716 Tasting Notes
I’m not often a fan of oolongs, yet I keep trying them anyway when I see flavor combos that sound interesting. There is something about how all the flavor is in the mid to high range leaving me feeling like there is a lack of depth and substance to the overall taste. Can you tell I’m a huge fan of black tea? That being said, I was taken by the scent of this tea and pleasantly surprised at the taste! I way overleafed this cup to use the rest of the tea in the bag and it is giving a nice intense flavor. The cinnamon adds a bit of sweetness and the walnut gives it a nice depth. It looses it’s appeal for me as it cools and is letting that light oolong flavor come through. It’s been a long time since I have had baklava, so my comparison is a little rough, but I get more the impression of baklava instead of an exact replica baklava in a cup type thing. I can’t really pick out the honey or rose, but it is all blending together in a nice pastry flavor. Although I’m enjoying this cup, it’s not something I feel compelled to go out and buy more of. I’m just not an oolong kind of girl.
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.