1216 Tasting Notes
Well, hello there! You’re the deliciousness that obliterated all other smells coming from all the various tea swaps, packages and gifts I’ve had on my desk the past few days. Creamy, perfect coconut. Even before steeping, I knew I’d LOVE this tea.
And truly, it is perfect. JustJames, I adore you, and now even more so for working with Stacy to create this amazingness. Thank you so much for the generous sample.
To me, this tastes like buttery coconut in a cup. It’s so buttery, I’m actually massaging it into my lips as a moisturizer right now. I feel decadent, it is lovely and sweet and slightly vegetal, and there’s zero sugar needed. As it cools, I get more of a real coconut flavor as well as the tea itself, however it’s still lovely and evolving by the minute.
For the record: add me to the list of folks who would also buy this in larger quantities, should it be made available to the public for sale.
A huge thank you to CelebriTEA for including this in the Turkey Gift swap gift to me!
I just got home. It’s 2:00am, and I’ve been drinking. So, I turn to tea to re-hydrate and make me feel a bit less tipsy, because it was one of those nights. You know, the one where you’re laughing so much your cheeks hurt, you feel loved and appreciated by new, dear friends, and where you’re kicked out of not one, but two establishments for lingering so late.
This was the first decaf tea I came across as I logged everything CelebriTEA sent (in her third package! holy moly gal, you really do swaps with style!), and it was on my shopping list for 52Teas, so this was great timing.
I missing getting a whiff before I steeped it, and after steeping it just smelled like honeybush. My first few sips were uneventful, so I added some Truvia to the mix. Yep, that amped things up a bit. Something sweet in there, like… candied ginger…. maybe? Really, I’m just getting a sweet honeybush – which I like, and is nice, however I’m missing the pumpkin and cheesecake entirely.
I’ll try this again when it’s cooled as I made a litre; I find many of Frank’s blends better after they’re lukewarm or iced.
What a beautiful, unusual tea!
I’ve got two tea gift bags and a swap package sitting next to me, so whatever it is I’m smelling is delicious – and likely something other than the tea I’m drinking. ;)
Huge green leaves, chunks of what look like potato and something else? are in this blend. Steeped, it was a very, very light color, which surprised me – I actually opened up the Breville to make sure the tea had steeped properly. It did.
I can taste the tea foremost (lovely!), the applesauce, and something very latke-ish. It’s comforting, sweet and full, like biting into a potato almost, although I find there’s little taste there the few times I have eaten a raw potato, so it’s more the mouthfeel I’m comparing it to than anything. I added sweetener only because I’m a huge applesauce fan, and because we used to make our latkes like they were applesauce with latkes instead of the other way around.
Interesting note, of only semi-relation to the tea: I was raised with little to no religious instruction or guidance. I knew there was a story there, however my parents both passed before I really was able to get any sort of fleshed out details, and asking the family members left was… puzzling and, well, met with negative reactions. We celebrated Christmas and Easter, occasionally went to midnight mass (my Dad was Italian Catholic, my Mom, Dutch), and then for a few years we attended these amazing get-togethers at what I think was UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, where we made dreidels, ate latkes and listened to people sing in Hebrew. It was magical and a whole lot of fun.
Fast forward to a few years ago when I’m in Seattle attending film school, and I meet a Jewish man that I end up writing a rom-com with. It’s Friday night Shabbat, and as he joins me in the ceremony, I start crying. Quietly. I realize, in that moment, I am Jewish, and that this is something I’ve done many times before, yet had zero idea why, or even when. I kept quiet, wiped my tears, and went on with the evening.
Later, I received confirmation that yes, my Mother’s mother was Jewish and therefore I am as well. Long story short, a great uncle of mine along with my grandfather, published Mein Kampf in Dutch to avert the authorities from realizing they were Jewish. I have a cousin in her 80s in Amsterdam who still runs the bookstore and art shop where this all went down. I should note that this all occurred before my Mom was born – the beauty of having a family so large there’s a generation that divides them.
Anyway. This tea is an emotional one for me, for many of the reasons listed above. I am thankful to all of you who chose to read this novel of a tealog, to Stacy for making it, and for the opportunity to share these details (for the first time in public) here. Chag Sameach!
I’m cranky. I’m tired. I wanted tea more than anything tonight, and had little patience to find something I really, really wanted without caffeine. So, I grabbed this. I actually grabbed a few others prior, because I wanted to try something Della Terra -ish tonight as I made an order with them. This was the only decaf that smelled like something other than the seemingly standard maple syrup -flavored pancake syrup smell I’ve come to associate with many of DT’s rooibos teas.
Dry and steeped, I got little from this other than perhaps some carrot and rooibos. It’s an okay blend, however I’m still getting that pancake-syrupy sweetness and little else. Cream cheese? I wish I tasted some. Carrot cake? Well, maybe. A little, teensy bit?
I feel like I’m doing something wrong with these teas, as all of the DTs have basically tasted the same to me, so far. Not going to rate it, as my crankiness has now taken over.
What a lovely wake-up tea, even if I messed it up a bit.
You see, I was in a rush yesterday to grab a rental vehicle to grab a desk and chair for my daughter from a friend whose moving. I’ve struggled with sleep the past few days, so I thought something called “Good Morning, Sunshine!” would do nicely. I steeped it exactly as per Stacy’s instructions, and then promptly left it on the counter, in my go-to cup, as I ran out the door. By the time I got home late last night, I knew it was too late for a guayusa. And so, I packed it up and left the tea until now.
Maybe it’s because I left it out overnight, however I taste more of the sharpness of the guayasa in this blend than in other Butiki guayasa’s. Still, it’s absolutely lovely, and tastes like meringue pie. This actually strongly reminds me of Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish – sweet, creamy and tartly lemonlicious. Only difference between the two is the base, and I could love them equally depending on the time of day.
Received my order from Teajo today, and this was my first choice to try. Why? Because the bag exploded everywhere while in transit, covering the inside of the shipping container with rooibos and ‘natural spices’ (that’s the list of ingredients on the bag). I, having zero tolerance for exploding tea, poured the whole shebang into my Breville for 1L of tea. Who knows if the proportions are right? I’m not measuring the mess.
This smells like a chai, and tastes like licorice. That’s all I’m getting here. Which, is nice if you like licorice (I do), I just wanted more depth from this tea than that one flavor. Oh, wait, I can taste something spicier now too a few sips in… peppery, maybe some ginger sans bite.
Ah, well look at that. This sample bag should have netted me 8-10 cups, and I used it for four. Well, that explains that.
My go-to cup when I’m in the mall and wanting a nice pick-me-up. Sadly, I just noticed there’s actual dairy/chocolate bits in there (a downfall when asking someone else to make tea for you, is that you avoid seeing the bits and pieces in the brew).
Of bigger note during this visit was the reaction of a staffer for whom I’d left some tea for a few days back. The person who took it from me failed to tell said staffer, and just ‘left it in the back’. So when I entered DAVIDs today, I asked the gal I’d brought it for if she got it… and then all hell (in a good way!) broke out. Squeals, laughter, hugs across the counter, and even a long, slow running actual hug in thanks. She went in the back to find it, said she’d hoped it was the tea I’d left for her, and would I be offended if she brewed some up right now?
Gosh no. And so, the smell of Mint Chocolate Chip tea from another company took over DAVIDs at Metrotown today, and I take full responsibility for the chaos, squeals, and new friendships that ensued. Yay for tea!
Beautifully well-balanced cup!
Wasn’t much to this other than a ‘normal’ chai smell both in the bag and as it brewed. It’s got a bit of bite to it at the end (just like it says in the description), however it’s minor and complements the tea well. I can taste everything here in perfect proportions… cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, even the black decaf. I think it’s perfect just as a decaf black; adding Truvia upped the ginger a bit and the heat dimmed down ever so slightly.
Long day, longer night, and I was still having dreams about coming home to the Laoshan Black from earlier today. Yet, I need to sleep at some point, so I grabbed the first rooibos I found: this one.
It smells delicious, like juicy, ripe peaches, and even more so as it steeps. The smell however threw me as I drank it. Sure, it’s flavored tea, however it got lost in the rooibos. >sniffsip
A HUGE thank you to Dexter3657 for very generously sending some of this along to me in a swap.
As soon as I opened the bag, I knew I was a goner. It smells like dark, expensive chocolate, the kind that’s pure cocoa. Oh. My. Goodness. Steeped, it filled my kitchen full of the same smell, and when my teenage daughter came home, she asked what I was baking. (Tea, I must add, was a disappointing answer to her).
It tastes dark, strong and bitter – but not in an astringent kind of way. Bitter as in cacao bitter, like the nibs. I want to share this with all of my tea-loving friends, and then I think.. no, I want to hoard this. Which is funny since I’m far from a hoarder, and yet this tea makes me want to keep it all to myself to enjoy. Forever. Always.
Top five teas of all time. Definitely. A great way to start murder mystery day!