1708 Tasting Notes
Thank you CrowKettle for passing on some of this tea. Oh wow. It’s really amazing, and I’m getting all the pastry and honey notes that I was promised. I’d gush about it more, but I’m starting to feel like I won’t have enough time to do everything before I move so… back to work!
Sorta sad I didn’t order any, but… I’m hoping this is one that’ll stick around for a little bit? Maybe for Black Friday?
Woo! First tasting note for this tea! (i.e., no pressure?)
This wasn’t on the website so we weren’t prepared for this tea when we came in to the shop. We leaned in to smell it and the aroma overpowered our senses and intoxicated us. We all had to have some. Or most of us.
“And, how is it?” you might ask. Or probably are, seeing as you are reading this on Steepster.
It’s great. It’s warm, and cinnamony and comforting, and the strawberry is sweet while the rhubarb is tart and sweet. It’s very nice. I keep expecting a bit of pastry in there too, but it’s not fair to compare it to Butiki’s Ruby Pie. It never pretended to be more than Strawberry Rhubarb, and it delivered.
ETA: A minute or so after my last cup, and I notice that the rhubarb just lingers in my mouth. I thought it was the dreaded astringency I hate so much, but it was just slightly tart and slightly sweet rhubarb. :D
This was a sample from Jessiwrites that I was interested in, then wasn’t and then it sat for about 3 months and now I’m trying it.
It’s surprisingly good? I was afraid it would be boring, but mate does have an interesting je ne sais quoi to it. Can’t describe it. It is a bit smokey though, as jessiwrites described, although I don’t mind that. It’s not overwhelming and it helps wake me up.
Also I threw that in there like a pro! All those years of college french – you weren’t a complete waste! (I forgot a lot…)
I slept for about 3.5 hours this morning and then the baby woke up. I changed her, gave her a bottle and tried to get her back to sleep but we basically just fought for the next hour and a half until I just gave up at 5:30. She’s so obviously tired, but just kept tossing and turning and wouldn’t stay down – it’ll be easier when she can talk and tell me what’s keeping her up. :P
So, I was super grumpy and thought I needed more of this! It’s so delicious and sweet – it feels like quite the indulgence sometimes. I’m so sad that I only have enough for 4 cups. I think I overleaf because my Butiki bags say that it’s good for “X” cups and I never seem to get that many. It’s probably because I just enjoy those teas so much I don’t keep track of how often I drink them.
I have some Caramel Assam waiting for me at Sil’s. That, and the last of this, will have to keep me going until Black Friday!
So I asked for recs because I knew I was going to Granville Island and OMGSrsly told me that THIS was the one to get. And I listened.
Then I came home and read her reviews and… Umm… “This tea is something I should hate”, and “Oh yeah. This tea won’t be getting a great rating from me even though I repurchased 100g today. I’m really undecided about it because it is everything I dislike, yet it’s so refreshing I keep drinking it. Weird, I know.”
Hahaha. It’s a good thing I didn’t read that first!
I am enjoying it – it reminds me of Lemon Chiffon, without being creamy. It’s just lemon, a little bit of creaminess, and a little bit of zing (from the orange peel?). I’m halfway through my 50g now, so… I may re-stock before I move! More bedtime options are always nice, and the baby might like this too if I iced it.
It was also pretty cheap too. I think maybe $4 for 50g? I think that’s good.
Maybe it was a mistake to share my sample of this with Heather Martin now that I’ve tried it because it is VERY tasty. For some reason the idea of maple tea didn’t really excite me and so I’ve had this sample sitting around unsealed for months. I only opened it yesterday because I was splitting it up for my swap on Wednesday.
But yes. I’m going to have to get some more of this if I reorder from Tealux (and no reason I shouldn’t? I really enjoyed their puerh blends!). This one has a nice mix of spices, but the maple just sorta settles in there and sweetens everything up. The earthy puerh is perfectly suited too by accenting the maple, without bogging it down.
Summary: It’s sweet, earthy, rich, and just a bit spicy. It makes me think of Autumn. Win!