1174 Tasting Notes

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The kitchen smells like chocolate as I pour this into my beautiful pottery mug from my steeper.
This tastes of dark chocolate, with hints of barley, and just a touch of caramel. The roasted flavour is one that I am enjoying more and more as I taste high quality roasted oolongs such as this one.
However, I got distracted on Steepster and my cup cooled completely. Somehow, I am now getting a sharp note in the aftertaste. That is my fault because I wasn’t paying attention. This tea deserves more focus than I was able to give it today.

I used 1 Tbls of leaf.

I wonder if I decreased the steep time to 2 min, if the sharp note would decrease? I will have to play around with the steeping parameters.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1174 tasting notes

I am finally getting to my Verdant Black Friday order. I decided to taste all the teas in the order that they arrived.

I waited way too long to order this tea. And now it is out of stock :( It is so good.
The first note that I notice is honey. As I continue to sip, I notice notes of vanilla, clove, and some earthiness. I find it to have a silky mouthfeel. It really warms me up from the inside.

I used 2 tsp of leaf.

Resteep for 2 minutes was just as delicious. I didn’t have time for any more resteeps. But next time, I will make sure I have the time to resteep throughout the day and enjoy this beauty of a tea. Or maybe I will try a gaiwan brewing next time.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I shared a pot of this beautiful tea this morning with the in-laws. It looks so pretty in my clear tea pot. Lol, I like pretty things.
But seriously, I do like this tea. The black base isn’t astringent, the vanilla and orange meld together quite well, and sweetness from those gold sparkly balls.

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95

For some reason, I thought this was a green tea, so I brewed it up this afternoon. I didn’t realize it was a black tea until I had already put the tea in my steeper and boiled the water. But as the tea boiled and I poured it over my leaves, I thought wait a minute…..boiling water on green tea?? And then I looked at the description and saw black tea.

It is really late in the day for me to be having black tea, so I just took a couple of sips. The rest is going into the fridge to try cold.

Anyway, about the taste of the tea….this tea is delicious. Of course, I love chocolate! The orange is fresh and tasty. The marshmallow adds a pinch of sweetness. This is a decadent treat.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Anna

I really like this one, too. Have you tried that chocolate orange one from David’s Tea (I think) too?

tigress_al

Ya, I like the David’s tea chocolate orange as well. It is a pu’erh though so it’s a little different. I haven’t had it in a very long time. This one is definitely more natural tasting

Anna

I just have a hard time imagining a better chocolate orange than this one.

tigress_al

Anna, I looked at my note about chocolate orange and I had rated it really high. That was 2 years ago, and my tastes have changed toward more natural tasting and straight teas. This one would surely win in a comparison!

Anna

Yes, I think that’s a really good point, and spot on in terms of what sets apart DT and Butiki.

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95
drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
1174 tasting notes

Mmmm, roasty! This oolong definitely has natural notes and honey and fruitiness. I am not sure if I would have picked out an “apple” note, but it is fruity anyway. There is also a nuttiness in the roasty notes of this wonderful oolong.
It was snowing pretty heavily when I was enjoying this cuppa. So, I have no problem staying in with my baby and having a snow day! Brrr

Resteep at 4 minutes was just as delicious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

We got a few inches in the evening of New Year’s day, which is lingering. Rumor has it that we might get more this weekend! I love watching snow fall, especially if I can sit in my sunroom in my PJs, slurping tea & watching. It’s so beautiful!

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80

I prepared this as an eggnog latte, which tastes pretty good. This rooibos is a little artificial tasting, so the addition of the eggnog helped to make it palatable.
I wouldn’t restock this tea.

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92
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
1174 tasting notes

I find the chocolate in this tea is a little more like dark chocolate than milk chocolate, which I enjoy. There is a touch of astringency which I assume comes from the black base. The raspberry is a delicious pairing with the chocolate.
I always try my teas without additions first, but I think I might add a little sweetener next time to see how this changes the tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Vanilla Cream by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown :(
I will miss this sweet, creamy, vanilla honeybush. Especially as an eggnog or regular latte. It made a lovely dessert in a cup.

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84
drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
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I am finally having this tea, I was not able to brew up tea on Christmas day properly, so I didn’t even bother. I just used my mom’s keurig to make chai lattes.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the 12 days of tea, the anticipation of scratching the bag every day.
This tea was ok, light white tea taste. I am not sure what a sugar plum tastes like, but I am getting a plum-like fruitiness that is pretty subtle. I think this tea needs sweetener though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

What a great way to start the new year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYEONE!
I am drinking up my last carton of eggnog and needed a treat this morning, so I made this as an eggnog latte. So delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
CelebriTEA

Love this tea ♥♡♥

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Hello,
I am a nurse. I have numerous hobbies: reading, crocheting, crafting, card making, scrapbooking, photography, shopping, and of course drinking TEA!

I started drinking loose leaf tea in Dec. 2010 when I went into a DavidsTea for the first time and have been hooked ever since! My favourite is probably white tea, but I also love black and oolong. I also like a nice relaxing rooibos or herbal in the evening. On Sundays, I like to treat myself and make a tea latte.

My favourite flavours are nutty, vanilla, chocolate, jasmine, tropical, fruity, earl grey.
My dislikes are lavender, rose, hibiscus, banana, and straight green or overly vegetal teas.

I am admittedly fairly generous in my rating scale. Most of my teas I rate at 90 and above, and would re-stock these teas.
Anything under 90 I probably wouldn’t re-stock unless I found a great price.

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