602 Tasting Notes
The description of this tea makes one believe that he/she is in for a real treat! I love the name and the idea of a tea that reflects the indulgence that is buttercream. The dry leaf smells fruity and strange at the same time. I used quite a bit of leaf for a 12 oz. cup. 2.25 teaspoons. As it steeps, I’m getting a rather rich, sugary scent — one that is paired with fruit. Sipping… To me, it tastes like apricot with a weird aftertaste. Something grassy? Perhaps the white tea? & I really wonder how I am supposed to go about getting the buttery taste (I ALWAYS seem to miss butter notes unless they’re from an Oolong). The tea becomes VERY smooth as it cools, though.. like silk! Maybe that’s the butter? The idea of adding milk and sugar to this tea seems strange, and I don’t know if I can stomach doing so. Maybe those additions make the tea even better. If it’s written on the package, I should give it a try? I wish this tea were more BUTTERCREAM without as much fruit, but the smoothness is awfully enjoyable.
I found this tea to be quite pleasant! I’ve tried all of the almond cookie/biscotti teas that I know of and this tea didn’t taste that unique to me. I think that the black tea base was a bit stronger in this blend, but there was definitely a cookie aspect to the tea as well. There wasn’t much variation from other almond cookie teas I’ve had, but it was a yummy cup. Thanks to LefTea for the sample!
I have to admit that I don’t normally like chai tea. Yes, I do have the occasional chai tea latte from Starbucks.. but as far as bagged or loose chai tea at home.. no! I’m not sure what prompted me to buy this tea. I thought that I was done with Zhena’s Gypsy Tea as I hadn’t been impressed with really any of the ones I’d had.
The idea of cloves, black pepper, licorice root, cardamom and ginger root doesn’t appeal to me. BUT this tin says that this tea has a caramel/vanilla flavor… plus, it has a red tea base.. so I thought that it would be worth a try.
This tea has a relatively calm combination of spices which I prefer over BOLD chai. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. I find this tea to be more enjoyable when it’s hot. When it cools, I can taste the ginger and licorice a bit more.. and I’d rather have the other flavors instead. There is nothing distinctly like caramel, but I suppose that it smooths out the chai spices. I think that this tea is ideal for the start of fall. It’s warming & comforting.. just perfect for the changing leaves and cooler weather.
[Backlog] – I’ve had this tea a couple of times and this most recent will likely be my last. It smells like it’s rich, creamy and sweet.. but the taste offers something different. The flavor is just a bit too artificial for me. I do like flavored teas, but this one is a bit too fake.
This is a very interesting tea with many layers. The dry leaf smells like seaweed! Brewed, it still has that seaweed scent, but mixed with roasted grains, sesame and buckwheat. The taste is a kind of dark grass or faint seaweed paired with that roasted flavor. The end of the sip is mostly an astringent note that somehow turns into a wood flavor, similar to rooibos, but much more robust. I love rooibos and its woody flavor, but when it’s paired with a roasted note, I’m not really a fan. This cup is drinkable, but a bit too dark and roasty for me.
If you’re a fan of green/roasted oolongs, I’d be happy to trade the rest of the tea!
I had a lovely afternoon shopping with my mom. I bought a nice set of bracelets, some candles and this tea. I brewed a cup of this tea and added a splash of milk. This is a solid, bold tea. The milk pairs perfectly and I’m really enjoying it. This would be an ideal cup for the morning, afternoon or evening. I might even have a second! Delicious.
[Backlog] – Now as much as I love tea, I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. I thought that this tea would be delicious.. coffee & tea – two wonderful creations. Together? Not so tasty. I couldn’t drink more than a few sips of this. It was WAY too bitter and quite frankly, it was a bit gross. For now, I think I’ll keep my tea and coffee in separate cups!