3065 Tasting Notes
Brewed up at the boy’s house on Saturday… but I clearly did something wrong, as it wasn’t very good. Ended up dumping the cup. I suspect a combo of the water (unfiltered) and either too little tea or something wrong with my leaf:water ratio. Or perhaps temperature. So many variables! Ah well.
Ahhh, round 2 of this tea does not disappoint. Cake batter, eggnog, best vanilla tea ever… either way, it tastes like it’s absolutely loaded with calories, yet not a heavy tea… so perfect. The creamy green base really works SO well here. You may notice that I’ve now awarded this tea the coveted 100 points. A perfect score. Yes, it’s that good.
I’ve gotta try it with some rock sugar eventually, but I’m down to having 8 cups’ worth left (and I have to save some to let my mom try at Christmas!) I’ve gotta say – there are not many teas that I would be reluctant to sample out to people, but this tea is one of them! I’m dying to give my roomie a sample of it, and I feel super Scroogey because I want it all to myself…. bad bad selfish girl…
Mmmm, delicious! A nice, light, sweet genmaicha. No astringency when following the recommended brewing parameters. I can only wonder what this might taste like with a touch of vanilla… probably absolutely fantastic :D The rice makes this lightly toasty while the tea base leaves a lovely “tea” flavour (yeah, I still don’t know how to describe that savoury flavour) lingering in your mouth, which makes this one of the better genmaichas I’ve tried (a couple I’ve had fall a bit flat or astringent on that front).
Can’t wait to receive my genmaicha from Verdant so I can compare the two! Base teas will be quite different, so I’m expecting them not to be comparable at all, but I’m curious as to which I will prefer.
Another black from Butiki that I felt compelled to try. This one is definitely tasty, and I’m catching the chocolatey notes, but it’s not as tasty to me as Laoshan Black or Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam. It’s actually a bit more reminiscent of Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu Black, as there’s some of that hay-y flavour poking through here. Still, tasty enough and without astringency, just not a tea I’d repurchase!
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!