678 Tasting Notes
This one came my way from VariaTEA :)
I’ve had this one before, a while ago, and if I remember correctly I enjoyed it, but not enough to keep it around. This evening is a better experience. The Ceylon base is not too strong, and the raspberry flavour is coming through nicely. I read a few of the tea notes on this one and it seems to be slightly finicky. Perhaps if I can perfect the steeping parameters I would consider ordering this one.
I was sick to my stomach yesterday, but I had to drag myself into school for a group meeting for a debate we have to present today. I managed to survive with a sleeve of crackers, and I only just made it back to my house in time. Ugh.
This morning I’m feeling slightly better, so I’m hoping it was a 24 hour bug. I couldn’t really decide what tea would be best on my stomach, and this one probably wasn’t the best choice, but I was excited to try it.
The strawberry cream scent really comes through, although it’s smelling slightly fake to me. Hopefully that particular part of the scent doesn’t come through to the taste. The general cacao scent is also there, which makes me feel a little better about this cup.
Thank goodness the taste comes through more ‘true’ than fake, although that scent is slightly off-putting. The cacao is prominent here with a creaminess and then the strawberry flavour towards the end of the sip. To be quite honest, I’d almost just prefer a cacao cream. The creaminess is a delightful, but I’m thinking perhaps the strawberry could use a bit of perfecting.
This one was good hot, but I’m thinking it’s even better as it cools. As are all the cacao teas I’ve had haha.
Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!
This is a sipdown this morning. I partly chose it because I really wanted it, and partly because the packages with one cup left call out to me to be finished. Also, I may have placed three tea orders last night and room needs to be made in my tea cupboard.
I hope I’ll be able to ask Stacy to make this version when I next want to order it.
Yum. This is really hitting the spot. I’ve been actively trying to drink my teas as soon as they’re cool enough to handle, so still quite hot. Sometimes it really does make all the difference.
Ah, this is almost gone! The horror! Thank goodness I have Laoshan Black in good supply to tide me over. Not that it’s in any way similar, aside from the fact that it’s a straight black I can’t live without.
There are three teas I need for sure from Butiki, and I can’t decide whether or not to add in Dinjoye Estate to this order. Now to attend to the difficult task of narrowing down sample choices.
After the success of Butiki’s Puerh Tuo Cha the other day, I decided it was time to dig this one up and steep it already. It’s secretly been driving me nuts in my sample drawer for a while, but the world of pu’erh is daunting.
I’m really finding it difficult to get past the scent of this one, but I can taste a wee bit of earthiness here beneath that scent. I feel this one has potential, and at this point it’s definitely me and not the tea. Perhaps in due time, as I possibly explore more pu’erhs I’ll come back to Verdant.
This one has such a low steeping temperature. I was getting impatient waiting for the thermometer to beep. Dry, this one smelled quite sweet, but not in a sickening way. Steeped, it still smells sweet, but the scent has changed slightly and it’s reminding me of something I can’t quite put my finger on.
Hmm. From the sweet scent I was expecting more. The taste is a bit like sugared warm water. Hopefully something more comes through as it cools.
Thanks for sharing MirandaGou!
I so rarely drink this tea, because I don’t want to wear it out. The first time I had it, it was akin to something magical. Liquid brioche. Absolute perfection. I then waited and waited and waited until I found a way to get some for my cupboard without paying the high cost of shipping to Canada. moraiwe was amazing enough to add me into her ATR order. I was so excited when it finally arrived I was drinking it each morning, until I noticed it was losing it’s magical quality.
I dug it out this morning because a couple reviews I read last night reminded me I was overdue for a cup. Yum.
I am quite enjoying this tea. I’ve found it can be a bit finicky, and, the directions Stacy gives really do work the best. It definitely has that Irish Breakfast kick to it, with a touch of astringency, but it doesn’t bother me. The creamy flavouring mellows it out.
I do try to drink this one while it’s still pretty well piping hot, because the astringency seems to take over as it cools. When I’m paying attention and make this correctly, it is so delightful.
This smells delish! It is sweet, almost like there’s sugar added, but I didn’t add any, and spicy in a pumpkin season way. This may be my favourite pumpkin tea. Where can I get more?
Thanks KiwiDelight! Although, perhaps J won’t be pleased I want more haha!
Now I shall re-watch Skyfall. You know, because it’s not as though I don’t have a ton of things to do for school. :P
This has been hidden away in my sample drawer since my Butiki order from Black Friday. I generally get irritated by samples sitting in my drawer because I’m hyper organized and for some reason, these things bother me, so I have been sipping away at my samples.
This one sat in there for a while because I was a little afraid of it. But alas, it was time to face my pu’erh fears. In hindsight, I probably should just trust that Butiki will never lead me astray.
I was also so concerned with taking pictures of each moment of the pu’erh experience, I forgot to hit start on the microwave timer, but it turned out just fine, thank goodness.
There is definitely that taste that made me fear pu’erh, and in my initial sips, my first thought was to say it was ‘fishy’, but I actually think it qualifies more as ‘earthy’. Perhaps if I further my pu’erh experience I’ll know for sure. I’m just over halfway done the cup, mostly because I was chatting with my BFF for the last hour since we never get a chance to chat on the phone. I’m quite happy with this. The ‘earthy’ flavour I think could be something I could get on board with. It seems like partly an acquired taste, and partly not. The tea itself seems clean, with some depth (which, really could just be the dark colour of the liquid haha!). Ahh, Butiki. I can always count on you.