1113 Tasting Notes


Thanks so much Jennkay for a sample of this tea!

I love Japanese greens but I’m not sure I’ve ever tried a bancha! The dry leaves look very fresh and HUGE. Brewed up it is extremely green and vegetal tasting and smelling, like spinach or maybe kale, but somewhat sweet and almost a little spicy. It is a very interesting change up from the types of greens I’m used to! Very fun to try :)

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
1113 tasting notes

OMG this is even better than I remember it being. Once again, kudos Stacy and JustJames…major WIN on this blend! So perfect. I can’t think of a single thing I would change about it. I absolutely adore it hot, but I am quite excited to try it iced this summer. Coconut banana tropical iced tea? Heck yes!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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Oooh, haven’t thought about icing it but I bet it would be fantastic!


That sounds amazing!

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ohhhh, I’m really not the best person to be writing the first note on this tea, haha. Welp, here goes nothing!

First off, thanks very much to boychik for the sample! I’m a moron and forgot to do a rinse before my first steep, which I did in my semi-western style. 1 min steep. I have never had a shu this sweet! I am assuming it is a shu?? I’m not even sure, it tastes so different…no dark woodsy musty notes, but definitely a fermented taste here. There is a faint taste of bamboo shoots…perhaps from the basket?

I’m not sure if this is something I’d want to drink regularly, but I’m enjoying it this morning and just appreciating how DIFFERENT it is. I will be interested to see if the next steeps change much flavor-wise.


It is different. I couldn’t do more than one steep and I rinsed it.


Hei cha is deeply fermented most of the time. It is basically a “loose” puerh I think.

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I drank a to-go mug of this while I taught my block printing class this afternoon. It helped keep me alert but not jittery and tasted lemony and great! My class went really well but now I’m so tired and kind of have an adrenaline hangover headache, lol. I will feel much more confident if I get to do this again, and way less nervous the next time :)

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

oh gosh, I know the exact headache you’re talking about. I didn’t know anyone else got those.


I can imagine its so much pressure to teach. I’m sure it will be smoother with each class;)

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I’ve been saving my sample of this for a special occasion. I’m teaching my first class later today and I am SO NERVOUS! Looking for that theanine calmness :)

Anyway, of course this tea is amazingly sweet and smooth and vegetal. Very luxurious and velvety. Wish I could drink this more often! I do enjoy sencha as well but this is definitely a special treat!

155 °F / 68 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

good luck with the class!


Good luck!


good luck!


Good luck! :)


Good luck!!!


Good luck!!


I also really like this tea. And good luck with your class!


Thanks everyone! It went really well :D I feel silly for being so nervous now lol. Yay!!

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Got my Butiki box today. YAY!!!

This reminds me SO MUCH of Good Morning Sunshine, minus the guayusa. It is very good, creamy, lemony, tasty tasty…but probably will not be a re-purchase for me. I get why everyone is raving about it though and am totally glad I tried it! :D

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

ooooh, I just ordered some stuff from them recently and I hope mine arrives soon :)

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
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I got a nice sample of this from Jennkay Thanks!

I was extremely curious about a “premium” CTC tea…and on a quest to Try All the Butikis!

This was a very nice bold malty breakfast tea. I enjoy the flavor, but I only really get the one flavor note from it. I’m ok with that though, since that one single flavor is so nice! I will have no problem at all finishing the sample but I doubt it’ll be a re-buy for me. So many other nice black teas out there, even others from Butiki!

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I had been hoarding the very last of this tea. I love all of Verdant’s Laoshan offerings, but this one is pretty high on that list :) It is so sweet and vegetal and tangy and creamy all at the same time. Sad to see it go but I know there’ll always be something from Laoshan in my cupboard so it’s all good.


I should stop hoarding this tea;)


drink it while it’s fresh!


I am so bad at hoarding my Verdant teas, they are just sooo good that running out is tragic!

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Sample sipdown! Found this one in my desk drawer at work. I think it was from BrewTEAlly Sweet ages ago!

Good stuff. So rare for me to like a vanilla tea, much less one with lavender. A testament to Stacy’s blending wizardry, I suppose! I’d re-order this one but I slightly prefer the Good Morning Sunshine for my flavored guayusa kick :)


I can’t make up my mind on those two blends! I thought The Killer’s Vanilla would be good for starting off an all-nighter, while Good Morning Sunshine would keep me awake long enough to physically hand in the paper later in the afternoon.. Maybe that’s too much guayusa.


hahaha :)


Blending wizardry is right.

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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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