515 Tasting Notes
Thanks to Butiki for sending me these amazing samples! This tea is so beautiful. I’m not a prime source on white teas, but these leaves are covered in downy, soft, white fluffs. Which is just amazing. The brew reminds me of green veggies and almost like hay. The flavor is very soft and relaxing. It’s much more vegetal than most teas that I drink. But as I’m eating watermelon with it, it stands out beautifully. I didn’t plan on this pairing of drink/food but it’s surprising how well they match flavor wise! The only reason I’m lowering the score on this one is I don’t think it would be a good everyday tea for me personally.
This tea is very elusive for me. The first two steeps were a mess of epic proportions. This did not do well (at all!) in my tea ball. Mostly because it did not seem to let the chocolate bits melt well and this tisane is incredibly fine, so tea ball or not this was determined to fly around my glass. The temperature also has to be closely watched. I steeped this at too high of a temperature and really kills the flavor.
On to my first “successful” cup, it was just ok. I think what this lacks is a notable chocolate flavor. It smells of chocolate, but the flavor is just not there. I’m half tempted to throw chocolate in there, just to see if it’d help! It’s pretty much one dimensional in the flavor department. It’s very roasted tasting and the nut flavor is really there. I can’t tell if I could drink this on a daily basis, but the smell keeps calling me back. Overall, I’d say I would stick to the sample size. I’m starting to think that mate tisanes are just not my thing.
I picked this tea tonight for something light and refreshing. It sure fit the bill! I want to thank Butiki teas for sending me this sample. I was at first worried about the tea because it was close to my jasmine pearls and a lot of the smell rubbed off on it. But after steeping, it really didn’t change the flavor. The taste is not really “spicy” to me as much as minty. It’s an interesting mint because it’s not necessarily in the foreground of the taste. But it’s tasty nonetheless! I’m really digging the mint and the oolong flavors together and enjoy this a lot as a combination!
This will be my 3rd sample from Butiki teas. Thank you again! I had never had a very “floral” type tea before, but this is a great first impression. It’s very fun to watch as these pearls steep and I guess (for me at least) it adds to the whole tea experience. The flavor is very much jasmine. When I opened the bag it’s very in your face, hence my waiting to try this tea out of trepidation. But the flavor is smooth and the final taste is pure jasmine blossoms. I feel like I’m eating them! Which in this case, is not at all a bad thing. It’s very nice to sip slowly.
This was the second sample I tried from Butiki teas. (Thanks again!) I have always loved and craved lychee fruits and lychee flavored items. So I’ve been searching for a lychee tea that I would like. And this one just takes the cake. It’s very light and smooth. The smell of the un steeped leaves is pretty subtle, but when steeped the lychee flavor (and aroma!) are very strong. I would love to have just a cupboard filled with this tea.
First, I have to thank Stacy of Butiki for sending me this sample! I really liked this rooibos. It was very light in the flavor department. The most amazing thing about it was how well the crusty and flaky flavors of creme pie came through on this. I was really surprised at how the creme flavor came through as well. The coconut isn’t as strong as the other flavors, but just as well! I would love a nice, large bag of this!
Also, I really liked that there was no feeling of dry mouth/throat after drinking this.
The first thing you notice when you open this concentrate is a strong ginger snap smell. It’s important to note that this concentrate is much, much less sweet than other concentrates. I had to fiddle with this one a bit to get a brew I really enjoyed. But it was well worth the effort! This is a pretty solid choice for me when I can find it.
Out of all the chai concentrates, I find this one to be my favorite. It’s not too spicy or too mellow. Whenever I have the craving for good, fast, easy chai this is exactly what I grab for. Using this product makes it easy to adjust the flavor to your own liking. This product is simply a must for me during the winter!