729 Tasting Notes
This tea used to be one of my favorites. Now it is more of a background tea. I found an unopened pouch of it in the back of the cupboard last night and cold steeped it overnight. The coconut in the tea I had in a tin had the coconut go bad in that soapy sort of way, so I was surprised to find this pouch still in decent shape. This tea seems a little weaker than I remember, but maybe that is the difference between a hot and cold steep. It is still pretty good and I get a bit of almond cardamon flavor with a creaminess to it. Maybe I’ll cold steep a pitcher of it and kill the rest of this bag before the coconut turns on this one too!
It really tastes nothing like Thai iced tea, btw.
I am still loving this tea! Today I steeped it concentrated, then poured it over ice with a little sugar and cream. It reminds me a little of several other chocolate malty type teas like MF’s wedding imperial and american breakfast. I feel like I should have a face off with those three tea, choose my favorite and restock the winner when I’m done with the others. I’m trying so hard to narrow down my favorites and get my cupboard in order!
When my brother announced he was going to Paris, I immediately put in vague request for tea! He came home with four pouches full of Marriage Freres teas for my sister and I to split! I’m so jealous that he got to go into an MF store and grateful that he brought some home to me! American Breakfast was one that he chose. When he requested something almond/chocolatey, this was what was recommended. I do get a little chocolate malt, but no almond. Today I steeped this for three minutes at 205, my go to for blacks, but it tastes a little weak at the moment. I’ll have to try adjusting things. When I add a little soy creamer, it makes it much richer, but I’d like to find a good setting so it tastes great on it’s own. I do get a little of that maltiness that I associate with breakfast teas and it reminds me like a lighter version of Wedding Imperial. I’d like to try it cold steeped. So far, I prefer MF’s French Breakfast.
I’m not a big fan of oolong, but the description of this and knowing that I wouldn’t be able to buy any more Butiki teas spurred this purchase. I cold steeped this in the fridge at a concentrated level, expecting to drink it over ice. It is a little bitter in it’s concentrated form, but when I add soy creamer, deliciousness pops out! I get creamy cashew first, followed quickly by raspberry and then they blend at the end of the sip. There is a touch of something bitter in there, almost like rose petals, but it isn’t overwhelming. Overall it feels very rich and decadent! I’m enjoying this, but I’m happy to say I won’t likely be longing for it once I polish off the rest.
I freakin loved this tea when it first came out! Like adored it. Now that it has been sitting around for a while, it has lost it’s umph. There is a little something bitter in the front part of the sip, followed by some flatness and ending with more bitter. I might be getting a little flat chocolate in the end. This is a prime example of my tea hoarding nature gone wrong. I wanted to save this tea so I could savor it over time and revisit it when I missed it, but it was better fresh and I should have guzzled it down when it was fresh. So sad!
Finally getting around to having some of this tea that I picked up last summer. I bought a lot of tea during my travels, so it has taken a while to get to all of it.
We visited the Volcano Winery in Hawaii last summer. I really wanted to check out a tea farm and this was the only one that I was able to reach and get answers from about tours. It is also a winery, which is the perfect combo for my husband and I, him being the wine enthusiast and me being tea enthusiast. The tour was small, just us and a couple other people. The growing area was small since they are just starting out in the tea business, but it was really neat to see tea plants growing. The Volcano Winery folks were really nice and enjoyed our visit. My husband went home with some wine and I went home with some tea!
This tea is really light for a black! It has a little bit of malt to it on the sip and a slight sweetness as well. There is almost a touch of grass. It seems really well rounded and smooth. I’m liking it!
With the weather heating up, I have been cold steeping this and drinking it by the pitcher full! It’s actually a carafe full, bur for some reason carafe full sounds a bit too pompous to my ear. :P With a little bit of cream, this tea is gone way too fast as I keep gulping down the tasty brew. It’s the perfect combo of nuts, coconut and chocolate. I’m going to have to restock on it this summer on my once yearly trip to a David’s retail location. Still loving it!
I’m not sure if I have experienced pandan before, but I have had chiffon teas that were amazing, so I really wanted to try some of this when I saw the group buy being organized. To me this looks and tastes like a light caramel hojicha. It is a little earthy, with low notes dominating the taste and caramel coming in on the aftertaste. I tried adding a little sugar towards the end of my cup and it really just knocked out the balance of this tea. It is now sweet, but I’m not getting the same depth of flavors that I was before. I added a little soy creamer to it and it took a few sips before I could taste anything past the creamer. Now I’m getting a creamy hojicha taste on the sip and something a little different on the aftersip. Maybe that is the pandan? Either way, it is nice and I think I prefer it plain, but unless this tea really grows on me while going through the sample I got, then it likely isn’t a rebuy or must have for me.
First off, a HUGE thanks to Nicole for arranging a group buy and doing the work of dividing the tea, packaging and mailing it all out!!!
The description of this tea says that it has black tea in it, but I mostly saw green, so I steeped it at a lower temp for a shorter time than the company recommends since I’m a little gunshy about burning my teas into a bitter oblivion. First thing I notice is a toasted rice flavor. It is a little heavier of a taste than most genmaichas, almost roasty. The mango rolls in on the aftertaste, combining with the rice, giving it that mango sticky rice flavor combo. It makes me long for good Thai food, something which we lack in Texas. We have okay Thai food in Austin, but not fantastic. Back to the tea! The flavor is subtle, but it’s in there.
Adding a little sugar to this tea makes the mango jump out sooner and explode on the aftersip with a little bit of a creamy mellowness. I really haven’t been adding sugar to my teas lately, so it’s is taking a little adjustment for my brain to register. I feel it is more true to the dessert with sugar added and I can almost imagine the sweetened condensed milk.
I’m on a soy creamer kick lately, so I had to add a little at the end of my cup. The first few sips with creamer were a little tasteless on the sip, but represented the dessert very well on the aftertaste. A few more sips in, my taste has adjusted and it is tasting really good with the cream! The flavor is still more subtle than the flavored black teas that I’m used to, but it is really nice.
I’m quite enjoying this tea and would definitely order more in the future! The mango is mellow, but true to the flavor of this fruit and doesn’t taste artificial at all. Genmaichas do well cold brewed and I’m looking forward to trying this cold steeped in my fridge, especially now that the summer is creeping in.