538 Tasting Notes
Thank you to Nepali Tea Traders for sending me a sample of this! I appreciate that the sample consists of two sachets, which gives me some room to play around. I used the first sachet in my travel mug for breakfast tea this morning.
I’m glad I checked out LiberTEAS ‘s note before trying this tea. I would have added rice milk before trying it and I think that would have been a mistake. This is a very gentle chai. Cinnamon is prominent here but not sharp. The base tea is malty but not heavy. I’m looking forward to trying this in a regular mug so I can experience it more fully.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Malt
Well, it’s lemon. And it’s rooibos. The lemon is more sweet than sharp – I think Inkling had it right when she compared the flavor to a lemon drop. This is a perfectly decent cup, but there’s no wow factor. Of all the teas in my happy bag that I’ve tried so far, this is my least favorite. Also, sipdown!
My partner just brought me a bunch of pistachios from Taiwan. They’re very sweet. We can’t tell if they are naturally sweet or actually sweetened – they came from a bin simply labeled “pistachio” in Chinese. There does not appear to be any sugar on them, for what that’s worth. They taste just like this tea though. Sweet, nutty, creamy pistachio goodness. Totally addictive. I’m so sad that this marks a Butiki sipdown. This was one of my favorite teas.
Um. What? Why does this have such a weirdly thick mouthfeel? Is this their attempt at creaminess? Something’s not quite right here. I’m definitely getting chamomile and smooth vanilla, but the honey flavoring tastes really fake and seriously what is up with this texture? Apologies to anyone I sent this to in a swap – I had not tried it yet and it looked promising. This is drinkable but… weird to me.
EDIT: Ost described this as tasting like Vaseline and I think that’s exactly right. The texture is weirdly Vaseline-esque as well.
Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the sample!
The leaves are so pretty! I love the many shades of brown, from so light it’s almost yellow to a nice chocolate hue. The actual brew has an interesting warmth to it. It took me a while to place the flavor, but it’s fresh-baked Russian black bread and manuka honey. I got about 6 solid steeps out of this in my little gong fu teapot. The flavor didn’t vary notably over the course of steeping, but I’d like to try it with my aroma cup and see if that makes a difference. Lucky for me, Teavivre samples are generous so I’ll be able to play around with this tea a bit more!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey
I like this. I had it at work today with a bit of brown sugar. It smells like a bouquet of roses. Frankly, the teabag looks like it too – all I could see was petal bits, no actual tea. The flavor of the base is kind of interesting. It’s heartier than I expected from a white tea, but it balances nicely with the natural rose flavor. I want to drink this a few more times before rating it, but so far it’s enjoyable.
There were a few bags of this blend in a variety box I ordered recently. It’s still delightful. The chamomile and citrus are well blended and refreshing. This is better hot than iced, but it is still palatable cold. It’s nice for an afternoon work tea when I need something energizing but caffeine-free.
This blend is way too heavy on the clove for my taste. It lives at the office, where I hardly ever drink it because the flavor taints my travel mug. I brought a bag home just so I can review it properly. Turns out there isn’t much more to say than what I’ve said before. The clove just overwhelms everything else. I tried adding rice milk to mellow it out, but that did not help. The rice milk might actually have made the clove even more prominent. As rooibos chais go, this one’s pretty unimpressive.
I had the second steep of this for my breakfast tea today. I added rice milk on a whim. The smokiness was much more prominent this time than it was when I had the first steep unadulterated yesterday. As it cooled, the smoke mellowed out and the sweet creaminess of the rice milk played up the banana flavor. I have not decided yet whether I prefer this with rice milk or straight…