1230 Tasting Notes
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #10
I still didn’t get any pumpkin from this one, but it was a drinkable rooibos with a sweet edge, and made for a pleasant pre-bedtime cup. Maybe I’ve been spoilt with pumpkin teas , or maybe you just can’t win them all. Either way, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try. Many thanks again to VariaTEA!
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #9
I feel I’m beginning to understand unflavoured milk oolongs a little better now, after having sampled three or so different varieties. I can detect the buttery, creamy notes and appreciate them as a natural part of the tea. Of the milk oolongs I’ve tried recently, this is one of the nicest. The creaminess is even there in the scent as it brews, and it pairs nicely with the smooth, naturally green “oolong” flavour. A pleasant afternoon treat on a sticky day.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #8
I followed the parameters with this one today, despite my reservations, and was pleasantly surprised with the result. Putting oolong in boiling water made me a little nervous, but I definitely experienced a depth of flavour this time that wasn’t quite there when I brewed this one at 180. It’s a pleasantly smooth, buttery, vegetal oolong. Kind of asparagus-like in flavour. I did get a little astringency as it cooled, but nothing too much to worry about. I pretty much said everything I wanted to say about this one in my first tasting note, but I’m glad I had the chance to try this one brewed a couple of different ways. Many, many thanks again to Teavivre for the sample!
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #7
I’m still learning which oolongs I love and which I don’t, so I rarely pass up an opportunity to extend my experiences of this kind of tea. I’ve previously tried Teavivre’s Strawberry Oolong and loved it, so I’m hoping this one will be as good.
I don’t think there’s ever any need to doubt Butiki. This one smells delcious while brewing — pure, sweet, natural strawberry with a hint of buttery, slightly vegetal oolong. I followed the parameters with this one for a first cup — 4 minutes in 180 degrees water.
The flavour is very much like the scent. It’s delicately sweet, with a fresh, juicy hit of strawberry, and the smooth, light, buttered green beans flavour of the oolong lurking in the background. The strawberry is the real star, though, and the green notes of the oolong actually help to enhance the flavour. It’s a great pairing. One I’d definitely consider restocking in the future!
Drank this one today while I made mint choc chip ice cream and mint hot chocolate cupcakes. I got distracted and left it a bit long, but surprisingly it just gets creamier. Who knew? I was expecting tons of bergamot, maybe some bitterness! A completely yummy cup. No surprise, really. I love this one :)
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #6
Second cup of the morning. I’m not the greatest fan of Guayusa, but I do find it helps to give me a bit of a boost on a morning, and I can tolerate it in a flavoured blend. This one is pretty good. The hibiscus hides most of the earthiness, although a little still pokes through. The berries and cream flavour is the thing I really love about this one. If only it were a black base, I think it might have been love. As it stands, I like it, but it probably wouldn’t be one I’d particularly seek out.
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #5
It’s probably no surprise that I really like this one, given that it’s blended from two Assams and a Ceylon. They’re my two favourite black tea varieties, after all! Among those, Dinjoye Estate Assam is one of my favouites from Butiki, so it’s a no-brainer, really! I gave 1.5tsp of this one three minutes in boiling water, and added a splash of milk.
True to form, this one is intensely malty. It’s the kind of sweet, bready deliciousness that’s worth getting up for. I think that’s probably the biggest compliment I can pay a breakfast tea, given that I am totally not a morning person. I can also taste something citrussy playing around in the background, which adds the tiniest hint of bitterness to an otherwise sweet blend. It’s not quite bergamot, I don’t think, but heading in that direction. Orange peel, perhaps. I can feel a repurchase coming on, naughty old me!
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #4
Another fabulous black that I’ll miss from my cupboard. Once I’ve finished off a couple more of my Whispering Pines teas, I’m definitely going to place another order. Primarily plain blacks, I think. This one pales a little in comparison to Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tip, but it’s still pretty good. Fruity, malty, sweet. Genuinely lovely tea!
Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #3
Finished this one off while watching the end of Wallander on BBC4 last night. It was about 10.15pm, and on reflection I probably shouldn’t have had black tea that late at night. I listened to some Red Hot Chilli Peppers for a while before I went to bed, and then had some pretty disturbing dreams about an ex boyfriend, so I guess the combination wasn’t a great one.
The tea was good, though, so I can’t regret it that much. Fruity, malty, perfection. On balance, I’m pretty sure I still prefer Butiki’s PTA, but this one runs a close second, and would do in a pinch. Another sad farewell.
This is such a pretty tea. There are loads of rosebuds, and large quantity of lemongrass…I can’t see much in the way of white tea, but maybe I’m just being blind. Either that, or I need to give my bag a shake! It looks beautiful, but the moment I took a sip I knew we weren’t going to be friends. Because, oh my goodness guys, liquorice root! It’s my new nemesis. I’m finding this freshly born hatred a little strange, because I don’t think I’ve ever really minded it until very recently. Now, if it’s in a blend, it’s somehow all I can taste. A little like hibiscus, in that respect.
It’s so artificially sweet, and it sticks around at the back of my throat. Ugh. The second strongest flavour is lemongrass, and the rose is more a scent that floats over the top of the other two flavours. I would like this if it weren’t for the liquorice root. The combination of the lemongrass and rose is quite nice, and I can see a white base suiting this tea well. The problem is, I can’t taste anything except liquorice root. I might investigate the possibility of removing the pieces I can see from my sample bag, and seeing if that improves things. Hopefully it does, or sad to say this isn’t one I’m going to be able to finish. Grumpy face.