915 Tasting Notes
Another from the Mighty Leaf sampler box. As Earl Grey’s go, this is a sound contender. The base is nice and hearty, and the bergamot is just right. It adds a nice citrus tang, like orange rind, and a slightly floral, slightly bitter edge without being too overpowering. It’s also robust enough to withstand milk, which is another plus in my book. It’s not outstanding, but sometimes that’s not necessary. It’s pleasant, easy drinking. Perfect for a quiet afternoon or relaxing early evening.
This isn’t a bad breakfast blend. It’s strong, and takes milk well, it’s beautifully malty, and it has a deep, rich flavour. I wish Mighty Leaf were a bit more explicit about the varieties of tea that are in here. I’d guess Assam and Darjeeling, and maybe Ceylon. Nothing really special, but a good wake-up cup!
This is exactly the kind of metallic, astringent darjeeling I don’t like. It has a fairly nice muscatel flavour to begin with, but it quickly develops into an iron-like tang. It leaves my mouth dry, too. I generally prefer first flush darjeeling, which might be why I’m not getting along too well with this one. I’m just conscious that I’ve definitely had better, and that spoils it for me. Not a winner, I’m afraid.
Second to last cup, and I think I’ve finally just about perfected my brewing of this one. Generous 1.5 tsp of leaf, long brew time (minimum 5 minutes), piece of crystal sugar, splash of milk. I’ve had a couple of cups that were really too subtle, and almost flavourless, when experimenting with the parameters, but this one was gorgeous! Fairly mild, medicinal root beer flavour, topped with a fluffy, almost thick tasting, vanilla creaminess. I completely forgot I was drinking honeybush, and that’s a rare praise indeed from me. Now I know what I’m doing with this one, I’ll definitely look to restock. It might just be becoming my favourite root beer tea!
Second pouch, this time with noticably more toffee pieces. Sadly, I still don’t like it. The apple is somehow floral, there’s a bitter aftertaste, and the whole thing tastes somehow musty. Also, I can’t taste any caramel. Disappointing, because this one sounded like my kind of thing. Sad face.
Second pumpkin tea of the evening. I wanted to try this one back to back with Pumpkin Milkshake (1.0, if I may call it that), because I knew that’s the only way I’d remember either one clearly enough to be able to compare.
This one, with its Doke Rolling Thunder oolong base, is slightly different from 1.0. It’s less spicy, although there is a tiny hint poking through from the background. It’s also less creamy. What creaminess there is here is an undertone rather than an overtone. The upside of both these things is that the pumpkin flavour is clearer and better defined — it’s the centre of the tea, it’s subject, rather than an afterthought. The downside is that the base pokes out more, and is slightly bitter.
Taken as a whole, it just doesn’t seem to work as well, or as coherently, as the 1.0 with its darjeeling base did. I like this version for different reasons than the original, but on balance I think I prefer the darjeeling version. It’s smoother, creamier, and seems to fit together better. I do like the extra pumpkin flvour here, though, so it’s a very hard call to make. I’ll enjoy drinking more of both — they can hardly be considered the same, really. I think I’ll try this one with sugar next, though.
Every time I drink this, I’m surprised how much it actually tastes like birthday cake. The light, airy vanilla sponge type birthday cake. I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised, now that I’m more familiar with Butiki , but I am. I mean, this is tea, not cake…but the flavour is spot on! A great bedtime choice, and absolutely delicious. I’ll be so happy when I can get some more of this. Until then, I’ll just have to hold on to my bag for dear life!
I’m making an effort to work through some of the Butiki teas that have been in my stash for a while. I think I hang on to them because they sound so delicious, and I know I’ll love them, but it’s definitely time to stop being precious.
This is delicious. It’s surprisingly spicy, predominantly from cinnamon, but there’s a good, strong pumpkin taste as well. It’s wonderfully creamy, and it does make me think of milkshake, much to my surprise. A spicy, creamy, pumpkin flavoured milkshake. Yum!
The base here is almost totally overwhelmed by the flavouring. I probably wouldn’t have been able to tell it was darjeeling if I hadn’t known. That said, it provides a light, unobtrusive background against which the flavouring can really shine. I’ve got the 2.0 to try next, but at the moment I can’t imagine how it could possibly better this liquid deliciousness!