163 Tasting Notes
I’ll chime in with other reviewers who were pleased with this very nicely blended English Breakfast tea. I was lured by the description on the website and the sale price and I’m so glad I placed the order. I love the smooth, malty, sweetness of it, and the lack of astringency/bitterness. Black Lotus is right up my alley!
Finished this off today. Upton’s description is on the money. Usually, Darjeelings are not my first choice, but this one is a nice change this morning. It is gentle but very flavorful, and I don’t find it to be astringent. The flavor is reminiscent of some leafhopper teas I’ve had, but since it is a 1st flush, not sure if leafhoppers are feeding on the leaves that early. Very nice way to start the day.
Often, I’d prefer decaf tea at night, but up until now, I’ve been disappointed with the ones I’ve tried. Since I’ve been extremely pleased with Butiki Teas, I decided to take a chance with Organic Decaf Korakundah. As I sip it right now, I’m pleasantly surprised. It is certainly the best decaf black tea I’ve had. I’ll be getting more of it.
The weather has been very unusual in Atlanta this summer. 22 degrees below normal yesterday, high in the 60’s. Another cool day today. Last summer was very hot and dry; this summer cool and wet never getting above 92. Normally in the summer I enjoy all my teas iced, but this evening, being a little chilly, I pulled out the last of my Vanilla Comoro. It will please vanilla tea fans I think. It’s a little astringent for my tastes, and I prefer unflavored teas these days, but all in all, its decent for an evening cup.
Last summer I posted that I enjoy Laoshan black cold brewed. Today, based on some advice on the Verdant website about making iced tea, I brewed it using 1 Tablespoon in 8 oz boiling water x 1 1/2 minutes, then added ice to make 16 oz iced tea. This did not dilute the flavor. I got 2 more steeps. Very tasty and refreshing with nice chocolate notes!
This time, I left it to Stacy to pick the samples to send with my order and am so glad she sent this one. I actually have never been that big on caramel, but surprisingly, I’ve found that I usually enjoy it in teas a lot. On the other hand, I really like vanilla, but have been somewhat disappointed with vanilla teas. My first impression of this tea is that it is very well blended, as I’ve come to expect with Butiki teas. The vanilla, caramel, and Assam play off each other nicely. I will definitely order it in the future. (Can’t get the rating thing to work-will try later)
I can’t believe I never reviewed this Long Jing from the spring 2012 season. They are currently sold out, but I will order more when spring 2013 becomes available. These are my notes from previous tastings. A winner! Delicate, light, fresh, yet plenty of flavor and with no bitterness whatsoever. Overall effect was relaxed and refreshing. When it was cool it was still very good. More expensive than their organic superfine dragonwell long jing. Both were very nice.