1113 Tasting Notes

I’m shocked no one has reviewed this yet!

My husband got me some for my birthday, and I tried it this morning. It DOES taste just like Starbucks! I know because on my actual birthday I went to Starbucks for my free drink (if you register any gift card online you get a free drink on your birthday!) and so I just had the real deal recently.

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It’s my birthday!!!

I’ve had a nice relaxing morning so far. Woke up and made a cup of Laoshan Black (yum) and made a Dutch Baby with fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar on top (also YUM). Then my husband gave me some of my gifts…all were tea so far LOL!

He got me the Starbuck’s matchaccino copy from RedLeaf, and a HUGE box from Butiki including-

The Black Lotus
Blackberry Lime Guayusa
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black
2009 Banchang tree Puerh (having that one now, SO GOOD!)
Kenyan Silver Needle

Stacy also threw in some excellent samples! Birthday cake (totes apropos) the NEW Chocolate Espresso with Strawberry Cream frosting (OMG can’t wait) and the phase one butterscotch chai trial, and a new Taiwanese Black! Thanks Stacy!!!

Tonight I’m going to a neat local event the call Zoo Brew. They close the local Zoo for the evening and people pay to get in and there are a TON of booths with food and beer samples of all sorts. My husband is actually in the local homebrew club so he will be there with 5 gallons of his donated beer (an Amber Ale) serving samples to the masses. The homebrew club booth is always the MOST popular…these guys are fantastic brewers but they can’t SELL their beer without the proper licensing, but they CAN donate it to events like this! People go nuts for their unique and tasty beers :) Anyway should be a great time if it doesn’t get rained out!


Happy birthday!


Sounds like a great start to your day! Way to go hubby on the gifts! And I love Dutch Babies, especially with honey. My mom has always made them for her kids on their birthdays. Wish there was a way to make them delicious without half a stick of butter.


Happy birthday!


Happy Birthday!


Happy birthday, enjoy your tea. As an ex-homebrewer I’m sure the Zoo Brew will be a fun change of pace for your taste buds. Have fun!


Happy birthday!!!


Happy Birthday Stephanie, have fun tonight :-)


Happy Birthday!! Sounds like it’s already off to a great start!!


Happy Birthday!!!!!

carol who

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a lot of fun!


Happy Birthday, Stephanie!


Thanks everyone!

Dustin I will PM you my Dutch Baby recipe, we can compare notes :)


Happy birthday! Hope you have a great time at the Zoo!

Butiki Teas

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fantastic day! Your hubby happened to mention that the teas were for your Bday, so had to throw in a sample of the Birthday Cake. FYI, the Butterscotch Chai is not going to happen. Just feel as though it is not right but it tastes great with sugar. Have fun at the Zoo Brew! That sounds awesome!


Happy Birthday amazing tea friend!!!! Have lots of fun !!!!


A late happy birthday to you! Butiki for birthday – perfect! We have something for kids called the Zoo BOO around here. haha.

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Yum, I knew this would be fab. Thanks boychik!

Can’t really go wrong with a bold Yunnan black, or anything Damn Fine teas has to offer. So good. Seriously, think you want to order something from them? Just go for it.


Damn Fine!

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Well, this is really different. Thanks for sharing boychik :)

I steeped this Western style for about 2 minutes. It DOES have some really strange tongue numbing effects. I’m not getting any bitterness, but it does have a strange under-ripe veggie flavor. The liquor SMELLS really sweet though. There are some complex notes I’m having trouble identifying. I am enjoying this. And the dry leaf is really twisty and fuzzy and pretty. I’ve gotten so many beautiful teas lately, I think I want to do some artsy tea photography this weekend. Doesn’t that sound fun? :)


That does sound fun. And I love beautiful teas. I love the look of white teas. I think they’re really pretty to look at the dry tea.


Great idea!! I love taking pictures of tea, it’s so inspiring :-)

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Thanks to Angel at TeaVivre for a new batch of samples for review. Always my pleasure :)

This is a wonderful nutty green! Sweet creamy corn and fresh peas. Slight floral/fruity overtones. Light bodied but enough flavor to satisfy. Very nice :)

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Sounds delicious!

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I’ve been drinking this one all day! Thanks Terri

This has a nice bold tangy, tongue tingling flavor! A little stone fruit notes in the middle steeps. Quite nice! There is some very light smoke aroma, but almost no smokey taste is detectable. The chaqi is really great on this one. I’ve been zipping along all day! Go sheng! heh


I have a tea buzzzzz

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My afternoon tea was half Mandala Special Dark with a bagged Traditional Medicinals organic ginger thrown it. Quite a nice combo! Helped with my belly after too much Indian food as well ;)

Good idea Boychik


Pu-pu to the rescue!

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I had Indian buffet for lunch and ordered a chai with it. Not the best tea ever but it went really nicely with the meal. SO FULL NOW! Buffets are dangerous!


hehehe, but so good ;)

Terri HarpLady

probably a good time for a nap ;)


Now I am back at work and you’re right Terri, all I want is a nap. Buffet was a BAD PLAN! :P


You got some mint tea around?


I just dug through my tea desk. No mint…I’ve got straight ginger tea, or some shu. Those are my best bets I think!


you can even mix them up


Yeah, I think I might try that :)

Butiki Teas

Indian buffets are the best! The hubby and I are meeting some friends out for Dosa night tonight. For $12 you get all you can eat dosas, with 25 varieties. I’m going to be feeling like you soon. Hahaha.


I love Dosas! My husband and I made them once. They were trickier than most Indian dishes :) But so good and thin and crispy once we finally got it right!


Oh you gals made me hungry…now all I can think about is eating Naan bread dipped in Dal!!!

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-Nice! I’ve always wanted to make dosas but they look tricky and we don’t have a great flat grill.


TheTeaFairy I think lentils are my favorite part of Indian food. I love beans and lentils and Indian dishes are the BEST.

Stacy, my husband has a cast iron pizza “stone” (our ceramic ones kept breaking) and it worked perfectly for dosas.


Was it the place by the mall?


Nope, Marzipan that one is no longer a buffet :)

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-That sounds like it would work perfectly.


Buffets are the best way to go in my opinion! Love the choices.

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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.


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