361 Tasting Notes
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.
I had to try this. It just sounded so wacky. And I’m incredibly embarrassed to say that I absolutely love it! It really does taste like a salty caramel popcorn. I could not drink it fast enough. I made my husband and 13 year old smell it and they thought I was certifiably nuts, but I don’t care. I’m buying this in large quantity to have when craving snacks.
Let me preface this by saying, I don’t really love green teas, and I’ve never really liked flavored green teas, but this one has such a strong presence on this site that I had to try it. And I have officially been converted. This tea is so good. It has the perfect creaminess and flavor but not perfumey. Like the leaves naturally come flavored like that. I will definitely be keeping this stocked.
It was actually a tad sunny here this afternoon, so the kids and I played outside. The little man had his jeans on backwards, orange rain boots, and his blue fleece coat on, unzipped with no shirt on underneath. And we played in the front yard for all the world to see. You see, the mailman would be arriving any minute. I had been waiting all day for his arrival. And it was close to 4pm at this point. When we saw him coming, all three of us ran to meet him.
Our mailman is not your average mailman, he’s straight out of sesame street. Knows all the kids names, what’s going on in the neighborhood, loves to chat endlessly. And I normally enjoy it, but today I wanted to grab my package from him and run inside to get tasting. I was as nice as I could be under the circumstances, but my first order from Butiki was in my hands, and I had things to do.
I had a pretty decent selection to choose from, but enjoy flavored black teas in the afternoon, so I went with the pumpkin creme brûlée. Smelled a lot spicier than I expected, but I never tip my nose up to a little extra spice. I steeped it a little longer than the suggested 2.5 mins, but I like my black teas pretty strong. Then I added a very slight amount of brown rock sugar per the websites instructions. I’ve tried brown rock sugar on a number of occaisions, but I just really love raw honey in my tea. So after a few sips trying to drink the tea the “right” way, I caved and added my honey and a splash of steamed milk and a dollop of froth. My first thought as the tea went down, “Holy crap, I just love tea.”
This is a really great flavored black tea. Not perfumey at all, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. I love the spice and was surprised at how spicy the tea remained after a second steep (with no milk or honey in the second cup).
This will definitely be taking up residence on my shelf. I can’t wait to try the next one!
After the Rishi GenMai with matcha yesterday that was brewed with 1 Tbsp per cup that was super strong, but also super tasty, I decided to try this one with a little extra in the basket too. Not quite 2 Tbsp, but about 4 tsp (for my 16 oz mug). I only steeped it for about a minute and I think Rishi has it right with this one. You gotta start with more tea in the basket. I don’t want to use less and steep for longer as it gets bitter super fast. From now I’m brewing this type with a minimum of 2 tsp per cup. As expected, the second steep doesn’t have the matcha flavor, but the genmai cha is still tasty. And with the extra tea in there, it’s much stronger.
Fun when you stumble upon a new and improved way of doing things!
I was looking forward to this part of the day all day. Settling in the couch with the big kid (13) to watch Community and enjoy my toasty tea in my cast iron pot. It used to be a beer. And sometimes still is. But man, these roasty toasty teas are really good for the end of the night! And just slightly healthier…