1113 Tasting Notes
Finding this to be an interesting sheng… the mouth feel is thick and leaves a nice sweet undertone aftertaste. To put it in ‘my language’, this tasted like I just ate some 7th steeped old sheng and then eating 3 pieces of smarties right after that sat in a small amount of the sheng.
Really enjoying the mouth feel as it lingers. There is power behind this liquid which makes me want to try other shengs of this sort to see if they have that ’meaty’ness to it.
This was saved for my best friend, but she is over every Tuesday and this one was pulled out today. The presentation was fantastic with the blueberries in the blend :)
This is a unique blend, but… it doesn’t actually deliver.
Unfortunately the smell went to the medicinal side at around 40 seconds in :/
The taste is much milder than desired as well.
This is the kind of tea that I want to write a fake review about… but I cannot.
This leaf is quite beautiful and once you give it a nice few hot bats you can see the leaf pull away as it is rolled together. I really like the look and color, but the flavor isn’t anything unique. This was to be expected though, however I was hoping it would have something unique to offer such as dianhong balls do versus loose dianhong (this can vary though).
I am thankful to of tried this for sure, but I can’t say it is better than other greens that I have had… for grading it is hard because there is work done in regards to the preparation of making this tea, but shouldn’t a teas score come from the flavor and not the appearance of work put into it?
I’m actually very surprised that I didn’t brew this as a joke for someone…
This did not taste like broccoli, carrot if anything… then again, broccoli is my favorite vegetable so I am picky with it.
This wasn’t bad though, but it also wasn’t as satisfying as a soup broth. The flavoring is off, but it is drinkable to the point that I drank 10 ounces; then I got hungry though.
So yesterday was the Columbus Tea Meetup and its theme was iced teas which made me go ‘eh’… but, it is still a tea gathering!
I decided to take some Liquid Proust Teas, but then I was like : “Dude, you never cold steeped your stuff…” But, I rolled with it. I ended up bringing an ESP blend and my Mate Nectar. I told many people that mate teas and green/black teas are VERY different and advised them that they may not like it. The turnout made me smile because I said nothing and let them discuss because I am not going to say something about my teas (except on my birthday when Nostalgia comes out).
This is what I learned: Bringing cups of happiness is more important than supplying money for my own tea habits, but there is the conflict of having enough revenue to continue to do such. The idea of a non profit tea company that takes the earnings to distribute to a partnered tea farmer would be pretty sweet, but that is something that is down the road for me as this seems to be what I should be doing for now. It would be more enjoyable if I could blend teas and send them out for free :/
Anyways, with all that jazz being said: I can still give out free samples ;) but I won’t do Liquid Proust Teas business on here so shoot me a message on Etsy if you want some free teas :)
p.s. I do apologize about this post, sometimes I wish Steepster and Reddit were free of companies because I want a place to shred some teas down to nonexistence and praise others as if they should be used instead of a proposal ring, but whatever. It is what it is.
Well… I just drank about 8 different iced teas at a meetup and probably won’t get to revieiwing them seperately.
But, it was quite a bit of fun :)
Look at the swap table http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/6/1/3/highres_439958419.jpeg
Warning, long review ahead
Before I had an account on Steepster, I stalked this website looking for the best blenders in America. When I found Butiki I got my best friend and went through their teas to decide what I would purchase. This is a vivid memory for me because it was the first time I bought tea online from someone who was started their own tea company. The teas I got included a few guayusa blends, multiple straight teas, and the fan favorite Birthday Cake. Those teas were stored away quite nicely and treated with high regard and respect because like I said, they were my first high end teas that I researched about.
I wasn’t in the loop because I was finishing college, but Butiki was closing down and I missed the sale which was unfortunate because I really wanted to study their teas because their liquid was my mentor for what I want to produce for the community.
Fast forward a bit: I joined Steepster and found a nice warm welcoming and over the course of a few months was able to acquire samples of more Butiki teas so I could realize the different between teas smashed into mixtures and hand blended teas that had something beyond ‘like’ put into them (I call it ‘love’).
That brings me to this blend here, one that I really dislike the taste of. However, true studying can’t forfeit once it finds something it doesn’t like. So what did I do? I drank a lot of this today to come up with my reflections.
This tea communicate what Butiki was about, at least from my perspective, bringing teas to the community that are clearly unique and only to be found from the hands of one master blender. I don’t want Butiki to be remembered for the interesting straight teas they had nor the simple flavorings such as the Lychee Oolong I tried yesterday, but the truly remarkable flavors that were able to find themselves in the high, low, and unknown tones of teas. I am not a fan of the flavor of this tea, but it is smooth and I can taste each flavor run across my taste buds in a silky transaction of providing me with its taste. The difference between this tea and something like their Farewell tea is that this has so much going on that you can’t identify it in just one sip, which makes it a memory to cherish. This kind of blend would overtake a coffee shop in an instance. The warm pumpkin taste with such a mild sweet pu’erh taste that somehow has cream notes that hit the side of the mouth and not the tongue (as I have experienced) is a wow factor.
If only I was able to swoop up more Butiki when they were around, yet I am grateful for the Steepster community that has been so graceful by providing me with the opportunity to have almost 20 of their teas now.
A farewell might have been issued by Butiki, but I assure you that message was not 100% accurate as Butiki is not truly gone; it will live through those who supported and appreciated it for what it was.
While I have a love for Butiki… this was a let down, mainly because of the experience I had with my bestfriend with the Dragon Lychee Pearls from TeaLux. My frame of reference for lychee will always be those pearls because we put all my other teas to the side to resteep that tea until it honestly wouldn’t steep.
The lychee taste is quite strong and pleasant in this tea, yet I cannot say that it is better than what ETTE Tea has done with lychee recently. Somewhat conflicted because I always want to rate Butiki high, but this one lacked integrity from the oolong itself.