1230 Tasting Notes
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.
The first time I tried a mighty leaf sampler, this was one of my favourite teas. It’s a refreshing, cleansing blend of peppermint and basil, and it really does taste that straightforward. Basil is one of my favourite flavours, anyway, especially in cooking, so it’s no surprise that I get along with this one!
The peppermint is definitely the strongest flavour here, and it has a pleasant coolness and crispness. The basil is subtle but detectable, and adds a tinge of peppery depth, making this a slightly more unusual tea than might be expected. It’s the kind of cup you don’t really have to think about — there isn’t much complexity, after all! Perfect for a busy day when a clean, fresh tasting drink is required. I think this one would also be good iced in the summer, so it’s another one I’ll have to make a note to keep back for the warmer days to come!
I’m hosting interviews again today, so it’s bagged tea and a thermos for the majority of the day. I picked this one out last night as I haven’t tried it for a good long while, and my recollection of it is hazy. As my first tea of the day, it wasn’t a bad choice! The tropical flavouring here is juicy and fresh, although quite generic. I’m pretty sure there’s pineapple and mango, although on the whole it tastes tastes like Um Bongo. Not that that’s a bad thing — it was a much loved drink of my childhood, after all. There’s a slight bitterness, although that’s probably at least partly my fault given the less than perfect brewing conditions. I’ll be giving it another go and revising my note later on, anyway.
This makes for a good thirst quenching drink, and is actually very pleasant on a warm day. I’ll have to remember to try it cold brewed in the summer as well. On the whole, recommended! I’ll hold back on a rating until I’ve tried this “properly” at home, though.
The other tea I have been drinking today. 3 or 4 cups, I think. It’s a pleasant enough chocolate-raspberry flavoured black. I won’t be too sad when it’s gone, but it’s easy enough to drink. More variety required tomorrow, though! I must stop reaching for the same teas and drink something else from my languishing shelf at work!