90

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.

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Tea (& Coffee) lover. Bookworm.

Favorite teas: Milk Oolong, Flavored blends, Dessert teas, Creamy Teas, Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green
Dislikes: Spices, Peppery flavors, Cloves, Cardamom, Licorice, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Mate, Puerh, Chai, Ginger

My Rather Picky Ratings
90+ – Reserved for the very best! Always in the cupboard!
80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
49 & below – Depending on the more specific rating: Undrinkable. Yuck. Will not purchase.

Note: Teas in my cupboard are all of the teas that I’ve logged, regardless of their current presence in my actual cupboard. For an updated list on what teas I have available for swap, check out the swap thread and not my cupboard! Thanks!

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