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Hanukkah tea for the eighth night of Hanukkah! Actually, I’ve been drinking it all holiday, but I was waiting to reach my 200th note to post about it. This tea was my 100th tasting note, too, so you can tell it’s really something special.
I have had so much trouble getting away from the apple-cinnamon aspect of this. I do love that flavor, but I’ve been wanting to tease out the brothy flavor too. Adding salt somehow wasn’t doing the trick. Finally I just added salt right into the steeper while I was brewing and boy howdy did that do it. Potato-y, savory goodness. Of course now that I’ve succeeded in my effort and thoroughly enjoyed a brothy cup, I want a sweet one! Mmm, with sufganiyot (fried jelly donuts). Yup, that’s totally what I’m having next.
For whatever reason, my apartment is just FREEZING right now (or maybe it’s that I just haven’t armed up yet from my excursion outside). That’s making it really easy to drink some of my new teas though, since I just want something hot in my hands at all times. I’ve been meaning to try this for a while now – but I’m always kind of hesitant because it’s a green tea and I know I’m just not a fan of green tea. I almost didn’t order it at all when I put in my order, but it’s so highly rated and I’ve heard so many good things, and ultimately I was too curious to resist trying an eggnog tea.
Dry, I don’t smell eggnog but I DO smell this sort of ridiculously vanilla creamy smell. Basically I’m being reminded smell wise of the French Vanilla double churned extra creamy ice cream that Breyer’s sells. I’m not sure if I really want to be reminded of something so cold when I’m already freezing, but it smells amazing and I’m dying to try it out.
I’m sticking to the package brewing instructions for this one. Honestly, I’m skeptical and hopeful. There are some flavoured greens that I do like, and I’m hoping this will be one of them.
As it’s steeping, the smell is getting incredibly strong and it’s so, so creamy and smooth and silky vanilla smelling. I do get a little bit of the green tea, but it’s not unpleasant either. The closer it gets to four minutes, the more I just want to devour and start drinking this! Mind you, this does not smell like eggnog to me, but it does smell delicious and creamy and wonderful.
Times is up and I’m finally sipping at this now! I did notice the green base right away, but that’s probably because it’s a taste I don’t often like and so I was very alert to it since I was so wary – but it appears I didn’t need to be, because the base tastes fine. Immediately following, I was flooded with what I can only describe as hot, liquid, Breyer’s double churned French vanilla icecream! So smooth, silky, and creamy! I’ve been a little disappointed that this is not more like eggnog, but the delicious taste I just experienced more than makes up for any disappointed I was harbouring. Mmmm, so good!
I guess I’ve found yet another flavoured green I can welcome into my collection. Now, I wonder how well this resteeps…
EDIT: I resteeped this the same way I had made the first cup, but with an extra minute of steep time. However, upon tasting I noticed the vanilla creaminess was significantly damped and the green tea was much more prominent (boo) – so I added some milk to it hoping to bring out the creaminess as taper the vegetal aspects.
And I did just that :)
And this was the tea I sipped on for the duration of my 1.5 hour gig this morning. See previous reviews for more info…
Another poorly written paper and another pot of this. It’s almost customary now. I can’t believe how much this tea calms me down. Thanks for the fantastic blend, Stacy; it’s becoming a favourite.
First tasting note! Thank you Stacy for including a sample of this with my recent order :)
Fans of sencha, this tea is for you! Smooth and sweet and grassy without being bitter or overly astringent, this tea does have strong asparagus notes, and a tart cherryish taste too. SO GOOD I am loving it!
I got this from the secret pumpkin swap! Thanks Kaylee! I’ve wanted to try this one so I was happy to see it in my package :] It’s a lovely blend. Soft flavors that are spot on. The rose is stronger than I thought it would be but that’s ok. I love rose. The champagne and the rose blend well together and the cream gives it a bit of a heavy\creamy mouth feel. I really like this blend.
Another great tea from ifjuly.
This is a great black blend. I think it’s well balanced, and stands up to the random steep parameters that I’m putting it through at work today.
I don’t know if bold is the right word, it has a ton of flavor, but they aren’t in your face. It’s just nice and smooth, comforting.
There are some leaves in here that are really green, that seems odd to me, but whatever it is – it works. Thanks ifjuly this is a really nice tea.
This was on my shopping list, and Ysaurella so generously sent me a sample – thank you!
I have mixed experiences with a lot of highly rated on steepster teas. Not with this one, it is indeed absolutely lovely.
The smell of the dry leaf was on itself already intriguing, isn´t it amazing what tea leaves can smell like naturally? On first steep, it tastes amazing. Underneath it, the tea-ness of it, with hints of caramel and honey.
This was quite nice in the gaiwan too, yay. Oolong-a-thon! It did remind me of the vegetal notes in sencha for sure, as Stephanie mentioned in her log. Upon resteep I get quite a lot of spinach. (I’ve a feeling I’d be noting floral elements like everyone else more if I hadn’t already had such an intensely flowery oolong.) The body is surprisingly full and buttery and the flavors linger a long time on the palate.
I find one of the bonuses of using a gaiwan is that the design makes examining the unfurled leaf seem quite inviting; I nearly always end up picking a few up and looking them over, feeling them straighten between my thumbs. With this one, the result is pretty breathtaking; everything is straight up the platonic idealized “two leaves a bud”, iconic, full, unbroken, beautiful. No ripped edges from machines or whatnot, shockingly unmarred. Amazing.
This. Is. Amazing. Stacy included this as a sample in my last order and it kind of languished in my cupboard for a while. I chose it tonight on a lark – I was initially planning to have an oolong. I’m SO glad that I had this instead. Ok, enough gushing. On to the actual tasting note.
This tea is so delicate and smooth. The first steep is sweet and sort of wet grassy. The end of the sip is definitely floral. I did not pick up on any of the tart cherry notes.
I did a second steep at 180 F. I didn’t time it but the steep was about 6 minutes. Fantastic. This bark note came out, in perfect balance with a green pea note. The finish is a little bit tart on this steep. The aftertaste builds to almost a maraschino cherry flavor. I’m not a huge fan of cherry anything, but this is really working for me.
I wish I had tried this sooner – now that I’ve placed my Black Friday orders, I won’t be placing any additional orders for quite some time. :-(
Mmmmmm… this is a lovely Butiki tea to end my evening with! I’m just on the 2nd of my two planned Supernatural episodes, drinking this, and knitting some silly mitts for my poor cold kid.
Then I’ll start my GoT Winter is Coming scarf! :D
I found out today that I was the lucky winner of the Butiki contest! I’m so stoked. I picked the blue bird jar because I’m a sucker for birds, and now I’m drinking Butiki tea to celebrate! I’ve only got one cup of this left, and one cup of Caramel Vanilla Assam and then I’m totally cleaned out until my order arrives. That’ll be… odd.
This is such a nice dessert tea and is definitely perking me up this afternoon. I have no idea how Stacy created such an authentic tasting eggnog flavor without the use of dairy but I’m so glad. It seems a bit rich and decadent!
I’m feeling blah today and wanted a treat. This is doing nicely.
I decided this morning that today would be Green Tea Day for me :)
Green tea lovers, why haven’t you tried this one?? It is SO GOOD! Super sweet and buttery like creamy corn with a nice green tang. Perfect.
I’m not sure whether my tastes are changing for good, or whether it’s just because I’ve been ill, but I think I might be starting to enjoy plain teas a lot more than the flavoured ones I used to adore. There’s something about flavoured tea that just seems to have stopped appealing to me. Whereas once upon a time I would have chosen a flavoured tea without hesitation, these days it’s teas like this one that are more likely to jump out at me.
As oolongs go, I could really start to like this one. I was very hesitant about trying it, because oolongs haven’t generally been my thing, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. I like the fresh, delicate flavour this tea has. I’ve one more cup left, and it’ll be sadly missed when it’s gone. I think it’s highly likely that this one will make it on to my repurchase list, though, so hopefully I won’t be bereft for too long.
Enjoyed a cup of this tonight in all it’s sweet vanilla smoothness
I think this is the last new tea I’m going to try tonight – I’m getting increasingly more sleepy and after thing one I think I’d rather stick to something familiar that I know will be comforting.
Honestly, I’ve never had plum pudding and haven’t the faintest idea what it should taste like – but this seemed like too interesting of a tea idea to pass up when I put in my order, and I’ve had nothing but success with the oolongs I’ve tried (I got a lot of the oolong blends – five in total) so I’m sure even though I have no comparison basis this will be great regardless.
Dry, the leaf smells absolutely exquisite. There is something oddly familiar and homey about the smell, but I can’t for the life of me place what. I can smell the spices – specifically the allspice, but it seems to be pretty well balanced with the fruit in the blend as well so I’m not worried about a spice overload. It’s definitely an interesting smell.
For steeping, I used 1 tsp. for 8 oz. steeped in about 70 degree celsius water for four minutes. The smell of the tea is pretty different: it actually strongly reminds me of another blend I’ve recently had but I’m having a hard time racking my brain to figure out which one. It was another blend with lots of kick from spices in it, though…
Taste wise, I am getting a bready type of cake taste from this, but only when I take larger sips. The spices are coming through pretty heavily for me, even though in the tea description it says they were light on the spice. I also get the orange peel relatively strongly too – which is something else that is supposedly light. The two more main notes I feel I’m supposed to be getting (plum and rum) are not terribly strong and I feel like I’m sort of grasping at them. It’s the same idea with the bready/cakeyness: I’m pretty much only getting a taste of it when I take large sips (closer to a gulp, really).
Although, I’m finding as this cools I’m getting slightly stronger notes of plum, rum, and cakeyness – and milder spice. Still basically the opposite of what I was anticipating, though. Really, it’s NOT a bad cup of tea, but I do think it’s my least favourite I’ve tried so far and I’m not immediately sold on this being one I’d need to keep stocked.
I think I need to try it a few more times so I can wrap my head around it – I’m really quite undecided at this point.
Made this one as a cold brew today. Brewed for just under 12 hours.
I was disappointed in this one as a cold brew. It pretty much just tastes like cold brewed rooibos to me. There is a very slight sweetness to it, but it is not necessarily mango. Oh well, you never know until you try.
I saved a tiny bit of this tea for my husband. He tried it last night and said it reminded him of sushi. How is my husband so smart? This tea does have a briny, seaweed taste to it!
This would be a sad sipdown if I didn`t have the premium assam, because it is even better. I really enjoyed this tea. On to better and brighter assams!
Drinking this unsweetened this afternoon. SUPER TASTY and I do think I’m getting some spiciness from the hops, too :)
I’m considering making this one into a tea syrup for tea sodas tonight. Or maybe Ruby Pie…or With Open Eyes! Oh I can’t decide!!