131 Tasting Notes
Not a big fan. Steeped it for a few minutes with a few pieces of rock sugar and it just tastes like plain black tea. No creaminess at all.
I am glad I was able to try a Butiki tea, and I thank TeaTiff for the opportunity to try it out! I have some left and will definitely try another preparation.
I picked this up because of a recent swap request from Suziqzer. She requested 1.5 ounces of this hard-to-find limited-edition tea and I kept .5 ounces for myself. I’m thinking I should have kept a little more for myself because I like the way this tastes! I brewed it for a few minutes, afraid that it would get too bitter, but I put the tea back in to steep it some more. I also re-steeped this for a second time and it tasted almost as good.
I thought that this would taste artificial when I read the description. I don’t really see or taste peppermint candies in this tea, instead I see/taste actual dried mint leaves. The chocolate note is very subtle and adds a creaminess to the finish of the tea. The smell is clean and minty and it tastes quite refreshing.
Another wonderful sample from my swap with Teatiff! I tasted this at first after the recommended 4 minutes of steeping and it was too bland so I steeped it longer. After over 10 minutes, it still tastes a bit bland to me, even with almost 2 teaspoons of tea for 8 ounces of water. Perhaps it is the brazil nuts that have a large volume and less tea leaves are making it into the cup? I did notice a bit of a sweet, artificial taste towards the back, but no real flavor.
This was a lovely sample from my first tea swap buddy, TeaTiff!
It smells a little savory, but tastes nice and sweet upon sipping. The taste is a bit bland for me, but I think it might grow on me (that, and I steeped it for 5.5 minutes instead of 6 minutes). I like the natural sweetness and neutral grassiness it has and will try it with a bit of sugar next time per the description’s recommendation.
I’m drinking this with about 2.5 tablespoons (instead of the recommended 3) and a full cup of almond milk. I also added in 2 ounces of fresh brewed espresso. I thought the chai flavor would be lost, but it is still very noticeable. I wish the chai flavor would be stronger (probably my fault for adding too much milk in), but I don’t think I could add more mix in since it tastes very sweet to me. (Recently I have been using Trader Joe’s Spiced Chai Latte mix / Hammonds Candy Cane Cocoa, so saying this is sweet means it is!)
I’ll give it another try though, since my friend gifted this to me for Christmas!
I actually really like this tea. I had low expectations for it based on the packaging & name, but I am pleasantly surprised. I chose it for a tasting today because I only have 2 tea bags left of it (I have gifted the rest) & I’m trying to clean out my tea cupboard. Now I’m bummed it will be gone soon!
The smell is surprisingly spicy when dry. Even after forgetting about it for about an hour and re-heating, the tea is not bitter. I like the smell and taste of this when brewed. Unlike most chai, the spices come at the end of the sip & are more balanced, almost like pumpkin pie spice. Not overly cinnamony either.
I don’t like cherries or floral teas, but this is one of my favorite teas. Something about the blend of flavors and the nice aroma when brewed makes this a delight to drink. It can get a bit bitter if overbrewed, so watch out. I believe this is only available seasonally during the Spring.
I was a bit apprehensive about this tea since chocolate teas are usually artificial tasting or taste like weird watery chocolate. This was a pleasant surprise. I don’t know if I would be able to pick out that it was a chocolate pu-erh from tasting it by itself, but I enjoyed it. It’s not too sweet so that it is reserved for a dessert tea (though I tend to drink my pu-erhs as a digestif) and it did not have any funky taste to it.
This is a great, grocery-store available introduction to pu-erhs for those that are a little intimidated.
Bonus: NUMI uses no pesticides in their tea or plastics in their tea bags.