525 Tasting Notes


Fake chocolate scent and flavor :( otherwise a nice EG. I’m going to have trouble getting past the fake flavor though. Maybe my friend might like it …

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Tastyyyy! It’s smells like cereal. And tastes like the toasty rice at the bottom of the pot. The longer this soaked, the better it tasted. I also ate a few grains before adding water. Tasty crunchy snack! I could totally see this as being delicious served as a hot cereal with cream and sugar. It’s also deliciously pure and satisfying as a tea. I want more of this. Moooooore! Where do we find this in the US? :(

Thank you for sharing this with me Sil!!


lol At this rate i’ll have to see if one of the girls can swing by the grocery store and send some to me through internal mail.


That would be amazing!!


apparently you can find some version of this on ebay…and it might be possible to pick it up in health food stores.


the website for this company is http://www.kuqiao123.com/ i found it on the package while investigating tonight…


Thanks for doing the research, Sil. :)


haha yeah. If i make it back to china this year I’ll pick up a few more bags of it. And i’ll see if any of the girls over there mind trying to send me more

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Am I allowed to write about Matcha Pocky on here? Cause I found some in China Town yesterday and I’m eating some now and they are delicious. Even the biscuit part has matcha in it! Anything made with matcha is just so pretty. That green. :)

Anyways, I’m having this Sweet Harvest Pumpkin thanks to Josie Jade. I’m just tearing through that box of samples from her today. :) Plus I really have a craving for buttermilk pumpkin soup, but I don’t have any pumpkin. :( I do have buttermilk though. I think I’ll make a pudding with it later today.

I saw a lot of negative reviews about this due to the stevia. I actually don’t much mind stevia. It’s not as tasty as sugar or honey, but it’s better than Equal or Splenda. So I added a splash or almond milk to this since spiced teas really do taste better milked up. This particular tea tastes like the inside of a pumpkin pie. A bit of that delicious orange squash flavor. Lightly spiced with cinnamon and ginger. brown sugar? Not too bad. It’s a bit thin though. Next time, I might have to use two bags per cup.

EDIT: Husband just came by and made off with my cup of this. haha I think I’ll leave the rest of these tea bags to him. :)


Oooh I should have bought some when I saw them at the drug store. Guess I’ll have to go back.


If there were real truth in labeling, the name should be “Extremely Cloying Harvest Pumpkin.” Doubt it’d sell quite as well, though ;)
(I’m OK with it as long as I dilute or 1/2 and 1/2 with plain black.)


I think I ended up throwing mine away!

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I’m agreeing with Josie Jade on this one. Needs more coconut flavor. The sencha in this is thick and grassy. Is it really Japanese sencha? Maybe I’m just spoiled from Den’s because this is not what good Japanese sencha tastes like to me. This reminds me more of the cheap Chinese sencha that I really don’t like. It doesn’t seem to get astringent, which is good, but neither is it fresh and springy like a quality sencha should taste like. This is overall, a pretty meh tea.

Unless you’re not picky about green tea quality and don’t mind a weaker coconut flavor.

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I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now. I’ve read so many rave reviews about this blend. Thankfully, my book club swap buddy Josie Jade had some to share. :)

Heavy and earthy. Reminds me a bit of keemun and yunnan. Smokey and sweet. Like rock sugar and raisins. Savory umami flavor as well. This is an intriguing blend indeed. I have to say though, I don’t like it all too much. Too much savory for me. I’m still learning so much about black tea. :)

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This tastes much like a milk oolong, only roastier. Creamy fresh afternoon treat. :)

Thanks for the sample Sil!



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Meh. This green tea base seems to be the typical cheap Chinese sencha base that I don’t like. The oddly cooling mentholy and piney lavender is retry well balanced with the sweet fragrant rose. If you like rose and lavender, you’ll like this. And it’s all enhanced with berry flavoring. I’m tasting cherry.
I’m not too impressed with this but I’m grateful to have tried it, thanks to Dustin’s generosity. :)

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
525 tasting notes

Another tasty sample from SIl! Thanks! :)

Naturally honey flavored oolongs are a favorite of mine. This one smells very promising.
Mmm…yes. Honey dipped apples. Specifically, skin on green apples. Barely toasty. Floral sweet, like lychee. This is like a middle ground between green and dark oolongs. I like.

I think all those black teas I’ve been drinking are ruining my taste buds. The lighter teas I used to enjoy are tasting too light! Ack. How do I retrain my taste buds? :(


I am having the same problem! I used to love the lighter blacks and now I pass them over in favor of the strong ones. I suppose as long as I can find tea I love, it doesn’t matter what variation it is. :)


Glad you’re enjoying them :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m the same! I’m trying to make an effort to drink at least one green or white tea per day. Also, I’ve noticed that if I drink several steeping of sheng, it seems to reset my taste buds.
This is also why I made a tea inventory on my computer. I printed it out & put a mark next to each tea as I drink it. The idea is I have to either drink or serve every tea on the list before I can start over, LOL, which resulted in me buying more black teas so that I could be sure & start each day with one of them (at least).

Terri HarpLady

Of course, I’ve already cheated a couple of times…


haha terri!

Terri HarpLady

Ms Theresa is exceptional at setting up systems to organize things, parameters, etc. She’s very left brained that way. The problem is little terri talks her into wasting her talents on things like my tea collection, instead of the office, or the sheet music collection, etc…& then we never really follow her ‘systems’ (we have all kinds of them) for very long at a time, & soon they are forgotten.


I think I’ll stop black tea consumption for a while until my taste buds atop being silly.


oooh not sure i could do that. I don’t love a lot of greens heh, though i prefer them to whites and green oolongs


I think we might have opposite tea taste. For me, it’s green oolong, white, green and then black. I had only been drinking so much black lately because I just discovered that I don’t dislike it entirely. I’m going to slow down my experimentation now though.


haha i could use an opposite tea taster friend! lol I tend to seek out the notes from people who enjoy the things that i don’t typically like to see what i might want to try first.

I think it depends largely on the tea as well because i’ve found a few straight greens and oolongs that i love quite a bit. though not too many. mostly i find they’re sort of take it or leave it..though maybe summer will change that since i only really started down this path starting last august?

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Thank you, Sil, for a sample of this!

I can’t say I’m a fan of Indian teas. Maybe I’ve never had a great one, but they do not interest me. But Taiwanese teas, those are amazing. Love those. So let’s see what happens.

Hmmm… dark hint of cocoa. Mineraly. Veeery smooth. A hit of floral sweetness.

The taste is a like a cross between a dark oolong and Chinese black tea. Is this a result of where the tea was cultivated? I don’t think assam from India tastes like this.

Anyways, tasty but not too interesting. I do think my fascination of black tea is slowing down. I’m gonna go back to basics with some green teas. Maybe it’s a seasonal thing. :)


I feel the same about green, I should take more time to appreciate them now.

Terri HarpLady

I was actually thinking the same, or maybe of doing a green/white tea day once a week…still thinking about it.


yes, I am picky with green teas, they shouldn’t have any astringency…I can bear some in blacks but none in greens !

Terri HarpLady

Also, if I drink green tea on an empty stomach, I will throw up, but I can usually enjoy a cup of black tea before breakfast without nausea.


I really only truly enjoy Japanese greens. And it will be easy to drink them when it gets warm as they make fantastic cold brews. :)


hmmm i’ll have to pay attention to your tasting notes and see if any of them inspire me to try a green cold brew. I’m pretty sure i’ve never tried a straight green as a bold brew.


I might not log it since I’ve had them before, but anything from Den’s is a good bet.

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm…I’ve never done a green cold brew, or really even tried green tea over ice


It’s good! All smooth and sweet without the astringency people fear from greens. :)

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drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
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I approve! Tastes like those candies in the neon yellow wrappers on a malty black base. Only lightly astringent. It has the same flavor that’s used in the Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake but without the tasty spices. For that reason, I prefer the pumpkin version as I looove my spices.


oooh that sounds delicious. I love their caramel pumpkin cheesecake


Jealous. Why can’t mind taste that good.

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I came from a tea drinking family, but I never appreciated the different qualities and varieties of tea until older. All that time wasted! But I guess I needed to be mature enough to appreciate the tea experience. :)

My favorite teas are green oolongs and white tea. I also love greens, especially gyokuro. I have a huge appreciation for rooibos and honeybush as they are often that only thing I can drink in the evening. I am a relatively new convert to black teas. This is unfortunate for my wallet but extremely wonderful for my palate. :)

In any case, I have a love for both flavored and unflavored teas. They are different experiences for sure, but both enjoyable. I find that it often depends on my mood.

I am on a quest to find a tea that will win my husband over. I think I’m making some headway…

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