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Oh, I’m so sad that I wasted so many of my cups worth of this as a hot brew! I cold brewed it, and man does it hold its own as a cold brew!
I was very smooth and refreshing, with a nice vanilla frosting flavour and plenty of carrot, but not an overwhelming amount of spice. Mmm! How delicious! I’ll likely finish this off as a cold brew! But, not too quickly…
Can’t replace this one ;)
EDIT: Oh hey, tasting note 900!
Just an average cup of this. It was good, though. Witting down my supply ;)
I’m still trying to figure out who I promised to save a cup or two worth of this for – so I’m been slowly whittling it down, even though I could have a cup a day until it’s gone without getting sick of it. Speak up now – before I drink it up!
Another Butiki sample that I fear was a bit too scant to truly relish the cup as intended, but still worthy of a review. I can smell soy sauce in the dry tea, as well as raisins. There is a sweet smell too….kind of like powdered sugar donuts. Weird, but true. Since I add milk and honey to all teas I drink, I can’t speak to the honey notes that a few others have mentioned, but this tea does have a vague vegetable taste to it…a bit asparagus, but a bit sweet potato as well. It certainly is complex! After my first few sips I’m still getting the the sweet potato and raisin, which isn’t a bad combination, as I use chutney (raisins included) on sweet potatoes and curry sauce often! The sample measurement didn’t hold up to my milk and honey very well, but that might change if I had a healthy teaspoon of the tea to use. Will combine 2 samples into one cup next time to see if I can get more info….I’m somewhat intrigued though!
Flavors: Raisins, Sweet Potatoes
Thank you Courtney for this sample.
I’m not used to steeping white tea with boiling water but I always steep at the recommended instructions for first time samples.
The leaves are curly and very shiny and silver, they taste nice and floral (yes I have a bad habit of eating white tea raw).
Once steeped this tea reminds me of autumn, it’s orange/brown colour like autumn leaves and it smells a little musky yet sweet and somewhat floral and fruity. Taste wise it’s a little dry and nutty with a floral freshness and sweetness. It’s a nice medium strength white tea. Further sips reveal an almost spicy undertone. Also a little toasty.
It’s very nice, a medium strength white tea edging on being strong, which is something I personally look for in a white tea. This one is wonderful, and while white teas may not be my favourite I know I could drink this one often. Thank you for the sample Courtney.
Jenier order arrived today. I’d forgotten they did that, but when the very first thing I see when I open the box is a small envelope with my name on it and containing a little hand-written ‘hope you enjoy, thanks for your order’ card, I get a happy! Also, I bought another 50g pouch of their golden monkey, but the actual pouch weighs 120g. They did the same thing last time when I also bought a supposedly 50g pouch of golden monkey. I’m definitely not complaining, but… they must have really poor scales in Scotland.
This is an older one I found in my Haven’t Yet Posted About Box (which needs a better name) and it was Sil who shared it with me.
I don’t know anything at all about this oolong, so I had to look it up. Apparently it’s had leafhoppers. Isn’t that the same thing that happens to Oriental Beauty? I’m not too keen on OB these days, actually, but there can be several other factors involved with that. It would be silly to expect immediate dislike just because they have leafhoppers in common. It could be loads of other things that make OB not really appeal to me.
This one looks darker than OB. Has it been roasted a little bit? It smells like it has. It also smells extraordinarily like peaches! And a little nutty as well, but mostly peach or some similar stone fruit.
Okay, this is already seeming much better than OB! Isn’t it strange how the more conscious you are to NOT compare with a specific other kind of tea, the more you find it impossible to avoid it?
At first when I sip I get a borderline sharp bitterness. Perhaps I oversteeped it just a little bit? This note turns into a sort of coal-y thing on the aftertaste, like burnt toast where it has been attempted to scrape the worst of the burn away. This, for me, is the top note.
Underneath that it’s gone all fruity. Again I’m reminded mostly of peaches or similar, but I’m not really getting this honey note that the description mentions. Perhaps that’s the note that is coming out as peaches for me.
The bottom note is very fleeting. It’s only sort of there if you squint, but if I really pay attention I can find a whiff of something nutty there. Just for a moment before the other notes completely takes over. I can’t find it on every sip no matter how closely I pay attention, but every once in a while, there it is. I’m thinking of a relatively sweet-flavoured nut like almond or hazelnut. I associate those with a modicum of sweetness. (Walnut is more sort of tree-like for me and not sweet at all. I’m not sufficiently familiar with other types of nuts to be able to categorise them. I’m not much of a nut-eater really. I’m merely a nut. :p )
This is rather nice, and not like OB at all. That just goes to prove that it’s not the leafhopper effect that makes OB less interesting for me.
I was in the mood for something SPRINGish today :)
This is really hitting the spot! Sad I only have one serving left but I guess I need to make room in my cupboard for all the Japanese greens I ordered yesterday…this will be missed though when it is gone. I would definitely buy this one again in a heartbeat!
I’ve been awake since 4am (-_-)
I laid there for awhile, & then said “#~@% it” & got up.
I cleaned up the kitchen, made homemade turkey maple sausage patties & almond flour pancake, & I drank a cup of this while working, & another cup while eating.
Usually I wake up around 7 or so & spend an hour or more alone in my bedroom, writing, stretching, & (in Tony’s words) being cosmic.
Now I feel like I could go back to sleep, but I’m gonna try to get some things done. I pretty much have the day to do as I please, & what would please me more than anything right now is to actually get my office clean & organized, for real this time. Yesterday I started going through my file cabinets, & 1 of 8 drawers is basically empty. The only thing in there worth keeping was the file that contains copies of everyone’s birthday certificates, passports, etc. Only 7 drawers to go, & I need teas like this one to fuel my efforts. :)
I decided to do short steeps of this lovely tea and I’m still drinking it. 11 steeps afterwards though it’s now lost its lovely fruitiness it still is full of flavour with malt mixed with a lovely sweetness. I have no idea what harvest this is from as this was a nice surprise in a giveaway from CrowKettle, but this one steeped in the fashion I steeped it is really fruity. It really tastes like a flavoured tea without actually having flavouring. The flavour notes I got were strawberry, banana, burnt caramel or sugar, a hint of waffle or other baked good, cinnamon and malt for the most part. Really good. This is on my shopping list!
10s after rinse. Scent fruit, strawberry, banana like, malt, hint of floral.
Taste fruit, strawberry, banana,malt, waffle, caramelized sugar undertone.
Really fruity with the malt and astringency creating a sense of density.
15s strawberry, malt
Higher malt, waffle tone, caramelised sugar, strawberries, less astringent and richer in taste and body quite sweet.
20s. Colour light maple scent similar to above
Taste same but texture is both denser and silkier than previous steep except for faint floral note.
20s similar scent
Taste higher malt, hint of floral and touch of cinnamon, waffle note, sweet syrupynote, strawberry . Texture slightly rougher body.
Same fruity malty taste with an aftertaste of sweetness followed by darker burnt sugar and very smooth.
25s. Scent and Tate more malty, less sweet but still quite fruity.
30s spice, biscuit, fruit, malt
Heavy floral/fruity sweet tone over malt with thicker baked good referencing texture.
35s malt with hints of fruit and a sweet aftertaste.
45s. Same as above.
60s malt, still indistinct sweet notes.
120s same as above.
Because I just had Butiki earlier today, I thought I’d keep the ball rolling and try out this tea, which was sent to me by Kat_Maria. Thanks! I’m kind of doubting my sanity right now because the dry leaf smelled like pastries. It might be because I have a bunch of samples all in one place though. Second reason for doubting my sanity: I taste something grassy and metallic? I legit just went into hypochondriac mode and googled “metallic taste in mouth” to see if I’m diseased or dying. After 30 minutes, I decided, I’m probably not going to die immediately, so I’m moving on from that… for now. As the tea cooled down, I can definitely taste something sweet, but I’m pretty frazzled at the moment, so I can’t seem to pinpoint anything. Anyhow, I have a bit left of the sample, so we’ll see if things change next time!
Tea & Cards TTB #14
Before sending off the box, I noticed that there was only one tsp left of this. Plus, I have had it on my wishlist for such a long time (remember when it was a shopping list? haha). So I finally brought this one to school with me. Unfortunately, the water at school was barely hotter than lukewarm. I steeped it anyway, but I will refrain from rating. The caramel kicks off the tea with a very in-your-face flavor. Not to be outdone, vanilla creeps in there as well, though not quite as strongly. I think that there’s something about the base that I may not like as much. Not sure, though, because I’ve never had just straight Assam before. Anyway, I’m glad to have finally tried this tea, even if it wasn’t under the best conditions.
Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla
I wanted something sweet today, so I brewed some of this. I usually really love sweet teas, but I haven’t been enjoying them recently as much as usual. However, I like this. At first, I thought it was a bit too sweet, and I still kind of feel that way, but the sweetness is complicated by the taste of the tea which is appreciated. My biggest complaint about this tea, and it’s a small one, is that there are almost no vanilla notes in this tea for me. I only taste the caramel, which comes across quite strongly. The backbone to this tea is the tea, which is a rustic tasting earthy tea. Even though the tea is sweet, the tea is present, which is probably the best aspect of this tea.
Overall, this is a great tea, but still wasn’t exactly suited to my preferences.
I think this is one of the teas I saw in MissB’s collection and wanted to try. Well now I get to try it , thanks to Miss B’s mystery pack. The grapefruit flavour and the tea go together perfectly in this tea. The tea is such a nice light vegetal green. The grapefruit flavour is light too. Every mouthful is perfection. Gotta get me some more of this tea!!!!!
I’ve been obsessed with this tea all week. I have a ton of flavored teas to choose from, but I’ve gone to this one at least the last three mornings or more. Each one steeps just a teeny bit different with a little more honey here, a little more baked bread there, or a touch more malt or raisin. Yummy yum yum. Less than 2 weeks until Colorado vacation, too. Yay!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Raisins
I’m sure I have reviewed this one before. Odd. I think Steepster has eaten some of my notes because there are other teas I have made notes on that didn’t show on later steeps.
Anyway, this is a good tea. It is smooth for a black, with no bitterness or astringency. There are light cocoa and raisin notes to me, with a bit of sweetness. It’s really a nice straight black tea. This is one that I can have without milk…though I did sweeten a little.
Thanks to CrowKettle for letting me try this little bit of gold. It’s really tasty.
Casey’s stomach was unsettled last night, so I decided to make this because it has some ginger in it. I don’t know if ginger has actually been proven to work at helping people’s stomachs or if it’s BS, but I also figured this would be less harsh on his stomach than the black teas we usually drink in the evenings, anyway.
I am bumping up the rating because I liked it much more than the first time I had it. I think it was the fact that I didn’t smell the wet leaves this time. The wet leaves smell very vegetal and smelling them makes those aromas stick out to me.