1308 Tasting Notes
Thank you Kittenna for this sample!
I agree, this is an odd blend indeed. I don’t think it’s spicy though. More floral than anything, and not in a pleasing way, sadly. It kinda stuck in the back of my throat. Then again there were alot of rose petals in my spoon so perhaps the rest will be all spicy.
For some reason it calmed me down quite a bit. Not that I was upset… just that all of a sudden I was feeling rather zen!
Either way, I will definitely be making like so many others here and adding it to some Pu!
I really hope there is a reblend of this one. If not, I might just ask for a pound of it to be made. Seriously, I could drink it by the gallon and I never say that about a particular tea.
I mean, most times, when I am getting down to the end of a packet, I’ve outgrown the tea or wouldn’t mind a break. This one? Give me MOAR now please!
Thankfully the gracious Tattooed_tea sent me a bunch so it won’t be an official sipdown when I am done with my packet. Still, it’s only a matter of time!
My original plan of adding this to smoothies seems to be failing. I can’t taste it, everything is so overpowering!
Granted, kale and parsley are relatively strong greens. Bah. I need to repurpose my wheatgrass matcha. Perhaps I’ll have to do it up as just a regular latte. Sad because I love my vegetables etc, but can only handle so much green stuff in one day, so that means my wheatgrass consumption will be cut in half!
On the bright side, I can now start using that awful white matcha tea I have leftover. Any bitterness will be hidden. yay!
SO MUCH GOING ON IN THIS TEA!!!
Err sorry for the caps. I’m just excited. Man I need to order more of this. So good!
Now, as for what I’m tasting… so far it’s leathery, and there is some tobacco, or what I assume is, seeing as I’ve never had any before.
Then… well, at first I thought there was chocolate, like that dark bitter chocolate sensation, the dry mouth kind, only with no real bitterness, just the feel of it. I can understand the comparison to coffee. Very similar in feel!
Anyhow. Then I thought I tasted rice, only I sipped again and it was gone.
Finally… yep, definitely breadiness in there. I haven’t yet decided on what kind of bread but it’s there!
Thank you so much to Stacy at Butiki Teas for the sample.
So this is what violets taste like. Huh.
I don’t think I like it. Well, I want to… like it. And I can almost get there, but nope, it isn’t happening.
Shame, I expected to enjoy this one! After sampling the candied violets at Sloane tea, which this tastes almost identical to, I was positive I’d fall in love! After all, it’s essentially the same flavour profile… sweet floral and what? somehow the liquid vs candied form makes that much of a difference? I am a texture oriented person, so I should have known really. No reason it should take me by surprise but it does nonetheless.
So… if you are a person who loves floral tea, this is the one for you! don’t let my review stop you. It isn’t bitter or astringent at all, and I think it will go nicely in baking!
As for soapiness, I would say that it tastes the way lavender soap smells. Not the way it tastes, at all! I’ve accidentally eaten soap suds before and they are vile terrible things. Likewise, I’ve had tea that tastes like soap suds, which this one does not. So when I say that this tea is slightly soapy, I mean that in the most pleasant way possible. If there is such a thing. (not that I enjoy it, but I can see how someone would. In fact this might be foisted on the Mumster)
Come on Cha, I know you can do better than this!
Maybe it’s just that I’m not a fan of the base, or something in the flavouring, but this just did not do as key lime pie.
Lime is dominant here, along with an odd background note that I think is supposed to be coconut. (only it reminds me more of dirty socks)
With a little milk, it was sour, not as in milk sour but more of a too much lime pucker sour. Oh well, I’m sure their other teas are fantastic!
I’ve really been in the mood for vegetal (non smoky or metallic) greens lately. Colour me suprised!
So when I ordered this at “coffee” with a friend the other day, I found this oddly satisfying. Perhaps it was a better quality batch than the last one I had, as I don’t recall it tasting so fresh or intense.
Either way, this may just turn into my go to caffeinated beverage there, atleast until they bring in some Teavana products.
What a relief, considering I’ve been avoiding their standard black awake tea! Now I haven’t indulged for quite some time now, but I remember disliking it, which is a serious annoyance for me given that black tea with milk is what I crave most… even after all these years of being on Steepster! I mean, I assumed I would outgrow that preference, and yeah I sometimes drift away… and then always end up right back at it again. I suppose that’s partly why I’m always surprised at how much I enjoy a solid green. Well, that, and growing up, all I ever knew of green tea was Jasmine and Sencha, which I can’t stand… so when I discovered the Chinese side… I did a little happy dance.
Long story short? My tastes are evolving, again! Go figure.
Caramel, oh yes there is caramel! and vanilla. Followed by rice.
Hot, I wasn’t really feeling it at all. The rice aspect was overpowering in an odd uncooked way. Now that it’s cooled a bit, the flavours mesh together much better. What I don’t like now though, is the astringency! Hmph. On the other hand, its very smooth, and creamy. Will see what infusion #2 brings.
Edit: 2nd steep reminds me of marshmallow genmaicha from 52teas. If this was the first steep, I’d have given it a much higher rating!! I don’t know if I’d want to buy some for myself… mostly because I’d prefer the Frank version any day :)
Ha!! So I have tried this before. Too funny. This was a to go cup in the store.
I quite enjoyed my it this time, was very lemony and smooth, in a good way. Not sure I’d want some for the house as I’d only ever want a cup every few months or so but it’d certainly be interesting to try iced, as was recommended to me in my last note, and by the girl at the cash.
I met up with Raritea today, and we attended the grand opening of Cha, they had treats and tea cocktails, and of course… free tea! It was alot of fun, I wish it was an annual event :)
So Cha is a monthly subscription where you take a quiz and based on the results you get a monthly tea set. Great for people who are just starting out and have no idea what they like. I’d recommend it. AND they are affiliated with a clean water charity.
Somehow though, watching teas dwindle cup by cup is immensely frustrating. I’m the type that needs to finish things if they are on my plate, asap, for some reason. I’m ocd like that it seems(or rather, in my cupboard) and so when I do actually manage to finish a tea supply, it’s more of a “FINALLY!” than it is an achievement.
So while I really enjoyed this tea, I’m relieved to see it done.
In fact, I’ve been itching to purge my cupboard and just get back to a core tea supply that I can rely on. Is that strange? I really like my variety so it really makes no sense to me. I find it a little contradictory of how I am. Gah!
Anyhow, on my way out the door now, so I’ll finish that thought later