695 Tasting Notes
The first sips of this cup were almost unbearable! It was super strong and had a bitter edge to it, even with cream which usually mellows it out. The next few sips were better, but almost overwhelming with the floral flavor. A few sips after that and I could pick out some raspberry in the floral mix. As I go to take another sip, I catch almond notes in the scent. Maybe that is the intense floral I’m picking up? It gets better as it cools, but it’s definitely not an enjoyable cup from beginning to end. I was looking at the steeped leaves and they looked more green than black so I may try steeping at a lower temp if I decide to try this tea again, but I’m getting to the point in my tea appreciation that I don’t have patience for teas that don’t yield a great cup.
I’m not quite feeling this one today. Started sipping on it plain, but there was something edging on bitter, so I added some cream. The cream evens out whatever I was focusing on, but also dampens some of the bite from the berry, which I enjoy. Even tho I’m not into this one right now, it still hasn’t stopped me from finishing two cups!
I’m reheating a cup of this that I didn’t finish yesterday. I also have the tea bag out still for a second steeping. This may be one of my favorite EGs. The passion fruit flavor adds such a nice twist. I really hope Lupicia decides to bring this one back to replace one of their generic Hawaii tropical fruit mashes. Tried adding a splash of creamer in for the last couple sips and it didn’t do the tea any favors. I may try a touch of sugar in my next steep to see if it does anything for the fruit flavors.
I’m trying to go through my Butiki teas lately so I can enjoy them before they are past their prime. This is probably one of my top four Butiki favorites and the flavors are holding on pretty strong! I haven’t noticed diminished taste on this one at all! Such a good tea! I’m going to be searching for a comparable replacement when this one is gone, but for now I will enjoy every sip!
I want to say I have tried a sample of this before, but it was so long ago that I don’t remember. Feeling a little blah today and figured it would be a good time to give it another go. It has a nice deep menthol like feel, likely from the eucalyptus. The first cup was okay, but not amazing. The second steeping was getting close to awful. It has this savory taste that makes me think of broth, not tea. It has a weird smell that makes me thing of meat a second before I sip it. I have no idea what the association was about, but it is a bit of a turn off. Mmmmmm meat tea!
I have been drinking cup after cup of this tea today! I decided to try steeping it at a higher temp (195) and it evened everything out, giving the tea that depth I felt the lower temp cups lacked. This tea is fantastic! Now to figure out how much more to buy! Is 6oz overkill?
I nearly lost my mind when I saw David’s had a green Kashmiri Chai. Years ago Zhi Tea had a green Kashmiri Chai that I adored and very sadly was discontinued. I have searched for an equivalent for ages. I never wrote a tasting note for it, so I’m going on memory of what it was like… strong, lots of cardamon and delicious. David’s version comes pretty close.
I can smell a lot of clove and get a good mix of clove and cardamon in the sip. The spice level is pretty good and intense, but it isn’t a pepper sort of spice which I think would be really nice. It has good mid and top notes, but is missing lower base notes that would really round it out for me. It makes me want to steep it longer to give it more depth, but I don’t think that is really the answer. I tried adding cream, but that doesn’t really do it either. I would like to try it both cold steeped and steeped in warm milk like traditional chai. I’m holding this tea up to the impossible memory of another tea I considered damn near perfect, which is a pretty high bar, but it is the closest thing I have found and it does a pretty good job at meeting my tastes. Now I have to figure out how long David’s is going to keep this around and hoard it appropriately.
Such an intense floral mix dominated by rose in this tea! I’m surprised that I didn’t break it out at all this summer for some cold steep! I’m not sure what my summer obsession tea was this year, but I’m glad that this one is holding up.
I agonized AGONIZED over which tea to choose for my 666th tasting note. I’m delighted that I hit that number during October with Halloween coming up, but what to choose?! Graveyard Mist? Black Cat? Smaug? Something with pumpkin? The pumpkin matcha I had the other day? I was torn for hours trying to decide. I ran across a sample of this and not remembering if I had tried it before, I thought with the name having “dark side” in it, it was a good match. I now have the appropriate Pink Floyd album playing in the background as I steep.
The aroma coming off the cup is a light sweet melon scent. Mellon is on the sip and although it is bright, there is something deeper to it, earthier. The melon is able to carry it’s flavor without the needed addition of sugar, something I find necessary to round out the flavor for many fruity teas. The espresso seems to work behind the scene propping up and complimenting the melon. I never would have guessed the two flavors would work so well together! Drinking this tea and listening to Pink Floyd is making for a really great afternoon. I do wish Butiki was still around so I could grab more of this, but it kinda makes it special that it is a limited thing too.