453 Tasting Notes
I was hesitant to try this sample. It’s no secret that I don’t like ginger, but I do love strawberries! The dry leaf smelled more of strawberry than ginger, so I decided it was safe enough.
Im so sad that the ginger comes through much stronger than the strawberry (I’m not picking up the toffee except slightly in the aroma). Strangely though, the ginger isn’t putting me off as much as I would expect. I still don’t like it, but it’s not making me sick (ginger has caused me more gag reflexes than I’d like to remember).
I would have liked to share this sample with my parents as I usually do with the 1-serving Butiki samples (serving in tiny sample cups), but my family is away this week. The are moving a U-haul of stuff up to their storage facility in Bozeman, MT. This is only the beginning. They never sold the house there and have been renting it out (the house that I lived in for 7 years before getting married; the longest I’ve ever lived in one house). My father’s original crazy business plans here never panned out and he’s been telecommuting for the same company he worked for in Bozeman. Needless to say, there’s no reason to stay here and they’ve been wanting to move back for some time. I don’t blame them. I wish I was going back to Bozeman too. I was really hoping they’d stay here another year as my husband and I will be here another year before our plans take us to Seattle. They won’t officially move until late August sometime, but that’s too soon! I hate major changes like this. I know it has to happen sooner or later, but later is always preferred. :(
I’m not getting quite the depth and boldness that some of the reviewers got from this tea. It’s an ok cup, but nothing spectacular. It could use some sweetener. It seems to have a flavor similar to red dragon pearls from thepuriTea, though not as bold. I remember the dragon pearl tea having a harsh un-sweetness about just as this one does.
This is not a good Butiki sample day for me. Starting with just OK and ending with my least liked Butiki tea yet.
The tea smelled cake-y in the bag, but it brewed into something quite different. I can sort of see how it’s supposed to resemble cake, but certainly not birthday cake. Birthday cake is all about the frosting and the sugar and as much “i’ll regret this later” sprinkled in as possible. Of course, I don’t expect a tea to come close to such heart-clogging authenticity, but this one didn’t meet even my realistic expectations.
It tastes like a very nutty unsweetened sponge cake. There are very few nutty teas that I really like and sponge cake is not my favorite sweet or not.
DavidsTea Birthday Cake is still my happy cake tea until I find ‘the one’ (^.^)
Here I go again, being the party pooper to rate down a popular tea. I have had a lot of fantastic teas from Butiki, but I can’t love all of them!
The honey notes that everyone else is raving about are what I don’t like. I had a Wuyi oolong (from RoT) some time ago that had a similar honey taste and the first couple times I had it, it was awesome. Then all of a sudden I just completely lost my desire for it. This tastes so similar to it that I’d almost think I brewed only a few black leaves in with the wuyi oolong.
The good news is, for all of you looking for a sweet black tea that doesn’t bite back, this fits the bill. I like my blacks to be quite a bit more bold.
I brewed this as my back up tea in case I didn’t like the Cherry Mocha that I just logged (which, I didn’t). Sure, this is a new tea for me so I shouldn’t have been so confident, but I’ve never had a straight black tea that wasn’t at least ok enough. This tea tastes like buttery mushroom “enhanced” Laoshan black. Maybe that is supposed to be sweet potato that I taste, but it’s coming through all wrong. If I had to choose, I’d take Laoshan black over this one.
I think it’s that creamy buttery texture that bothers me most. I was trying to finish my cup, but that texture is making me a bit nauseous.
ETA: how am I really the only one who doesn’t like this? I know I am ‘different’ in many ways from the general populous, but come on… I should be able to find a completely positive reviewed tea and trust that I will like it too. I feel so left out!
I’ve read many tasting notes describing tea as cough syrup. I have tried many of these same teas and did not agree. This tea, however, couldn’t taste more like cough syrup unless it was a bit more syrup-y in texture. I feel like I should have a cough right now and fear that I might just develop one from the psychological effect. Now, I’ve never particularly disliked the flavor of cough syrup. After all, it’s flavored so that it will taste good (as good as a medicine can), but I’d rather reserve the cheap artificial flavors for when I really am sick.
So I bought more of this tea even though I wasn’t sure about it before. I primarily wanted to have it so that my parents could sample some because I think they might like it. As for myself, this seems like it will turn into one of those teas that grow more impressive in my memory the longer I’ve been away from it. Even now I’m thinking that I liked it more than I remember thinking that I liked it at the time I had it earlier this evening while watching Merlin. The only reason I brewed it this evening is because I remember liking it more than my previous tasting note would indicate (silly me, this is the whole point if keeping tasting notes!).
I just figured out that I do not like Hazelnut in tea. Many dessert type teas have left me with unpleasant aftertastes and only now have I figured out the common denominator: Hazelnut. Seems so obvious now.
Besides the hazelnut aftertaste, this blend tastes like a basic chai. The chocolate does not stand out.
The name seems to have been changed for this tea. I received a bag labeled “Strawberry Fields” and I thought at first that it was a mistake. But no, the ingredients are exactly the same. The tea is still listed as Love Potion on the website.
I love a good strawberry tea, but vanilla is usually hit or miss for me. This one is somewhere in the middle. It has a nice creamy texture, but I’m not in love with the flavor. (no wonder they had to change the name. . . a love potion that isn’t doing it’s job. haha).
I don’t mean that I dislike it, only that there are other strawberry teas that I like better, so why settle? (unless, of course I have 2oz of it to finish off. . .) Looks like I’ll have to get to know this one better and see if our love doesn’t blossom (yeah, ok, don’t judge me :) )