602 Tasting Notes
This is labelled as a Nilgiri variety, the implications of which go completely over my head.
I don’t know how this stacks against other Nilgiri teas, but it does make me want to give the wide variety of Indian black teas another thorough chance. (Golden Tips Tea has a crazy all-encompassing sampler on their website).
The medium length leaves are mostly black with some golden-white, and red speckled throughout (could be a blend?). They steep up ruddy brown and green.
The tea has a fruity aroma and flavour, coupled with a smoky woodsy note that may very well come from the box- the things you realize after you’ve dumped the tea into a flaky-painted wooden box.
Flavors: Fruity, Nutty, Pepper, Smoke, Wood
Here’s another tea/reason why I’ll miss Stacy’s amazing work at Butiki- like I needed one more. I wish I could bottle up the creamy sweet citrus aroma and keep it with me forever, but then I couldn’t drink it and appreciate it in all of it’s mouth puckering glory.. there’s no winning here, eh? At least an ounce seems to go a long way- it even has a decent second steep in it.
I’ve never had grapefruit creme brulee, and now I’ll be disappointed if it isn’t as tasty as this. Definitely one of my favourites out of the last wave of new teas I picked up!
Flavors: Bergamot, Burnt Sugar, Grapefruit, Malt
This one’s not bad at all; the lemon myrtle, lemon balm, and vanilla gives this herbal a fluffy citrus dessert vibe. I just wish OMGsrsly hadn’t told me what she thought of Valerian root (stinky cheese, sock), because now I get that a little too! :P
Here’s hoping this helps fix my last few weeks of incredibly poor sleep.
Flavors: Lemon, Peppermint, Vanilla
I had a short, shallow moment of dread when I discovered the milk of yesterday was gone today (note: always check for this factor before steeping spice teas). Luckily, this tea seems pretty awesome without it.
This one’s quite wintery: gingerbread cookie spices, nuts, a versatile fruitiness that is one moment hot apple cider the next chocolate and orange rind, and maybe even a touch of smoke.
I’ll have to pick up some of Tippy’s keemun and assam to see how much they cultivate those delicious fruity dessert flavours- and there are so many flavours, but they work!
Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cookie, Ginger
Dry leaf smells like minty After Eights, the liquor like chocolate vanilla dessert with light mint garnish. The flavour is, um, one of those instances that make me realize how much I swear when attempting to express a strong emotion (it’s good). Mint leaves and vanilla always win in my book, and this tea is doing what my Laoshan Black hasn’t been doing lately in the cocoa/chocolate department.
Also, it’s a tasty tea with milk, which brings out a mild yet equally fantastic vanilla waffle cone, with a chocolate mint drizzle finish.
..and my roommate just got back from class and is giving me crap for the ice cream I bought today. Ugh. I’ve entered an alternate reality where Purdy’s ice cream and Toblerone cake are met with scorn, while the generic frozen Safeway cake, that existed in this apt. before my residency, is thrown onto a pedestal and enforcing proselytism on all unwilling basement inhabitants (me).
I refuse to eat that cake!
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Mint, Vanilla
I think I’ve enjoyed past harvests of Tieguanyin from Verdant better. Although to be fair, I did a western brew (after a short rinse), which doesn’t seem to be my favourite way to drink oolong.
This one tastes predominantly of white foods- like cream, skinned nuts, rice pudding.. but the prevalent floral-lilac and sweet-melon aspects give this tea some playfully colourful highlights and a neat finish.
It’s a solid cup that improves on each re-steep, although I do wish there was a buttery presence.
Flavors: Cream, Floral, Melon, Nutty, Rice Pudding
I was too harsh on this tea the first time, and too quick to send it off to send it off. There’s nothing wrong with malt, nougat, and nutella spread. It even managed to cancel out the homemade and lethal spicy kimchi jigae I ate today- I need to work on my spice measurements, big time.
I probably should’ve gone with a tea full of ginger and food as bland as socks, with the painful stomach bug I seem to have, but sweet and spice generally win out too often in my life.
Flavors: Hazelnut, Malt, Marshmallow
At a minute in boiling water, somehow this does manage to taste and smell like those little hard grape candies. So much nostalgia! Some burnt bitterness does creep out near the end but it’s not as bad as I anticipated when I saw the suggested steeping parameters.
Thanks, OMGsrsly (and MissB)!
Flavors: Candy, Grapes, Jasmine, Muscatel