32 Tasting Notes

85

Had a visit with a close friend, and we sipped on tea and nibbled on cookies from a local bakery. She’s big into green tea, so for her, I brewed Lupicia’s Sencha Uji, but for me, it was this fabulous Ceylon (with milk, of course, me being me). Loved it! Bright and fresh, with that curious, almost-sweetness that I love about Ceylons. This one rivals my current fave (Lupicia’s Ceylon Nuwara Eliya), so I will be very sad when I finish it. Next time I’ll have it iced. Very impressed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

Got a sample of this and ended up using it for iced tea. We drink a lot of iced tea with our meals, even in the colder months, and I needed a new flavor to try. This is really nice iced, although the fruity, berry flavor is not as pronounced as it is in the Boston Blend. I may get it again, if only to try it hot – I used up the entire sample just making one quart of iced tea.

Flavors: Cranberry

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

It’s tough to find a decent vanilla tea, at least for me. Most of them have a flat sweetness to them, no complexity or richness, kind of like a marshmallow (blech). What I usually do with these teas is blend them with other flavored teas. I find that they round out the other flavors and this way I can still get use out of them.

I wouldn’t do that with this one, though. It’s actually pretty good! The vanilla is a little too subtle, but there’s this hint of smokiness to it which is interesting. Kind of sophisticated. It doesn’t beat my favorite vanilla (Mariage Freres Vanile des Isles), but so far it’s a solid second. Had it with milk, as I tend to do. Can’t wait to try Vanilla Comoro.

Flavors: Smoke, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

WOW. I never thought it was possible for a tea to taste so…rich. Ultra-creamy, banana/coconut cream pie goodness! Tough to measure out because the leaves are so long, so I estimate the amount, and it comes out amazing every time. I drink this with milk, unsweetened, as I do with most of my “dessert-y” teas. Lovely, heavy aroma from the dry leaves that does not disappoint when brewed. Delicious!

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Cream, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Seems that my note got eaten by the site, so I’ll try again. Really nice iced. Peachy, fruity, not as complex as Peaches & Ginger. I enjoyed it a lot, but only purchased a sample to try. I can definitely see buying more to make peach iced tea in the warmer months.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40

Well…the name itself sounded so promising. And the dry leaf scent – so, SO promising. Downright yummy, in fact. I know it’s a white tea, and judging from the reviews I knew it would be light on taste, so I upped the amount of tea a bit to try to compensate. The flavor was still quite subtle. I did notice a little creaminess, but didn’t get any cookie or baked good flavor at all. Could just be that my black tea lovin’ taste buds can’t appreciate the subtlety of this tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96
drank Mango by Harney & Sons
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So great. Makes a superb iced tea. We used to drink this whenever we had lunch at the late, great Takashimaya New York. Nice, fruity natural mango flavor, not too perfumy. You still know you’re drinking a black tea. Can’t say enough good things about this tea – one of my favorites!

Flavors: Fruity, Mango

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

I debated reviewing this for some time, since it’s essentially gone forever – so sad! I’d never had Butiki Teas before and am now rather upset that I’m so late to the game. However, I want to have a tasting note, if only to record how awesome these teas are! I love almond flavored teas and this is one of the best I’ve ever had. Natural almond flavor, a little cinnamon, almost an almond pastry-like quality. Really good and I’ll miss it!

Flavors: Almond, Cinnamon, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76
drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
32 tasting notes

Very much enjoyed this tea. The caramel and vanilla flavors are nicely balanced, although I didn’t actually taste any salt, that was OK with me, I get the general idea. Would’ve been interesting if they did include a tiny bite of salt in it, but I think David’s is too mainstream to try something like that. Still, I don’t love it any less! I needed to add more tea than the recommended amount because I found the flavor to be a bit weak and didn’t want to oversteep it. I drink this always with milk and unsweetened, my preferred way to drink dessert type teas.

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

The tea does actually contain salt :)

Sakura Sushi

Be that as it may, it’s undetectable to my taste buds, anyway. Maybe they need to rejigger the recipe – I was hoping for a slight brightness or bite to justify the name “salted caramel.”

Kittenna

I’ve honestly never tasted the salt either. But the smell of the tea is heavenly to me, for whatever reason.

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79

Not sure what I can add to this, since it’s been so heavily reviewed, but here goes! I couldn’t wait to try this, so I ended up steeping some almost right after I opened the package.

Dry leaf scent was sweet, like sugar, and I picked up on cream right away. The tea liquor has those two scents plus butter. First few sips were just the brew, nothing added. Mostly creamy and buttery taste with a very subtle cinnamon note. Next I added milk, which amped up the cream flavor and transformed it into more of a baked good taste. It wasn’t until I added a tiny amount of coconut sugar that the tea fully lived up to it’s namesake. And, yes, it does have flavor reminiscent of a fresh baked pastry. I didn’t get much almond flavor, though I could see the almonds in the blend, I mean, they are right there, but the taste didn’t come through for me. And the strangest thing was that there was no black tea flavor. A tea that doesn’t taste like tea? Interesting.

For Marzipan: how does this compare with Lupicia’s Cookie? Well, they are completely different. Brioche has mostly cream and butter with a hint of cinnamon, and is much more subtle. Cookie is much more aromatic, and has a stronger flavor of sweetness and milkiness .

So, bottom line is I really like this tea, it’s subtle but well-balanced and certainly a great dessert black. I’ll definitely be friends with Brioche, but my heart belongs to Cookie.

UPDATE: brewed some with breakfast this morning, and steeped it longer than the amount recommended. And there it was: almond! The tea is so mild I think it can handle a steep as long as 6 minutes, so I’ll be doing an extended steep time from now on. More flavor that way and I didn’t get any acid or bitterness, either.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Cream, Pastries, Sugar

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kittenna

I would agree – I found Brioche to be along the same lines as Simpson & Vail’s Almond Sugar Cookie, which I do enjoy, but Cookie is a whole different animal. Stronger base tea, and different flavour entirely, though it’s still a baked goodsy flavour. drools

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