470 Tasting Notes
Sad sipdown! I’m finishing off the last cup of this that I have had around forever. I think I was trying to keep it around just so I wouldn’t have to face the fact that it is gone. There is something about the marshmallow creaminess that takes the usual edge off the spearmint and makes this an extra enjoyable tea. I have been trying to stay off the fan bandwagon with this one, but it has grown on me. I think it has got to be in my top 3 best minty teas. It isn’t a super wild and crazy flavor fest like many other 52teas blends, but what it has it does REALLY well.
I got a sample of this from the very generous Dinosara! Thank you so much! I love almond teas and don’t think I have tried one with chocolate yet, nor have I tried Talbott!
It smells very chocolatey when steeped! It smells like the chocolate on a scratch and sniff sticker! I took a few sips of it before I sweetened it and it tasted… strange. Chocolate taste without the sweetness is something my brain isn’t used to. It is pretty darn tasty once sweetened, but I need to step back and let it cool before I burn myself in my eagerness to drink my first cup of the day.
Once cooled a touch I can taste a whole lot of chocolate! Sweet caramel like chocolate! I’m not tasting much almond at the moment, but I’m trying to remember to go easy on judgement during allergy season. I’m getting a little bit of astringency on the back of my tongue each sip, so I may try a shorter steep next time. As it cools even more, the almond starts to come out a bit. Almond or not, this tea is pretty delicious and I’ll have to keep my eye out for this brand and this tea in the future!
I’m trying really hard (maybe too hard)to figure out what it is I’m tasting in this tea this time. Malt? Yeast? Barley? I’m not really getting Irish cream, although I’m not certain what I’d expect Irish cream to taste like translated into tea without that overwhelming heaviness from the cream and sugar found in the liquor. I’m still getting the cheesecakeish after taste I got in a previous cup. I’m liking it better this time. This tea is slowly growing on me.
Thank you to Skysamurai for the chance to try some of this tea!
I haven’t had many Zhena’s teas, but I see them around a lot and have been meaning to explore. This tea is perplexing. It is spicy, warm, nutty with a little kick, but I can’t seem to pinpoint any of the flavors. I can pick out clove in the aftertaste. I know what ingredients are in it, I just can’t detect them individually. I thought I could taste the black base when I first sipped this cup, but now I don’t. The flavors are strong and I appreciate that. I added sugar, but I would like to try it with some milk on the resteep and see if it takes it up a level.
All the licorice. I like all the licorice, sure! The first time I tried a cup of this I went in a little cocky and realized I had possibly reached my licorice limit. It is SUPER licoricey and I didn’t quite know what to make of it. For my second cup, I’m approaching it will a little more caution. When I smell the tea dry, I’m getting mostly rootbeer! When I sip, I get the same. I’m always intrigued but wary of warm rootbeer flavored drinks. It is like a push/pull sort of reaction, yet I gladly give them a go when I come across another. After a few sips I added a little sugar which gave it a fuller taste and after a few more I added a touch of milk. At first the milk seemed to nuke a lot of the flavor, but as I continue to sip I realize it just took the intensity down a bit. I’m now able to pick out clove and possibly cardamon in the aftertaste. It is a strange sort of tea! I have had a few really creative Butiki blends puzzle me like this before. It is like I don’t know what to make of them, so I poke them and jump back to wait and see if they leap at me. When they continue to sit and stare at me unamused I creep a little closer and poke again. I guess it is a cat with toy approach I’m taking with this tea? Anyways, enough of my weird narrative. I’ll be back to poke at this tea again to figure out if we play well together!
Update: Second steeping was better than the 1st IMO and was great with just a bit of sweetener. I may try a shorter initial steep next time.
Third steep was good. Fourth still has a lot going for it. Alright, I’m impressed!
So far I kinda like this tea. It is kind of fruity floral, but not any one thing that I can put my finger on and pick out by name. It is nice and smooth with the green tea hanging out in the background, but so far isn’t anything I have to have in my cupboard. We’ll see if it grows on me.
When I was in Dublin last year, I was scouring the area for tea shops and came across Oolong Flower Power. They had hundreds of jars of tea to choose from and I took two selections home. All the tea is under their shop name. I asked the guy working at the counter about it and he said they have a vendor who they buy all their tea and coffee from, so I get the impression that they don’t do any blending or flavoring themselves and that these teas may be available by other companies who buy from the same vendor.
Anyways, onto the tea itself! I think I overleafed this tea a bit in my effort to use up the last of the tea that didn’t fit into the tin, but it seems to have turned out alright! I’m not familiar with milk oolongs (or regular oolongs for that matter) so I’m not quite sure what to expect. The first sip tasted slightly floral to me. It is extremely smooth and creamy… almost buttery, a taste that is pronounced after each sip. There is also a slight after sensation as if I drank something grassy even tho I don’t really taste grass in the sip. I’ll have to update later as I resteep, but so far it’s really nice!
I didn’t care for this tea on the first few sips, but as it cooled it became more complex. I love anise and the combination of that, the mint and other spices make for an interesting tea. The tea has a little sweetness on it’s own that lingers in the back of my mouth. At one point I was getting an almost plastic like aftertaste, but that has passed. It is a different twist on mint tea, but I’m still unsure of exactly how I feel about it.
I don’t have a bottle of hot sauce on me at ALL times, but I have gone through almost half a bottle of Yellow Bird habanero sauce in a little over a week, so challenge accepted. Alright “Hot Lips”, lets see what ya got! First few sips had nothing. No cinnamon, no spice, no kick. It smells like a red hot candy. A little further into the cup and I can feel some heat. As it cools I can pick out a little of the green tea base and get a little more cinnamon, but for something that promises a big hit of cinnamon for those who love hot sauce, it really fails to deliver. At the very last part of my cup there was a little more spice on the back of my tongue. The tea tastes nice, don’t get me wrong, I just didn’t get the tea in the description.