3034 Tasting Notes
Another wonderful sample generously provided by Angel and Teavivre! Thanks!
This is my least favourite of the three blacks that I received in my most recent package – it was still wonderfully smooth, but there was less chocolate, and more of the “regular black tea” profile, that I don’t really care for (which consists of primarily hay-y notes, I think). Still an excellent quality tea, just not a profile that was to my liking.
I think that when I first tried this tea, I had a much more unrefined palate. Since then, I’ve grown to like different teas than I once did, and this tea is a great example – it seems I previously thought it was only okay, but now I think it’s quite delicious – basically, very closely matching my favourite oolong profile, which now is a combination of roasty, savoury, very oolongy, not overly floral. It’s pretty great to have in a travel mug, so I’ll use up the last of this rather old sample that way, and if it’s still available, it will go on my list to purchase in my eventual Teavivre order.
Either this tea has run its course, or a travel mug was not a smart option… either way, I don’t think this was very tasty in my travel mug yesterday. Still drank it, but it was quite unremarkable. I remember liking it previously, so the last cup I’ll drink “normally”, to see if I can recapture that initial enjoyment.
Got a happy surprise today when I received my final Butiki order – I had, in fact, ordered an extra ounce of this tea hoping I’d like it – which I do indeed. Of course, the happiness was bittersweet, because it was my last ever Butiki order, aside from the teas that Sil and VariaTea have (that hopefully I will acquire soon).
Anyhow, I drank this for the first time a couple days ago, and definitely enjoyed it. It seems I quite like the plum flavour Stacy used, since I also quite enjoy the Plum Brandy Cheesecake (which I also picked up some extra of, previously). I’m not really sure it tastes like plum to me, but it’s a delicious fruitiness, with a creamy cakiness, and a bit of nuttiness. Really, the cashews in this blend aren’t much of a factor for me; I’d probably be just as happy without them. I will also note that this blend was quite tasty cold, as I didn’t finish it in the evening, and ended up drinking it the next morning. Tasty.
You know, I don’t mind this one. It’s kind of tart/tangy, but it’s also gingery, and doesn’t taste like typical “fruit herbals” that are loaded with hibiscus, rose hips, etc. etc. I did find it to be a bit overwhelming in my mug, since I’ve been primarily drinking actual teas, which are not nearly as sweet, but it was a nice change.
I remain fairly impressed with this as a bagged tea. Mostly because it’s nice and sweet and desserty, with some tea flavour, and it’s not all gross and astringent (though it does lean that way if brewed too strongly or if the teabags are left in too long). Anyhow, didn’t have time to really think about what I was going to drink this morning, as I was running late for work, and so I made up some of this. Not a poor decision, since it was so yummy.
Almost gone… which is ok, because I think I’ve had my fill of this one for a while. I’ll get some more perhaps next year, and will enjoy its rich nuttiness then. Had I less tea, I’d definitely restock, but with all the Butikis I just received, I really can’t justify getting more of something I don’t absolutely love.