115 Tasting Notes
So I decided on this tea for tonight to try. It was one of the teas I picked with my winnings from Butiki picture contest and boy am I glad I did. The scent of the tea in the bag was very caramel-y and awesome. And the leaves are so neat looking.
But trying to measure it out…Hah! Like trying to herd cats hyped up on catnip. Not that I’ve ever done that, but I can barely handle my own cat after she’s gotten into the nip. Lol! I swear the leaves were alive. Trying to spoon them up in a teaspoon was near impossible and they kept jumping out of the spoon and tangling in the bag. XD I ended up pouring the bag into a bowl and half spooning, half pinching it as a measure so I didn’t break any of the leaves.
3 min steeping in 205 water and the leaves had uncurled and puffed up in the basket quite a bit. Next time I might just dump them directly into the pot to steep to give them enough room. The leaves had lost alot of their smell but it wasn’t the leaves I was interested in at the moment.
Now, I like my teas with alot of sugar, some more than others. Maybe a bit of milk depending on the tea. But this tea, I have to say I’d actually be pretty happy having it without any sort of sugar at all. I was astounded at the taste and ended up drinking half the cup before I realized that I didn’t add anything to it yet. Lol. And when I added the sugar (cause I couldn’t resist), it was such a small amount compared to what I usually used since I didn’t want to overwhelm it. Wow did the flavor pop even more. Very caramel and sweet and wonderful. I didn’t really get the vanilla as much as I was hoping, but it may be that I was concentrating so much on the caramel flavor that it was just a supporter in the background and a casualty of my novice palate. Not sure about the cacao, raisin or citrus that Butiki’s site says should be around, but what was around was wonderful in any case.
I figured I’d give a second steep a shot, since at the relatively pricey cost (though it’s very much worth every penny) I would hope I’d be able to get more than a single steeping out of it. Same temp for the water but I steeped it about 30 seconds longer since I was afraid of it getting bitter.
It was… disappointing to say the least, especially after the amazingness of the first steep. I’m not sure if I just didn’t steep it long enough the second time or what, but the brew tasted watered down and weak. Very sad. And after reading the other reviews, I’m almost certain that I did something wrong. Next time I’ll try maybe a min longer and see if that makes a difference. Does anyone have any recommendations for a successful second steep? I’d hate to think of this as a one steep wonder.
This is one I’ll definitely be keeping in my stash to enjoy.
Not bad. It’s very spice chai-y and I get the apple coming through. I tried it with both brown sugar and my regular Truvia. I liked it better with the brown sugar ‘cause it seemed to bring out the apple a little better.
I’m coming to the realization that I’m not really a chai person ‘cause every chai blend I try, I don’t really like. I don’t think I’ll ever drink this again but it wasn’t bad to try. Lol.
Nice solid tasting black tea is the best I can think of right now. Lol. I’m not really picking up anything special here, but it might just be that my palate isn’t really that refined yet. Though I do get a bit of astringency at the end.
Followed company’s instruction for second steeping. Not much different from the first aside from it tasting a bit weaker. Ah well. But this is definitely one I’ll likely keep around.
Not bad, but overall I’m not impressed. Probly won’t buy more though the tin it came in is gorgeous. Lol.
Smelled nice in the tin, all toasty and whatnot. Brewed I get that toasty/nuttiness along with a slight bitter taste from the black tea. Much better with some sugar added, but just a bit. Didn’t get any vanilla, or else it was covered by the hazelnut. Might try with milk or cream next time and see what happens.
It’s pretty rubbish when it gets cold though, not that I recommend making it any other way than hot, but my cup had gone cold and I figured I’d give it a sip. Ugh. Lol.
So I got this in a try-me sample pack from Della Terra a month or so ago. I had wanted to try Eight Candles, but it was out of stock, so I got this instead. After drinking oolongs the past few days, I wanted something different so I picked this out of the rather embarrassingly large stack of teas I have yet to try. Lol.
Glad that I did. It’s pretty good. I definitely like this better than s’mores. All I tasted in s’mores was the marshmallow. In this tea I get just enough marshmallow that I know it’s there, but I can still taste the caramel. Unfortunately I didn’t taste any chocolate, but maybe I didn’t steep it enough? I have enough for another pot or two so maybe I’ll try steeping a bit longer next time.
All in all, I’d reorder this one.
Had a sharp clove-y smell out of the bag and I was afraid it would brew as strong as it tasted. While I definitely tasted the chai spices, it isn’t as strong as it smelled and not strong as other blends I’ve tried, which I’m glad of. Don’t really get the chocolate much, though I’m wondering if that’s because I made this in a paper filter and the chips couldn’t properly melt into the tea. Definitely will make this next time in just the mesh to see. It’s alright plain, but I added some cream and brown sugar and it was excellent. Will definitely keep this around for when I want something a little different
I didn’t really care for this one. Had a very strong marzipan-y smell out of the bag and it brewed up the same. Almond was overpowering to me and I couldn’t smell or taste much else.
Fruity and interesting, especially with a little sugar. Has an mild wine-y smell in the bag that carries over when brewed. Might be the current but never having had the current tea alone, I couldn’t be sure. The tangerine gets lost between the other two teas and the peach isn’t as strong as I’d have liked, but then, I can never really have too much peach in a tea.