how cold steeping would be the right move with a younger version of this tea, but it brought out the already present soapy taste of aged coconut. All the other flavors are present and much brighter before the soapynut takes over. The aftertaste is still nice once the soap fades. I have done such a disservice to this tea!!! Argh!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
greenteafairy

Oh no! So disappointing when it turns out that way.

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This tea is strange! I’m not sure how well the two of us get along. I’m not getting all the different notes that others are getting. In part of the sip the taste seems really flat and then further along it seems really heavy and full. I’m somehow getting a hint of seaweed which doesn’t match any of the descriptions others are experiencing. A little bit of hay on the after taste. Sadly I’m not really feeling this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 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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