471 Tasting Notes
Thank you greenteafairy for this sample.
I really like that the Butiki teas are not over-the-top with flavoring. When coffee was my preferred beverage (and I do still appreciate a good dark roast), I never like flavored coffees and I never added cream or sugar. Along the same lines, I initially drank only unflavored teas before joining Steepster. After reading so many positive reviews about dessert-type teas, I thought that they might be alright. So far the best I’ve tried come from Butiki. Stacy seems to know how to create a blend that retains the qualities of the base tea rather than smothering it in flavor oils.
As for the Cider Guayusa, its pretty good. I can’t say that it’s my favorite as I’m not terribly into cider in the first place, but my husband is wild about this tea. He doesn’t have an account on here and likely won’t consider getting one, but he did write up a tasting note that I can share here:
“This [whatever it is called] is nice. It has a nice soft Apple flavor and it generally smells like it tastes, and it smells absolutely wonderful. It’s delicate, and very natural tasting with a nice pleasant aftertaste. Of all the teas my wife has had me try, this is definitely my absolute favorite.”
Another sample from ToiToi
It’s slightly astringent. I can taste the vanilla and the black tea. The vanilla is not too powerful as it is in other blends that I’ve had. However, a third flavor, I assume its the grenadine, is a bit too masculine-flavored to me. I suppose the blend is aptly named. I’m enjoying my cup for what it is, but I won’t be buying this one.
I seem to turn to this tea every time I’ve had a long stretch of flavored tea sampling. So many hit or miss experiences require that I return to a trusted favorite to clear my mind and senses for the next round of sampling.
This tea is always a happy tea. Slightly nutty and fruity with a comforting texture and so forgiving no matter how careless I am with the brewing.
Got this as a sample from ToiToi
I got so excited about my new loose-tea interest that I almost forgot how convenient a teabag is. This wasn’t a fantastic tea, but it wasn’t bad. It was strangely comforting in the same way generic coffee is during a long road trip. I prefer gourmet any day, but sometimes I won’t turn down a less-spectacular option.
I dont know what it is, but I’m not a fan of the chocolate-based DT teas that I’ve tried so far. Something about them is too artificial. I must have very unique tastes relative to most of the reviewers.
This tea smells wonderful in the bag. The dry leaf smell is so much better than the DT S’mores tea. I had high hopes, but the brewed tea is a cup of ick to me. Tastes vaguely like cheap generic chocolate, but the black tea comes through in the flavor too. I didn’t finish the cup before brewing something else, but I’m not going to give it my didn’t-finish-the-cup rating as it wasn’t painful to drink, I just didn’t want to finish the cup considering how many new samples I had waiting for me that might be better.
We had a spring snow storm. Not as “stormy” as they said it would be, but it was awful cold and we got a few inches of snow.
It was a long day on campus and I was looking forward to coming home to a cup of tea during most of it. I brewed up another from my order of Della Terra samples. I’m going to have to get some plain Rooibos so that I can tell what part of the flavor it is.
My first Rooibos was a vanilla blend and it was super nasty. Now, when I smell the vanilla in this and in the Winter Nog that I tried already, I almost don’t want to drink it. But this one is alright. The vanilla is more on the nose and mint in the flavor. It’s a descent cup on a cold day, but I think I prefer black tea for my minty blends.
Well, I just got an order of samples from Della Terra. After splitting them up with my mother, I decided to try out the S’mores.
I hate to be the one to say this, as it has such good reviews here, but it does not live up to its name at all. Unless you are imagining sitting around a campfire, making S’mores, when suddenly, a swamp monster from near by snatches it, spits it out, and leaves it all soggy floating in the water. Ok, ok, so the description makes it sound terrible. It’s not terrible, I mean, I like it OK enough. I might even drink another cup some time. But it really is kinda like soggy-swamp-water graham cracker with a hint, just a hint, of curdled marshmallow. But I can dig it if my mood is right.
I had this tea this morning, but Steepster was down (for me, at least), so I could not log it then.
I set my timer for 2min30sec as I usually do for this tea, but when the timer went off, I turned it off without taking the infuser out of my cup. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I have these moments sometimes. I estimate that it was another 5 minutes before I remembered the tea, so I can definitely vouch for its lack of sensitivity to over-steeping. It was still a really good cup!