762 Tasting Notes
This is a white?! Two teas in two days that have shocked me in the same way. White that looks like a black, tastes like a black, and is even named a black (Tangerine Blossom Red Tea – red tea is what we consider to be black here). This is a thick, malty and slightly sweet tea with subtle floral notes – again so surprising considering the one minute steep time! I’d love to grab more of this to try it properly… if I love it this much severely underleafed, what will I think of it done right?
Thanks (I think?) to TeaTiff for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap!
2 tsp in 16oz. – which according to the instructions is severely underleafed… I should have used 1/2-2 TB per 8 oz.
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Malt
So, I turned this into my own little float by adding a dollop of whipping cream to the top. Oh my goodness! Sooooo good.
2.25 tsp in 12 oz. Tasted like I underleafed a bit, even though I used enough according to the instructions.
Oh, how I love chais. It’s been a bit hit or miss with them lately other than perhaps Chandernaggor from Mariage Frères, so I had high hopes for this one. It’s definitely a chai – I can taste the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, perhaps cardamom. The base is just lovely, and it adds depth and a cocoa-ish note to the brew. I do wish however that there was more spice in here, and I’ll have to try it brewed IN cream next time, to see how the flavors change. Steeped it a bit shy of the instructions (five minutes, 212F) because I’m finding I prefer almost all of my blacks at a lower temperature and less steep time.
EDIT: Darn it, I underleafed! It needs 1.5 tsp per 8oz. Okay, well, I can see how this would make it more up my alley than it already is. I’ll likely order some whenever I grab the copious amount of Birthcake Cake reblend.
Thank you to Stacy at Butiki for sharing a sample of this with me to try it out!
1.5 tsp in 12oz with a touch of cream and sweetener.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Nutmeg
It’s fascinating to me when a flavor combination outside of my tea experience comes to me, and I find myself blown away by the accuracy of the flavoring, if perhaps something that’s outside my love-scale. This is definitely one of those kinda teas.
Buttermilk lemon is bang-on here: I get rich, creamy and tart buttermilk, and then the lemon flows in smoothly as a friendly hello. It’s creamy, it’s bright, it’s slightly astringent – which in this case makes sense and tastes quite lovely, as it works with the lemon and buttermilk flavorings perfectly.
I doubt I’ll make this a regular in my rotation, however I will enjoy it while I have it.
1.5 tsp in 12oz.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Lemon Zest
Almost clear brew with a light, sweet smell. As it cools I get more out of it… some sort of light stone fruit, like an apricot maybe? Buttery as well, with a hint of vegetal sweetness. Licorice maybe as well, or at least something adds that smoothness and depth to the cup – maybe cardamom. I did slightly oversteep this though and found it incredibly difficult to measure, so it may have affected my tasting somewhat.
What I thought was 1.5 tsp of tea (they’re long fuzzy leaves, hard to measure) in 12oz.
Flavors: Apricot, Butter
Wait, a white that brews like a black? Okay… I’ll bite. The leaves are gorgeous, it smells divine as it brews, however it’s the flavor that got me going, “Wow. WOW!” Honeyed bread and cocoa, that’s what I get from this, although there’s quite a bit going on. It reminds me of Laoshan Black, yet… better. Richer? Fuller? A bit more depth? Hard to compare exactly until I have more Laoshan Black.
One of the best teas I’ve had to date, and one I’ll definitely drink more of often.
Thank you Stacy at Butiki for sharing a generous sample of this in my last order. I have some already, however this was much more fun to crack open. ;)
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Honey
I managed to coax out a really authentic english toffee from this today! Woot! I think it was that I added a bit extra matcha (heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream – then another 1/8 of a tsp on top of it), plus some extra sweetener. Toffee enrobed in chocolate is what I got today, with a creamy loveliness at the end. How I wish all my matcha’s tasted this good every day.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream