1611 Tasting Notes
I just heard the news about Butiki closing its doors – I’ll have to make sure I purchase all their teas that I wanted to try before they’re all sold-out. :(
This tea is aptly named – I get a distinctly floral/lilac scent mixed with a fruity aroma as the tea steeps. The sweet floral notes – a distinctive characteristic of many green oolong – are present in the flavour as well. And yes there are definitely some nice fruity pineapple flavours, though I think they could stand to be a touch more prominent.
I’d never heard of Pluck Teas until we started selling it at the Chapters bookstore where I work. We only sell five blends although apparently the company makes quite a few more. I acquired this one when I was receiving a box of teas and accidentally cut too deeply with my utility knife, slicing the top pouch open. My boss knows I Iove tea, so she just wrote it off and gave it to me.
This white tea is a bit – twiggy I guess, lots of little bits of stems, although there’s plenty of nice, whole leaves too. The icewine flavour is quite distinct, a slightly boozy fruity grape flavour – it actually verges on being a bit too much, so I don’t think I’d steep this tea longer. Altogether I quite enjoyed it – maybe I’ll see if I can’t ‘accidentally’ acquire more Pluck teas from work. ;)
These ingredients seem to be a bit of an odd combination but I was drawn to it because it had mango in it but no hibiscus (ick). Also I’ve been on the look-out for more herbal/decaffeinated teas as my supply of those is getting low (and yet my tea cupboard is still overflowing).
I’ve always liked the flavour of chamomile – good quality stuff has a herbal apple/pineapple flavour to it and here it mixes well with the fruity mango flavours. It’s a very smooth blend with a rich, creamy undertone.
I only purchased a small amount as a tester but I’ll definitely replenish it when I’m done.
I’m drinking this tea with skim milk this morning – I wasn’t sure how the oolong would handle it but it seems to work out fine. The robust Irish breakfast black tea seems to dominate anyway, although I get a bit of a woodsy undertone from the oolong. The milk really brings out the vanilla and hazelnut flavours nicely making it a soothing, comfortable tea to be drinking on a grey, cold morning like this.
I’m glad that I took enough of this tea to try it iced as well as hot, because cold it’s miles away a better drink. I did it up the lazy way where I brewed a cup, sweetened it with a spoonful of local honey and let it cool in the fridge. It literally tastes like fresh strawberries were juiced into my glass. I’m not sure whether it was the temperature or the honey that tamed the hibiscus but thankfully it’s barely an afterthought. So tasty and thirst-quenching. I’ll have to buy more now that Adagio has (finally!) lowered their international shipping rates.
From the GCTTB. Red rooibos generally gets a ‘meh’ response from me at best, but the addition of the lemongrass livens things up a bit. It gives the tea a lemony flavour without any of the tart sourness that would accompany actual lemon fruit. So it’s not bad – but still not really something that I’d shell out money for.
I’m very picky about my jasmine teas and I find that most of them are overly perfumed for my tastes. This one however is nice and subtle and it’s quite natural. There’s a bit of sweetness underneath which might be from the green tea itself or from the jasmine, but whichever it is, it compliments the floral notes well.