508 Tasting Notes
This was a sample with my recent Butiki order. I was really looking forward to this tea. Grape is not a flavor I’ve ever had in tea before, natural or not.
I saw that several reviews commented on the grape flavor, some said it was too much, some not enough. The description says that it has a light floral flavor. I’ve been coming to appreciate some light floral notes in my oolongs, but this one was not light, at least not to me. It is much more floral than it is grape, though I can detect the grape too. The dry leaf smelled vaguely of grape, but the brewed liquor smells like a heavy perfume. It doesn’t taste so bad really, but not something I’d ever consider purchasing.
Could be that it’s the type of floral rather than the concentration of it that I don’t like. Is this supposed to be orchid, lilac. . .?
I had this tea last night and I am drinking the Laoshan Bilochun now. As I said in my note for the Bilochun, the two Laoshan greens and the oolong taste very similar. The only difference that I can pick out without a side-by-side comparison is that the original Laoshan green is much more in-you-face with the flavor (vegetal, bitter, sensitive to an oversteep, but still sooo yummy!)
I was expecting to pick out some floral notes in this oolong, but I couldn’t detect any.
I’m going to have to drink the Laoshan greens and oolongs together to really pick out the differences, but I love them all! The Laoshan green, as I remember, had a bitter bite to it and was very vegetal. I got a strong cup steeping it for only one minute, but this one I steeped for 2 minutes and the flavor seems more laid back than the other.
This tea tasted a lot better when I was drinking it while eating chocolates. By itself, the cherry flavor is stronger than the chocolate. It doesn’t taste medicinal to me, but it’s not as wonderful as it seemed the first time. I like that the chocolate isn’t over powering. I may have steeped it just a bit too long as the base was ever so slightly bitter. Still a good tea, but I’m going to lower my rating a little. I also think that my over-all dislike of chocolate in tea has increased since I started exploring flavored teas. This may have something to do with my experience with this one now.
I seem to have such a struggle with dessert flavors in tea. Many of the teas I don’t like represent flavors of foods and pastries that I love, but they just don’t come through quite the same in tea form.
I’ve had this little sample lying around for some time, briefly forgotten about. It came to me from Shmiracles
I did a bit of a longer rinse on it because I was expecting the leaves to need a few extra seconds to break up, but they didn’t. It broke up really quickly and the leaves are itty bitty.
The taste of this pu-erh is like sour dirt rather than the sweet earthiness that I am used to. I’ve head that mini cakes aren’t the best quality pu-erh, but the mini cakes I got from Butiki were a lot better than these IMO.
I just brewed some of this for my piano tuner. He asked for a black and I’m running low on my black stock (got more on the way though!), so this is what he got. It’s not my favorite, but it’s so popular on Steepster that I hoped he might like it. It’s not so bold as the expected black, so I was a bit worried that he wouldn’t like it, but he does! yay!
Yunnan teas aren’t my favorite blacks, but sometimes I am in the mood for one. I’ve had this one for a while, but I hadn’t logged it and couldn’t remember whether or not I liked it. It’s not bad, but I like Arbor Teas’ Golden Yunnan quite a bit better than this one. This tea has a bit of the mushroom thing going on; not as fruity as some.
I do love me a cup of vegetal tea. ♡
I went to the grocery store and got my dogs from the groomer. I came home to see some dude with a clipboard at the door. I expected it to be some door-to-door spammer of sorts (as they often are) and hoped he’d just go away. But no, it was the utilities man. He needed to do something with my water meter and also go under the crawl-space. Well, in an effort to keep our escape-artist dogs contained in the back yard, my husband bolted a board across the back gate which meant that letting the utility guy come and go was a matter of constant attention through a little finished room in the garage. Gee, and all I wanted to do was get something to eat and make some tea (and go to the bathroom) when I got home. At least he’s gone now. And I have my tea. I’m still hungry though. . .