307 Tasting Notes

80

CharlotteZero was kind enough to send me a sample of this one quite a while ago, and while I took notes on it I never got around to logging it here. This is a pleasant tea. It’s sweet and creamy, and it reminds me more than anything of vanilla frosting (though I’ve never had a financier so can’t say how much it resembles its namesake). There’s a hint of almond too. While the base isn’t too assertively vegetal, I’m just not sure I love the combination of these sorts of flavors with green tea (see my aversion to Butiki’s Creamy Eggnog). I wouldn’t buy this, especially given the price, but I’m glad to have had a chance to sample it.

keychange

I know what you mean about these kinds of pairings. Also, the name makes me think of a banker. LOL.

greenteafairy

I also think of bankers whenever I see the word “financier”! Seems an odd choice for a pastry…

keychange

Exactly!

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85

The best, richest buttercream frosting ever, in a tea. I wasn’t so impressed with this one at first, but it’s grown on me, and I’m going to miss it once it’s gone. There’s just something easy and comforting about it.

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88

Farewell lovely tea! This one tasted just like a delicious lemon cookie, not so much a macaron to me as a sablé, maybe, or even a lemon sugar cookie. Sweet and delicate, never bitter or sour, with just a hint of vanilla and almond—this is one I’ll miss, for sure. If anyone knows of a decent substitute, let me know!

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83

This was another nice one from Butiki. It’s got a nice syrupy fruit flavor, though I can’t pick up on the hazelnut. The green base is nice and smooth. I don’t think the raspberry comes through as strongly here as it did in Raspberry Jam & Cashew Butter, but this is an enjoyable blend nonetheless.

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60

Even with sugar, I just couldn’t get much flavor out of this one. There’s a hint of chocolate, but that’s about it. I think this just goes to show that decaf tea is best avoided (by me, at least), even from the likes of Butiki.

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79

This also came to me via Kaylee, and this is another I’d been wanting to try for ages. It smelled amazing dry—lots of currant, with hints of blackberry. Steeped, though, the green base took over, and the flavor was nowhere near as good as the dry aroma. The cassis was weak and the macaron (which maybe should have been almond? I’m not sure how a tea can really taste like a macaron) essentially absent. It reminded me of a less good version of Republic of Tea’s Black Raspberry. It’s very possible I messed up my steep: I don’t have a variable temperature kettle or a thermometer, so finicky greens are a challenge. Plus, I only had enough for one serving, so didn’t have a chance to experiment. I wouldn’t mind trying this again sometime, but I have so many other teas on my list for if and when I make a Dammann order I’m not sure it will happen

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80

I know I got this in a swap too, though I forget who sent it to me. Whoever it was, thank you! I’d been wanting to try this for ages but was never able to justify an ATR order, so it was great to be able to try a sample. And I’m glad I did do it this way, because in the end I didn’t like this tea as much as I expected to. I know it’s unreasonable to expect any tea to truly taste like briocke, but what I can I say? My expectations were set pretty high based on some of the rave reviews I’ve read. While I did get sweetness and some cinnamon, I didn’t pick up on anything pastry (let alone brioche)—this is a problem I have with most pastry teas. Anyway, this was alright, but it certainly didn’t live up to its name.

Dustin

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82

I got a sample of this in my swap with Cameron B. I haven’t had the chance to try many Japanese blacks, so this was an exciting sample for me. It did indeed have an unusual flavor profile. There’s sweetness, malt, and notes of honey—so far, so standard. But there’s also hay, verging on grassiness, which I’d associate more with a white or green tea. There’s a bit of astringency, though not too much. I can’t say I fell in love with this tea, or that it’s something I feel the need to stock up on, but it’s always nice to get the chance to try something different.

boychik

I loved it. But it’s expensive. I made it gongfu and using their instructions side by side. Gongfu was so much better.

greenteafairy

Ah, I just steeped it western-style. I love samples, but the downside is there’s often not enough to experiment with different steeping methods.

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72

This was another sample courtesy of Kaylee. This one got rave reviews, but I suspected it might not be for me since I’m one of the few who didn’t care for White Rhino. And I was right. The butterscotch flavor was oppressively strong, with little hazelnut or mocha. being a huge fan of neither the base nor the butterscotch, this one just didn’t have much to offer me. Still, I’m glad I got a chance to try it, if only to confirm that I didn’t miss anything by not ordering it before Butiki closed.

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90

Dry, this smells just like an apple Jolly Rancher. The flavor, though, is a pretty good balance between the flavoring and the grassy sencha base, with both the apple and the elderflower coming through. This is great iced, and cold-steeped—really crisp and refreshing.

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