2880 Tasting Notes
Got a tin of sachets of this tea from my sister this Christmas (a regift, but a very well-received one, considering I haven’t tried this tea AND it sounds delicious!) The aroma from the tin is not overly caramelly/vanilla, but it’s quite pleasant. I’m working from memory here (in bed right now) so I might have to adjust that later, but that is my predominant opinion of it. Brewed, though – it’s pretty tasty. In fact, it reminded me quite a bit of Butiki’s Butterscotch Pudding, which I had brewed up a second/third infusion of at the same time. I did notice some astringency though – I’ll have to watch time/temp a bit more closely next time. Maybe only give it a minute and decrease the temp slightly. The resteep was quite good though. Overall, quite pleased! I really would like to try more of Zhena’s teas (though I would prefer them looseleaf instead of bagged).
Delicious. I can taste the butterscotch much more prominently in this tea than the other, and therefore, I like it much more! I am noticing, however, a bit of a play-doughy flavour – I’m starting to wonder if that’s either an artifact of butterscotch flavouring, or perhaps bai mu dan, because this isn’t the first time that I’ve tasted that flavour with a similar combination. It was a pretty mild association though, and the sweetness of the butterscotch was strong enough to completely overwhelm it after the first sip or so. Certainly happy with this base.
Brewed this up last night (my Christmas Eve!) because I wanted some tasty treats while prepping everything for our belated Christmas. And it certainly was a treat :) It tasted more or less like the old Creamy Eggnog though – I couldn’t really taste the nutmeg. Will have to give it another try and maybe compare it against the other to notice the differences (or mix with one of the Nutmeg teas, as I’ve considered previously). Of course, since I like Creamy Eggnog, that’s not a problem – I was just hoping for it to be a bit different! Still a high rating though.
Steeped correctly this time; not a bad bilberry (blueberry) black, but not overly exciting. Kind of what you’d expect from this sort of tea – mild base tending towards astringency if oversteeped, and a great blueberry aroma, less in the flavour. Good for travel mugs. Less so for drinking and savouring.
I wasn’t sure I’d tried this before, but by some miracle, I have and there’s a tasting note. Haha. Anyhow, it looks like I wasn’t overly impressed before, and after having Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon (which… I kind of wish I had picked up a bag of before it disappeared)…
Anyhow, it tastes vaguely like grapefruity-citrus today. Not bad, and if I hadn’t had better grapefruit teas, perhaps I would like it (aside from the green/black base. Hate those. Also sprinkles.) Not terrible overall though. Bumping the rating a touch.
I drank this tea on the weekend… part of the reason I am sure I’m “over” strawberry greens (and hence the quick sipdown on Della Terra’s Strawberries & Cream). It’s not bad, but the flavour bores me now. In the past couple weeks, this is probably the fourth strawberry green I’ve had, and… enough is enough, haha. A bit of this left from Sil, and it’s likely to be travel-mugged as this cup was, since I’m less picky when I have no options, haha.
Damn. This one really REALLY shines when brewed and left to cool in a travel mug for…. a while. Enough that it’s below body temp, anyways. Then, it’s delicious cherry vanilla cola. Hot – it’s weird, but that’s to be expected. I assume it would be great done intentionally as an iced tea too (not necessarily cold brew, but hot-chill). I, however, am quite happy to put in no additional effort, and just avoid drinking it for a good 10+ hours until it reaches the temperature of perfection. Really, it’s just like flat cola. And since I hate carbonation? And there’s little to no sugar? Big win.