127 Tasting Notes
Sipdown number something or other. I honestly don’t have any good system for keeping track of anything with tea, as my cupboard is still currently exploding. Don’t tell my husband I moved his coffee for space, haha.
I still enjoyed this cup of tea, but I think after drinking two whole tins of Florence that I am ready to take a break for a little while. My husband still loves this one, and at times I do really want the hazelnut cocoa blend, but I wonder if there are other better chocolate + nut teas out there to explore. I welcome any suggestions from my tea brothers and sisters, of course. :)
Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts
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