813 Tasting Notes
This oolong is really delicious! Yum! And I’m saying that with the pathetic taste buds I have right now, that I suspect are due to allergies. Kind of bad timing, since I have all these fabulous teas from Butiki to drink.
This tea is sweet, a little fruity, complex, well-rounded, and incredibly smooth. I’ve just finished my third steeping of the first leaves I used. I’ve gotta make that 5 cups-worth last!!
Oh joy! It is in my grasp!
I was so excited to get my Butiki order today, I stalked my mailman, and when he didn’t ring the door, I thought, that package better be in the mailbox! And, to my relief, it was! Along with the Lupicia newsletter and an issue of Tea Time magazine, which my mother surprised me with! Yay!
I had a really hard time deciding which tea to try, but decided to go with this one, since I had basically waited until this one was on the website before placing my order. It was especially hard because the box smelled like the sample of Foxy Roxy’s Banana Walnut Treat that Stacy sent me. Yum!
Anyway, I steeped this one up as recommended, and decided to only make 8 oz. of tea, so as to not drink up the little 1 oz. bag too fast. I gotta savor it!
Oh, the dry leaf smells like carrot and spice, and not chemical, like the DavidsTea carrot cake oolong tea. I gave that one away because of that.
Once steeped, the first thing that hits you is the carrot. Bam! And then you taste some nice subtle spice. Mmmmm. I made the first cup with a splash of soy milk and a little white sugar, which is how I typically roll when it comes to black tea. It was good, but I was a little distracted, making pumpkin cookies. ;) So, I resteeped, and added a little brown sugar instead of white. Definitely preferable. The brown sugar helped it become more bake-y. Be careful though, because it can overpower the subtle flavors in the tea. So, I didn’t feel like I had enough to savor, so I resteeped again. Yum. I think this is a winner! Let me go drink some more and find out! ;)
Sipdown! I had this in a try me pack. I like the size of Della Terra’s samples…enough to enjoy a few cups, but not too much. This tea took a little time to grow on me and give me that buttery bake-y flavor that I was hoping for, instead of the plain cinnamon tea I tasted in the first cup. I would definitely drink it again.
On another note, lately there has been an off smell to any tea I make in my perfect mugs. I thought maybe it was the water, so I used the filtered water from the fridge, but I still had it. Now I’m thinking it’s the newer dish soap I’ve been using. It’s a more environmentally friendly dish soap, but if this keeps up, I may have to go back to the other brand. Bummer. I really hope this doesn’t mess up my tasting of the Butiki teas I’m supposed to get in the mail today!
I got to try a sample of this recently (Thanks, DianaK!), and it was fairly pleasant. I got a lot more spice than honey, though. I think it was the clove that overpowered the flavor. It smelled delicious! I just wish there had been more honey flavor. Maybe the number of spices was too much. Maybe something simpler would have been better. Anyhow, it was fun to try.
Enjoyed a cup of this with breakfast. I think I’m going to resteep the leaves because I only have 1 cup left now! This once grew on me a lot. I can’t get any more until the shutdown is over and I can go back to work (the closest DavidsTea store is near my office, which is a far commute from home). Fortunately, I do have a new pumpkin tea on its way to me from Butiki! Yay!
Speaking of pumpkin, I’m making a chocolate chip pumpkin bundt cake for our family reunion later today. Guess I better go make it!
Backlog from yesterday. I’ve tried this one a couple of times now, and I’m still not sure it tastes like persimmon. When they first put this out, it was advertised as a black tea, but when I got it, it was a rooibos. That was a little disappointing, because I definitely enjoy black teas more. I love persimmons though, so I was still looking forward to it. I usually eat the crunchy kind of persimmons in the fall. I think they’re called Fuyu. They taste like a very sweet combination of an apple and a pumpkin. I’ve never had dried persimmon, although I’ve seen them, and heard they are really sweet. So, this tea tastes fruity and sweet, but I can’t tell if it’s persimmon flavor or not. I’m thinking I’ll try some again once I can pick up some persimmons from the farmer’s market and see how they compare.
After trying a cup of this from my coworker’s tin the other day, I ran out to TJ’s last night and picked up my own tin! It’s really nice to have these flavors in a noncaffeinated tea, so I can drink it at night. I also picked up some pumpkin cream cheese. I love how they have lots of pumpkin-flavored foods this time of year! The instructions on the tin say to steep it for 5-7 minutes, but I must warn you 2 minutes is plenty strong! I think I may resteep my little sachet too. :)
Sipdown of my “try me” sample. This was actually a pretty good little fall tea. I kind of neglected this cup a little because I decided to do some serious house cleaning today, but I still enjoyed it. Wouldn’t mind picking up some more of this one. I think I like that it’s a fall tea without the usual pumpkin, cinnamon, or apple pie flavors. It’s unique!