642 Tasting Notes

drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Stacy sent me a sample of this with my last Butiki order. Thanks! I can see why so many people wanted her to make this publicly available. It’s all creamy banana and coconut with a caramelized sugar aspect. Not caramel like the candy, caramel like the type on top of creme brulee. I would expect a banana-and-coconut combo to be tropical, but instead it’s more like a mellow wintry dessert. Really lovely. I got four good steeps out of it. Numbers 2 and 3 were more mellow than the first, but still quite creamy and flavorful. Steep 4 was really all about the base tea. The banana and coconut were still there, but the flavors that came to the fore were smooth, sweet honey and caramel that I attribute to the assam.

Overall, this is a really great blend. Complex, but not demanding. I can see this being fabulous as a morning travel mug tea on a cold, wet/snowy day. If black teas didn’t make my stomach hurt, this would be on my regular rotation list. Though I think of this more as a fall/winter tea… maybe I need to start sorting my ideal cupboard list by season!

Steep 1: boiling, 4 mins
Steep 2: boiling, 4 mins
Steep 3: boiling, 10 mins
Steep 4: boiling, 13 mins

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown. This has grown on me, but it still tastes like mango juice. Nice, but not really what I want from a tea. This might be best iced on a hot day.

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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I overleafed this time. Now I only have enough left for a small cup :-( Which isn’t really such a terrible thing. I need to keep cutting down my cupboard count and I still have plenty of Pistachio Ice Cream left. I only really need one creamy nutty Butiki green tea. And I do like the Pistachio Ice Cream better.

This is lovely, though. The leaf is beautiful. Charming little pink flowers contrast nicely with the green leaves. See previous tasting note for more detail on actual, you know, taste.

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drank Cinnamon Diletto by Della Terra
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So this is terrible. There are only two flavors: cinnamon and sweet. And they don’t mesh well. The sweetness is weird – not sugary or honey, but not quite artificial either. I made the rookie mistake of ordering this without checking out the Steepster reviews. Reading the comments after drinking this filled in the blank for what’s off-putting about this tea. It tastes like frickin Big Red gum. Exactly like a stick of gum. I am actively angry about the fact that I spent money on this. Which is completely ridiculous, I know. Bad purchases happen. But it’s still making me cranky. Plus I already put it all in a tin and the bag is gone, so I can’t just put it up for swaps.

I’m honestly surprised. I really like a lot of Della Terra’s teas. I don’t know what happened here. But this is a serious miss.


You can still swap it. Ziploc bags! People who love a tea won’t often insist on being handed down the original packaging, I bet. :)


Also, it’s rare in swaps ppl get the original packaging! :)

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The smell of this one punches you in the face as soon as the bag opens. Equal parts cream and lemon, and strong. Brewed, this reminds me of Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon. The creaminess is more of an undertone here though. It’s not as cakey. Basically this tea tastes exactly like its name. Except the flavor is lemon, not lemongrass. I like it. As evidenced by the fact that I just got it tonight and have already had three cups.

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Finishing off my sample from moraiwe. Thanks! I received this 8 months ago and it is a little worse for age. Still, this is a lovely breakfast tea. See prior notes for details.

There’s a kid coughing uncontrollably right behind me. .. Tea has antiviral properties, right?


Lol, poor kids, they do seem to always cough that way, ejecting a zillion germs at once! Hoping tea’s many virtues do protect you :-)

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reviewed Deep Tea Diver Infuser by FRED
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This thing is adorable! Seriously, beyond cute. My cat likes it too. He tried to paw at the dangling tank while I was filling the actual infuser.

I like that this is silicone and dishwasher safe. It’s fairly easy to fill and clean, though it takes a little more effort than a basic steeper. I used this to brew some flavored green tea and had to stick my finger into the infuser to get the last few leaves out.

The main disadvantage here is a really big one: the holes in the infuser are too small. The water doesn’t circulate very well. As a result, the leaves don’t expand fully. Also there’s not much room for expansion. I only filled it about a third of the way in an effort to adjust for the limited space, but the tea didn’t even fill up the entire space because of the poor circulation. The tea ended up tasting fine, but not as flavorful as usual under the same parameters.

This could be good for a fine tea that doesn’t expand much, like rooibos.

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Noooo! I’m out! But that’s ok, because I have more on the way.

This really is a perfect winter tea. Just a bit of sugar really brings out the maple flavor. I’m making a new note because I managed to overbrew the last of this. The timer went off and I just completely forgot to actually take the brew basket out. The risks of brewing when you’re trying to do eight other things and make it out the door in time. Anyway, the point is that this ended up steeping for about 8-10 minutes. Don’t let that happen. It ends badly. The result was very bitter. I would have poured it out except I needed the caffeine pretty badly and I was already out the door. So. Lesson learned.

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Yay for more Maple Pecan on the way! Chronic over-steeper here. If that happens again, just pour a little tea out and add some more hot water and just keep doing that until it tastes like it should. As long as the correct temperature was used, you should be able to get it very close to how you prefer it. :)


I think I need to try this…The name alone is so enticing !

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
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I picked up some more of this during BrewTEAlly Sweet‘s stash sale. So, so tasty. I still find that it tastes just like tiramisu. Definitely one to be kept in regular rotation. I also just learned that it’s fantastic iced. It tastes like a latte, without the calories. Good enough to make me rethink my position on teas that taste like coffee.

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drank Pistachio Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Of course I had to pick this up when I saw it at David’s. I had to know how it compares with my beloved Butiki Pistachio Ice Cream. As it turns out, these two teas, while similar in concept, are radically different in execution.

I should note that this blend does not age particularly well. I bought it on Oct. 15, 2013. I quite liked it, so I kept hoarding it and only finished it on February 28, 2014. That was stupid. The tea completely changed flavor over time (and not for the better). However, I remember my initial impressions quite clearly. My rating is based on those first impressions.

Once upon a time I worked in a different office. On the way to work, there was a diner where I liked to pick up breakfast when I was feeling indulgent. They had the most fantastic pistachio muffins. These muffins tasted like bready marzipan with pistachios and green food dye. Ok, I couldn’t taste the dye. But this tea brews up the exact same color. More importantly, it tastes exactly the same. Pistachio-inflected marzipan. So tasty! Really, really wonderful. But it is to be bought in small quantities and consumed promptly. The most recent brew came out sweet and berry-like, with nary a hint of pistachio. Basically it just tasted like mulberry tea. Meh.

Another sipdown that doesn’t improve my tea count because it never made it onto the list in the first place. Oh, well.

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