110 Tasting Notes
This tea is so lush and dreamy. I didn’t get much champagne flavor, but the lovely sweet rose fragrance wafting from my cup made me feel like I was being lulled to sleep on a fluffy pink cloud next to a tray of Turkish delight. The thick texture complements the flavoring, giving a fuller experience of creaminess. It’s sweet enough to drink plain, and I sort of regretted sweetening this, but it’s very good either way. If you haven’t already, see if you can snap some of this up before it’s all gone!
Woo, 100th tasting note! and it only took about 3 years :P
Flavors: Creamy, Rose, Sweet
It looks like this month is going to be devoted to Butiki teas that are still in stock so that I can determine what to
hoard stock up on while the gettin’s good. Apologies to all the other wonderful tea companies I’ve ordered from in the last few months – it’s nothing personal! I’ll get around to your wares after the closing-up-shop frenzy is over.
This is probably my favorite of the flavored teas Stacy’s released after she made her closing announcement. The dry leaf has lovely little jasmine flowers scattered throughout and smells exactly like its name. I haven’t had the best luck with Butiki greens, including the Taiwanese bi luo chun, so I was slightly apprehensive about how the base would work out for me. Turns out I had nothing to worry about – the infusion was delicate but well-flavored with a dominant pear-candy note and a pleasant lingering aftertaste of star anise. It was perfectly drinkable without sweetener, but adding my usual squeeze of agave drew the flavors out a bit more. A very nice tea if you like pear drops and licorice like I do!
Flavors: Anise, Candy, Pear
Scent of the dry leaf is quite intriguing: mostly strawberry, with chocolaty espresso and maybe even a hint of butteriness. After brewing, I recall the strawberry was still present, but it was accompanied by an unexpected floral note and a rather strong bitterness. So I added a squeeze of agave, like I normally do with flavored blends. Still bitter. I may have wound up using twice as much as I normally do. The bitterness is minimized, but unfortunately so too is the strawberry flavor – it ended up tasting pretty much like a sweetened Assam with strong coffee flavoring that made me feel a bit woozy. I’m not entirely sure what happened, as I followed the steeping parameters on the bag pretty closely. Maybe next time I’ll drop the steep time to 2:30.
Flavors: Coffee, Espresso, Floral, Strawberry
The dry leaf smells uh-MAY-zing; all sharp, zingy lime and sticky-sweet marshmallow. Resulting brew is pretty nice, but not anywhere near what the original aroma promises. Not sure whether I used too much water or too little leaf (this blend has quite a few twigs & is rather hard to measure with a spoon) but I think next time I’ll up the leaf:water ratio and see how that works out.
Knowing that Butiki is closing soon has lit a fire under my butt to try as many of Stacy’s teas as possible before they run out. I have been drinking, just not posting :P
Flavors: Lime, Marshmallow
Smooth, buttery, spinachy, and slurpable, just the way I like my greens. A bit like the mao feng and jade cloud/cloud and mist specimens I’ve tasted, but there’s something about this one that I like even better. (This is the first mao jian I’ve tried, I believe, so my comparison may be lacking.) It’s a solid, unfussy tea that has lifted my spirits without having to pay very close attention to it. The fact that it tastes great even though it’s not super-fresh and I used hard unfiltered tap water makes me like it even more. At only £5 for 50 grams, I predict I’ll be buying more of this in the not too distant future.
Flavors: Butter, Kale
Another night up with an unhappy tummy. This seemed to help a bit, and on top of that was tastier than I’d remembered. I noticed the chocolate notes more, which tasted like very dark (maybe 90%) chocolate that had burnt onto a baking tray, but without the harshness or astringency you might expect. After a few sips the chocolate flavors gave way to wood and roasted grains, while the mouthfeel remained creamy throughout. It’s almost like hot cocoa for grown-up palates that don’t like sweets – I just about fell asleep drinking this. Definitely reconsidering my “I only really like green oolongs” stance now.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Roasted Barley, Wood
This tea is just not doing it for me. Brewing it with tap water (with the right parameters this time) only resulted in cup after cup of frustration and disappointment, so I finally gave in and tried it with bottled mineral water heated in a pot on the stove. The resulting tea is noticeably better, but still not very good. I definitely wouldn’t use the words “smooth” or “mellow” to describe it – I find it quite bitter and astringent, producing an unpleasant drying sensation in most of my mouth and throat.
I don’t know if I’m Doing It Wrong with the temperature (it was kind of awkward using my thermometer with the low level of water in the pot) or the water hardness or if the leaves age really poorly or what. I really wish I were getting what the other reviewers were getting. At the same time, I can’t really be bothered with a tea that seems so finicky when there are so many others that have given me brilliant results without having to work so hard for it.
I have been very bad and not reviewing my teas. But not entirely bad, because I have been drinking them quite regularly.
I’m having this as an after-dinner beverage, as my tummy is acting up again and oolongs are supposed to be good for digestion. I’m tasting more fruitiness and less flower than last time, and maybe even some honey notes. Not sure if I’m noticing the non-floral flavors more due to drinking a fair number of oolongs since I first tried this one, or if leaving the tea in a clear plastic bag on top of the fridge for a month altered it. Either way, it’s sweet and delicious.
This is really a gorgeous tea. Even with my ridiculously hard city tap water, and with leaves that are easily a year old, it’s still giving me a beautiful cup. First infusion was smooth, nutty-sweet, and extremely slurp-able. Second and third infusions were more grassy and fruity, but still very nice. Fourth didn’t fare so well (it was a bit like swimming pool water with lemon – sorry!) but I couldn’t care less because of the amazingness of the first two. Definitely restocking this one when it’s finished!
Flavors: Grass, Nuts
Sipdown! I used more leaf than last time (probably a bit more than 1 1/4 tsp) in about the same amount of water. I’m smelling & tasting a rather strong genmaicha-esque toasty rice (which I’m enjoying) with a very noticeable metallic tang (which I don’t like so much), neither of which I can recall when I tried this before. Now that this tea is back in stock, I’ll consider picking up a bit more to play around with when I’m in North America next.