389 Tasting Notes

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Ahhh. I am so very very excited about the fact that I got to leave work early today and don’t have to do any work tomorrow. I plan to try out some tea cocktail recipes tonight. I’ll let y’all know how it goes!

But to kick the evening off right, I shall begin with one of my all-time favorites. I had this with some cheese (Humboldt Fog) on toast. The jasmine aspect of the tea complemented the cheese well. As always, a comforting and delicious cup.

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drank Versailles Rose by Nina's Paris
389 tasting notes

This is a consummate summer drink. It’s grapefruit, through and through, with a slightly floral finish and substantial body. It was nice enough warm, but it works best as an iced tea. Be warned: this is crazy caffeinated. I made a teapot for my family yesterday around 8pm and ended up finishing off the last two cups myself. Big mistake. I couldn’t fall asleep until near morning.

I got this from Laurent at Nina’s Paris at the Taste of France festival back in September. Thanks!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
389 tasting notes

I tried this at David’s Tea today. It’s not bad, but not something I felt the need to buy either (even at a 40% discount, though I am a little tea shopped out after Black Friday).

It starts out nice and ginger-y, not very strong but definitely present. It reminds me more of gingerbread cookies than gingerbread proper. After a while, the flavor becomes creamier, almost like dunking a gingerbread cookie in milk. A creamy, slightly ginger-y flavor lingered for about 10 minutes after I finished the cup. I think the big issue with this one is that it tastes too artificial for me. Oh well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
389 tasting notes

This one makes me wish I could drink black tea regularly :-( This is a nice bold cup. I got a solid four steeps out of these leaves (Western-style brewing). Each steep had a nice thick mouthfeel and zero astringency. The first steep was full of malty nutmeg creamy goodness, as was the second. The third steep really caught me off guard because it was so lush with honey notes. The fourth steep was slightly weaker than the rest, but still quite solid. Overall, an impressive blend.

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
389 tasting notes

Mmmm. Creamy vanilla nutty goodness. I don’t like eggnog, but I do like this tea. The vanilla and pecan are well balanced in the first steep. The nuttiness really takes center stage in the second steep (190F, untimed). Stacy, does this tea share a flavoring with the pistachio ice cream? The nutty aspect of this tea seems really similar to that one. More pecan than pistachio, but the same undertones. This is definitely a good winter tea!

EDIT: Reading other people’s notes, it seems that I’m the only one picking up vanilla here… maybe I’m confusing vanilla and eggnog?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

There’s definitely some vanilla in that eggnog :D

Butiki Teas

This one doesn’t share any of the same flavorings as the Pistachio Ice Cream but it does have a fair amount of the same base tea.

Kaylee

Huh! Well that says a lot about the excellent choice and balance of base tea then :)

Kaylee

Also, thanks for being so responsive!

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I want to tear into my new BF Butiki teas, but I want a nice cup of this beloved classic even more. I put the salt directly in the brew basket this time, which gave me the lovely savory broth that has eluded me the past few brews. Thank you for making such a brilliant blend, Stacy! I just keep on coming back to it and it is never disappointing.

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Mmmm. The flavor here is dead on. I don’t even know what else to say. It’s just liquid white chocolate. I imagine this would take quite well to milk. The flavor stays the same as the tea cools, so I think it would make a fabulous frozen hot chocolate-style drink in the summer. I picked this up during BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale and I’m glad I did.

JustJames

i am afraid to try this one, lol. white chocolate always makes me feel like i need to shave my tongue.

Kaylee

Hmm. There was some build-up by the end of the cup, similar to that from Della Terra’s cream teas. So if white chocolate already makes you antsy, this might not be a candidate for your top-10-teas list.

JustJames

i’ll just live on the edge through your reviews =0)

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Whoa. This is some seriously dead-on flavor. Creamy caramel goodness, yum! It holds up well to a second steep too. This is making me feel all warm and cozy. Thanks for putting some in my Secret Turkey package, RogersCK!

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BrewTEAlly Sweet kindly sent some of this along as a bonus when I bought a few teas during her stash sale. Thanks!

Meh. There’s a distinct vanilla scent here, but I’m not picking up any vanilla flavor. There’s a creaminess that’s probably attributable to the vanilla, though. It complements the slight astringency of the base tea. As the tea cools, the vanilla flavor comes through more clearly. I’m not picking up any rose scent or flavor to speak of. Overall, this is passable but not worth the risk of hurting my stomach by drinking a black tea.

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BrewTEAlly Sweet kindly sent some of this along as a bonus when I bought a few teas during her stash sale. It’s been on my shopping list for a while, so I was pretty excited to try it a few days ago.

I stuck to package directions (1.5 tsp at 200F for 5 mins) at first and ended up with a nice cinnamon brew reminiscent of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or maybe just cinnamon toast. It really lacked the body that I was expecting from a bready tea that has so often been compared to American Tea Room’s Brioche. It held up to a second steep, but still felt thin.

Today, I used much more leaf (about 2.5 tsp). What a difference! Overleafing is definitely key here. The result was a smooth, full-bodied, sweet, bready, cinnamon-y tea. Nice. It held up well to a second steep, too. Thanks for the taste, BrewTEAlly Sweet!
BrewTEAlly Sweet

My pleasure :)

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