When this tea popped up last year, I knew that I had to give it a try… it’s plum pudding! Anything plum tends to get my approval, plus a plum dessert makes it even better! For some reason, I never slipped this into my shopping cart and have waited until now to give it a try. The scent of this tea is interesting.. at first I’m hit with something rather fishy.. almost like a puerh. I realize, though, that it’s not so fishy, but may just be the base of the blend mixed with plum. Strange how your nose can interpret different scents!
Sipping… I’m getting some nice fruit notes, a bit like plum, but not entirely plum-specific. There is a hint of something creamy in the background — it’s not the same kind of creamy as cantaloupe & cream, but is so delicious because it swirls around the plum & oolong notes. I am also getting a tiny bit of spice and it works so well with the plum + the oolong that I’m actually finding spice to be enjoyable! I’m so pleased that the base and the flavors work so perfectly together — this tea gives me an image of a dark, sweet, fall/winter plummy dessert. The cup finishes with a bit of astringency, but it brings to mind the tart skin of a plum. The cream, plum and spice help to hide the astringency a little bit. Although it’s not my favorite tea from Butiki, I could see myself adding this to a future order.