1275 Tasting Notes
My mind keeps chanting ‘Bi Luo Chun, Bi Luo Chun, Bi Luo Chun’ and it’s driving me insane! I have to give in to my urges and drink it’s delicious nectar.
This tea is has a sweet and floral (peony, jasmine combo) scent. The leaves are small and very curly with green and shiny silver colours.
First steep – 1 minute – Tea is pale yellow in colour and has a light but sweet vegetal/cabbage aroma. Flavour is subtle but matches the cabbage smell. Very delicious. Smooth, green, cabbage, sweet and buttery.
Second steep – 2 minutes – Flavour is thicker and more vegetal but still fairly smooth and very fresh. Also still very sweet and a little astringent.
Third steep – 3 minutes – Back to light again but still deliciously cabbagey and with a touch of dry, floral perfume.
As far as Bi Luo Chun goes I’m really digging this white version over the green. It’s much lighter but still has the same characteristics and flavours with a lot less astringency.
Time for something fruity. I know there are some horror film fans here so hopefully someone will know what I’m talking about…but tutti fruity is always going to be called tutti f***ing fruity thanks to The Devils Rejects. I was sat here thinking ‘hmm…what should I drink’ and then bam I saw it in my fruit drawer and said ‘I will drink some tutti f***ing fruity*. I can’t help it. It’s all I can think about. Damn you Rob Zombie!
Well this blend has mostly small/average sized ingredients and has a sweet and very herbal scent. Not quite tutti f***ing fruity but more curranty and dark.
Once steeped this tea is deep red in colour with a thick, tart hibiscus aroma. Not quite the tutti f***ing fruity I was expecting…
Flavour is hibiscus heavy and I can’t detect any fruit at all. It’s just a sweet, tart, floral, herby, hibiscus tea. I can maybe taste currants amongst the hibiscus but that’s it.
The positive side is that as far as hibiscus goes this is not undrinkable, just very disappointing. :(
Boredom is setting in now and I just don’t know what to do with myself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_RZAGnFcI4
Had to listen to that after I typed that first sentence. :)
I’m not up for anything thick or rich at the moment and thought a herbal tea blend would be great. So through my drawer I route and pull this one out. Not usually a fan of chamomile but love lemongrass and mint and orange so it could go either way. Still I have to try this at some point.
The raw blend consists of large ingredients for the most part with some finely chopped/dust looking herbal pieces too at the bottom.
It smells like sweet orange with a hint of mint. Very citrusy, waxy, sweet and delicious. Totally not what I was expecting but delighted by it.
Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with fresh and very minty with a hint of lemongrass citrus.
Flavour is strong but smooth and the first flavours I can taste are mint and lemongrass. It has a little sweetness and floralness to it in the after taste. Not as much orange as I was hoping for, like the raw blends smell promised, but non the less it’s a pleasant drink. Very relaxing and calming.
I have another pots worth of this blend that I will save as my bedtime tea. I could do with the help sleeping this week.
Thank you Sil for this sample.
Night one of being alone is going well so far. I watched a few films to pass the time whilst drinking my milky, sweet teas for comfort and I’m now at the point where the last thing I want to drink is milk. My stomach agrees with me. So for the last hour now I have been thinking of having a pot of fruity green tea, something light and maybe sweet but something I will overall enjoy. So to my tea drawers I go and open my green tea drawer and with a little routing around I came upon this sample. I remember having a sample of this this tea as a gift from Butiki when I placed my first order with them but gave it away instead of trying it myself. Reason being that grapefruit is not one of my favourite fruits.
Well this review is long over due and I regret giving the sample away. At least now I can have some tea closure and see what I have been missing.
In raw form it sweet and citrus (waxy citrus) with grassy notes. Very pleasant and it reminds me of my Grapefruit Body Butter from The Body Shop.
Once steeped the tea liquid is yellow in colour with a sour and very sharp grapefruit aroma. Very natural and pure.
Sweet, buttery, sour, perfumey, green and refreshing. Those are my first things I noticed about this tea as I drink the first small cup of this down. It also starts off quite strong but quickly softens to create a delicate and beautiful array of flavours in the after taste.
Cup two reveals a more grassy taste over time and softens the grapefruit even more. And despite being perfumey it’s not dry or harsh in any way, in fact it’s the exact opposite.
After a while the flavours blend together and it’s hard to differentiate them but you are left with one beautiful cup of tea.
So this is what I missed by giving away that sample. A huge mistake on my part, I just hope whoever received it likes it as much as I do (sorry cannot remember whom I sent this to).
I think this is turning into one of my favourite vanilla teas. It makes the perfect latte and sweet, milky tea and is one of my ultimate pick me ups. It does taste very much like vanilla pod and a touch of sugar brings out that delicious vanilla sugar sweetness and it’s almost like I’m drinking liquid frosting.
My first cup of tea today and it’s already dinner time. I’ve just had one of those days where I just haven’t been able to stop and relax with a cup of tea.. until now that is. And I chose this Cinnamon Roll Honeybush as my first well needed drink of the day and in latte form. It’s delicious! Much more cinnamon roll like and much sweeter and creamier. I might have to have more than one latte tonight, I need the comfort since I’m by myself for the next five nights. :(
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Thank you Sil for this tea.
From the reviews I have read for this one I must say I am looking forward to trying it. What a unique little tea this appears to be :)
The smell is similar to my husbands organic, no salt peanut butter from Good Earth that he buys. Sort of like toasted sesame seeds too. The taste is similar to the smell, it’s sweet, dry, nutty, baked and bready.
Much nicer than I was expecting, although I am now craving peanut butter on toast. Might have to get myself some in a minute.
A black based cranberry tea with almond…sounds delicious. Making this my last pot of tea before bed.
I can note a sweet and fruity scent from the blend whilst raw but it’s somewhat artificial.
There is a definite nuttiness in the aroma once it’s steeped with a hint of cocoa. Flavour is sweet and slightly tart with a medium thickness overall. It also tastes a little cocoa like too. The more I drink the richer it becomes and less fruity.
I think it was a nice pot of tea but not sure it would be something I would like to frequent.
Thank you Cavocorax for this sample.
I know I commented earlier expressing my need for ‘black tea’ but now I have a need for mint tea and this was the first one I could find. Also one of my most recently received samples.
The raw blend does have a refreshing minty smell but very mildly, but so is the sweet jasmine so it seems a fair balance.
Once steeped this tea is light yellow and has a gentle floral aroma.
Flavour is gentle and a little sweet with both ultra subtle hints of jasmine and mint. It’s very refreshing and much lighter than I expected but I think that works well in it’s favour. Also a little creamy and smooth.
All in all I think this is a success, a great palate cleanser and I bet it would make for an interesting iced tea. Thanks for sharing this with me Cavocorax :)