drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
254 tasting notes

I spent seven years living in Alaska and northern Washington, but until this morning it didn’t really register that I always lived close enough to school (whether I was attending as an undergrad or teaching) to walk there every morning. It didn’t occur to me to start my car periodically during the five days away from school, so this morning she just sat there like a brick. I had to switch cars with my husband (who drives the clunker we used during the storm) so he could call AAA and get mine back up and going.

So, understandably, this tea was a little cooler when I finally got a chance to drink it! This came my way via a swap with Shadowfall a couple months back, but it fell between a couple teas in my stash and I forgot about it for a while.

Too bad, really, because I think this would have been a lot better if I had been able to drink it hot. It’s a nice, smooth tea that’s leaving me with a bit of a licorice aftertaste… and I love licorice! There is some astringency, but nothing I’m too concerned about.

An interesting tea to take for a test drive! For now, that’s one more sipdown!

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.

Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
90-100: Poetry may be involved!


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