1113 Tasting Notes

drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1113 tasting notes

New Harvest from the November Classic Club box. Yep, still tasty :D

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Oh wow! Thank you for the sample of this with my order, Stacy. Now I know what I’ve been misssing!

No wonder everyone goes gaga over this one. So much going on here. It was love at first sip! :)

This also explains why the Caramel Vanilla Assam and Hello Sweetie are so popular as well! I might have to do a side by side some day of this and Laoshan black so I can pick a favorite black tea. SO GOOD! :D

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Another sample from the awesome BrewTEAlly Sweet!

Ehh, it’s not bad. I like the coconut flavor but honestly it is a little on the weak side. Glad I got to try it :)

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Ha ha we both like our coconut-iness STRONG!

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Thanks so much BrewTEAlly Sweet for sending me a sample of this one :)

I steeped at 200 degrees for 3.5 minutes. I can see why everyone is so fond of this one! This is very enjoyable with a natural maple flavor. I can’t stand artificial maple so you know if I like this tea it has got it going on! I drank it unsweetened, but it was still a treat! Very buttery. Perfect with pumpkin coffee cake for breakfast this morning :)

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Mmmmm sounds delicious! I should have sent you a slice of the pumpkin bread from work as well:)

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Another fabulous new tea! I have been loving anything with tart rhubarb lately, and the vanilla bean pairs perfectly with it here. I might be inspired to make homemade vanilla rhubarb tea infused jam next summer! If I am tasting the hops at all, they are pretty subtle. There is a pleasant subtle bitterness that I think might be them peeking out. I had my homebrewing husband taste the tea and he couldn’t detect the hops at all shrug. I’m thinking this would be a kickass iced tea.

I vote for Amarillo hops in the next beer tea blend! They are my favorite. Anyone a fan of Gumballhead beer by Three Floyds? I guess it is made in Indiana so probably not available all over the country. Beer import laws state to state are so screwy and weird. shrug

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Did you try this one with a little sugar at all? It works so well. Just a tiny bit too much and the hops flavor disappears. The Willamette hops are more of a spicy flavor than anything. They don’t really add that bitterness like the Cascade hops that we used for the Peach HoppiTea. Last time I went hop shopping they were completely out of Amarillo, which is what I wanted to work with the most. Next time I will have to pick some up.


I probably added a bit too much sugar then- about a teaspoon in 8oz. Next time I’ll try a half or a quarter tsp! Yay Amarillo hops in the future :)

PS- the re-steep was almost as good as the first steep! Good tea!

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Stephanie-Ahhh, I see. If you try it without sugar before adding the sugar, I think you would be able to find the hops fairly easily. This hops is kind of cinnamon-y, clove-y, woody. I hope I can find some Amarillo. Good to hear the re-steep worked for you!

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Oooh, first tasting note!

This tea exemplifies everything I love about Butiki teas. The delicious darjeeling base tea is wonderfully malty, nutty and very present within the blend. The flavorings taste totally natural and well balanced. It is almost like I added a shot of Irish cream to the tea, but without the alcohol tang. Also, I think the addition of marshmallow leaf is just perfect. Lovely and creamy and wonderful for breakfast today!


jealous! my order is so far away… lol


I agree, it is a great breakfast tea!

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I was afraid this was going to happen! Dangit, why does this tea have to be so good! I love good Puerh and this one has such a malty sweet toasty ricey goodness about it. Irresistible! Putting this one on my re-order list. Sadly my cupboard is exploding so no new orders for a while. I will have to savor what I’ve got of this one :)


This was the tea that inspired me to place my first Butiki order! Such a good tea. :)


It sounds gooood.


hahahaha just realised this was another tea i forgot to pick up with my order from stacy. ah well…there are still a few days, AND there will be new teas for an excuse to order again lol

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Thank you for the sample brewTEAlly sweet!

Smells like hazelnut coffee! But whoa…the taste is super artificial! And there is some licorice or something going on…bleh! Glad I got to try it but I’m going to have to dump it out. Wah wah.

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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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