388 Tasting Notes
Another Bayswater sample today…this one I picked because of the pizza that I made for dinner tonight. It was whole wheat crust, Classico vodka sauce with arugula, artichoke, and proscuitto. I thought with the basil note that it mught be a good match. And it is, only I guess I’m just not too fond of basil in my tea? I only got a small sample of this, but will likely pass it on to someone locally who didn’t make it to the meet up. I might just ice or cold steep the rest, though, if no one claims it.
I’ll add that this is a darker oolong base. which I think is good for this tea, as it is not too vegetal to compete with the basil.
Picked this up at the recent Vancouver meet up. OMGsrsly was wondering how this might compare to Butiki’s Ruby Pie, which she can’t have because of the graham crackers (ie gluten). Honestly, I don’t think this really compares. Now I cold steeped this today, so I might have a different flavour profile if I hot steep it.
My cold steep yielded a somewhat tart, and somewhat melon-y and juicy taste. I didn’t pick up any cinnamon or pie crust, though as cavo points out, there’s no pie in the name or description.
I’d like to see how this differs with a normal steep.
I got this tea as a last minute sample with our Vancouver meet up a few days ago. I’m a little hit or miss on Earl Grey tea. I like them, but sometimes the floral is too strong. This one is medium on the floral scent, but it is a strong smelling tea, which is actually ok with me, but proper storage would be better. I just have a small amount that was pilfered from ShayneBears sample.
Um, shifty eyes I might pilfer a little more of this before I give him the rest. It’s actually pretty good. At least with the steep I made this morning, I found that the predominant flavour profile was the bergamot, and the grapefruit gently mingled with but, but at the back. This could be because I added a little raw sugar and milk, so maybe the milk made the grapefruit less tart. I am gonna try this iced, and maybe in the style of a London Fog.
I don’t know if this is a repurchase or not yet, but we will see how the rest of my sample goes. It is very spring/summery, and as we head into cooler weather, this may not be on the top of my go to list.
Birthday Tea #3! I finally got my Butiki order from our group order. And this was one of many samples that Stacy tossed in. Figured it was appropriate to drink as on my birthday, and since it is herbal, it was ok for later in the evening.
On first site, it is very colourful, mostly green, but with little confetti flowers like sprinkles on a cupcake. It brewed up light and sort of golden peachy apple juice like. In terms of the taste, I admit I am not getting much cake, but I am getting sweet frosting. I think I prefer this one to DAVIDs version. Might be since it is herbal instead of rooibos based.
Birthday Tea #2! It would have been a sipdown if I hadn’t gotten my Butiki order (and a mega ton of other teas) with out Vancouver swap yesterday. Happy Birthday to me, indeed!
I opted to cold brew this, though up til now I have only had it hot, and cooled off/room temp. I think I like it better that way, actually, though once I revisited the taste, it grew on me as a cold steep.
I am very happy to have this tea again, in a large quantity. :)
Birthday Tea #1…sipdown!
It was the last of my sample from sil, and unfortunately, I over-steeped it this morning. Bah. It was still tasty, if a tad on the astringent side. Sad to see the last of this go, really. It’s why I saved it for a special occasion like today to have the rest.
Tea to go today. Too tart for me. I knew that it might from the ingredients, but I opted to try anyway.
I think I may have had this as a tea to go once, when it first came out, but I couldn’t remember (and I don’t seem to have a tasting note for this) so I asked ShayneBear for a sample of this, with the other cake teas.
Yeah, it’s pretty artificial, but it is pretty darn tasty.
So I woke up with a headache today, and it was foggy out, and the construction across the street was loud (it always is, but on my days off, I have to deal with it more). As a result, I figured now was the time to try it. It smelled warm and heavy and just the thing I needed.
Brewed, I was reminded why I love pu erh. So dark and rich and full…that’s what pu erh is a common winter tea for me. It’s got body.
The taste isn’t my favourite..probably because of the orange peel (it’s one of those I like it in some combinations but not all combinations). The cinnamon was mild enough and not super hot. I’ll tell you what this tea made me think of…a pu erh based chai. Like Saigon Chai with pu erh base. That’s something I can get behind. I should get more Saigon Chai. Been too long without it.
Anyway, I do like this blend, but it isn’t a favourite. I’d pick Chocolate Orange (Oh Christmas Treat) over this any day. Many thanks to Shayne Bear for the sample. I’m sure I will drink the rest of this.
I am a total novice to straight white teas, so I don’t know how I will properly review it. But here goes.
The leaves are quite long and lofty, and covered in a fine fuzz, and they are really beautiful! I’m not sure how to describe the scent, but it smells fresh and clean.
I may have under-steeped this one since it is extremely mild, but it is still quite hot to take a better sip. I’ll try to go more into detail when it is a little cooler and I can try to pick out other notes.
Thanks to Angel at Teavivre for the generous sample for review.