2196 Tasting Notes
Hmm. Not my favourite, that’s for sure, but this wasn’t too bad. I think I’m just not the biggest fan of herbal blends, and that’s that. It does taste as the description indicates – the chamomile is apparent, and there’s an appley aroma/flavour to the tea. I could also pick out a bit of cacao, but I’m not sure the combo quite works for me; apple and cacao? Chamomile and cacao? I actually think that if the chamomile was a bit more masked, I would enjoy this more – although I’ve learned to tolerate chamomile in blends, I don’t much care for it when I can really taste it strongly, which I can here. I might try this at a bit of a shorter infusion time to see if I came tame the chamomile a bit. The frankincence is also noticeable here (I only know this because of its inclusion in a previous Verdant blend, otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue what to taste for), but i
Second infusion, for I’m not sure how long (4 min?), was similar in flavour, although something else is poking out a bit that I don’t care for. I would have said something like juniper, but that’s not in this blend, so I’m not sure what it would be. I’m not familiar with all the ingredients (particularly linden leaf/flower), so it could easily be something like that.
I haven’t seen anybody’s else’s reviews on this one (because I’ve been lazy, I see that they are there), but I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. I put maybe 2 or so tsp of tea in the filter basket, and gave it a 45s infusion to start – quite delicious. No fishiness (that’s usually shu anyhow), no strange flavours, just creaminess and that wild sheng flavour that I’m familiar with. I’m drinking the second infusion now (I let it go for a minute), and I’m still pretty blown away at how good this is. This may in fact get me back into drinking my shengs from Verdant that have been sitting a while – I’ve given quite a few to my mom, who likes them more than I, but I think now’s the time to try them again myself.
Although the tea description indicates a “bright astringency”, I can’t say I’m catching any astringency at all; this is just smooth, sweet, nutty, and VERY enjoyable. Great selection, Amoda/Verdant – a perfect intro pu’erh, but with plenty of nuances for experienced drinkers to enjoy as well.
Not getting the rhubarb, but this is a tasty spiced strawberry black. Great comfort tea in the evening. I did oversteep a bit, and this base tea does have the tendency to get kind of astringent when that happens, but the delicious flavours make it worth drinking anyhow!
Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this one from quite a while back :) I’m trying to get a few sipdowns out of the way today… just to make myself feel better. Haha. I so shouldn’t have placed those two joint orders…
Anyhow, it’s not bad. Does kind of taste pumpkiny, and spiced, but it’s not quite the way I’d like a pumpkin spice rooibos to taste. Maybe a bit light on both? I’m not sure. On the plus side, the rooibos is just fine here – no weird aftertaste or anything, so it’s a perfectly enjoyable cup, just not quite what one would hope from a tea with such a name. The spicing in Della Terra and Butiki’s pumpkin teas is definitely superior.
So my lovely boyfriend bought me tea for Valentine’s Day! I take that as proof that he is really not concerned about my tea addiction, and instead supports it. Haha. He got me 5 bags of tea from Teavana, 50g each (I think), and I’m super pleased – not only had I not tried most (any?) of the teas, I ended up enjoying them all! He knows me :D Apparently they tried wafting all the teas for him, but he had no idea what to sniff for. Amusing.
Anyhow, this is the only tea I think I’ve tried previously. I don’t recall caring for it a great deal (if it was this tea), but I quite enjoyed it this time – it tastes like peach juice! I’m guessing it would be great during the summer, so I may hang onto the rest of it for the hotter months. I think I may have previously been under the impression that there was actual tea in this blend, which there is not; I think I prefer it this way.
ETA: Second infusion got at least half an hour…. and it’s pretty good. I’m almost detecting a bit of chemically flavour, but it’s bearable. And fruity. And sweet. Hehe.
Thanks to Roswell Strange for this tea as well! I don’t really recall what it was like, as I also had it in January, but I recall it being tasty enough, and reminiscent of Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Drinking up the last of it shortly, so I can hopefully write a better note!
Another tea from Roswell Strange! Thanks!
I found this to be pretty light in flavour the first time I had it, which can be typical of Butiki teas; I could certainly taste the carrot cake spicing (nutmeg?), but not the vanilla frosting, sadly. It’s possible that it was a flavour-loss-in-baggie thing, as has happened to me before with a few of Stacy’s teas, but it’s hard to really know.