1025 Tasting Notes
Additional notes: sipdown! (I have to work on a ton of sipdowns..one a day for all of December wouldn’t be enough but at least 1/4 of my cupboard only has a teaspoon left of each tea.) This was nice, just not as nice as last time. The flavor seems to change with every cup and even every sip! It’s tough to pin down.. I was noticing the difference in flavors last time I had this tea as well. Sometimes it wants to taste like a Darjeeling, sometimes it’s chocolatey. This time was lighter flavored than last time though. And since I had this tea the last time, I’ve definitely grown to learn that the gold Yunnan tastes like honey!
Additional notes: Having this one now – I may or may not have just ordered some super-sale Della Terra, some favorites I’ve only have the try-me packs of and some blends that look too nice to overlook! This ended up being the exact cup of tea I was envisioning. This one works better with lots of leaves and a very long steep time (over ten minutes – you can’t hurt it, really). Very tasty! Liquid cookie.
Trying this one thanks to a sample from TastyBrew! Gunpowder seems to be a new favorite in the greens department. This one is VERY good. After cooling the water a while and a couple minutes steep, the mint here takes over. The green tea is just a whisper, even though as it is gunpowder, it should be stronger flavored than most. I love the mint though! ALSO, this has a slight creamy vanilla hint. I love the hint of vanilla & mint together. This is so minty I’ll save the last teaspoon when I have a headache. I love this one!
Additional notes: Yes, I’m having this one again a month after I finished the last of my sample. I’m sipping it now and with dinner! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
This does seem different than my sample was (from over two years ago, of course I don’t expect it to be the same leaves). The base seems a bit different – better. But it does seem like there were less pumpkin flakes, but to be fair I think they floated to the bottom of the pouch. I wish there were ten times more pumpkin in this blend! I also should have tried my pumpkin milkshake sample today! The ONLY complaint I could EVER have with Butiki, is I hate their non-resealable pouches. The best teas ever deserve the best packaging! But this lovely tea will go perfect with dinner. I’m thankful for Butiki!
I bought a whole pouch of this from QueenOfTarts! thanks so much! One that I’ve really wanted to try! I love the big ole banana pieces and coconut flakes in this blend! As I’m sipping, I realized that this is like their Banana Coconut Cream Pie Hojicha… but I only had a sample of that one and it was one of my favorites. So this blend is the same as that, just with a black base instead of hojicha. I can live with that! I don’t think this is the assam black base that they use though… I would have liked the assam with this better. Not sure what this is otherwise. But I love this blend anyway. Nice creamy banana and coconut! Not fake tasting at all… this is like the best banana and coconut flavor that a tea can have. Both sharing the stage equally! I’m just worried since I don’t see enough banana pieces to go around for the entire pouch (and I’m sad that two big pieces of banana fell into this steep.. less banana for the other steeps!) Just like I thought there should be at least 20 pieces of candy corn in the candy corn tea pouches (one for each steep… but it’s not like I counted them!) This is at the top of my 52Teas list but assam how I wish you were here!
Thanks Terri Harplady for sending a bit of this to try along with the HH teabox! I used one teaspoon of leaves… these leaves just look chocolatey.
Steep #1 // cooled the water a few minutes // 1 min
This cup looked very pale in color… maybe I wasn’t supposed to let the water cool at all. The flavor wasn’t strong enough for me! I definitely should have steeped longer. I don’t see anything special OR dark with this one. I’ve had some pu-erhs that have been pitch black in color after seconds. The flavor is so mild it is tough to describe…
Steep #2 // cooled after a couple minutes // 3 min
This cup was darker… the color of root beer! The flavor was better too, but still not the strongest pu-erh I’ve had. It would be a nice intro pu-erh for anyone to try. The flavor does have hints of unsweetened chocolate and some cinnamon actually.
Steep #3 // just boiled // 10 min
Hmm… still not super dark. But the flavor is pleasant… hard to discern from the pumpkin bread I had while sipping though. Not dark enough for me! But I can say there was no ‘over steeped leaves’ flavor or anything.
If only I knew the perfect way to steep this one! But I have one more teaspoon to try with….
Michelle was kind enough to send over a sample of this one when I bought some tea from her! Thank you! I was happy to see a Sherlock blend included because Sherlock is the best thing ever. January! Can’t wait! I have a feeling that in the new episode, it’s revealed that the trusty Molly had a lot to do with Sherlock’s faked death trickery. I was surprised to find today that this is one of the highest rated Adagio blends. I had to try it today! I waited for the water to cool a while and steeped for around three minutes. Honestly, I’m underwhelmed. I love the idea of this blend (chamomile, white tea, cherry) but it seems like this is more hibiscus than cherry. The chamomile and white tea don’t bring much to the table either. I have no idea why I’m not seeing why this is rated so highly here. Molly deserves a better blend!
A sample from my Butiki order! I used two teaspoons at four minutes (as Butiki suggests) with water cooled way down (supposed to be 180 degrees). The flavor, I don’t seem to be getting very much eggnog. Of course, this is Butiki, so this will not be artificial, so I didn’t expect something fake that would make it taste exactly like eggnog. But there does seem to be a vanilla / custard type flavor, though very slight. The green tea is one that I haven’t had much, but it is a type I seem to be steeping up a lot lately – a very buttery green tea. There is however, a fuzziness to this one that seems to be bothering my already parched mouth at the moment. Fuzziness doesn’t scream eggnog, but it is probably just because I only drank one cup of tea today. That’s rare! I like this one, just isn’t my favorite from Butiki. The second steep did taste just as good as the first though!
Starfevre sent me this one a while ago but I’m just now writing a tasting note for it! Thank you! I had this once before! I used a teaspoon and a half of leaves, since Yunnans seem to be chocolatier that way. This one is VERY good. I’m rarely disappointed with Adagio’s blends. I could easily stock up on this one (and most of Adagio’s teas)! It’s a perfect starter if you are new to Yunnan and need an example of how they taste.
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
I’ve already gulped down most of this delicious cup – so dark chocolatey! With stone fruit/apricot. Medium bodied, not a tough black tea, as I’m finding Yunnan teas aren’t. Never astringent or bitter. So so good! Malty, a bit peppery. I definitely like this with a teaspoon and a half. Just the perfect Yunnan.
Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 4 min
This cup is just as lovely.. I don’t know why more people don’t reuse leaves! There has only been a handful of teas that have been noticeably not re-steepable worthy. This cup was slightly more peppery though. The third cup was okay, not as amazing as the others – it went with dinner! This tea reminds me of Butiki’s Golden Lion Assam… which I just bought because it is my favorite tea ever. Well, I’ve got two more steep sessions worth of leaves anyway!
Love this one! thanks for selling it, QueenOfTarts! The one tea I actually added cream to before was a hojicha and that was ages ago! It does taste like that cup did. (Honestly, I have a feeling I may have seen this tea on Steepster and had the idea to add some cream.) Oddly, there aren’t many steeping instructions for most hojicha teas. But I waited for the water to cool a few minutes and steeped for a couple minutes. The flavor is so nice! Creamy yet roasty, sweet from the chocolate. It’s perfect and just like I wished it would taste. I wouldn’t say it’s marshmallow and hazelnut but it’s delicious for what it is. The second cup tasted as good as the first, but that may have been because of a higher temp.