1035 Tasting Notes
Thanks so much to QueenOfTarts selling some of this! A whole pouch! I wished I had this one on Halloween. I was craving candy corn for some reason (what, sugar? honey? wax?) so I thought I’d try this one. It didn’t look there was candy corn in the bag, but there actually is… though I wish there was enough candy corn in the bag for at least ONE corn to be in each cup. I only see a few! I put the candy corn in the mug so it could melt longer. I was wondering if it would melt.. and it does! Though it does kind of flake apart in a not-so-appetizing way. This very much so tastes like candy corn! (Again, sugar/honey). I can see if you usually put sugar in your tea, you’d be thinking: what is the novelty of this one? But the base tea is very nice too.. it seems like an assam, kind of hay/grassy. I was wondering if the second steep would still taste like candy corn with the piece of candy corn long gone, and it does!! So the flavoring alone, even on the second steep tastes like candy corn! I’m very happy with this one and it turned out exactly how I wished. Happy happy! Maybe that’s why I drink tea.. it makes me happy!
A sample from Yezi! I wanted to try this one since it was compared to scotch, it had to be their strongest black tea and the furthest from the Laoshan Black flavor profile (sorry Laoshan!) But I have no idea, since I’m not familiar with scotch. I used two teapoons of these black, long and twisty leaves that smelled very sweet and like some fruit I couldn’t place, or maybe sweet potato.
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 2 min
The cup color isn’t very dark – light brown. The first sip is actually woody, but not in the way that steeped-too-much tea leaves are like. Otherwise it’s tough to describe – it’s a little of everything, hints of smoke and spice, a bit of chocolate and sweet potato.. but many other things I can’t place either. I felt like I had sipped this tea before, and looking up Tealux’s Ying De, I think it was that one. (A big thanks to Steepster for aiding the tea portion of my brain!) It both looks the same and if I can remember correctly, tastes the same. However, this blend is from the Fujian province of China while the Ying De is from Guangdong province of China. At least they are both from China. Though this one is Fujian, I do not get the charcoal flavor that I usually associate with Fujian teas.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Very much the same as the first cup just deeper and more delicious. I think the instructions at the top of the description page for this tea are not for western brewing. (Also for the Ying De I thought the second steep was better as well.) I think I like this sort of flavor better than Laoshan Black. I can’t say how much it’s like scotch but I love this one!
On a side note, I feel like I’ve been watching a ton of movies I’ve missed through the years.. classics I should have watched (also for some reason many movies that seem to be Abed’s favorites from ‘Community’). I feel like movies are the biggest gap in my pop culture knowledge (compared to music, books, and TV). But anyway, I saw Aliens last night and it was AWESOME… not really sure why Abed would want to dress as the alien for Halloween though!
I nabbed this from Momo’s teabox when I had it – it had one teaspoon left! The ingredients in this one had so many berries! I thought it would be amazing! I didn’t see any berries in this teaspoon, just something that looked like hibiscus. uh oh. After a long water cool and a 2 1/2 -3 min steep, the flavor isn’t very berry-like but also isn’t very hibiscus-like. It’s a nice buttery green tea mostly, with a tangy flavor that I wouldn’t call astringency but maybe its a hint of rhubarb or hibiscus. I wish there were BERRIES though. I really like the green tea though.. but it’s gone now!
I’m happy to try some Butiki samples from my order! I’ve wanted to try this one a while! I love strawberry rhubarb pie (I’ll probably get one for Thanksgiving!) Is it odd that it tastes EXACTLY how I envisioned it?!? I made sure I got pieces of these luscious looking strawberries and cookie in the scoop for this cup!
Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
The fragrance is so lovely – sweet strawberries and the flavor is the same. Definite strawberry flavor. My favorite tea strawberry flavor is from Butiki! They know how to do it! There is also a slight rhubarb flavor.. I don’t know how they do that though. Not as much “crust” flavor as I would have liked. But the base tea is perfect – pretty mild not to overpower the awesome flavor. The cup is very silky and smooth as well!
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
This cup is very much the same as the first… except CINNAMON has appeared! Cinnamon basically has to be just boiled in order to taste it. I just love this tea though. The flavor is perfect, and I said, exactly as I thought ‘ruby pie’ from Butiki would taste. Got to love the natural Butiki flavors that are never short of amazing magic! And nice idea, Sil!
Another one from TastyBrew! thanks so much! A convenient one teaspoon sample. I love trying teas! Can I try every tea that ever exists? I wanted a chocolate tea tonight, and I feel like I can drink the Della Terra black teas at night. After steeping, the color of this one sure looks light -a very light brown. The lightest colored black tea I’ve ever seen. Luckily Della Terra has lovely flavors and doesn’t need to rely on the base. I like this one! It does have quite a lot of chocolate flavor. I wouldn’t call it malt maybe because I didn’t see any malt candies in the blend. (I don’t love those Whoppers candies anyway, and believe me, there aren’t many candies I don’t like.) The flavor was more like a sweet creamy chocolate milk type of thing. Nothing malty, just chocolate. I’ve tasted this in many Della Terra flavors… I guess maybe they should try more flavors that don’t have chocolate or maybe I shouldn’t try every Della Terra tea! I like this one though… I knew it would exactly fit my craving. I did a second steep with only half a mug and I steeped it for a REALLY long time to try to get as much flavor out as possible – it seemed to work, since you can’t really mess up this black base.Three sipdowns in two days! That never happens!
Additional notes: Sad sample sipdown! I wanted a white tea tonight, so here you go. How could I forget just how delicious this one is? And even though this has aged a while, the flavor was still the same as when I tried it before. (The memories came back.) …which is amazing considering Butiki only uses the best natural ingredients. Definite cantaloupe, definite cream on a lovely white tea base. I steeped the tea for 3-4 minutes after waiting around 40 minutes for the water to cool after boiling. Seemed perfect to me! So so good!
Additional notes: Sipdown of this one… because I threw out the last remaining teaspoons. I don’t think I’ve ever thrown out tea before. I DID try this one again.. I took out all of the walnuts that had a salty playdoh like flavor before. First sip and there was STILL a ton of that playdoh flavor so maybe it was actually the banana and not the walnut. Yuck! This one certainly doesn’t TASTE organic. I don’t think this has aged well. I hate throwing things away, but this one is definitely not drinkable when I have so many other lovely teas.
I’m just trying this one now from my awesome Verdant sampler from months ago. I guess it’s because of the unsealable packaging.. Verdant’s suggestion is one teaspoon at 175 degrees for one minute. The leaves look so fresh looking! Actually I just looked at my leaves for the Laoshan oolong and I can’t tell much of a difference to this one.
Steep #1 // 70 seconds // water cooled way down
This actually tastes like the White Monkey I had the other day… creamed corn! What are the odds both teas would taste like that and I had no idea. This one seems slightly more astringent than the White Monkey though, even though the steep time was two minutes for that one. I do love the creamed corn flavor though.
Steep #2 // 1 min 30 sec // water cooled way down
This one actually tastes MUCH different.. not as much creamed corn. It actually tastes like an oolong BUT with a sweet candy strawberry flavor. I have no idea where that is coming from. But sure enough, the wet leaves actually have even more of a candy strawberry flavor. Very different and very good! Maybe next time I’ll go past two steeps.
I’ll drink this one when I want the flavors of creamed corn and candy strawberry. Both cups are so different!
I had to grab these Caramel Matchacchinos on sale! HUGE discount! They sounded delicious anyway!
First up: hot latte
I was surprised there was already a scoop in the big bag of bright green matcha! Very handy! Little things like that make my day. :D So, I heated up about nine ounces of milk, definitely not boiling, as that would ruin the matcha. Just about warm! One scoop of matchacchino in the bottom of the mug and I slowly pour the measuring cup with warm milk with one hand while I’m whisking the matcha with a fork in the other (yes, unofficial matcha mixing, I know!) The dry matcha has a lovely sweet fragrance. The taste is amazing! It’s like a healthier cappuccino! I could have used MORE matcha flavor and less sugar in this cup. Matchaccino is different from regular matcha in that it already has sugar in it. It definitely doesn’t need more added! My cup was gone in minutes. (Whoops! ) Honestly, if tea wasn’t typically too hot to gulp, I’d probably gulp that down too! Instantly I felt energized!
Second cup: brewed like a typical tea
With this cup, I really just wanted to taste the matchaccino without milk. So I cooled the water a while and slowly poured the water in the mug while whisking with a fork. This cup may have been even better than with milk because I get to taste more of the matcha – the milk hides the flavor a bit. I really liked this cup!
Luckily, I love this stuff since I bought a bunch of pouches. It will definitely increase my milk intake too, since I normally do not drink very much milk.