450 Tasting Notes
It’s so annoying when your mind is in the mood for tea, but your body simply isn’t. I woke up this morning and groggily stumbled into the kitchen, but no tea in particular was calling to me. Last night I’d had high hopes of trying some of my new teas this morning, but it was a different story when I woke up. So I brewed up something that’s tried and true, that I can generally rely on to brew a consistent cup. And it still tasted lovely and I felt all validated for having topped up with my last Butiki order, but I’m still just generally “not feeling it” as far as tea is concerned. Not a bad thing necessarily though, as I drink a lot of black tea and taking a break for a few hours never hurt anybody…much.
It’s Friday! May the work day pass quickly.
This is a perfectly acceptable chocolate and coconut tea. A bit thin, although I think that can be remedied with a bit more cream. The addition of rock sugar makes this fairly sweet, although you know I couldn’t resist adding a touch more “just in case”. You can still taste the black tea base underneath the nutty chocolate and coconut, although I wonder what would happen if I brewed this for slightly longer (I’d say this steeped for about four and a half minutes in total).
Overall, a good cup. I can especially envision enjoying it in the winter.
This is sort of a cheat tasting note, as I only tried the sample size of this tea in store today. It was a hot sample, and I didn’t like it. It smelled amazing, like fresh, tart peaches. Unfortunately, the tartness is quite present in the sip (at least when brewed hot which is how I had it), and sort of distracted me from enjoying what I think could have been a pretty authentic peach flavour. Keep in mind though that I tend to sweeten my teas, so those who take their teas naked may still really enjoy this and not find it as tart as I did.
Backlog from this morning. Thanks are owed to courtney, who sent me this sample!
Honestly, I would have written a review for this sooner, only I just wasn’t feeling inspired to write. There isn’t anything wrong with this tea; it’s a light combination of a creamy strawberry flavour and a thin black tea, and not much else. It tastes good, but compared with ruby pie (my gold standard for strawberry tea), it just didn’t measure up.
Thanks again, Courtney! I still have enough left for another cup, and certainly enjoyed it enough to keep it in my sipdown pile :)
I got this as an iced tea to go when I was at david’s today. I actually thought they were sampling it, but it turns out they weren’t. I was going to get a latte (of chocolate macaron), but their latte maker was broken so it is what it is and all that sort of thing. I must admit I was a bit skeptical: I thought that the tea would certainly be weak and watery, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
Cold, this tastes exactly as the description would lead you to believe: like watermelon and mint. You can absolutely taste both, and I thankfully couldn’t taste the carrot, although apparently there is some in this tea. Perhaps you can taste it hot, but certainly not when it’s iced. I ended up buying a sample pack to bring home, and will try it hot, but suspect I might actually just want it iced all summer. The combination of watermelon and fresh mint tastes so very refreshing.
I definitely recommend at least giving it a try.
Oh my god, bringing this to work with me in my carry mug today was probably the best decision I’ve made in like a week. I had my doubts as to whether it would be “viable” in a travel mug, because travel mugs can really stifle many a good tea, but that simply wasn’t the case. I used slightly more than two tsp of leaf for 16 oz of water, added a touch of cream and sugar, and drank what I swear was hot melon juice/milk all morning. I used up the last of what was sent to me by the lovely ifjuly, and am very lucky to still have some left from Nay Lynn!
Anna, you started this addiction of mine! Ifjuly and Nay Lynn, thank you so much for being my suppliers!
You know how you can have the exact same life you had yesterday, and somehow yesterday you were happy to be you and have your life and your choices and your tentative future, and then today you wonder why the hell you chose what you did, where everything went wrong, and what on earth will become of you and why is there so much misery?
It’s one of those days (the latter, I mean). No good reason-nothing momentous has happened; in fact, the plans for our wedding are coming together nicely, and we’re about to book our honeymoon—but I can’t shake this general sense of hopelessness. I’m also really tired, which never ever helps. Anyway, I’ll be fine, but it is what it is at the moment. Perspective is everything and all that jazz.
Anyway, this sample came to me from VariaTea, who so thoughtfully included it in our swap package that was filled to the brim with things on my wishlist! I brewed it up without reading any reviews, so may have botched it a bit, but still really enjoyed the cup. The maple taste is slightly weaker than the smell might have you believe, but it’s still there, supported by a fairly hefty black base, which I like. I brewed for three minutes and added a small amount of sugar and some cream. I can’t decide if I should add a touch more sugar to draw out the maple next time or if I should brew it for a touch longer, but either way there will be a next time thanks to variatea’s generosity!
This tea came to me from Anna, all the way from Italy! Now if that isn’t love, I honestly don’t know what is.
Despite the fact that I don’t typically gravitate towards green teas, I’m always happy when i get some in a swap because it means I can try one and perhaps find one I do like.
The people who described this as smelling of lifesavers are spot on—and because of Anna’s expert packaging, the lifesaver smell was contained really nicely in the little bags, so I was hit with a wall of it as soon as I opened it. When brewed, you can still smell what seems to be candied fruit, and I also get a bit of vanilla.
I mostly taste green tea, although especially when still hot, I can pick up on trace notes of candied fruit in the aftertaste. These seem to subside for me as the tea cools, and then the base seems to just take over. As far as green teas go, I actually don’t dislike this one. I wouldn’t go out of my way to acquire it or anything, but I wasn’t turned off by it, either.
Thanks again, Anna!
You know, this is one of those teas that’s kind of easy to forget you have, but when you have it you realize that it’s so versatile and you think to yourself that you really should have it more often. And then repeat the cycle. I took this to work with me in my carry mug today, and had the following thoughts:
1. This tea is kind of thin.
2. You say that about pretty much every travel mug tea, though.
3. That’s true. This actually tastes really good.
4. A little less sugar next time.
5. As it cools, I like it more—because it tastes thick and creamy—and less, because if you think hard enough, you can (sort of) imagine sour milk and just…no.
6. I’ll be out of this tea soonish, and intend to stock either it or something similar going forward. But I also say that a little too frequently, too.
Basically I can’t be trusted but this tea is reliable…mostly.
Ha, I didn’t even realize I’d asked for a sample of this tea back with my very first Butiki order-but there it was, floating around in my cupboard. This is only the second straight Assam I’ve tried, the other being Butiki’s PTA. It yielded a fairly light cup, very little in the way of malt, complete with the slightly raisiny notes I’ve come to associate with what I think are Assam teas. I enjoyed it more as it cooled, since it seemed to become even more flavourful. I’m glad to have had the chance to try it, but don’t think I’d seek out similar tasting teas to own—I think as far as straight blacks are concerned, I like a bit more heft, some smoke, etc. Still though, thank you Stacy for including this with my first order!