1157 Tasting Notes

82
drank Premium Chai by Butiki Teas
1157 tasting notes

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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Tabby

It’s easy to underleaf chais, I’ve noticed.

MissB

Had yet to notice that – however it makes sense, having so much other stuff in the blend.

Tabby

Yeah, sometimes you’ll get a scoop that’s just spices or something.

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80
drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

huh sounds really interesting!

gmathis

Oh, mercy, that sounds wonderful!

Sami Kelsh

raises eyebrow Fascinating.

Nicole

That does sound interesting. Wonder if you could do-it-yourself this blend with a lemon tea and actual buttermilk…

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82
drank White Whisper by Butiki Teas
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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

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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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

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CrowKettle

You get cocoa? Ah, this tea is so much fun :)

Dustin

Oooooo, sounds awesome. Going on my shopping list now!

Sami Kelsh

Wow. That sounds gorgeous!

MissB

What do you get out of it CrowKettle? I looked at a few other reviews, saw apricot a few times… I can see that in there too as it cooled. I have a feeling it’ll change with re-steeps (I was silly and forgot to this time), and evolve as well each time I try it.

CrowKettle

I tasted a lot of baked sweet potato. It was delicious, but I’d love to get the bread and cocoa you describe. I’ll just have to lower my temperature, and lengthen the steep time.

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88
drank English Toffee Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1157 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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69
drank Grapefruit Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Tricky review this one. Faint chemical grapefruit smell coming out of the bag. Red Leaf has captured the tartness of grapefruit exactly, however there’s something in the flavoring that sits with me oddly. Only thing I can think of might be that it’s more rind than juice of the grapefruit, and that perhaps I need to add more sweetener in the future. It was good… it just wasn’t as wow as some of the other matcha’s I’ve tried.

Size: 30g (small)
Quality: Basic
Type: Regular
Flavor: Distinctive
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/grapefruit-matcha.html
Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream plus a touch of sweetener.

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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69

I only slightly oversteeped this one this time, however I think I preferred it with a longer steep time – it seemed to mellow it out more and bring out the vanilla better. For some reason, I’m getting a nutty feel to this, and something slightly metallic from the vanilla. The base is interesting, yet I feel like I’ve either done something wrong, or it’s just a base that’s different from my liking. I want to have more, and then the metallic comes in, and a weird aftertaste. Hm. Going to chalk this up to user error again – I left it a touch too long to attend to my 6-year-old who hacking up a lung while playing games on my phone.

Thanks to Sil for generously sharing some of this with me!

1.5 tsp in 12oz.

Flavors: Metallic, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

haha. I haven’t quite decided how i feel about this one either.

MissB

Okay, well now I feel less, uh, bad, about this review!

Sil

OH like i care if others don’t like teas they get from me haha. to each their own silly :) Only way to get a fix on what ppl like is send them stuff, see how they feel and then note for next time…also…how else will you try ALL THE TEAS! :)

MissB

Ha! It’s more that I was wondering if it was just me… sometimes it’s really my palate messed up from, you know, things like zero sleep. If you’re also torn on this one, then I feel better with saying, “Yep, I tried it, and I’m cool with moving on now”.

ALL the teas! Heh. You’re well ahead of me on that one, for now. ;)

Sil

…for now.. heh i have to get pregnant at some point lol you can catch up then..

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65
drank Revitalise by Pukka
1157 tasting notes

There’s green tea in here? It seemed like a purely herbal brew to me, and thus why I grabbed it today. I’ll have to go double check the ingredient list. Regardless, it’s a smooth brew likely from the licorice, and although I really oversteeped this (20 min!) it’s pleasant enough. I get the smoothness from the licorice with little of the taste, a touch of cinnamon, and a touch of coolness from the mint. Unsure if I’d buy it again though – $8 for a box of bagged tea seems a bit much.

2 bags in 12oz.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79
drank Mocha Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Like others have mentioned, this reminds me of one of those Starbucks Chocolate Chip Mocha something-or-others… I’ve only ever ordered one once, although I used to drink their mochas daily. It’s decadent chocolate with the mocha coming in at the very end, and got better as I sipped it.

Heaping 1/4 tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream, with a touch of sweetener.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML
VariaTEA

Yay! I was starting to think I just made up that connection in my head and then people would try it and be like “she has no clue what a chocolate chip frappacino tastes like…” So, I am glad your impressions aligned with mine.

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It’s like math in my mug, this tea – all rectangles of different sizes and lengths. Smells a touch lemony, however it’s the flavor that sells it. Lemon meringue all over again, with a touch of a twist. Maybe a bit more vegetal here (only slightly), which seems to work with everything. I love this tea! I should note, the ingredient list is wild – two herbals in here that are firsts for me.

3 tsp in 12 oz., following the instructions on the bag.

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

LOL. My tea! You might as well take some more for yourself, since you liked it so much!

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in Ireland) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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