3051 Tasting Notes
Tasting this alongside everything else this evening, I conclude that this is not my favourite oolong from Butiki. Although it does work quite well as a base for the Maple Pecan Oolong, by itself it tastes to me like a fairly standard oxidized oolong. Lightly woody, a bit sweet, a bit fruity. Not particularly remarkable. Other offerings are definitely better IMO! I think it might do well in the Timolino, so I’ll likely drink most of it that way :)
ETA: Second infusion (160F/nearly 6 min, oops) has a raisiny sort of sweetness and a bit less woodiness. I don’t think this is actually as typical an oolong as I first indicated, but I’m just finding that it isn’t quite suited to my liking. Not bad at all though.
Shocking…. another hit from Butiki! This tastes just like maple nut fudge. It’s even sweet and everything. I think I prefer Creamy Eggnog… but only by a smidge, because this is absolutely decadent. This is much more of a dessert sort of tea.
Yeah, I’m too lazy to write more. I’m just going to enjoy drinking this amazing creation…
ETA: Second infusion retains that delicious lingering sweet mapley flavour. Not as good as the first infusion, but still pretty darn delicious. Probably would have been better if it had only been steeped for ~4 minutes instead of the 5:30 I gave it. I’m being bad and not paying attention tonight, haha.
I have been drinking tea in the evenings without regard for caffeine content lately, but last Friday I did opt for this caffeine-free beverage. Quite delicious, as per usual. I prefer this one to Cinnamon Roll Honeybush. So glad I took the leap and ordered this in my first 52teas order!
I guess I thought this one was okay the first time I tried it, but it really didn’t work well in the Timolino when I had it last Thursday. Too much bitterness in spite of a 2.5 minute infusion. And it didn’t really taste like wine, but like grape juice. Ah well. I may give this one another shot though, to see if I can’t prevent that bitterness from causing problems again.
OH man oh man oh man. This is delicious. It smells rich and creamy and like vanilla. It tastes…. rich and creamy and like vanilla. Eggy vanilla (you know what I mean, yes?). The spices, however, are not making themselves known to me as much as I would have expected.
I was originally going to say that I can’t taste the base tea, but as I’m sitting here, I am definitely tasting it coming through all creamy and vegetal and delicious. I actually ordered a bag of this base as well, so I can have some fun identifying flavours later.
Anyways…. this is very, very good. I’m not detecting too much spicing, which tempts me to put in a dash of nutmeg and itty bitty pinch of cinnamon (or whatever the heck spices are in eggnog) next time I brew it, but this is by far the best vanilla tea I’ve tried. The choice of base is absolutely perfect.
Ah… that went down quickly. I guess that means it’s bedtime. Good thing, eyes only half open while writing tasting note….
ETA: The re-steep is amazingly delicious as well, just a bit less intense. I can hardly wait to try the base tea by itself (but not tonight: too tired!)