518 Tasting Notes


I wish I’d read the directions and recommendations a little better before I started to realize I would be drinking this tea all day. I probably would have done this at home where I have a smaller mug.

But I’m still loving every minute.

Each infusion has been different and delicious. I agree with the description. I think the fourth so far has been my favorite, although I really liked the third as well, and the fifth that I’m enjoying right now is also very nice. (Not to say that one and two weren’t good as well because they were.)

I wish I’d thought to keep notes as I was drinking this. I was surprised at how almost (but not quite) orange it was to start, and the floral notes I found, and the kind of honey it had, before it finished tangy metallic-ish.

I’m really enjoying it.

I wish I’d taken notes.

I’m at work and doing so many things today that this tea has kept me company all day, through so many different things, as each huge mug has enveloped and comforted me.

Looking at the dry leaves before I started, I wasn’t expecting this to be as light as it is, but it’s pretty light.

I’ve been following the brewing directions as I found them on the website for each different infusion. I’m on 5 right now, and I think I’m going to save the leaves to have a couple more tomorrow.

Brenden, I’m sorry I didn’t do this tea justice with my tasting note. It’s really spectacular.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

I,m glad I have some of this coming my way :-)


I just got a sample of it, but I will order more.


Sounds glorious!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I LOVE this dancong! :) It’s definitely a morpher, though :)


It absolutely is a morpher. Absolutely loving it through each different infusion, enjoying hour it changes with each.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

It took me a really long time to figure out how to brew dancong oolongs. I spent about a year working on the best technique for worry-free brewing. I really didn’t enjoy them until I figured that out :)


I’m glad you did. I followed your directions and this turned out perfectly. :)


Oh I’m glad I read this comment, a year is a long time, I’ll be a good girl then and follow your parameters :-)

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Haha yep, I went through ~4lbs of this stuff over the past year figuring it out :P

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This tea was one I ordered on a whim after seeing a review of it on my dashboard just before placing my Butiki order. I’m really glad I did as it’s a fun one.

I added just a touch of sweetener to this one as it was steeping. It really is root beer and just a little bit of creamy goodness. About halfway through my mug, I added some milk and it really made it wonderful.

I’m happy with this decision. I’m not sure it’s one I will always stock, but I can see ordering this one again. I’m always looking for a good caffeine free option and this was a fun one.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

This is spot on with the root beer taste, I like it best cold brewed.


I figure that’s next on my list of ways to try this. Stacy’s got the root beer down perfectly.

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drank Moroccan Mint Tea by The Tea Spot
518 tasting notes

I did this one today as a cold steep. It could probably use a little longer as it’s only been in my fridge for maybe 6 hours. I could really taste the green, and it smelled spearmint, but the flavor of the spearmint wasn’t very strong yet. Still yummy.

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drank Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea
518 tasting notes

I kept this sample from the box, and I’m just now getting around to it, because I wanted it on a day when I needed it.

Today was a day when I needed it.

And this was very, very good. I still have several resteeps to go. I think I will be enjoying this one for the rest of the day. I wish I’d started with this one sooner, actually.

I love the balance of the white tea with the jasmine. Neither overpowers, but they’re both very there. Delicious. I love how a good white is delicate and complex, and this one is. The jasmine just balances it very completely. I love jasmine, and this is a very, very nice jasmine.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

I just bought this and I love it too!


It is really nice. I also really love the Teavivre Jasmine White Needle.

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drank Longjing by TenFu's Tea
518 tasting notes

My friend Colin was often in China for work. I just recently found this out. I told him I was looking for tea. He sent this to me as it is one of his favorites. Of course, now that I know about his whole often in China thing, and that he loves tea and would send me tea (and wouldn’t let me pay him for it!!!) then he gets a new job and I no longer have a source to pick me up tea. Ah well.

This tea actually has a date on the side of the vacuum sealed bag of 2014.12.3 so it’s quite fresh. And it looks and tastes like it’s that fresh.

It’s very green tasting, like a cross between spinach and green beans, not quite either, but definitely some of both. It’s almost slippery it’s so buttery. I’m loving it.

This is both energizing and comforting in the the same mug. I am working from home today and pretty busy, so I didn’t really have time to pull out the small tea set he sent me to make this tea in, but it’s definitely on my to do list. (Yeah, Colin wouldn’t let me pay for that, either. Or any of the other teas he sent.)

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

Colin is a good friend:-) But no more Chinese tea mule? Bummer!


It is very sad that I no longer have a Chinese tea mule. I am still somewhat secretly hoping for a last surprise tea package to arrive. He was supposed to be in China until the 29th, but put in his notice when he got the other job, saying he would finish the trip and the wrap up when he got back stateside, but they decided he would finish the week and come home. I don’t know how much shopping he got done before he was quickly returned to the states. I’m secretly keeping my fingers crossed but not expecting anything.

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
518 tasting notes

This is a very nice oolong. Thank you so much, Stacy, for sending me this sample. (I read afterward that this is normally not available as a sample, so QUADRUPLE THANKS!!)

I did mine western style, but I imagine this would have been even more amazing gongfu style.

It started with very rich roasty notes, like deep dark chocolate. mmmm. The sip somehow left that darkness behind, ending almost a touch sweet, almost sweet, kind of like when you’re making caramel and the phone rings so you get pulled away at just the wrong moment, and it gets too dark, but somehow you managed to save it before it was black but it’s still almost there, too dark for what you wanted to use it for, but still good for something.

It lingers. It envelops. It made me yearn for another sip. And another, until I was almost gulping it down. I really enjoyed this.

the resteep didn’t taste quite as dark chocolaty, instead being more roasty toasty, but the not quite sweet was still there.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

strange…. mine didn’t taste anything like you described


Strange. Things taste different to different people. I ordered more of this but haven’t had it since I got it. Maybe I’ll have some tomorrow and see how it is then.

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I’ve noticed this one can taste pretty different depending how it is brewed. I’m actually thinking I prefer this one western brewed since the chocolate notes are much stronger.

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
518 tasting notes

I liked this tea a lot, but perhaps not quite as much as I built it up to be.

I tried it unsweetened at first, and it was decent, but I wasn’t really getting the pistachio like i’d hoped to. Then I added a little sweetness to it, and it was transformed. Not quite ice cream, but quite nice and creamy, and I finally could taste the pistachio.

I don’t know if I’d order this one, but I’m really glad that Stacy sent me a sample of it to try. I definitely wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered to me.

ETA – I’ve resteeped this and added just the barest touch of sweetener. I like it better that way, and the resteep is still nice.

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
518 tasting notes

Stacy sent me a sample of this tea with my order. I’m so glad she did. This oolong is outstanding. It’s nice and light, a little green with great floral notes, and an incredibly creamy mouth feel.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Definitely remember to add just a touch of sugar to this tea. It makes an outstanding tea that much better.


This tea is great for waking up. I love the juiciness of the blackberry (this is why you need the sugar. It really wakes up the blackberry) and the perfect balance of the lime. So yummy!!!

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drank Dream On (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
518 tasting notes

I needed a good, calming tea for last night before bed. This was one of the teas I ordered to get free shipping. It’s okay. I’m not sure I really gave it a fair shot last night, so I’ll try again.

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Still relatively new to drinking teas, or so I feel, even though I’ve been at it for several months now.

I’m drinking more and more of different varieties of tea.

It’s been a few months that I’ve been on here. I’ve expanded from greens and flavored teas to now I’m all about the oolongs and some unflavored blacks. I’m mostly drinking unflavored teas now, but there are a few of those flavored ones that have a special place in my heart.

Pu-erh is also something I’ve recently found that I enjoy.

I have four kitties and a spouse.


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