1696 Tasting Notes
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.
This one smells so so good, but I’m a little disappointed by the flavour. Might be the lemon myrtle. Hmm. And how many teas with lemon myrtle do I have now? 3? 4? Oops.
Anyways, it smells deliciously lemony and spicy and just yum. Taste-wise, the lemon falls apart a little bit. Ginger comes out, which is delicious, and it goes really well with the tulsi. I think I prefer a fruity tulsi blend, though. That one I had from Georgie’s on the island was just SO good. This one is good, but isn’t SO good. :)
I added a little honey to see if that rescued the flavour a bit, and it does. Yay! This one is also apparently good iced, so I’ll have to try that tomorrow afternoon.
My initial impression is that I probably won’t buy more, but that could change!
I received a sample of this one in store, iced. I thought it tasted like berry juice, even unsweetened, so I bought a package.
So, so, so good. It’s sweet, a tiny bit tart (the hibiscus is OK for me in this one!), and thick and juicy and amazing.
I used 1 tbsp in 1 cup of boiling water, steeped 5 minutes, poured it over ice into my $1 sbux cup, then topped with cold water. OMG, amazing. I’m going to have to bring in a tin for filling, because this is an amazing summer tea for me.
Just too bad it has raspberries – my BFF can’t have it. :(
Got this one iced today, since I was downtown and had forgotten my little tea kit at home (I usually carry tea, bags or a mesh ball, and an empty mug!).
Ooh, this is good! Reminds me of the stewed rhubarb one of my grammas used to make, with tapioca and strawberry Jello. There’s a decent vanilla presence in this tea as well, which must be the yogurt creaminess they say is in here.
Once I sip down the new fruit teas I got today, I will probably get some of this one!
I received a 2 mug sample of this tea when I ordered a whole bunch of samples.
Now… I haven’t had an earl grey in so long. They were my first teas, and I’ve kind of moved away from them and found other teas to drink.
This one, although it is strong on the bergamot, is pretty darn good. I’m having it with milk and honey as I prefer my black teas, and om nom nom. Not a tea I’ll drink all the time now, but definitely a tea I’ll have every once in a while.
Thank you Captain Picard for influencing my early tea choices. :)
(In other news, since I have a bus pass, I was thinking of heading out to check out another tea store on my map. Only, so many of them are closed on Sundays! What’s up with that? So disappointing.)
This smells really good, but the taste? Ugh. Not so much. I’d like more chocolate and less whatever the rest of it is, please.
It’s a “tea” you need to doctor up like a coffee from Starbucks. Sugar and soy milk, please!
I’ll drink the rest of the 50g I got, but definitely won’t be buying this again. For a coffee substitute I prefer other chicory based teas.