1691 Tasting Notes
I only have a tiny amount of this tea, and that fact makes me so sad.
It is licorice, fennel and star anise in liquid form. If you like Dutch honeycomb licorice, or you like the smell of licorice but cannot stand that lingering mouth coating sweetness, then this is the licorice tea for you. I added a little rock sugar, but for me this tea would shine best with honey. Hmm. Or a pinch of salt.
I love it. And since I can’t have licorice candy anymore because it all has gluten in it, I will be getting more of this tea.
I made this one as a Hong Kong style milk tea earlier this evening. Om nom nom! I steeped it extra strong, poured it over a teaspoon of sweetened condensed milk (I have some in my fridge since DavidsTea posted that recipe and I decided I had to try it. Now I have to use it up!), then added ice.
This tea is EXCELLENT served this way. The sweetness, maple and milk all blend together, and oh, I wanted more. But I’m not having any more caffeine tonight, so I have to wait till tomorrow. Hopefully it’s nice and hot and sunny. I might make a big jar of this and take it to the park and read on the grass while sipping tea.
Another surprise tester in the order. Yay!
Since the cider guayusa I had earlier seemed to increase anxiety (boo!) I thought I’d relax with some herbals tonight. This one smells SO good, so I searched their facebook page to see what was in it. There’s no caffeine, so I was good to go!
It’s really quite delicate, sweet, I can definitely taste the cake. This really isn’t anything like the Birthday Cake found at DavidsTea. This one has no added sugary bits, and is so much lighter in flavour and feel. This one I’d sip plain after a heavy meal (and I just had pizza toasts, so this is perfect) while DavidsTea’s is one I drink as a dessert.
I can hardly wait till this tea is posted to their website so I can find out what else is in it. This is another tea I’d seriously consider purchasing, and I’d be more likely to drink this one than a green tea (although With Open Eyes is pretty darn incredible).
Another tea from the Group Order. :)
I was the only one interested in this tea, so I shrugged my shoulders and got a package to myself.
It’s really good. I’ve never had a guayusa before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but yummers. The apple and spice are nice and subtle, it smells like apple juice, and I’m really enjoying this.
Part of the fun is I’ve decided to try all my teas in some of the tea cups I’ve collected. So far I’ve used (and washed!) 3 tea cups.
(Sadly it increased anxiety, so I’m going to have to be careful about when I drink the guayusa teas I now have. Interestingly, regular teas and mate don’t seem to have much of an effect.)
So I, uhh, received a monstrous order from Stacy at Butiki Teas. She was more than generous with samples, everything was packaged nicely (most of them in smaller bags for easier splitting), and I’m really impressed.
So. This tea. I received it as one of my surprise samples.
This tea smells amazing. Buttery, brown sugary, strawberry-y. Stacy said it’s toffee, and even though my brain couldn’t put the butter and sugar together on its own, it’s definitely toffee. Steeping, it smells really buttery – must be that green base.
Drinking it? Oh, wow. Not my usual cup of tea (ha.), but it’s really good. Buttery and thick, the strawberry coming out… Yum. There is definitely a vegetal background to this, but it adds rather than detracts.
Definitely something to consider buying, although I wouldn’t purchase it in large quantities. I just don’t drink enough green teas to make buying lots of them worthwhile.
Apparently the final version has a bit more toffee in it, and I think I’ll be adding some to the next order. Yes, next order. I’m already planning for it.
Second steep: Mostly just the green base, lighter, still delicious. I steeped 3 minutes, so not much longer.
Yep. Green beans and asparagus. And I burned my tongue.
Not a good start to the day of Butiki Order Madness.
Oh well. I do like this green tea still. It has a nice mouth feel, and is very vegetal. Something I need to be in the mood for, and something I need to drink in smaller quantities, but it’s quite lovely and unique.
I’m pretty sure this has other things in it than just rooibos and lemon myrtle. I really dislike the fact that their ingredients lists are so flipping terrible.
Anyways, this tea is something I should hate yet I’m going through it like I’d like to go through ice cream on a hot summer’s day. I’m almost half way through the package, and I opened it yesterday. Yeah.
It tastes like rooibos. It’s medicinal. It has citrus peels of some sort and some dark berries in it. It doesn’t smell that great. And yet, here I am making another litre of it iced (hot brewed 10 mins, poured over ice, topped with cold water) to drink before bed.
In other news, the GIGANTIC Butiki order is at the post office, so I’ll be picking it up tomorrow (When do they open?! I want tea!). That should be fun. :D
Oh, and I have a job. Like, a real job as a lab tech. Flexible hours depending on how I’m feeling and what experiments are going on. YES.