1530 Tasting Notes

drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
1530 tasting notes

I found half a serving left of this tea hidden in a back part of my tea cupboard where I usually store empty tins! I decided to steep a cup of Fusion Tea’s Lemon Meringue to compare it to, which has been the closest match I’ve found so far. The Butiki is a little dusty tasting, which is too be expected with it’s age, but it also has that light baked lemon… almost lemongrass and marshmallow creamy taste to it. The more frequently I sip the less I notice the dusty flavor and the sooner the lemon comes out, lingering long into the finish.
The Fusion has a much sharper greener scent to it, unlike the cloud like ethereal Butiki blend. The sharpness comes through in the flavor, but it also has some of that marshmallow like creaminess as well. There is something tangibly sweeter in the Fusion blend. They are very similar and it’s hard to truly compare a blend that is years old to one that is fresh and new. I love the Butiki blend more, but the Fusion is a decent replacement. I do wonder if adding cream flavoring or marshmallow root or almond would make it a closer match.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tiramisu Treviso by Teavana
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This tea is like a decade old. It’s not as delicious as I recall, but I have a much more established aversion to red rooibos. Still… I like it. A little bit of chocolate with a coffee depth too it and orange in the high notes. All that drowns out the rooibos and I’m not even left with that annoying dry woody feeling in my mouth. I have a few more cups worth of this that have been hiding in the back of my cupboard for safekeeping. I had been unwilling to finish it off as it was one of my early favorites and introductions to loose leaf. I think I’m ready now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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My last ever cup of this tea! (perfect spot for a crying emoji) The orange is gone, the chocolate chips were hairy and haven’t carried much flavor into the cup, but the tea is still holding strong. Those fuzzy little black and tan curls still deliver such a nice smooth malty taste. I’m noticing a hint of orange in the finish, like a ghost. So long, three friends and thanks for all the licorice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Ah, memories!

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drank White Oak Tea by Buddha Teas
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I went into my local market hoping to find Hella Tea in stock only to find some hella empty shelves so I bought a box of this as a consolation. I thought this was a tea with oak bark in it, but it’s only oak bark in the ingredients. It smells very puer like with that rich wet and watery earth fragrance. It kinda tastes like it too! The first few sips were like a watery alkaline puer, but the alkaline part mellows some sips in. It’s not as heavy as tea is. It’s flavorful, but lighter at the same time. I’m not a huge pure puer fan. I can drink and enjoy a plain puer, but I prefer flavored puers where they add a depth to the overall profile, like in Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puer. That said, I’d love to see what else they could do with white oak bark to make a cup that is more complex and exciting. We’ll see if this makes it’s way into my normal evening rotation.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Martin Bednář

I never heard about oak bark “tea” before and now I want to try :D

Dustin

I had never heard of it before either!

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drank Darcy's Delight by Friday Afternoon
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Got this as a sample with my order! I’m not into oolongs, or maybe I should say I’m rarely into oolongs, so I never feel like my thoughts on an oolong are a fair reflection. This tastes… oolongy. It has that flat cardboard flavor that I associate with most oolongs. I really don’t notice any added flavor at all. shrug

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

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drank HISTOIRE TIBÉTAINE by THE O DOR
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I’m getting a caramel orange flavor from this tea. I thought that it was Melange O for most of the cup, but a light steeping of it. I’m not getting the jasmine or other flavors mentioned, but I also had some of those Indian candy breath mint seed mixes about an hour ago which could still be throwing off my sense of taste. I’ll have to do a side by side tasting of those two teas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea smelled so promising in the bag, but the flavor didn’t translate into the cup. I get a little hint of dull lavender when I’m focusing on it. Maybe something masquerading as citrus? The whole cup is dull and depressing and I overleafed this one a touch. I don’t know what it is about Harney teas, but it’s rare that I find one I enjoy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

We all have companies that we just don’t gel with. There are several teas that I really like from Harney, but for some reason they’re not the popular ones. shrug

Lexie Aleah

I have a sample of this one I still need to try. Aside from Paris and Bangkok, I’ve also found that the rest of the teas I enjoy from them are not the popular ones.

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Following the advice VariaTEA gave when sending this sample and having it as a latte today! It’s something I don’t normally do, so it’s extra fun for a change. The coconut blends into the creaminess of the milk and almost disappears, but comes back out in the finish. The sip is filled with a nice mixture of warming spices that merge at the start of the finish with the coconut. Migraine meds have kicked in so I’m extra enjoying this cup and the feeling of relaxation. Today makes day 5 of migraines which is a new record for me! :( These DBD teas, especially the spiced ones, have a certain flavor profile or mix that I’m starting to associate with this brand. It’s almost like there is a little bit of ginseng mixed in, which I think I have mentioned in other DBD tasting notes. I’m quickly nearing the bottom of my cup and am wondering if I can get a second steeping out of this or if I’ll have to use the last of the sample to get another round. This cup was so soothing!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Mastress Alita

Chronic migraineur here, I know those feels. Mine has finally broken after two days (abortive meds failed). Hope you are feeling better soon!

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drank COURS MIRABEAU by THE O DOR
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I have been craving and drinking the hell out of this tea lately! It’s one of the teas that I really don’t want to sip down and restocking it is an ordeal, so my enjoy vs. hoard instincts are clashing here big time. I overleafed this a little with my beloved David’s skull spoon (goddamn I love that spoon) which is a little bigger than the “perfect” spoons, but I’m still loving this cup. It’s just on the edge of too much turning the cup a little too tangy. I love this tea hot or cold. I can get a few good flavorful steeps out of this. I still have a hard time pinpointing the flavors aside from sweet citrus, but whatever is in it is what I love. It kind of has that rounded out citrus flavor that lemongrass has, but there is more to it then that. I still have a good amount in this bag, but I’m dreading the day that it’s gone. Maybe by then my daydream of moving to Portugal will have come to fruition and I can just pop over to Paris for a weekend of tea shopping!
Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Leafhopper

Popping over to Paris for some tea shopping sounds like a good dream! I also have the problem of whether to drink or hoard tea. :)

Dustin

Right?! I’d be the envy of all tea fanatics if that dream ever came true!

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I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan, but have had a growing appreciation for plain. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! And no hibiscus. Hibiscus is the devil.

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