718 Tasting Notes
Backlog…I restrained myself and only used a teaspoon for my 12 oz mug, and stuck to a 2 minute steep time and it was light and creamy and not bitter or sour like the first time, or my times with it’s predecessor, Nutmeg Cream (version 2). You know, this makes me super happy. I got sad with the NC reblend, and I tried (or think I tried) all the suggestions and no dice. This time, the advice to ease up on leaf and steep time helped.
This one comes from a friend…she sent me a few Butiki teas for Christmas from her order, and I’m sending a few (ok, a ton) of teas to her, many local ones. Being that I didn’t get home til 9 or so, I opted for this one, as the other caffeine tea I had today was Long Life Oolong. And I have a late start in the morning tomorrow at work, so if the caffeine does do anything, I’m not fussed over missing sleep. But this is a white, so I’m not so concerned.
Anyway…this tea is a lot lighter than I thought, though I guess it being a white, it is as light as I was realistically expecting. The squash does bring a richer, warmer, denser feel to it though. I just think I was anticipating a little heavier…I don’t know why. Perhaps I was subconsciously thinking of squash or pumpkin pies and whipped cream and the heavy at the bottom of your tummy but oh so good along the way sort of heavy/body. And I think I was still expecting a darker oolong or black base. But those are all my grand delusions…I guess I just forget that this is a white tea.
That said, this tea is really nice. But like I said, for a white tea, the squash does add a richer, warmer, denser depth of flavour, though more subtle, like ribbons dancing across my tongue. I notice the cinnamon first. And the cinnamon flirts with the squash, and jealous vanilla tries to cut in with squash. And they all seem to dance happily away, with sometimes the vanilla being the stronger note, and sometimes the cinnamon.
It’s a really unique tea, and I wish I had more of this, but I’m happy to have been able to try it. I have a second cup waiting for when this one is finished. The dance isn’t over yet, and the chaperones aren’t looking. :P
This one is pretty good. It almost makes me think of a cross of green tea with a roasted oolong. It’s not floral like a green oolong, and it’s not vegetal like a green tea…but it does have a sort of buttery yet smokey note. So it is kind of like a slightly smokey green and a roasted oolong. Hard to describe. For a green, this tea had a bit of body…it is not a thin tasting one. I kind of get a familiar taste of fasting supreme here…but not quite. I can still taste the green in this.
I have to say that I like it!
From the SSTTB…though it’s on it’s second round, so maybe I should be doing SSTTB #2 like OMGsrsly, though this is my first crack at the box…I dunno.
I chose this one today because we had a dusting of snow overnight, and it was really cold this morning when I got up. But it was also sunny. So I opted to have a tropical yet hardy tea, and this is what I picked. I’ve kind of been waiting for the right time to have it.
This one tastes a bit like David’s old Aloha Pu Erh, but perhaps just a little different…a little less artificial? I also added milk to mine, as I pretty much do with all my shu pu erhs.
I like this, and I will have more, when the mood strikes, though it is not a love. It is a like. I agree with other reviewers that this is a good pu erh for newbies.
So I’m off today, and I slept in, really late, since I’ve been sick for the last week, and really fatigued at work (I did take Sunday off so I had 3 days in a row last weekend to take it easy). I got up, made this tea, and heated the tea biscuits I got from the Timmies at the airport yesterday morning when I took my husband there.
It tastes a little bit like an earl grey, when I added the milk, but it was more mild when it was without. Neither taste was bad. I did not steep this very long, afraid of getting a bitter base. I might they it again with a longer steep.
I’m glad I picked this one out of the SSTTB to try. It’s nice and just what I wanted this morning/afternoon. I think I may head back to bed soon, when this cup is finished, and rest up some more.
Backlog from yesterday…this was in bag form, from the SSTTB, which is why I used it…I was kind of lazy yesterday morning before work. Anyway, it is not a stellar tea, just basic, and that’s ok for me sometimes. It was good, just not amazing. I think I like Tetley’s black currant just a wee bit more, to be honest.
I’ve had this twice now, and I really like it. I picked it up in the bin of samples Janet had in a container on the counter in her shop. The name didn’t give any info, though the back was simple…black tea, cocoa nib, caramel pieces. SOLD!
I find the base to be pretty smooth, and my first impression of this tea is like a fraternal twin to Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam. Only the vanilla here is replaced with the cocoa…and the cocoa blends in nicely with the black base that the caramel stands out more, with the smooth cocoa-ish backdrop.
I’d definitely consider getting more of this on a later visit. It is a nice morning tea.
Another one from the SSTTB…this is an Amoda sample. It’s a white tea from Nepal I think. It is quite smooth, and has a medium body, for a white, maybe even a little heavier. There is a sweet note, and a little fuzzy on my tongue. I can almost pick out a cherry or plum feel to it, like you might find in a darker oolong, but not as strong. This is actually a fairly relaxing tea to drink. I like it!