1736 Tasting Notes


Another from the ML Collection sampler. I like this one better than I do the Organic Darjeeling Estate from the “normal” Mighty Leaf range. This one has a much gentler, less metallic, taste. It’s also got a more pleasant grapey muscatel edge, and a slight floral hint. Saying that, I only gave this a very brief brew time — 1.5 minutes in boiling water. This yielded a medium brown liquor, which was plenty strong enough for me. I hate darjeelings that are bitter, astringent and metallic tasting, and with bagged versions I’ve learned to be cautious.

This cup has been pleasant so far, but it’s probably not something I’d keep around long term. I prefer loose darjeeling on the whole, and first flush more particularly. Just call me a darjeeling snob.

Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

Funny I prefer teas from Nepal over those from Darjeeling, at least the 2nd flush and autumnal Darjeelings anyway.

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First day back at work today. Boo! Fortunately it’s only for this week, and then I have another week off. I’m finding it hard to get going again, and decided I needed a guayusa this morning to give me a boot. It worked, more or less, I think. I’m still tired and a little grouchy — what is this work thing, anyway? — but I feel more awake than I did!

This is one of my favourite Butiki guayusas, second only to Good Morning Sunshine in my estimation. I like the mint/vanilla combination, and the hint of lavender is pleasant too. It’s very gentle in flavour, but with a good old dose of wake-up from the guayusa base. I don’t get much earthiness from this one, which is a bonus. The flavours themselves are the real centre stage star here. I think I’m going to be relying pretty heavily on this one over the next couple of weeks!

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

It’s certainly an evocative name.

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This was my breakfast tea this morning, and I was almost blown away by it. I knew it would be good, but it’s a little hard to imagine exactly how good until you taste it in person. For my first cup, I followed the pouch parameters and gave 2 tsp of leaf 3.5 minutes in boiling water. Appearance wise, this reminds me strongly of Premium Taiwanese Assam. The leaves are fairly thick, charcoal black/brown in colour, long and very twisty. Measuring is ever a problem, but I got there!

After 3.5 minutes, I’m presented with a fairly light honey-gold liquor. The scent is very bakey — waffles and bread. It’s warm, sweet, and inviting! The initial taste is fairly sweet, with notes of honey and caramel. The bread notes soon take over, however, along with a robust maltiness. It’s sort of yeasty, freshly baked artisan bread, with an edge of sweetness that really is reminiscent of waffles. Deeply rich, maybe almost too much. In the aftertaste, the honey returns with a refreshing note of apricot. Another lovely black tea with a lot to offer. There are definitely good drinking days ahead!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1736 tasting notes

So, after achieving a good number of sipdowns this week, I decided to spend the last day of my holiday drinking teas I’ve been holding back on. I brought out the “I Love Leafhoppers” sampler I got a while back, and this was the first one I tried! From the very first sip, I can see why this one gets so much love on here.

For my first cup, I followed the recommended parameters on the pouch , and gave 2tsp of leaf 4 minutes in boiling water. The most difficult thing was measuring a teaspoon — the leaves are so big they don’t really fit that measure particularly well. In appearance, this reminds me of other taiwanese blacks — the leaves are a very dark brown, almost black, and are very long and twisty.

Brewed, the liquor is a medium golden brown, and the scent is sweet with an edge of malt. The first sip is sweet too, and I can detect flavours of honey and a light fruitiness. This develops into quite rich, grapey flavour with the tiniest hint of high-cocoa chocolate. It lingers sweetly on the tongue, and has a sliky smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel.

I really am starting to love plain blacks, now that I have some tea experience, and feel better able to judge the flavours. This is a lovely one — not quite my favourite of those I’ve tried so far, but definitely up there! I can see many a happy hours before me with this tea.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #23

I quite like this one, on occasion. Basil is one of my favourite herbs, and it pairs well with the mint here. It’s nicely refreshing!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #22

Not my favourite green, but nicely vegetal and smooth. For a bagged tea, not bad.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #21

Another sad sipdown, as this became one of my favoured bedtime blends for a while. I can often taste more rooibos than anything in this kind of blend, but the honey here was very prominent, and very accurate in terms of taste. A possible repurchase, when I’ve got to grips with my stash a little more.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Christina / BooksandTea

Wow! You’re really on a roll.


I saved them up for ages :)

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #20

Sadness. I love elderflower, and yet it’s fairly hard to come by in tea, at least in the UK. That’s how it seems to me, anyway. The only thing I wish this had more of is “champagne”. I think that was probably a reference to the oolong more than any specific flavouring, but the name conjured up wonderful things. It’s light-tasting, fruity, it’s the colour of champagne…it’s so close, but I did find myself wishing there was a little more depth. Maybe iced with some sparkling water? Next time I buy a bag, that’ll be something to try.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Christina / BooksandTea

Do you often order from abroad? There’s a tea shop in London (Ontario, not the UK) that sells straight elder flowers for tea. However, the minimum is $50 for free shipping.


I do order from abroad often — that’s where all the best teas are! There are a few UK suppliers I don’t mind, but my favourites are mostly American.

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #19

This morning’s second cup. I’m not a fan of overly floral teas, so this isn’t one I particularly like. As jasmine tea goes, it’s at least fairly subtle. There are so many teas I like better, though, so I’m not too sad to see this one go.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #18

Yesterday’s mid-afternoon cup. I made this with slightly hotter water than usual (largely because I’m impatient), and was expecting some bitterness. I didn’t get any, though. If anything, the spearminty sweetness was actually more prominent, and the green base more in the background. This might actually have become one of my favourite green tea and mint blends. I like the spearmint much better than peppermint, and the balance of mint/green tea is spot on. A delightful sweet treat, and one of the only Mighty Leaf teas that I’d consider reordering.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Christina / BooksandTea

I’m the same way when it comes to spearmint vs peppermint. Was this a gunpowder green base, or something else?


I’m pretty sure it’s gunpowder, which is why I’m careful with the brew time :) Green tea can be hit and miss for me! Spearmint is lovely, though, and under reprsented when it comes to mint, I think.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 28, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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