307 Tasting Notes
I’m not sure what I expected from this, but it’s not really doing anything for me, good or bad. Just an ok cup of tea. I won’t dump it out or anything, but I probably won’t make it again, prefer something with a little more going on.
I’m very pleasantly surprised by this! It has an incredibly smooth cinnamon flavor. I wouldn’t really put this in the same category as masala chais, more of just a really good cinnamon tea. The craziest thing of all is that i normally put honey and frothed milk in nearly all flavored black teas, when i took a sip of this one, I liked it totally unaltered. I’m definitely keeping this one. Anytime I can find a tasty black tea that I can enjoy without the added calories, i’m stoked.
I bought this one almost a year ago when I first started getting into tea because it was super highly reviewed over on Teaviews and someone called it like a “condensed milk” oolong. Well I had no idea what that meant and made some expecting something VERY different and was highly disappointed. After that I steered clear of oolongs.
I decided to revisit this tea now that I know a little more about tea and my expectations were much more in line.
I’m really glad I did. This tea is crazy good. I’m not going to get into my steeping play by play, but each additional one (4 in total) yielded a super buttery, creamy, almost roasty, treat. I would compare the butter flavor to that of snyder’s butter pretzels. And that’s a good thing. I could drink this all day. Especially when I’m craving a butter. The price tag is a bit stiff, but considering how much tea you get out of one or two teaspoons, it’s worth it (I tell myself….)
Backlog from last night.
The flu has finally started to subside, only to leave a sinus infection and eye infection in its stead. At least those can be treated! Unfortunately, I needed to appear human for 1.5 hours last night. Enter the Killers Vanilla…
My big kid had her opening night for her middle school play that she has spent the last 3 months rehearsing for on Thursday night. I didn’t stand a chance of making it to that one and was pretty sad to miss it. “I’ll hit it tomorrow night,” I thought. Nope. Then saturday rolled around, my last chance. I wasn’t going to miss it.
I brewed up some killer’s vanilla in hopes of a strong caffeine kick without the jitters. I haven’t had much guayusa before but was hopeful it would do the trick. I can’t say that absolutely love the flavor of guayusa, it’s a little too flowery or something for me, I don’t know, but the flavors mixed in (mint, lavender, & vanilla) give it a smooth, calming herbal tea profile. Kind of a funny combo with high caffeine drink! It was absolutely the perfect choice for the night.
I was wide awake and seemingly human. I waited until the theater darkened, then ran in from the car and sat in the back corner with no one around me. Enjoyed a pretty well done middle school musical, voice cracks and all.
This will definitely be my go to drink when I need a calm pick me up, which will be happening frequently over the next week I’m sure.
So I’ve had about 20 cups of tea in the last 4 days. I couldn’t write a note on any of them because they pretty much all tasted like hot water with an essence of tea. I got the friggin flu. I still have it. It sucks! It’s like the worst cold in history plus the added benefit of chills and body aches. Awesome.
Anyway, my only method of staying hydrated has been tea. And I’ve had a ton. But like I said, I haven’t been able to taste it. Until last night.
I have no idea if this tea is nearly as good as I thought it was, but I could taste it, and it tasted amazing. Maybe it’s the high fever or simply the desire to taste something so badly, or that it really is good. Regardless, I enjoyed it. Immensly. I love genmai cha. I love chai. But it really sounds like a strange combo, but I’m not turned off by strange, so I bought it. It is so perfectly roasty & toasty and even a smidge salty, but really spicy as well. I guzzled it down and immediately made some more.
I’ll have to try it again whenever this flu finally goes away. Hopefully that’s not as far off as everyone says. Assuming I have any left by the end it.
I’m slowly making my way through all the Butiki Teas I received on Friday. This is the 4th and my least favorite so far. Not to say it is bad by any means. It’s a very drinkable, not bitter, green tea. Maybe I have a cold or something, but I’m not getting any pistachio out of it. It just tastes like green tea. My palate for green tea hasn’t developed too much so plain green tea isn’t my first choice. But this one is good. I probably won’t keep it stocked though.
I opened that bag and saw a whole walnut in the bag. That was very intriguing. After trying the popcorn one yesterday, I was pretty excited to try this one. I wasn’t so sure I’d be a Davids fan as I really don’t like Teavana, but I’m really enjoying their stuff. This tea did not disappoint. And I have never liked chocolate in teas. I’ve tried all kinds and I just don’t enjoy that flavor mixed with tea. Maybe I just don’t like chocolate mixed with black tea, who knows? Regardless, I like this one. I brewed this up and sat outside and watched the Big kId, the Little Man, and the Bean go on hikes in the back yard. All was right in the universe for a few minutes.
I love Salted Caramel. I’m a salt junkie, so I’m pretty much on board with adding salt to anything. While I didn’t really taste the salt in this per se, I loved the burnt sugar flavor. As always, I added raw honey and frothed up some hot milk in my milk cafe (I need to review that on this site, it’s the best), and I’ve found a new favorite tea latte flavor. Next time I’ll add a little flake salt like they do at Starbucks for their salted caramel latte and see what happens. This one is definitely a keeper.
Hurting today. Stayed up last night like I was a much younger version of myself forgetting that my 15 month old likes to wake up at the crack of dawn these days. I brewed this one extra strong and drank 2 full mugs full before even contemplating food. This stuff is my go-to morning drink and I appreciate it even more on the days my body needs a little recovery. This and some B-vitamins. Almost human again.
I love Hojicha and I love Genmai Cha, so I thought I’d really enjoy this. And I did, but not as much as I’d hoped. It could have been that it was 12am and I’d had way too much to drink at a party or that I was beat tired trying to watch a less than stellar SNL, but either way, it was only so so. It had a nice butteriness to it, but was missing the slight salty roasty flavor I love in my Hojicha. I’ll try it again before rating it. Maybe with a little less prefunking.