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drank 1989 Suncha Blend by Butiki Teas
4153 tasting notes

A rare Butiki sample from Michelle!  THANKS SO MUCH.  I don’t think I ever had the chance to try this one… would probably have appreciated it more now than then anyway.  I would have ruined it with my disastrous steeping parameters back then.  I was a little worried this is a ripe mixed with a raw puerh and what that might do with already shaky, temperamental sheng. But I shouldn’t have worried! The leaves are quite large and some of them twiggy, so I wasn’t really expecting a rich, dark puerh.  The first and second steeps taste like smoky BBQ spices.  There is a very clear, mineral quality that somehow also tastes like autumn leaves.  The brew color reminds me of autumn leaves as well. The third steep is very smooth.  A light, unique puerh.  I was expecting it to get bitter quickly because of that bit of sheng, but it really didn’t get to that point. Even that fourth steep wasn’t at all bitter, but lost some of the BBQ.  I really appreciate being able to try another Butiki tea well past Butiki’s time!  (Still sobbing over Butiki — there will never be another.)
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons in a full mug // 26 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 20 minutes after boiling // 1 min
Steep #3 // 10 min after boiling // 1 min
Steep #4 //  2 min after boiling // 3-4 min

Michelle

The Last Dodo did a group buy and got the remainder of Stacy’s stash of this blend, so I have a hundred grams or so left. Its hard for me to drink this one since it will keep, and then I can say I haven’t sipped down all my Butiki :)

tea-sipper

Makes sense! Thanks again for allowing me to try it!

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Michelle

The Last Dodo did a group buy and got the remainder of Stacy’s stash of this blend, so I have a hundred grams or so left. Its hard for me to drink this one since it will keep, and then I can say I haven’t sipped down all my Butiki :)

tea-sipper

Makes sense! Thanks again for allowing me to try it!

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
whisperingpinestea.com
justea.com
harney.com
Dammann Freres
fusionteas.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
angrytearoom.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer… I have a dumb phone so can’t access internet on that. As of 12/20/21 my wifi might start getting unreliable.)

Happy sipping!

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