914 Tasting Notes
I had a really hard time choosing a tea this morning – I have lots in my “haven’t tasted” pile. This one screamed out at me with its amazing smell. I needed something sweet as my bunny Benson is terrorizing me this morning with his high energy, despite him stuck on cage rest for another day.
DRY: Smells deliciously strong, sweet and nutty – reminds me of a nutty sweet I’ve had, maybe pistachio halva? Crap now I’m craving halva. Lots of chunks of pistachios in this tea!
STEEPED: Steeps up a cloudy light green. Again, still smells very sweet and nutty. I fished out a pistachio and ate it!
TASTE: Smooth, creamy and nutty pistachio with a background of green tea. Bit of a roasted taste and gently sweet. Green tea isn’t grassy or bitter. As the tea cools it is more pistachio and sweet.
WHO’D LOVE THIS TEA: Peeps who love creamy sweet dessert teas.
COMMENTS: YUMMMMMMMMMMM! I should really add rock sugar to this but it is great without so far. I am digging the creamyness and nuttyness of Pistachio Ice Cream.
I finished this tea and immediately wanted more and very tempted to steep up another cup! Oh hell, be right back.
I resteeped as I got all crazy wanting to save more of this tea. Resteeped Pistachio Ice cream has more of the green tea coming out with the creamyness sticking to my lips. The nuttyness is mostly gone and just an aftertaste, but that could of been from me picking out the pistachios and eating them, LOL! The green tea is very nice and still not bitter or grassy, yay!
The balance of the nuttyness and creamyness + green tea is fabulous! So far I’m digging how complex Butiki teas taste, but without a long ingredients list. Very well done, I’ll be very tempted to order more when I finish it off.
Hello evil lemon marshmallow kitty, we meet again but cold steeped!
3 hours in the fridge + a squirt of agave and you are a refreshing lemon drop iced tea drink! No bitterness this time, but still a little grassy, which is fine. I recommend tea peeps to tackle S&CM cold steeped!
Things I’m not liking about cold steeping
1. Having to wait a couple hours vs. 2-8 minutes.
2. I drink through it fast vs. a hot cup of tea to slowly enjoy.
Right now theres a heat wave happening here, so it’s great to have delicious cold tea to drink!
Turned out really good and I think the only way I’m going to drink this tea is by cold steeping from now on.
I tried it before bed and it tasted the same the next day! Much much more fruity tropical taste. Less cinnamon than expected, I found it sat more in the background along with the oolong.
Onto experiment more with cold steeping! I got multiple teas going in my fridge and it’s driving the husband and roommates crazy!
WOOOT! Butiki tea order! Ohh yeah! All the teas I got smell great!
Very excited to Apricot Guayusa after having that tea trade sample of Tangerine Creamsicle – thats the great thing about tea trades, you can get introduced to new teas!
Yesterday was stressful from the rabbit neutering – he’s home and this morning he’s 80% back to normal and recovering well. I just had that one black tea and some cold steeped tea in the morning, I should of drank more tea yesterday to feel less stressed out.
Onto Apricot Guayusa!
DRY: creamy… creamy? Fruity smell. Lots of big bits of calendula, I made an attempt to mix the tea incase those flower things were sneaking up to the top, but it looks like the flowers are pretty generous and evenly distributed.
STEEPED: Light, smooth and fruity. Yellowy brown liquid.
TASTE: Smooth and slightly creamy taste almost with a bit of earthyness (the guayusa I’m guessing). Aftertaste of apricot, subtly sweet – and by apricot I mean I can imagine the flesh and the skin of the apricot blended in. No bitterness, tartness or grassyness. As the tea cools, more apricot and sweetness.
WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: someone wanting to be introduced to guayusa. I find this tea to be much more gentle on grassyness compared to Tangerine Creamsicle.
COMMENTS: I was almost wondering if this would taste like I ate half my apricot and I dropped in on the grass after trying Tangerine Creamsicle. Apricot Guayusa is on the earthy creamy side rather than grassy.
I could see adding a sweetner would make it more apricoty but I find this tea to be enjoyable as is. I love the depth of this tea, even though it has minimal ingredients – the apricot is natural tasting, the guayusa is creamy and earthy.
And yes, starting to feel full again from the guayusa – very weird (but good, I’m doing a 20lb jiu jitsu weight loss challenge on my blog, so I need all the help I can get!)
Very awesome! I can’t wait to try more Butiki teas – but also I need to have more guayusa blends.
/searches steepster wow, there isn’t many guayusa tea blends out there! I can think up some crazy teas!
This is one of my top fav teas – now to try it cold steeped! 3 hour cold steeping.
Interestingly mine came out a sweet cherry flavor. No tart or bitterness. No floral taste, but smells floral. I found the cold steeping made this tea taste more cherry. The sweetness is perfect and refreshing.
Oh man, I’m never going to share this tea now. Might be the tea I grab if my house was on fire (ha, a good conversation topic). Well, I’d grab the bunny and my hard drive first of course.
I’m amazingly tired out. I had all these plans with a couple cold-steep teas to review and savor this morning, but instead I had an early start to take my rabbit to the vet. So instead, on the drive to the vet I inhaled all that cold-steeped tea without thought or noticing taste, booo!
So drinking black tea, now later in this morning. I would prefer mate but I got an order from The Persimmon Tree yesterday and another package from another place coming today so I need to try these out!
On that note, shout out to the Persimmon Tree for great customer service. There was a mix up on my order and they emailed me back right away and were fast in fixing it. Plus upped my Coconut Cacao to 6oz in apology. /love love love. All I need now is to get my post lady to stop brutalizing my tea packages – not sure theres some post challenge to see if they can cram packages through a mail slot, ripping the package open and spilling tea samplers out. GRRR!
Onto: French Vanilla Bean (FVB)
DRY: Sweet vanilla smell, kinda nutty. Lots of big mystery chunks… almonds? But isn’t listed on their website – Just tea + vanilla beans.
STEEPED: Sweet again and slightly vanillay. Steeps up a dark brown.
TASTE: Creamy smooth taste right up front with a delicious black tea in the background. Starting to get bitter – I should of steeped it to 3 minutes, not 4.
I added rock sugar and soymilk halfway through which upped the ante making FVB very smooth and ultra creamy.
WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Black tea drinkers and vanilla lovers. Especially someone who likes adding cream and sugar to tea.
COMMENTS: My first sip I was brought to that similar creamy reminder of their other creamy teas but this one is for the black tea drinker. Very nicely balanced creamyness. FVB is the bomb with milk and sugar added.
I was hoping I would get vanilla punched to the face, but instead got an amazing sweet creamy tea. FVB would make a killer vanilla latte. A nice tea to show off to fellow black tea drinkers. I personally like more crazyness in my teas, but this is delicious, best straight up vanilla tea I’ve had in awhile.
I bought this tea along with 52 Tea’s Butterbeer. “Sun and Cloud Mist” (S&CM) I think should have the kitty wearing a hollowed out lemon helmet on its head. I dunno, I’m weird. But hey, that’s cool, you can’t please everyone right? Regardless, I do like lemony teas, so I wanted to try this tea out.
OBSERVATIONS: I am wondering why Frank doesn’t post steeping times. For this and butterbeer I went onto Steepster to figure out what others did for their tea – and it looks like “S&CM” has some tinkering to avoid bitterness. I feel bad for the peeps that overcook their tea, and it is limited edition type tea.
DRY: Lemony drop smell – sweet and lemony! I wanna chomp down on these tea leaves because it smells so delicious!
STEEPED: Pure yellow colour. Smells slightly sweet with lemon.
TASTE: Sharp and lemony with a hit of grassyness, starting to creep into bitterness. There’s a mysterious hit of fluffy creamyness at the end. Aftertaste is back to grassy lemon. Refreshing tea!
As it cools, the mystery creamyness comes out more and less bitterness.
WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Lemon tea drinkers. Or people like me who love lemon bars! oooooooh!
COMMENTS: Hrmmmm. I’m totally the tart bitter tea police as I think I’m sensitive to those flavors. I think with this tea I need to mess with steeping times more, maybe 165F or drop to 2 minutes to drop that hint of bitterness. That or cold steeping would be interesting to try on this tea.
However, S&CM is addictive as I chugged it down so fast. The mystery fluff flavor is interesting. MMMM fluff!!! Now my cup is empty and I’m going to get a cold steep started on this and hopefully not destroy it like my last cold steep.
My first attempt at cold steeping using the last of this tea I own.
After about 4 hours it tasted very refreshing, grapefruity and tasty, however it was just a couple sips because I needed to be out the door for jiu-jitsu. I come back and tackle this tea 3 hours later and it was very strong flavors. Okay but not great.
I should of finished it then, but I put it back in the fridge and tried it the next morning…
OMG Pink Flamingo was so strong it was horrible, like drinking straight up citrus rind of death!
However, this method very much so reduced the tart-o-meter on Pink Flamingo and was more enjoyable before I butchered it by over steeping.
With that said, I learned a lot from the experience.
I got this tea at a Farmer’s Market – I thought the ginseng root in it might provide an interesting taste and effect.
DRY: Roasty mate + fruity. Weird hunks of stuff in this tea. Upon closer inspection, they are mango chunks that are crusted with mate and rooibos. Mmmm mate crust.
STEEPED: Very roasted and rooibos smell with fruity notes. Dark amber colour.
TASTE: The roasted mate and rooibos come through. A mysterious tangy earthy spice (ginseng if you ever drank those tiny ginseng shots) with a background of fruity.
WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Someone very tired in the morning and doesn’t mind a ginseng taste. Mate and rooibos drinkers (caffeine-free rooibos drinkers – come to the dark side and energetic side of mate)
COMMENTS: The market didn’t give me brewing instructions so I assumed a 180F for like 5-7 minutes. I checked the site and I was practically right! “180F for 5 minutes” off nmteaco.com. Can tell I drink mate a lot.
Okay, Mango Mate Energizer – I wish it was more fruity. The main taste is the mate and rooibos. However, that ginseng taste I do like and would love to try more teas with it. The pairing of it with the roasted mate is very good. I used to drink those ginseng shots in those teeny bottles. They taste horrible and sometimes they come with cute little straws for you to slowly suck down the horribleness. Rest assured, this tea isn’t that horribly strong, but that earthy zingy spice is present in this tea.
This is ultra energy tea – I’m feeling pretty zippy right now!
Shout out to Ze_Teamaker for a sample of this tea!
I’ve been back at brazilian jiu-jitsu (after being out with a broken finger) and this morning I feel like I was tossed around all last night – despite I was the one who was doing the tossing! Hoping some chocolately tea will do the trick.
DRY: very chunky looking with lumps of oolong, big wide coconut flakes. Again the mystery nutty shells are in this tea like My Morning Mate. Carob maybe? I’ve only seen it in a powder (back in my vegan days). Smells light, chocolatey. No rose petals in my tea as is pictured in the Teavana picture, could be a miss as that kinda thing likes to float to the top.
STEEPED: Bit more chocolately and oolong smell. Steeps up a gold colour.
TASTE: Light tasting – nutty, chocolately with oolong in the background. After taste of creamyness and coconut. No taste of licorice that I can tell.
WHO’D LIKE THIS TEA: Light tea drinkers – maybe a white tea person wanting to try oolongs? Also someone who likes coconut and chocolate.
COMMENTS: This tea did perk me up this morning – there is mate in this supposedly, but I didn’t taste it. I love chocolate teas as well as coconut. Slimful Chocolate is very much a light yummy tea if that is what you are craving for.
However, I think I am spoiled by “The Persimmon Tree” who does coconut flavoring better. I kept thinking the coconut could be done better to be more creamy. More depth would be an added bonus too. Overall, not bad, maybe I’ll try more dry leaf to see how that goes.