100
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
525 tasting notes

500th TASTING NOTE!!!!

I’m celebrating with a cup of my favourite tea of all time. It needs a touch of sugar to nudge the flavours into shining now, but once it’s added it’s as amazing as it ever was.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

Congratulations! And… it seems it is really exceptional tea!

Nattie

Thanks! Yeah, a lot of Butiki’s blends were ): I’ve tried to find a replacement for this and haven’t found anything close.

mrmopar

Go Nattie!

Togo

High five! I just got 500 a couple days ago :D

Roswell Strange

Congrats! Amazing landmark!

Kawaii433

Congratz to you, Nattie and you too, Togo!

ashmanra

Congrats!

derk

Look at you go :) And a 6-year member.

Nattie

Thanks everyone!! :D and congrats to you too @Togo!

Nattie

@derk – I fell of for a couple of years in the middle there when I had some personal issues, so 500 tasting notes in 6 years doesn’t seem that impressive but I’m pretty proud of it! Hopefully by my 7 year Steepsterversary I can reach 700 notes and average 100 a year. (:

Nattie

fell off*

Roxy King

This sounds amazing! I will need to check out the website. I’m new to adding Maple Syrup to tea but this sounds like it would taste amazing with a touch of maple syrup.

Nattie

@Roxy King – The business has unfortunately closed ): I’ve been hoarding this for a while now. The website is still up though. And yep, this is great with maple syrup (:

CrowKettle

Congratulations, Nattie! What a great milestone tea too :)

Nattie

Thanks @CrowKettle! :D it really is.

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Martin Bednář

Congratulations! And… it seems it is really exceptional tea!

Nattie

Thanks! Yeah, a lot of Butiki’s blends were ): I’ve tried to find a replacement for this and haven’t found anything close.

mrmopar

Go Nattie!

Togo

High five! I just got 500 a couple days ago :D

Roswell Strange

Congrats! Amazing landmark!

Kawaii433

Congratz to you, Nattie and you too, Togo!

ashmanra

Congrats!

derk

Look at you go :) And a 6-year member.

Nattie

Thanks everyone!! :D and congrats to you too @Togo!

Nattie

@derk – I fell of for a couple of years in the middle there when I had some personal issues, so 500 tasting notes in 6 years doesn’t seem that impressive but I’m pretty proud of it! Hopefully by my 7 year Steepsterversary I can reach 700 notes and average 100 a year. (:

Nattie

fell off*

Roxy King

This sounds amazing! I will need to check out the website. I’m new to adding Maple Syrup to tea but this sounds like it would taste amazing with a touch of maple syrup.

Nattie

@Roxy King – The business has unfortunately closed ): I’ve been hoarding this for a while now. The website is still up though. And yep, this is great with maple syrup (:

CrowKettle

Congratulations, Nattie! What a great milestone tea too :)

Nattie

Thanks @CrowKettle! :D it really is.

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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