Mi Xian Black

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 15 oz / 432 ml

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  • “I should probably stop picking this tea up. Not because it’s a bad tea but when you’ve got a stupidly long list of amazing teas from Stacy, at some point, SOME of them need to fall off the list. ...” Read full tasting note
  • “Ok…. I swear I’m reviewing this tea, brewing up a mate and making a matcha latte and going to work for at least a few hours, if not an all-nighter. Being a grad student sucks, especially when you...” Read full tasting note
  • “Sad sip-down! I really like this one. I drank this at work, so I didn’t steep it at boiling and I got a whole new flavor profile. This time it seemed even smoother and I swear there were mushroom...” Read full tasting note
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Our Mi Xian Black tea is sourced from Ali Shan region in Taiwan. This exquisite premium grade tea utilizes the Chin Xin varietal and is pesticide free. Mi Xian Black is a relatively new style of black tea and is very rare. Similar to our Gui Fei Oolong, leafhoppers are allowed to bite the leaves in order initiate the plant’s healing process which produces a honey-like aroma. Juicy peach and honey notes mingle and linger. Some lychee and mild citrus notes can also be detected. This smooth and mellow tea is sweet with a creamy mouth-feel.

Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes 30 seconds
Recommended Amount: 2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)

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I had a lovely tea party yesterday with my parents. I made finger sandwiches, jam thumbprint cookies, poppyseed shortbread cookies and a couple types of tea, one being Mi Xian Black.
I adore this tea and felt that it would be a great choice to let my parents try. They both loved it too. My dad was very interested in the history of the honey notes of the tea and happy the process was not like kopi luwak coffee…. He loved the natural honey flavor and could taste fresh citrus. My dad is a chef so I was not too surprised at him noticing this tea’s subtlety. My mother really enjoyed this tea as well, she said it had such a clean flavor and that most straight black teas she has tried have a “mustiness.” She really has only tried grocery store teas.
I replied, “Welcome to the world of fine teas!”
They both now want to come over regularly and pick things out of my cupboard to try.
But what really shocked me is that my mom brought me a small gift. A yixing teapot!
I couldn’t believe it. She picked it up in a thrift store. It still has a little sand in the bottom which makes me think it has never been used or loved…
This is my first yixing teapot. I think I have the perfect tea to love this teapot…Mi Xian!


That’s adorable, and it sounds like a fantastic time! Would you mind sharing the poppyseed shortbread recipe?


Sure! I just need to get it typed up and I’ll message it to you.


Could I get a copy too? Shortbread and poppyseed sound like a divine combination :)


Awesome! My husband thanks you in advance ;)


Awesome thrift store find!!! Your tea party sounded lovely too :)

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cute pot! :)


That pot is adorable.

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1779 tasting notes

I enjoyed this so much last night that I had to have another cup today. I do that. I’ll love something so much that I’ll drink it exclusively and then, BAM! Gone! (216)

I’ll need to get more eventually. Maybe for Stacy’s birthday sale. :D

It’s funny – drinking it today I notice far more peachy notes than I do with the honey. It’s much fruiter and juicier than I remember from last night. Is it the cup that makes a difference? Who knows. I’ll resteep it and mull on this further.


Ohh, I keep ignoring this one. Will have to pick some up next time I order (birthday sale for sure!).

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676 tasting notes

Thank you Stacy for this juicy tea sample!

I can understand why Stacy stocks this tea so that she has plenty on hand for herself! It’s really good tea!

This morning, when I saw the words ‘Black Tea’ on the sample packet, I casually picked it up thinking, "OK, a nice Black Tea for my morning kick in Le derrière ".

The leaves were long and beautiful. Chocolate brown twisty fingers.
With such dark leaves the liquor was lighter than I expected,
very clear and fragrant, with a scent like apricots and honey.

Before tasting my tea I went to the freezer and took out a few of my prized dried California Apricots (the plump ones that are hard to get ) and cut them up to gather the aroma. ‘Sniff’
The scent was the same as the tea!

I took a sip and the black tea was honey apricot without any maltiness. The mouth feel was rich and full even though you would have imagined at first that the tea was light as a feather.
The smoothness hides the slightest tingle of astringency as the tea cools. There is plenty of juiciness and sweetness, but it’s really all about the golden apricot honey which is hypnotic and swishes you away.

Being raised in Northern California, Apricots were plentiful and never cold packed like the kind you find in the stores today.
My mom (Pat) canned them, grandma (Lolita) made jam, and I picked them off trees to eat fresh, made desserts, and froze them for my kids as popsicles.

Before Silicon Valley was ‘Silicon Valley’ it was agricultural and had orchards and Canneries. Sunkist, Del Monte, S&W, Hunts, Libby’s, and Marianni’s all were there, and in the Summer the teens from my High School worked cutting ‘Cots’.
(Yes, there were no McDonald’s jobs because in the earlier 1960’s there were almost NO fast food restaurants!)
You cut ‘Cots’ (apricots) and got blisters on your hands for minimum wage, and were glad for it! If you were frugal, you might earn enough in a Summer to buy a $100-$200 used car!

Years later, (1980’s) across from the Apple Computer World Headquarters in Cupertino, I noticed an acre of huge drying flats of apricots laying in the sun at Marianni’s Cannery. The old and the new were side by side (and now gone).
A last remnant of what was once a lush valley of 100,000 that had been replaced with concrete and a population of over a million people.

Some have never tasted an apricot fresh off the tree when the sun has ripened it with a blush of red on the skin. The sweetness at just the right moment is juicy and bursting with life.
Try to stop at a stand where they are fresh if you can.

This youtube is somewhat bizzare, shows a 1955 film of Silicon Valley agriculture (a silent movie with soundtrack). Makes me want to cry because it’s gone! I lived for 12 years across from a Prune orchard and vineyard which are part of a freeway now. http://youtu.be/-PacfbdTIms

This tea for me was one reminder of my childhood and I want pass this kind of flavor memory forward like my family did with me.
One of the reasons that I love the organic farms and buying local!

Thanks Stacy! (I know Stacy tastes PEACHES but I taste APRICOT)


Fresh apricots on the tree! Peaches and apricots are my fondest memory of golf courses in the Okanagan! That area is by far my most favourite place in Canada and the US!


Oh my! My grandpa had a partnership in a golf course and owned a golf cart company. He got to do his dream job, a Scot going from one golf course to another…one was Pebble Beach.I went to the course before I left and took pictures not knowing if I’d ever see it again. You should take pictures too. I’d like to see your favorite place.


Thanks Bonnie – your story reminds me of my childhood. I had horses and our pasture backed up to an apple orchard. The apples were so plentiful that hundreds would drop off into our pasture – WAY in the back by the fence line. Our horses would eat them up and we would find those that had recently fallen and were not crushed or black and eat those up. We would take rides to the back line and collect bags full of them and take back to the house.
Nothing like tree fresh fruit no matter what kind it is.
I miss those days too.
Luckily – the family who owns the orchard still owns the property and home there and the orchard is still going strong!
I just no longer have access to the apples. lol


Wish I had some of those apples too, for apple pie and spicy cinnamon applesauce and apple everything! (oh apple tart!)

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Bonnie-What a story. Thank you so much for sharing. You brought me back to my childhood. I grew up in a town with mostly dirt roads and farms. They are now all housing developments and schools which makes me a bit sad. I must say, I relate things a bit more to peaches than apricots. Our area has a lot of peaches and a wide variety of them. There are these “doughnut peaches” here that are named that because they are short and fat in the shape of a doughnut. They only appear at farmer stands for 1-2 weeks at the beginning of the summer and 1-2 weeks at the end of the summer. They are super juicy and sweet and remind me of this tea. Apricots in our area are not as common. I have yet to have a great apricot but your story is making me want to seek one out. :)


I’ve seen the doughnut peaches. I lived further north up by Chico, California (2 hours north of Sacramento) in the 1990’s. They grow peaches, and kiwi’s there among other fruits.
My mother always canned Freestone peaches which I loved the best. Apricots are wonderful off the tree but what you get in the stores isn’t how they taste ripe and fresh. It reminds me of the difference between bag tea and loose leaf!

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One day I will have to try a fresh picked apricot. :)

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Thanks for this review Bonnie!
I have a sample (from Butiki, thanks Stacy) of Mi Xian Black that I’m planning on enjoying tomorrow morning probably. I love love love peaches & apricots, so much that I have one of each trees in my backyard (along with an apple, cherry, & a variety of berries). There is nothing like homegrown!


I look forward to hearing what you think Terri.

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1113 tasting notes

Mmm, this one steeped up bright and fruity for me today. I want to sip and savor it but I also want it to hurry up and wake me up…I have the afternoon sleepies.


Joining you (surprised?) on the afternoon sleepys front!! I can barely keep my head up LOL.

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Same here. Exhausted. Had to wake up extra early to prepare for a tasting workshop that we gave today and will probably be working until 2am to get weekend orders out but I could pass out right now.


At least business is going well, I guess? Sometimes sleepiness is worth it!

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Stephanie-Absolutely! The workshop went well too. I love meeting and talking with people about tea.


I’m so jealous—I wish I could come to one of your tasting events!

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709 tasting notes

After the tasty but a bit lackluster Ceylon of this morning I wanted to try something that would wow me. I have seen a lot of love for this tea so I figured it was time to give it a go. The leaves are very long, thin and twisty which made measuring some out an experience but I got there in the end.

Steeped, I get another orange cuppa with aromas of citrus and cream. That might be a mental association because of the colour, but that is what my mind gives me! The flavours are a bit of a chameleon, starting rather plain and light, leading me to think I had under steeped it. After cooling a bit though I get some creaminess and a definite natural sweetness that really appeals with some stone fruit flavours. At the end of the sip things morph back to a ‘regular’ OP sort of taste, but with each sip the flavours accumulate. This is not one to have with a snack as you lose the concentration of flavours when you eat or drink something else.

This one is a lot more interesting than some other Butiki Teas for me but at $6.35/.5 ounce (that’s only 14 grams, folks!) I definitely won’t be restocking. Wow, this is probably one of the most expensive teas I have ever drank. I wavered when ordering but hoped that it would be manna from heaven based on the reviews. Alas, not so much. I estimate I will get 4 cups from this .5 ounce, so this is about $1.50 per cup. That is a hard pill to swallow. I think I will try re-steeping later to see what I get. Rating reflects cost and value.


Considering the cost of beverages that have no health benefits, the cost of a small Starbucks coffee or glass of wine…this tea is a good deal. The rating system was never meant to judge cost. I know my comments will sound offensive but I don’t like tea marginalized. I live way below middle income myself, but the tea I purchase carefully is based on taste and quality…not cost per cup.


I don’t happen to be willing to spend my money on Starbucks coffee or wine myself. I have many teas that I infinitely prefer which cost significantly less, even from Butiki. I stand behind rating my teas with an eye to value unless something changes in the Steepster system. Thanks for your points though!


Sorry this tea isn’t your thing, Uniquity. But I totally get what you’re saying about preference, and personal value too. Reminds me of my perfume collection. I have a couple ultra expensive ones that, according to my personal tastes, pale in comparison to some that only cost half as much. Works for me!


Exactly. I love some less expensive tea’s which probably balances the budget. This isn’t my criteria for purchasing the tea’s, it’s always based on taste and leaf.


Unfortunately, for me this isn’t a stellar tea at any price point. It may have got a 75 from me if it were half the price. At this price, it got a 69. Not a world of difference between the two. It just didn’t have a spark for me. If it did, I too would reorder (within reason.)


I’ll hop off my soap box, I wasn’t trying to pick on you…it’s one of my things…and another is when someone has eaten a food they don’t like then they drink tea and comment that the tea doesn’t taste good because of the food so they rate it low. That is a pet peeve of mine. How is that the fault of the tea? Or when someone is sick and can’t taste the tea…and they say they can’t taste it and rate it low. Arrrr! Drink your so-so tea when sick and tastebuds are gone and save the great tea for when you get well! OK…here I go being an old fart lady again. Sorry!


Uniquity, it probably just means that you don’t like this tea enough anyway to be ok to pay that price. I can understand that


That’s a great way to put it, Ysaurella!

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648 tasting notes


I got pregnant last spring and within a couple of months realized that being pregnant made me hate tea. I’d open my cupboard and all the flavored tea smells mingling together turned my stomach. So I basically spent 30 weeks not drinking tea. Except for Tetley, the old Canadian grocery store standby. And make that 30 weeks plus 5 weeks because now I have a five week old tiny human.

I have been trying to get my tea love back (lust, really), starting with old favorites that are a sure thing, like creamy earl greys and some butiki teas and kusmi and harney and sons. Hating tea has been bad news for my over the top flavored tea stash… I’m hoping they’re all still good. I’ve been giving samples away to friends so that someone could enjoy them. Was even debating doing an ebay listing or something.

I am in no position to review anything really at this point, but consider this one of my “dipping my toes back in” teas. Anything super flavored still makes me cringe. All I have wanted to do over the last 9 months is drink coffee, and that remains the case.

Bear with me! Bare with me? Either one will do!

I have basically forgotten all the tea brewing and reviewing rules!!

(Edited to correct an annoying typo. Sorry!)




Congratulations!! We all go through phases and you’ll get back into drinking tea when you’re ready. :-)


Congratulations! (:




You’re back!!! Yay! Congrats on the baby! That’s awesome!


YAY! happy to have you back and grats on the bundle of baby love!


Congratulations! :)


I’m happy to see you back too! Somehow I missed this post but when I saw your comment I lit right up! I hope you can get back into tea without too much fuss. Also, I recommend DT’s Mother’s Little Helper to help zonk you out before bed. (Sometimes you’re so exhausted but you can’t just make your brain shut up – that helped me out a bit!)

Also, if you see anything in my cupboard that you think you’d be interested in (and that I Have enough of) I could send it your way to help you figure out what you like again. :D

ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Thank you, appreciate that! So far I haven’t had too much trouble shutting my brain down, five hours of sleep will do that to me, haha. But I will keep that in mind!!

I’m hoping the fact that I can’t healthily drink as much coffee as I’d like coupled with being home all day will encourage me to get back into the tea. Even a cup or two a day would be swell!! My husband is harassing me about my huge collection. I have to prove him wrong.


Oooooh, congrats! Glad to see you’re at least kind of back, as well!

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786 tasting notes

This smells almost wine-y when dry. Like fermented fruit. Steeped it still smells strongly of fruit. Not sure I can pick out which one or ones in particular, just fruit. But not sweet.

A wonderful, deep and smooth flavor. Quenching and yet with just a hint of dryness at the end of the sip. Another leafhopper tea that meets with high approval. Those little bugs are pretty good for tea, apparently. :)

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

When I become filthy rich one day I’m going to have an endless supply of this tea.


No kidding. I guess if I would quit buying tea I might make quicker progress towards filthy rich. :)

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2219 tasting notes

After the CUP OF COFFEE I had this morning (So there, JustJames.), I used the tea randomizer (yay!) and it pulled up this tea. Miracle of miracles (since my cupboard on Steepster is a mess), I actually still had this in my stash.

Since I only had 2 tsp left, I did 2 steepings in 8 oz and poured them into a bigger mug. This tea also goes well with candy corn. It’s delicious. Light and sweet. Very complex. Doesn’t really need anything added, although some honey might be nice.

This is an “Oops, I sat down to write a note and the tea is gone because I got distracted and drank it all” note.

Definitely worth getting again, even though it’s more of an afternoon tea than a morning tea for me.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec



Ha! All too often the tea’s gone before I had a chance to get to Steepster. Aye.


Loving the candy corn, eh? :P


I love candy corn, and pretty much only get it 50% off at Purdy’s. I finished my bag today, sadly.

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141 tasting notes

Thank you Stacy for including this sample. What a treat!

Great looking long black whole leaves. There is so much flavor coming from this tea. This may be the mellowest bold tea, with its green fruity character. I know, seems contradicting. How can it be this full in the mouth, yet mildly cleansing of the palate?

This tea is refreshing and clean. Reminds me of the mist after an early spring shower. Invigorating and engaging. It’s as if you can smell the beginning of new life from the fresh blades of grass, springing up from its underground death during the winter.

There is plenty of the sweet peachy notes with a touch of creaminess. I like the way this tea smells and taste. It has a lingering good astringency. What a true treat and delight, found in this tea. Completely in a class of its own, amongst the other black teas. Glad I had the opportunity to enjoy this tea as my last cup of the day.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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335 tasting notes

Sipping down my sample from Nicole this morning.

It’s been an odd morning – slept really hard and had weird dreams, woke up tired even though I slept for 8.5 hours, it’s rainy as heck, and I was going to practice my bass but then decided at the last minute that I should probably help get the house ready for my friend coming over tomorrow.

I underleafed it again. Good thing I’ve still got some wet leaves to resteep for work. This flavor is exactly the bold, smooth, comforting thing I need this morning. I’m so glad tomorrow’s Friday.

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