644 Tasting Notes
Backlog…I had this on Wednesday, on the ferry to Vancouver for our meetup…I tried making it with a small mason jar and some hot water from the ferry and some milk. It was probably the hasty preparation, but it isn’t a favourite.
Thanks to Incendiare for the chance to try this matcha. I have some french vanilla that I think I will like better.
Another hit for me from Butiki…this one was a sample with the recent co-op order I participated in.
I made this up this morning, along with With Open Eyes which was a cold steep for later at work (I bring two tumblers to work since the water is sketchy in our building). I opted to try this black, with just a touch of raw sugar.
First starters, can I just say that this tea is seriously beautiful? Really, really, a sight to behold. With the taste, it was not what I expected an almond tea to taste like, but that said, seeing that it was formerly Almond Cookie, I totally got that taste. It was cinnamon, and almond, but not like marzipan almond…more just nutty almond. So I really got a sense I was drinking an almond (and cinnamon) cookie. There was almond a cocoa/coffee note from the steeped leaves too.
It was delightful! I am curious to see how this would hold up with milk. I think the delicate flavours would drown, but I don’t know. This is going on my list for the future, as I do want to try more than this one serving sample.
This is one of the many samples that came with my recent Butiki order with our recent co-op order. I only wish that there had been more, but I did get two good steeps, the first one cold steeped for work, the second hot steeped at home after work. Thanks for including it with the order, Stacy! I’ve been pretty pleased with all the Butiki Teas I have had so far.
This is soooo good! It really delivers all of the flavors listed. The strawberries are the juicy front note…it’s the first thing that I noticed. It was more prominent in the cold steep that it started out as. I find the ginger stands out a bit more with the hot re-steep than it did cold, but it was there, mingling with the buttery back note.
This is truly a wonderful green tea blend. I find it to be very warming and comforting. It’s going on my wishlist for a future order.
This one is from Cavo…unfortunatley, I’m getting mostly rooibos, with only a int of cherry, and nothing really almond marzipan like. Maybe it is that I’ve had a bunch of teas today, many of them tart and citrusy, so maybe my buds are off. Reserving rating for anther time since I can’t say whether it is me or the tea.
Wow this is one deliciously beautiful tea!! It did brew up a lot weaker than I was expecting, but the taste is stronger than I was expecting from something that pale. I mostly get cardamon, and not really chocolate. I used the whole packet from Incendiare, but maybe this tea requires a larger amount since the leaves are so big and long??
It’s tasty, but not really what I think of when I hear chocolate chai.
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.