553 Tasting Notes

drank Date Nut Muffin Rooibos by 52teas
553 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml
Infused for 8 minutes

Aroma of the tea has a fruity punchy-ness to it. I am reminded of the smell of baking dough. I can also detect a fresh-muffin scent in the background. Maple sweetness.

The tea is rather thin tasting. Watery on the sip and then blooms into maple sweetness with a hint of bakey muffin taste.

It is possible that this tea lost some of its flavour in transit.

Rating: 38

Thanks to Kittenna for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Kittenna

I don’t like this one; got very little flavour from it even straight from the bag, but others seem to have tasted things in my batch that I didn’t.

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86

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml

Very full flavour. Sweetness of the mango/fruitiness coming through with the great cilantro complement. The tea is thick and brothy.

Second infusion at 4 minutes. The flavours from the first infusion are present but are not as robust. I’m detecting a nutty flavour. A different experience from the first infusion but still very enjoyable.

Third infusion at 5 minutes. Overall flavour toned down quite a bit. Mild white tea taste is primary with hints of mango sweetness and cilantro in background. Would not likely do well past the third infusion.

Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

yay!! so happy you like this :D

Azzrian

Sounds YUM!

Sil

Azz – it’s pretty darn delicious :)

Raritea

It IS as yummy as it sounds!! I was really happy with this one!

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78

6 grams for 375 ml

Brewed tea has a very lovely floral aroma. Hint of lemon and chestnut.

On the sip- a little too much astringency for my liking. Strong almost licorice-like sweetness in the background. Leathery notes. Plum notes.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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83

1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water.

Melon-y flavour in the background. The melon note has a slight quick bitterness to the taste that makes it seem more like watermelon or honeydew than another melon such as cantaloupe (which has a long, sustained sweetness in my opinion). White tea taste is present closer to the end of the sip. Slight metallic feeling from the white tea taste. Fruity sweetness from the end of the sip into the aftertaste- like the sugar-y taste after biting into a fresh watermelon slice. This note is toned down by the marshy note of the white tea.

More sweetness and fruity taste come out as the tea cools. Overall this tea has a very delicate flavour.

Second infusion at 6 minutes. Very little flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Butiki Teas

Maybe try a 4 minute infusion for the second steeping? The longer the tea leaves steep, the more the tea and flowers will start to overtake the flavoring.

Raritea

Interesting! Thanks for the advice. I had a feeling that I should have kept it shorter. I have enough of the sample you sent me left for one more try. Thanks again for sending all the samples along with my order!

Sil

we’ll corrupt you yet raritea Butiki will become your go to tea…just wait…

Raritea

Haha- I’m pretty sure that I’m already there! I keep daydreaming about the Pistachio Ice Cream I tried yesterday…

Butiki Teas

Raritea-I don’t know if it will make that much of a difference since this is already a very delicate tea but it might help.

Sil-Hahaha, you’re awesome! :)

Sil

Raritea – remind me next time we meet up. I’m pretty sure i have extra pistachio ice cream i can pass along

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84
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
553 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water

Brewed tea has a lemony note that is associated with the pecan scent. There is a baked-goods note; like that of a scone.

Maple syrup main on the sip with an lemony tartness in the background. Toasted pecan flavour near the end of the sip and strong in the lingering aftertaste. The tea has a thin quality up to the middle of the sip but blooms with flavour into the aftertaste. Camellia Sinensis notes close to the end of the sip; detecting malty notes I would normally associate with black tea.

As the tea cools, I’m detecting notes of crumbly baked goods. Pecan flavour is surprisingly strong and I’m also getting a post-nut eating mouth-feel with the aftertaste.

Second infusion at 5 minutes. The taste has a greater focus on the strait oolong, I can taste hardly any of the flavouring.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
jessiwrites

Oof, that sounds absolutely delicious. I might have to check this one out.

Sil

oh yay! I’m glad you liked this one. It’s one of my happy teas…and its even an oolong! :)

Kittenna

It’s a dark oolong, though, haha.

Yay, you’re making progress with your samples! :D

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88

0.5 tablespoons for 188 ml

Oceanic green tea flavour most prominent on the sip. Pistachio flavour and sweetness present in the background in the middle of the sip and blooms until the finish. There is a definite hint of ice cream-like creaminess associated with the pistachio flavour in this blend. The flavours of the green tea and pistachio ice cream come together near the end of the sip but are tasted separately near the start.

Second infusion at 3.5 minutes. Green tea flavour is still predominant. Very light pistachio flavour in the background.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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83

1 tablespoon for 375 ml

Good mixture of flavours with the mint. The mint isn’t too strong on the sip but leaves a delightful refreshing tingly feeling in the mouth.

Thank you to Indigobloom for letting me try this!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

mmmmm knew i forgot to get something last weekend. my tea! my tea! lol

Indigobloom

lol Yes you did!! How did the pics go?

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58
drank Lapacho Orange by Cha
553 tasting notes

0.9 tablespoons for 375 ml of water

Primary flavour is orange. I’m getting a citrus tartness that almost becomes bitter near the end of the sip. The overall flavour is too thin. Sweetness in the background. I’m getting the tingly sensation on my tongue that is typically associated with a citrus fruit.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

this “sounds” like it would be tasty based on the name only :(

Raritea

This tisane smells a lot better than the taste. Funny thing is that I don’t think it even has an official name. It was given to me in a plastic test tube with a description of the ingredients.

Sil

ooh that was the “what tea are you?” thing

Raritea

Yup! I totally missed it the first time we went around. I visited the booth later with Indigobloom. They had a selection of teas but this one sounded the most interesting.

Indigobloom

Boo!! well Herbal Infusions sells a similar one. I wonder if they are the same? oh and Tea Haus!

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51
drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
553 tasting notes

1.25 tablespoons for 375 ml of water

The brewed tea has a note of chocolate in the aroma. Genmaicha scent is at the forefront.

On the sip I’m detecting an out-of-place fruity note. Chocolate flavour is very mild and only present near the end of the sip into the aftertaste. Genmaicha flavour is quite mild. Hint of roasted taste near the end of the sip. There is an odd chlorine-like flavour near the middle of the sip which I think is the result of the mild cocoa and genmaicha mix.

I found that there was a good amount of chocolate-y flavour near the end of the cup with the tea sediment bits that sink to the bottom of the cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Alphakitty

I almost bought this one when it first came out, but the reviews seem pretty so-so and this is the second mention of chlorine I’ve seen so I guess it’s good I skipped it!

Kittenna

Yeah mine smelled strongly of chlorine. :/

Indigobloom

Really hoping that another few weeks fixes everything!

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72

1.5 tablespoons for 365 ml of water

The white tea flavour slightly overpowers the blend. Sweet guava taste is faintly present on the sip but blooms near the middle of the sip. I’m detecting hints of ginger near the end of the sip.
The flavours do not seem to be properly balanced with the white tea taking over.

Thank you to Sil for sharing with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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