511 Tasting Notes
Admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of tropical flavored teas, but when they are in front of me, I usually appreciate them well enough. This one was in the sampler cube that i got from Harney and Sons.
I don’t like it at all! Maybe its the specific blend of tropical fruits, or maybe its the combination of black and green tea (I used water slightly under a boil to account for the green). Every sip is a struggle to swallow and I quit trying after I drank half of the cup.
I just don’t think that rooibos and cherry is a good combination. it’s a guaranteed recipe for cough syrup. There’s nothing particularly unpleasant about the flavor, but it tastes cheap, like kool-aid tea.
Aside from the cherry flavor, rooibos itself isn’t so exciting. The first few times I had a rooibos tea, I thought it was alright, but the more of them I have, the more ‘meh’ they become.
Here’s a unique white tea if I ever tasted one. It tastes like roses and chocolate, a good tea for a special occasion ;)
I personally don’t like rose, natural or added, so it’s not the best tea for me, but I highly recommend it to those who do and to those who usually don’t like white teas.
I love bold, breakfast black teas. The kind that don’t have fancy descriptions and a line of connoisseurs lining up to sample them and give their two cents. CTC teas usually hit the mark here. This one certainly is bold, but there’s something funky going on. I think it almost tastes like someone boiled asparagus in the broth. I like asparagus just fine, and I certainly expect it in a green tea, but in my simple hearty black teas. . .eh, not so much. I added some milk and the asparagus flavor only got stronger. Now it’s like cream of asparagus soup! Far out man!
I had this tea before, but didn’t log it. It was in one of my earliest Butiki orders. I got more as part of the black Friday promotion.
The dry leaf smells amazing. Brewed, the smell is mostly maple and the flavor is all pecan. It’s a pretty good tea, but it could be better. I wish there was a bit more maple in the flavor too.
I totally have it in mind now to soak a cake in this tea and call it the improved version of plum pudding. :)
The flavor is subtle, but I always found pudding cake flavor to be subtle anyway (though I can’t speak specifically for plum pudding), so the tea is all the more authentic for it. I still might try more leaf next time to see what happens. Subtle flavor works in a cake since it has the texture and weighty mouthfeel to compensate. I think that this tea would be a good as a complement with a holiday dessert, when you don’t want conflict of heavy flavors.
Another tea that I didn’t expect to like. I am not on team leaf-hopper :p
But sometimes I worry that I’ll miss out on an exception if I don’t try some of the teas that I expect not to like.
Anyway, nothing wring with this tea at all, I just don’t like the honey notes (and I insist, as always that they taste more like mushrooms than honey). It’s a 75 for me.