275 Tasting Notes
Bought this for my partner who is a fan of apple pie. Tonight when I asked “what tea do you want?” The answer, not surprisingly was “whatever you’re having”. So I’m having this even though I knew I didn’t like it, just so she can drink it.
I can’t get too eloquent about a green tea that tastes like watery apple cider. If you leave it too long, well, it’s green tea, it will punish you. I did ok with just under three minutes at 180 but the resteep was forgotten, was more like 5 min and made for a bitter tea.
But really, on the whole, apple cider. Long aftertaste, probably because of the lingering cinnamon.
So far “lime gelato” is DAVID’s most enjoyable green tea and “Kokomo green” their worst. "North African mint (organic) " is so unlike green tea that you can be surprised when you read the label and see “green tea”
I went to DAVID’s yesterday to buy “pumpkin spice”.They were out. So now I’m there, at the counter, thinking “them’s the breaks. How can walk away with no tea?” It would be a waste of trip. So I refilled my goji pop before someone decides it’s a summer drink and they pull it, got “read my lips” and then, against my better judgement, I got some of this too. I say against my better judgement because I don’t like chamomile. But I thought maybe it will be more mango than chamomile.
Also, I feel like I’m getting sick, my throat feels funny so I made this when I got home and went straight to bed with the mug. You know, it’s not too bad. If you don’t like chamomile it can be really scary to see a whole bunch of chamomile flowers in the dry leaf. However, I can say that mango comes first. I am still not going to restock this but at least it’s not awful and I can drink the 24g I got.
Brews really pale and the aroma is predominantly chamomile although the taste is mostly mango. Juicy mango, not the mango in “happy kombucha” or “mango madness” .
I would like to thank Stacy for providing, at my request, a sample of this with my order. As I’m still searching for my chai (I used to say “the perfect chai” but really, what is that?) I decided to try what I hoped was one of the better ones and asked Stacy for a sample.
The spices do indeed blend together nicely. There’s no overpowering clove as was the case with most, if not all, chais I’ve had but I’m beginning to wonder if chais are intended to be steeped in milk. As much as I enjoyed the flavour of this one, it seemed to be lacking a certain something. Maybe a stronger base? But not too strong or astringent. I’m mucking this up. You see, I have never had a chai that blew me away (there was one that came close) so I can’t quite put my finger on what it is I’m looking for. You’ve been there, right? Maybe not with tea, maybe with something else. You’re looking for something, you’re not sure what it is but when you find it, Booyah!
I rarely write two tasting notes for the same tea. I’m having this again (and again). I made 16 oz last night using two perfect scoops (DAVID’s) but didn’t resteep till this morning. I used just a touch less water for the resteep, made maybe 14 oz instead of 16. It resteeps really really well.
Also, in my initial note I mentioned there might have been a slight bitterness. If there was, I didn’t taste it this time around. It’s strong citrus and dark chocolate (as the description from Butiki tells you as well). A great tea. I added no dairy this time around. It just messes things up.
Oh and finally bought myself a variable temperature electric kettle. Couldn’t be happier about it. Doesn’t hurt that it’s sexy looking too, with the different colours lighting up for different temperature water. It’s on 50% off sale at Canadian Tire, in case any of you are looking for one.
I was so frenzied to order my butiki teas that I failed to notice this one is Rooibos. I was so taken with its name that I just ordered without reading. So … Errr… It’s pretty much sour woodchips to me. All Rooibos taste pretty much the same to me. I think there might be a handful I’ve tried that were different. Most of them just seem medicinal or something.
I only ordered 1 oz so not too bad. Maybe it will grow on me, at least that’s what I keep hoping about Rooibos in general. I don’t want to be missing out on good teas just because I stubbornly refuse to try them. I know someone — won’t name names :) — who thinks life is too short to be drinking/eating things you don’t like, but I say if you keep at it, you’ll like it in the end and your palate will evolve. Right? Right.
Last night I was torn between drinking this or maple pecan oolong. Maple pecan won so as soon as I opened my eyes this morning I started making this to take to work.
Oh, it comes in the cutest little tin. I’m a sucker for miniature versions of any ol’ thing, really. It’s not like the tin itself is cute, it’s just the size of it that makes it so. I was surprised to find it too, I’m used to the butiki bags. But yay!
The tea leaves are brown and curly with chocolate chips throughout as well as small dried orange rinds. If you touch it, you’ll feel it damp and I realized just now it’s probably from the citrus oils found in the rind. Maybe. It smells exactly like those chocolate oranges from … Who makes those… Terry’s?
Steeped, the flavour matches the aroma, the citrus stronger than the chocolate and yes, the orange rinds lend a slight bitterness. Not unpleasant but if you’re not expecting it you get taken by surprise. So yeah, the flavour is more orange rind than orange juice. Not sure this makes sense but I’m doing my best! If you’ve ever peeled oranges and cooked the rinds for a dessert or whatever, you know the taste I’m taking about.
I sweetened it and it was really good, however the creamer I added was a mistake. Won’t do it again. It was vanilla creamer and it just confused things, maybe even enhanced the citrus which I was not shooting for. I was going for the creamsicle effect but failed on that account. If you’re into adding dairy, don’t add it to your cup, just pour off a bit and try it that way in case you’re not a fan. Especially since it is quite good without milk/cream, it would be a pity to wreck it.
Tonight I was reading how Tealizzy practically stalked her mailman for her butiki package, and she got it in the end. I felt some sort of envy, knowing my package is on the way but not in my hand. I didn’t stalk my mailman because I am not home during the day, but let me tell you that refresh button on the USPS tracking was getting tapped so often I thought I maybe was crashing the system.
For three days the message was the same: “customs clearance”. Today when I got home from work I saw that same message. So I did my thing, made dinner, took a bath, put on my PJs and then when I was reading a steepster note my eyes glanced over to the USPS open tab and thought “what the hell, let’s see again”. I think my eyes popped out a little bit when I saw “delivered”. So in the middle of The biggest loser, in my pyjamas! I jog over to the mailbox and get my stuff!
You know when you can’t heat the water fast enough? Yah. The kettle was on before I even opened the packages, before I even decided what to have. I couldn’t even drink it fast enough. I was like some person in the desert finding an oasis.
Tonight it was between “three friends” and this.
I am pretty sure it is by far the most flavourful butiki tea I’ve ever had. But then again, remember I’ve just been in the desert so take it with a grain of salt. And the tea is plenty sweet, no need to add anything. Large chunks of nuts are in there with the leaves. I didn’t fish for anything, I stuck my spoon in there and when I dumped the contents in the pot I saw them and …“whoa”. Amazing. I was kinda skeptical, thinking there will be a flavour behind the base. But the base takes the backseat and lets the maple and pecan really come out. Great.
I want to add creamer to it but don’t want to wreck it. Maybe for the resteep.
Ok, I’m happy tonight! (Also, this is probably the longest note from me you’ll ever read)
Sipdown! Not that I’m counting them or anything, my cupboard is nothing like most of yours’ , but I try to keep the ziploc baggies to a minimum. I gifted a little of this to my dear friend dexter3657 and some of it found its way back to me for a try. Thank you, Dexter3657 .
I didn’t care much for it the first time, but I had enough left for a 10 oz cup so I took it to the cottage in case the mood struck. And that it did, what with pumpkin pie for dessert and all… I made a maple whipped cream to top the pie with and I added some to my tea to make it more enjoyable. Without it, I found it a little brisk and a little bitter when steeped with near boiling water for just over 2 minutes. I usually do most black teas 3 minutes but I was timid with this given the previous experience.
Brews a nice caramel color, you’d think it’s earl grey not cardamom black. There is definitely cardamom flavour, large pods can be found in the leaves, but as I said, I found it a little too brisk for my liking. Glad to have tried it, the name makes you want it. And it did go with the pumpkin pie.
Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Canucks!
Yes, don’t like it this time around either. I added brown sugar and creamer. It’s alright, tastes a little like “glitter and gold” which I totally hate, but this is not as heavy on the ginger and clove. I kinda feel like I wasted my drop of cream and pinch of sugar on this.
I think I also need to stop equating "pumpkin spice " with “pumpkin”. But you know, when Starbucks gives me the pumpkin spice latte, that actually tastes like pumpkin, one could see how I would have an expectation of other things called “pumpkin spice”. Mais non.
I think booze clouded my judgement originally and rated it higher. I’d drink a 70 but I can’t say I’d drink this. Bump.