847 Tasting Notes
Thank you Lala for this sample.
This is the first tea from Red Leaf that I have tried that was not a matcha. Champagne infused white raspberry tea could not sound fancier if it tried, I am very much looking forward to trying this. :)
The raw leaves have a very sweet and fresh, clear raspberry scent. Much stronger than I had expected. Perfect for this hot, sunny British day.
Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a subtle yet floral, sweet raspberry aroma. Very different from it’s raw form but just as pleasant.
Flavour is sweet, very fruity with a slight raspberry tartness and a hint of flowers. I’m not sure I can taste champagne but there is something I just can’t explain about it… a special flavour and quality about it.
As a whole it’s nice and light but rich with raspberry flavour. I also agree that it makes a perfect afternoon tea. The after taste is wonderfully fruity and sweet. Definitely exceeded my expectations.
A warm and muggy day leans me towards the fruity teas that I have with me. I’m not usually a fan of pineapple but I am a Butiki fan and I’m going to ignore the harsh, sharp pineapple teas I have had before and focus on what this tea could be like. Like the taste buds of the innocent, a complete un-expecting of what I’m about to experience. … I hope you understand my rambling.
A sniff of the raw blend reveals a sweet and fresh floral pineapple scent. Very delicious smelling and with a hint of cream. Stronger than I was expecting but it just smells so very nice.
The raw blend has a few small small pieces of pineapple amongst the leaves and just for the record there are also a few twig like pieces which I believe to be from the Bai Mu Dan.
So far it has exceeded my expectations in scent and appearance… so what about taste?
A few minutes later
The tea is golden yellow in colour with the same sweet and creamy floral pineapple scent as it’s raw form. Perhaps a little stronger once steeped.
Flavour is sweet, creamy, herby (cilantro?), floral and smooth. That herbal taste is growing stronger but it’s something I’m starting to like more and more. It’s very different as to how I thought it would taste. It’s pineapple but not pineapple, it’s not sharp, tart, sour and doesn’t make my lips tingle but in the after taste I would definitely say it’s pineapple. Perhaps a little soapy with the pineapple but minimally so.
It’s also very smooth like velvet and sweet like mild honey. The Bai Mu Dan adds a wonderful light floral balance to the blend of flavours.
Overall I like it. I would buy it and drink more of it. Honestly though it’s a hard tea for me to rate, I’m thinking there might be too much cilantro to be perfect for my taste but then I think other flavours would be lost without it. A nice little unique blend.
(My rough rating at this time would be 8/10. Shall rate another time, I have more at home).
I’m house/dog sitting for my parents for the next week while they holiday in Whitby so that leaves me to finish some tea samples. I packed a large bag of random samples and it’s hopefully enough to last me a week. If not I will be popping home anyway to make my jewellery that has sold so I can always pick up more.
Plus I have an announcement to make which may not be huge to most of you but it’s big for me … at the grand old age of 25 I have finally sent off for my provisional driving license. I have never had any interest to drive and always put myself down saying that I could never learn but I decided to go for it anyway. Ideally I want a scooter (despite my mum saying they are dangerous and is even willing to buy me a brand new car) so I’m working towards it. :)
Right now down to the tea. Not a Tazo fan in honesty but I’m always willing to give their teas a try. The teabag has a lemon, spearmint scent that is not completely fresh but zesty enough to still be pleasing. The blend looks very finely chopped.
Once steeped this tea is gold in colour with a strong minty scent. Flavour is thick and sweet with both the lemon verbena and the spearmint being the two dominant flavours. They match quite well, better than I thought they would. It tastes fresher than it smells and it’s on the stronger side of mint teas that I have tried, especially for pre bagged.
The green tea is in the background but a little green astringency is noticeable. Also a little dry. I’m impressed, it’s not the worst mint tea I have had but is something I would drink again.
Such a lovely warm summers day here today. I’ve had a soak in the bath and put on my black and white polkodot summer dress. Been sipping on Liptons instant lemon iced tea but thought a pot of tea would end my day nicely.
This tea smells very sweet and berry fruity in raw form. Also a little hibiscus tart but very fresh. My husband even gave a MMMMMMMM when he had a sniff. :)
Flavour is sweet and fruity but with a slight fresh tartness. It’s hibiscus heavy but on a manageable basis possibly because it’s fairly fresh. Berry is very cranberry like.
Overall it’s a nice drink and would make a nice summer iced tea but I’m not sure if I would buy it again. Thank you anyway Canton for the sample.
I have a few cups left of this but will be leaving it at work to finish off. Its a nice pick me up on my lunch break and shall be missed.
A spoon of sugar really brings out the chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon and dash of milk finish it perfectly. :)
I got this tea today whilst out shopping with my mother. I’ve been after a nice Darjeeling suitable for everyday drinking and I really have my fingers crossed for this one.
It’s black, brown and golden in colour with finely chopped leaves and a wonderful strong and musky floral scent. It smells lovely :)
Once steeped this tea is brown in colour with a sweet, musky, floral and earthen aroma. I wish they made a Darjeeling perfume, it’s just such a wonderful smell.
Flavour is sweet, malted, wooden, floral, musk and strong. A wonderful array of everything Darjeeling that I look for in a second flush. I tend to prefer the second flush Darjeeling more than first flush primarily because I love black, malty teas the most and some second flush mimic them very well. But on top of those you also have a stronger muscatel flavour and it’s more floral so I feel I have a good treat for my taste buds that in it’s own way is unique.
This has the right balance for me. It becomes sweeter and more floral the more I drink and the muscatel flavour is left in the after taste. It’s so smooth and non astringent, quite light for being such bold flavours. Delicious.
My searching is over. I have found my new everyday second flush Darjeeling and the best news is that it’s locally bought. :)
My dad drinks this tea and while I’m here I thought I would try a cup to go with my spicy rice lunch.
I honestly don’t think its too bad. A little astringent and not as strongly jasmine as I’m used to but its still acceptable. Not as fresh as I’m used to either and the green tea in the bags was finely chopped and seemed a little dusty but again its serving its purpose for this moment in time and I cannot complain.
I would drink this again quite happily :)
These rings are so cute :) And they smell floral and gentle like a spring breeze.
Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with the same gentle floral and grassy scent as it’s raw form.
This tea is sweet, grassy, floral, vegetal and fresh. Flavour key words would be sweet pea, jasmine, grass, cabbage and peony.
It’s a nice novelty tea and the rings have fully opened up to show it’s long, needle pointed leaves.
A nice green tea with unique charm. :)
Another tea that I purchased from momo
Just quick notes as I’m still playing Magic – The Gathering and having to multi task at the moment.
The tea in raw form looks magickal but it’s hard to explain why. The green tea is in large balls that are very pretty but I did not see any blueberries. It smells fruity sweet but not necessarily blue berry.
Once steeped it’s dark golden brown in colour with a sweet, fruity and slightly smoky aroma.
It’s astringent but sweet and fruity. Again not especially blueberry, more apple if I’m honest but it’s still a pleasant enough drink. Not sure it’s pie like either but there you go. So I’ve established it doesn’t taste like blueberry or pie so what does it taste like? Well like a strong black based apple tea.
It’s something I can finish but also happy to trade some of.