501 Tasting Notes
Bleeegh. I’ve been on the search for a nice chocolate tea. This is not it. I bought this a few months ago and hated it then, but I decided to give it another shot before reviewing it. Oh the regret. At least it gave me a little energy boost, I suppose.
This tastes like diluted spiced hot cocoa. Not even high quality hot cocoa. Just watery chocolate with a little bit of kick. And a dry, powdery aftertaste. I tried salvaging it with some rice milk, but that somehow just made it worse. I imagine it might work well brewed in cow’s milk. I can’t drink that so someone else will have to run the experiment.
Speaking of which – first person to PM me gets the rest of the bag!
This brews up nice and light. The first steep is very delicate and vegetal, maybe a touch grassy. I didn’t think of it as seaweed-y until I read some of the other notes for this tea. Now that’s all I can taste! Funny how suggestible people can be sometimes…
This holds up to a resteep nicely, though the seaweed flavor is definitely stronger in the second steep. There’s also a buttery quality mid-sip.
Overall, not bad, but I’ve had better.
Sssssipdown! This time, I tried adding rice milk right after I was done brewing the tea rather than halfway through drinking it. It’s much better this way – presumably something to do with the tea being hotter when I added the rice milk? Anyway, this is nice and creamy and spicy. Good while it lasted!
I’m glad to have the empty tin now so I can put some samples in it, but I can’t get the chai smell out…
This smells like autumn, spicy with a hint of pumpkin. The dry leaves smell creamier than the brewed tea. The brew is a lovely deep orange color matching the falling leaves outside. It’s got kind of a chai vibe because of the spices, but the pumpkin holds its own. This didn’t seem very creamy at first, but it gets creamier as I keep drinking. There’s also maybe a hint of caramel flavor? Am I imagining that? This is one of those teas that makes me sad that I can’t/shouldn’t have black tea. I’m super glad to have tried it though. Many thanks to Stephanie for the swap!
I’m on a Butiki bender tonight in an effort to make room for/justify another order. To avoid spamming everyone’s dashboards with Butiki-only tasting notes, I will write only one tasting note per tea regardless of how many cups I actually drink.
So as usual this tea is fabulous. I’m picking up more apple than potato this time around. Very apropos for the fall season :) The aftertaste is savory and buttery – almost apple pie-esque. One more cup left in this bag, which I am planning to sipdown tonight and make some cabinet space for more tea. I still have another full bag though!
Sadly, this is one of the few Butiki teas I just never enjoy. Something about the flavors just never meshes for me and it ends up tasting kind of chaotic. I still drink it because
a) caffeine boost yay, and
b) I stupidly bought 2 ounces before even tasting it and need to finish them off.
I always brew precisely per the instructions, so I know that’s not the problem. I’ve had this in a regular mug at home and in my travel mug at work, so context and ability to smell the tea aren’t the issue. The only thing I haven’t done is try this with sugar, which might do the trick. Unfortunately, I almost never have sugar in the house. Maybe honey? Suggestions welcome.