943 Tasting Notes
The second of the Butiki teas I pulled out to try, and oh my goodness is this amazing! My search for a brilliant pie tea is offiicially over. The dry leaf smells wonderful — fruity, tart deliciousness. Brewed, it’s even better. The first thing I can taste is a strawberry and rhubard, with a perfect depth and tartness. It’s just like pie filling. Not too sweet, not too savoury, just…bam! After the initial fruitiness comes the cinnamon, and then a buttery, baked flavour that is just dead-on pie crust. How can something that tastes so much like fruit pie actually not be fruit pie? The assam base is really good here, adding a maltiness and a sweetness that somehow underline the whole thing. Sil and Butiki did really well with this one — I’m convinced it’s tea heaven! A definite repurchase once I’m done with this bag.
I’d forgotten how nice this one can be between cups, but the fabulously berry-scented dry leaf immediately reminded me! It’s just so delicious — raspberry and blackberry in equal measure. I added 1 tsp of leaf to a cup of cooled water, and gave it about 2.5 minutes.
The genmaicha is very toasty, and adds a slight vegetal note to the overall cup. The berry flavour is fabulously strong and a touch candy-like, and is more than capable of standing up to the genmaicha base. The green tea actually complements the fruit flavours, I feel, helping to emphasise and bring out the fresh fruity notes, rather than the sweet candy notes.
I must try not to go so long between cups next time — this is a tasty summer treat!
Another new try from last night. When I tidied ny cupboard last week, I brought the last few untried Bluebirds down to a more reachable level, so that I’d be more inclined to start them. It worked! I brewed this one up for my last cup before bed, and gave 1 tsp of leaf 4 minutes in boiling water.
Brewing, it certainly smells of custard. It’s actually quite surprising, given that this is tea. The leaf is so pretty, too, with the red-brown rooibos, the yellow petals, and the pink/white rhubarb pieces.
Unfortunately, my first couple of sips are almost entirely rooibos. I was disappointed, but then very slowly, the taste of rhubarb and custard sweets developed at the back of my mouth. It’s very sweet and candy like, with the creamy custard developing first, and then a slightly tart, tangy-sharp rhubarb flavour coming through after that. Successive sips develop the flavour further, and bring it more into the foreground. Disappointment turned to delight!
I would like the flavour to be more prominent from the off, so I might try a longer brew, or even a little piece of sugar, for my next cup. Maybe some milk, to enhance the custard flavour? I’m pretty sure my experience of this one can be improved, but I’m pleased that I managed to find both flavours in my first cup. The only slight issue I have with this one is the pre-added stevia. It leaves an artificial sweetness at the back of my mouth that I don’t really care for. On the whole, though, a pleasing first cup.
My Butiki order arrived yesterday, so I took that as permission to bring out a couple of untrieds from a previous order. I hoard Butiki teas. They’re just so good.
Anyway, the smell of this one dry is just amazing, like a banana nut muffin, or banana bread. The smell of the walnut reminds me of my favourite restuarant’s maple walnut ice cream sundae! I followed the recommended parameters for my first cup — 2 tsp in boiling water for three minutes. Brewed, the scent is much the same as dry, although with a little more of the base coming through.
To taste, this isn’t quite what I was expecting. I can taste a lot of slightly smoky keemun, and a walnut flavour (like walnut skin) which blends with the base tea to the point that they’re hard to distinguish. The banana is very, very subtle. It comes out mostly in the aftertaste at first, and a little more as the cup cools. It’s a very natural banana flavour, though — like banana chips rather than candy.
I would like to be able to taste a bit more banana, and so I think I’ll try a bit of sugar in my next cup. For a first impression, though; not bad! It’s not my favourite of the Butiki’s I’ve tried so far, but it’s certainly a tasty cup.
Second tea of the morning here. Every time I drink this, I’m just completely amazed at how much it tastes like freshly baked crumble. It even smells delicious; rich, buttery, slightly cakey. The blueberry is pretty spot on, too. This one makes up for all of the disappointing flavoured teas I’ve tried — it never fails to impress me.
This was thursday evening’s cup. I’m still missing the pastry element, but the blueberry in this is fabulous. It really does taste like blueberry jam! I also got a little hint of cream cheese — a sort of creamy, slightly savoury tang hanging around in the background. A pretty awesome cup.