drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
157 tasting notes

Maple-y tea before bed tonight! As all of Stacy’s blends, I find that this is very lightly flavored. The scent is crazy strong in the bag, but the tea itself is mild in comparison. The flavors are more suggested than stated. I used 2.5tsp of tea to 10oz of water—overleafing, per usual. As a result the base tea is the star of the show. It’s medium-heavy bodied. The first impression I have is of citrus fruits. It’s got a little tang and a little bite to it. There’s a little bitterness that I associate with the nuts in the tea. There’s maple sweetness and a light nuttiness from the pecans, and there are woodsy flavors tucked in there too. It all finishes on a smooth, creamy note that reminds me of ice cream. That’s what ties it together for me, that creaminess. I don’t think I would like it very much otherwise. It’s a very understated flavored tea but it’s very pleasant.

I really need to use less leaf next time! I think it would cut down some of the citrus and bitterness that I’m tasting. Overleafing with most other teas works for me, but it’s not a good idea for this one. Either that or I need to cut down on steep time, which I think would affect the way the flavoring in the tea comes through. To be tried again…no rating till then!

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Cream, Maple, Nuts, Tangy, Wood

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I am still relatively new to loose leaf, as I have only been drinking it since 2013. I’m amazed at how much my tastes have changed just over the past year. I have met such lovely, kind individuals on Steepster and am so glad to have become a part of this community.

Pure black teas are my favorite. I drink black tea daily and I try to keep a variety on hand. I also enjoy white tea, puerh, and the occasional oolong. Matcha is something that I love though I haven’t tried a large variety. The very good matcha that I’ve had is quite expensive. In general I try to stay away from flavored teas—especially those with artificial flavorings—but I will make rare exceptions, and I do enjoy a well crafted blend of straight teas. Things I (usually) don’t like: green oolongs, rooibos, straight green teas.

Rating System
90+ The very best! Teas that I always need in my cupboard!
85-89 Teas that I enjoy immensely and will try to keep around.
80-84 Makes a very pleasing cup. I will enjoy drinking them, but won’t necessarily try to keep around. (There are exceptions.)
70-79 Decent, but could be better.
60-69 Mediocre.
40-59 Gross. I might still try to finish the cup.
39 & under Undrinkable. I probably dumped this cup. Depending on the specific rating, I probably threw the rest of the tea out as well.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:
-Whispering Pines Tea Co.
-Verdant Tea
-Mandala Tea

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