116 Tasting Notes
I wanted to try something different this morning, so I brewed this up and added whole milk to see if it emphasized any creamy pumpkin brulee notes. I noticed that several of my other pumpkin teas were even tastier with additives. Sadly, it did not help- it was actually less flavorful unfortunately. It did smell better though- less cinnamon and other spices were breaking through. I brewed it per the bag parameters, but I am going to try it with the tea doubled before I add the milk and see what happens. That might be a project for later today before work if I can swing it because I am really wanting pumpkin today for some reason. :)
Bleh. I like green tea frequently in the afternoon, but this one just isn’t doing it for me. It is too much of a mish-mash between sweet fruity flavors and savory Sencha. It also isn’t very nutty given its name. I know this won’t be a reorder for sure, though I was surprised to see it was one of David’s best-sellers. Dropping the score down a bit because I’ve never really been able to make a truly good cup of this tea yet.
In other news, for the flavor profiles today I couldn’t find mint, muscatel, or pineapple listed. Hopefully it can be updated because those are three pretty common tastes/aromas in tea these days, ya know?
Felt like something chocolate this morning and I still have a little bit left in the bag. I can’t believe I’ve had almost 50g of this over the past year. Initially I didn’t really like it, but admittedly it has grown on me over the months to where I am actually considering buying another 50g when this one runs out soon. I still don’t care for the oily film that appears on some of David’s dessert blends, but this really is a nice minty cocoa tea with a hint of kick from the peppercorns. I like it best served with a dash of whole milk and it made quite a tasty cup this morning. 1.5 tsp to 8oz of boiling water. :)
Dry: Twisty oolong leaves with some silver tips. A nice pumpkin-spice fragrance. It actually smells very similar to Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee straight from the bag. Maybe a touch less bold?
Steeped: Clear amber liquor. I used slightly more than 1.5 tsp to 8oz water. Smells sweet and vaguely like pumpkin with those same subtle spice notes from the dry aroma.
Taste: I held off on reviewing this until I had tried it several times. I’ve discovered that this is a truly subtle tea. I’ve found tends to become creamier and more flavorful as it cools. Initially, there is a soft squash-meets-cinnamon flavor and a creamy background emerges later on with the lower temperature. I am not getting much in the way of vanilla or caramel and the base is very mild and pleasant. While I do enjoy playing with this one and I’m glad I was able to try it, I’ll stick with some of my other Butiki favorites.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream
This tea is so delicious! Enjoying a rare Saturday morning off with smooth caramel/vanilla notes along with the lovely accompanying base. As far as flavored teas go, this one is top-notch and I have been hoarding what little I have left. This is as close to vanilla tea nirvana as I have been able to find. None of the straight vanillas have this same fantastic taste of those I have tried. Happy weekend!
Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla
Neat, this is my 100th tasting note. :)
Dry: Fairly long and twisty dark brown leaves with huge pieces of pecans. Some of them are half or more in size and there are plenty. I had to shake the bag up to distribute them as the pecans kept settling. The tea smells delicious- rich and buttery and like it has been drizzled in sugary maple syrup.
Steeped: Light to medium brown clear liquor. Smells primarily like maple, but with a nutty finish in the aroma. I steeped 1.5 tsp in 8 oz water.
Taste: Yum! I have never actually had the Nilgiri Frost Oolong base, but I knew before I looked it up that this one must have it as the focus because somehow this tea taste like maples, buttery pecans, frost, and minerals. I don’t know how to describe what tasting frost is like, but this is it. Between the divine scent wafting from the cup and the lovely and interesting flavor, this oolong is a great choice for something new and unique.
Some flavor tags are missing from the new layout, but I would have added maple and frost if I could have in addition to butter, nuts, and mineral.
Flavors: Butter, Mineral, Nuts
Having a lovely cup of SoHo this morning to start the day. I recall this one tasting more chocolatey than it does today, so I am not sure if the cocoa is fading a bit as it ages. I am primarily enjoying creamy coconut notes with a smooth black base. I think I ate too much junk food (and had one too many craft beers) this weekend and tea is helping to soothe a mild upset tummy. Used 1.5 tsp to 8 oz water. Might need to go to something pepperminty next.
Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla
I am playing with this one again this morning, but it is getting more bitter as it cools. Still creamy, almost nutty notes with muscatel in the base. I wouldn’t say cheesecake, but I still think it is a nice cup when it first starts out. Happy Sunday all!
Flavors: Cream, Earth, Grapes, Nuts
I was called into work on Tuesday early in the day because of the storm rolling through Atlanta. I am not exaggerating when it was like Walking Dead out there. It took me 7.5 hours to go 30 miles. The hospital has kept us on an emergency staffing plan where we are not allowed to leave because there is no one to replace us. So, I’ve been living at work since Tuesday.. but I am finally home!
One of the things I really, truly missed besides basics like a bed (I’ve been resting on a couch between patient assignments), is my tea! I only scrounged up two old bags of Bigelow green and some unsweetened Lipton one morning before hitting the couch. So today I am going straight to comfort and am sipping apple pie tea. Mostly because I couldn’t remember the steep times and whatnot for Laoshan Black and I was too lazy/tired to look them up initially. But still, this one is warm and soothing. And now I may actually go to bed. A real bed! With a mattress and everything!