1433 Tasting Notes
I’m off work this week, so I’ve been having mornings that are a lot more leisurely than usual. That’s probably why I’ve been reaching for this tea as my breakfast drink of choice, rather than my usual strong, tar-like choices. It’s a gentle wake-up tea if ever there was one, but still packs a lot of flavour. It’s malty, slightly floral…a really nice way to begin the day.
I wasn’t convinced by the scent of this one…it’s mostly just cinnamon. So as I sat there thinking “how is this ever going to taste like a cookie?” I took a sip. I’m pleased to report that it does, in fact, taste like a cookie. An oatmeal raisin cookie, to be precise. The initial sip is cinnamon, but then something blossoms behind that…a warm, oaty, sugary, vanilla flavour, tempered with a rich overtone of dried fruit. It’s fair to say that cinnamon is the strongest flavour, but the wonderful bakey, ineffably cookie-like aspect of this tea really makes it something special. I’d never have believed it possible, but there you go. An intriguing and delicious treat!
I’ve been curious about this one for a while, and finally requested a sample with my last Butiki order. I gave this three minutes in boling water, as per the recommended parameters. The result is quite a light brew — lighter than I expected — definitely no milk. To taste, it’s very slightly astringent. Strangely enough, this comes through first, followed by a hint of tamarind-like sourness, then a lingering sweetness. Caramel and vanilla are spot on when describing the taste at this point. The tea base is earthy, with very slight hints of smokiness, and pairs well with the sour/sweet qualities of the flavouring. This probably isn’t one I’d choose to purchase, but I’m glad I tried a sample to satisfy my curiosity.
I had two bags left over, so I used both of them to make a huge cup of chai latte yesterday. I’ve started to develop a sore throat, maybe heading towards a cold, so the warming spices and comforting milkiness were just the thing. I went to see Propeller perform The Comedy of Errors last night — it was absolutely brilliant. I like to think this tea got me out of the door when it would have been much easier to stay at home. I’m seeing the same company perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream tonight — on the strength of last night, I’m really, really looking forward to it.
A sample from Shmiracles. I’ve never tried a whisky tea before, so this is a new experience for me. Dry, it smells wonderful…there’s a strong hint of whisky, although sweeter than I’d expect, and a touch of fruitiness, rather reminiscent of glace dates.
To taste, I get a light smokiness and a hit of peat whisky, followed by the gentle flavour of stone fruit…apricot, or perhaps peach. It’s a surprising combination, but one that actually seems to work quite well. I expected quite a heavy tasting tea, but this is actually very light and subtle, in keeping with the white tea base. An intriguing and unusual tea.
I bought this one for its billing as a “turkish delight” tea. Generally, floral teas haven’t been my thing, but I know my tastes are changing. Unfortunately, I’m not getting much in the way of turkish delight from this…I guess it needs a little more sweetness to really bring that off. Possibly a little crystal sugar in my next cup might help.
I do get roses, although they’re not as overpowering as I expected them to be (given that there are a lot of rosebuds in the bag). There’s still plenty of space for the lemongrass to shine, and for a slightly earthy herbal taste to develop. I can’t taste chocolate or cocoa very much, although there’s actually very little to be found in the dry mix, so that doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. There’s a slight hint in the aftertaste, especially as it starts to cool, but that’s about it.
My overall impression, then, is of a rose and lemongrass herbal tea. It’s lightly floral, slightly powdery, with a hint of chocolate. I actually think this one might work better iced, so that’s something else I’ll have to try. As it cools, I’m starting to think that, yes, this could actually beigin to taste a little like turkish delight.
Bluebird create some intriguing blends, and some of them take a while to grow on me. I think this is going to be one of those blends. As far as first impressions go, though, this is definitely one I’d like to revisit. Subject to refining my brewing parameters a little, I think this one has the potential to become a spring/summer favourite.
A sample from Shmiracles. This is an interesting one. Judging from the name and a couple of ingredients, I was expecting quite a dark, moody tea. Instead, it’s actually quite light and refreshing — more summer rain than dark winter, strangely. On the other hand, this would be a good tea to curl up in the warm with on the aforementioned dark, stormy winter night. Its ingredients might even be a pleasant reminder if warmer wather to come.
The initial sip is mostly cinnamon, which is followed by satisfyingly creamy coconut and vanilla. The chocolate comes out last, and lingers long in the aftertaste. It’s milk chocolate, rather than dark, and it seems to bind all of the other flavours together fairly effectively — like a friend in common. Taken together, it actually works better than I expected it to…spicy, sweet, creamy, chocolatey. It’s a warming, comforting cup…perfect with a splash of milk.
I was hoping for something a little darker and more brooding, but I’m pleased with what I actually got. An unusual combination of ingredients, and a pleasant tea to have tried. Thanks again to Shmiracles for sharing this with me!
A sample from Shmiracles. I think this is actually the first Adagio custom tea I’ve tried, although I have a few in my stash. This is one I wouldn’t have got to try if it wasn’t for Shmiralces, so many thanks to her for sharing this with me!
It’s an interesting one. Dry, I can smell mostly chocolate, and while brewing I mainly pick up Adagio’s black base. To taste, though, it’s a different story. Blackberry cream, with just a hint of chocolate, and a pleasantly robust, slightly malty, base. I could happily drink this for a good long time — it’s one of those teas that’s easy to sip on and easy to like. A very tasty treat! Hopefully Adagio expand their custom range in the UK soon. If they did, this is one I’d definitely look to restock.
A sample from Shmiracles, and another one I’ve been waiting to try for ages. This smells delicious, and tastes like liquefied popcorn. There’s no other way to describe it. Nutty, buttery, caramelly. Popcorny? The fresh stuff you get at the cinema, rather than shop-bought. The green tea is nowehere in this, although there’s so little of it that’s hardly surprising. I know it’s not the most refined tea, but it’s damn good. The perfect start to my week off work!
A sample from Shmiracles. This one is a little more rooibossy than I would like, but it’s not too bad. I tempered it with a little milk just to flatten the woodsiness a bit, and found it more palatable as a result. The mint here is pretty perfect — a hint of coolness at the end of the sip, a little like mint choc chip ice cream. The chocolate is pretty good too, although there isn’t quite as much as I’d like there to be. I can mostly taste vanilla and mint, with the chocolate squeezed in between. Compared with Read My Lips, which I tried yesterday, I find this one a little lacking in flavour. It’s a good bedtime cup, though, and it’s always nice to have more caffiene free options to hand. Not perfect, but not bad either. A tasty evening treat.