510 Tasting Notes
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 :) )
I got a sample of this pu-erh from cheetah pita (thank you!)
It is a pretty good pu-erh. I’ve been putting it off after my experience with the raw pu-erh sample that I got from Misty Peak. Although I have had good sheng in the past, I was still recovering from my most recent experience.
Im only on the third infusion of this one right now, but so far its yielding a very creamy cup with mild mineral notes and bitterness; slight astringency. There are other earthy spice-like flavors too that I can’t place, but they are nice. This is not my favorite sheng pu-erh ever, but it is helping to put me in the mood for pu-erh again.
ETA: I had to write this note quickly because I was running late to pick up my cat from the vet.
After I took some more time to contemplate the flavors notes of this tea, I think I can sort of recognize the olive oil and basil notes that it is advertised to have. Also, now that I think of it, the sheng I’ve tried in the past was aged at least 5 years or longer. Maybe very young or raw pu-erh is what I don’t like as much. Although so much more palatable than the bitter Misty Peak pu-erh that I tried, I just don’t dig mineral flavors.
And since I’m here writing, let me tell you about the cat and the villainous vet’s office. She needed a dental. She needed one last year but we could afford it. She really really really needs it now. We can barely afford it, but I budgeted it in and took her to her appointment today. Her blood work showed that she has a high white blood cell count so the doctor called me 4 hours later (about the time I expect them to say that all went well) and told me they couldn’t do the dental but that they wanted to do more blood tests and xrays to check for cancer. I ended up paying nearly as much as the dental would have cost and walked out with my cat in the same condition as before save an antibiotic shot in case it is an infection. So now Im really wondering why the heck I couldn’t have just gotten the antibiotics and then test her for other stuff if they didn’t have an effect. . .I am so mad. (>.
This is a sipdown brew. I’m trying to keep my tea stash under control. I do not plan to join the 300+ club (but when/if I do, I’ll hope that you don’t remember reading this :p )
There are a few teas that I forgot to include with my recent Butiki order (that should be arriving today) and one of them was the Cider guayusa that my husband likes. This plain guayusa is one I might keep on hand once in a while, but I’m ok having at least one of any guayusa blend around at a time. Having too many choices often leaves me wandering in confused circles in the kitchen, not sure what to do. If I ever start nearing 300, the problem would develop into spending more time organizing my tea than drinking it. I already have more than enough activities to satisfy my ocd. (^o^)
I brewed the last of my supply of this one today. I am trying to finish off smaller quantities of tea that I have left over. They tend to be the one’s that I am not in love with, but don’t dislike enough to swap away. These sort of teas tend to linger and take up space till I am finally encouraged to drink some of them again.
Sometime after my last note for this tea, I brewed a pot at my parents house. It was quickly named “cowboy” tea with varying degrees of like from the family. My brother said it was like drinking a cowboy boot (he thought it had a leathery taste about it), but he didn’t say this as if it was necessarily a bad thing. Both of my parents said that they liked it and my mother commented on the chocolate notes.
I myself just can’t get into this tea. I liked it less each time I drank it (all of 3 or 4 times, not all logged). It has a unique chocolate-ness about it, but definitely not in a girly ‘flowers and chocolate’ kind of way. More like manly-cowboy-bold-and-leathery chocolate. Once I give any tea the “manly” designation, it generally turns out not to be my cuppa.