523 Tasting Notes
Eep! I have the bagged version of this and managed to get through the whole box without a chance to write a tasting note! That’s because this has been my go-to afternoon tea at work and i rarely write tasting notes at work.
I quite enjoy this tea. It’s great for a caffeine-free afternoon lift. The chamomile hits up front and transitions smoothly into a pleasantly tart citrus. I could swear there was a lingering hint of ginger at the end of the sip today, but there’s no ginger in the blend. The hibiscus supports the flavor rather than getting in the way. I’m hoping to restock this one fairly soon. Meanwhile, sipdown!
ETA: This blend does best with a really long steep time. Like 10+ minutes.
Despite (or perhaps because of) the dreary weather, I really wanted a fruity Butiki this morning. I almost didn’t make this one because I can’t appreciate the smell of a tea when it’s in my travel mug. Thankfully, I decided to go for it anyway. It’s been a one-thing-after-another kind of morning and this tea definitely helped me be more tea about it all. Even without any sugar and without being able to smell the tea, the perfect watermelon flavor comes through.
Many thanks to Stephanie for sending me some of this. It’s nice. The sip starts out with just the right amount of ginger, then fades into a fairly strong sage flavor. Both flavors linger strongly – the ginger on the front of my tongue and the sage on the back. Alas, I’m not picking up on any of the other flavors. I can see how this would be good with honey or blended with a camellia sinensis base (or both). No rating until I can experiment some more with this one.
sipdown, but not for long.
I found myself craving black tea this morning. I don’t actually have much black tea in my collection anymore, since I’m not really supposed to be drinking it. I got this one from an Amoda box. It’s not bad, but it didn’t really hit the spot either. This definitely has honey notes. It has a savory note that I always think of as mushroomy. I’m not picking up on any other flavors though. This is a decent black, but it’s not as robust and complex as I was hoping. Ah well. At least it didn’t make my stomach hurt much.
I was sure that I had already logged this. This came to me through the Secret Pumpkin swap back in the fall from both BrewTEAlly Sweet and RogersCK. Thanks! BTW, BrewTEAlly Sweet has been gone for a while. Anyone know if she’s ok?
This is another fall tea that I’ve been hoarding. It is suuuuper tasty. The chocolate and pumpkin are definitely here, but what makes this shine for me is the pumpkin spices. They are just perfectly balanced. I will miss this tea, for this drink is a sipdown.
Many thanks to RogersCK for including this in my Secret Turkey package. I like this blend so much that I’ve actually been hoarding it a bit. Alas, all good things must come to an end. This tastes like spiced apple cider, only much less sweet. The base is just present enough to assert that this is in fact a tea. This is really lovely and will be much missed.
Thanks to Stephanie for this one!
I’ve never had hojicha before, so I was a little apprehensive. Unnecessarily so, as it turns out. This ain’t half bad. It smells and tastes like near-burnt toast. This is pretty one-note, but nice. It went well with a bagel and cream cheese (I tasted it on its own first to evaluate the flavor).
This came in the March Amoda box. This is an interesting blend. It smells like Mountain Dew! Not as chemical-fake as the soda, but the same balance of lemon and lime. I actually think it rather tastes like Mountain Dew, too. Lemon-lime, slightly artificial. Not bad, but not exceptional either. Glad to have tried it, but also glad to call this a sipdown.
A family acquaintance learned of my love for tea and brought me a box of this.
I’m not hugely fond of the fact that the teabags are just loose in the box. No individual wrappers, no sealed foil bag holding all of them. Just… kinda chillin out in the cardboard box. The box came shrink-wrapped, so I’m not concerned about contamination before it got to me. But I don’t like the risk of dust and whatnot getting in, and I don’t like that the chamomile is so exposed to the air. Ah well, all the more reason to drink this up quickly!
This is actually a quite lovely tea. The chamomile has a sweetness to it that one doesn’t always find. Almost apple-y, but not at all tart. Just smooth and soothing. This one won’t be hard to finish off.
Finally, a Butiki sipdown. I really want to place a new order, but I can’t justify it until I drink through some of the teas I have now. Seriously, after this one I still have 25 others in my cupboard.
This one is still cantaloupe perfection. I think that my cupboard would be incomplete without at least one fruity Butiki tea (this one, Watermelon Xylophone, or Flowery Pineapple Oolong). Luckily I still have some of the other two.