3013 Tasting Notes
This tea. Yessssssssss. Quite sad I only have the tiny half ounce of this one and it’s all gone, because it is a very delicious white tea. Perfect light cinnamon/vanilla spice, yummy squash flavour, and since I’m doing this from memory, I can’t remember the other flavour association I made….. oh! Nuts – it tasted quite nutty to me. Perhaps that was the base?? But I like nuttiness in tea, and it really worked. This would have been a 1-2 oz. purchase for me.
Seems I may have oversteeped this a touch tonight, because there was definitely some astringency, though it was quite drinkable. However, it was a fairly unremarkable tea, IMO. Not really roasty, a bit of floral perhaps, but nothing too special, to my palate anyhow. I’ll drop the infusion time to 2 minutes next time (although we’ll see tomorrow what the resteeps bring).
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.