644 Tasting Notes
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. :)
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.
This is one of the new teas from Teavivre that is flavoured, but not a straight floral flavour. I was a little weary of this one because of my sensitivity to florals, but I was assured that the jasmine was understated in this blend so I opted to give it a try in addition to the Strawberry Oolong.
The dry leaf of this is tightly rolled in dragon pearl fashion, and smells so so so fragrant like peach nectar.
Steeped, the brew is less intense juicy peach, but rather subtle juicy peach. Any hint of jasmine is blended into the background with the green tea base and is not really distinguishable individually.
I suspect I will get a few nice cups from the leaves, and moreover, I think that this will make a really good cold steep and bring the peach out more in the same way it does for the strawberry in the Strawberry Oolong.
Many grateful thanks to Angel at Teavivre for encouraging me to try this one, even though the jasmine scared me.