521 Tasting Notes
Good bye, Laoshan Black.
This tea brings up all sorts of conflicting emotions for me. The first time I tried it, I thought I had tasted the perfect tea. I was ecstatic. Then I bought a pouch and it wasn’t how I remembered it tasting, so I sold it and bought another pouch from a different season. It still wasn’t how I remembered It. I guess that first taste I had was a unique batch or maybe I’m just out of my mind. But I’ve been drinking that last pouch I bought and the taste, while not perfect, was very enjoyable. Today, I dumped the last of the leaves into my steeper basket and wasn’t sure if I was glad or sad. It’s a tasty cup, but will I restock? Probably not for a while if at all. I over did it a while ago on buying straight Chinese blacks. I’ll be opening a new pouch of something soon. Maybe Loashan Black and I will grow fonder for each other in the interim. :)
This is better than I expected. I feared that the hops would ruin the tea as I’m quite sensitive to bitter favors. Fortunately, peach predominates and the bitterness only makes as appearance when the tea has cooled. Even then the hops only serve the create interest and a refreshing sensation.
I got 2 steeps out of the leaves. Both very flavorful sweet and invigorating. I’m glad I got some of this. :)
Last of my Butiki samples.
This is a pretty perfect root beer flavor. Not sure I’m getting the “float” part of it. The slightly woodsy flavor naturally occurring in honeybush is just right for root beer. It’s kind of making my crave an actual root beer float. Maybe it’s just that I spent a nice hot afternoon in the garden. Ugh. Gardening should be done on cloudy days or mid-morning. Too early and you become mosquito food.
Is it too late to plant oregano seeds?
Anyway! Back to tea! Root beer always reminds me of my childhood. I remember one hot sunny day, dad picked my sister and me up from school. He carried our backpacks as we walked home. Halfway there, us kids spotted an ice cream truck and begged dad to get us something. Somehow he indulged us and we each got a giant (so it seemed at the time) cup of root beer float. I don’t know how much of it I had before I gave the rest up to dad. I had no appetite for dinner. That memory always makes me feel warm and loved. Dads are the best.
Yes, I actually drank the tea I bought and not just the samples. :)
I love the smell of this. Cool sweet mint and dark chocolate. Mmmm. I also enjoy the mouthfeel of this tea. It’s thick and rich, probably due to the marshmallow leaf properties. Marshmallow is supposed to be good for tummy troubles, right? Well, it’s just delicious, tummy troubles or not. I think this would be lovely iced. I also just got a chocolate mint plant. I wonder how the two compare. :D
Another sample from my order! I remembered how impressed I was by the cream flavoring in Butiki’s Cantaloupe Cream so I wanted to give this one a try. It’s such a romantic sounding tea that I wanted to share it with my husband. Of course he took one sniff and crinkled his nose. “It smells like flowers.” Hah. I figured he’d react that way. All for me then.
I quite enjoy rose flavor so it wasn’t too flowery for me even though there were 10 rose buds in there. So pretty! There was definitely a nice creaminess. I could taste the champagne more as it cooled. Lovely white tea base as well. It just tied everything together. I got 2 steeps and they were both delicious.
I’ve been absent for a while. I’ll admit a new obsession is currently occupying my time – gardening! I still drink tea everyday, but it’s generally the same stuff. I’m still trying to drink through my stash. It has, sadly, not diminished much. I can’t believe how much tea I have. Despite that, I recently ordered Peppermint Patty and Peach Hoppitea from Butiki. I justify this by explaining that I am quite low on non-caffeinated teas. :) I requested this tea as a sample since it sounded so delicious.
It smelled sweet and decadent. I worried that I shouldn’t be drinking it. Of course it’s really just tea and has nothing bad in it, so I sipped away. It was such a well blended tea. The tea itself was really allowed to shine through. It was strong and just a bit astringent. I may have left the leaves in a bit long. The caramel provided a lovely sweetness and the vanilla propelled it into dessert status, no sugar needed. :) Too bad it was only a sample! I’ll probably buy this next time I have a good excuse to order.
Green oolongs are my home tea. From here I go out and explore other teas, but I always come back to green oolongs, my first and true love. :)
I love to floral green aroma. Just like spring! That luscious hydrating liquid. Better than water for thirst. :) This tea makes me happy. It is not remarkable, but it is excellent.
Yesterday was such a nice day that I took an actual lunch break and walked the 25 minutes to Harney’s location in SoHo from work. It was pleasingly empty so I had 3 employees all getting teas for me to smell. :D I didn’t really go in prepared like I usually am when I plan a teashop visit. It was a rather impulsive decision to go there. I just sniffed a couple of teas, tasted Tokyo, and then decided I just wanted something simple and wonderful. Enter Vanilla Comoro. I got 3oz of this and an order of cheddar and chive scones to go.
I had the scones after returning to my desk. but I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. I thought they’d be savory, but they were sweet.
This tea though! I had a lovely first steep with no additions. I forgot that it was a bit finicky about temperature so it was a bit more drying than I would have preferred. Still lovely. For the second steep, I let the leaves sit, nearly forgotten, in the water for a long while. Then I added a bit of cream and it was heaven! I kept thinking I was having vanilla ice cream except that it wasn’t sweet. Yum! Such a lovely tea.
Love the natural vanilla taste and caramelly undertones. I think I’ll bring this tea home to enjoy. Too stressful to appreciate at work really.