3013 Tasting Notes
SBT 12 Teas of Christmas Day 1! (Drank Dec. 13)
So it appears I shouldn’t play the guessing game with these, because I will ruin them… since I can’t tell what type of tea it is even if I do open up the teabag to brew an individual cup, like I did last night. I thought this was a rooibos/honeybush, because that’s kind of what it looked like in the bag (very chopped)… so it got boiling water. Oops – it was a white… and that probably caused some unnecessary bitterness. But yes – I didn’t want to brew the whole teabag, so I just cut it open and took out 1.5 tsp, and brewed it as a hot tea. The flavour/aroma were familiar (in an “I don’t believe I was fond of this” way), but I couldn’t place them… once I scratched off the label, it made sense – I wasn’t overly fond of the Black Currant Bai Mu Dan to begin with, and since this tastes much the same… same deal. I believe, though, that I cold brewed the last of my BCBMD and drank it that way, so maybe that’s what will happen with the rest of this. Not a fan.
Lame. I hadn’t even opened this one. This like, 2-year old tea sample. Haha. Anyhow, someone’s post on the rooibos version (which I believe I acquired from a swap with Janelle last year, but didn’t really put the effort into finding) made me want to try this, so I dug it out. It’s a fairly decent minty/vanilla/black. Wouldn’t be a favourite, but nice enough to drink, especially this time of year. I particularly tasted the chocolate yesterday, but DTT’s chocolate flavouring seems to be inconsistent even between different infusions of the same tea, so… maybe that will be the case next time, maybe not. Either way, yums.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 10! (Drank Dec. 10)
Uh…. another minty black? O.o There sure are a lot of near-repeats in these 12 teas… and I’m getting more disappointed as I go along. Two chais in a row, one of which was pretty bad, 3 pumpkin teas (the base being the only differentiating factor), and now a second minty black. I see there’s coconut here, so I’m guessing it’s Coconut Peppermint Patty (I believe that was one of this year’s blends). I suspect I’ll enjoy it, and although it may get a reasonably high rating, big minus points to the 12 Teas of Christmas overall :(
(Turns out the label just says ‘Peppermint Patty’, but I assume it’s this tea.)
Yes, so I remain too lazy to change the name of this tea. I have the packet… somewhere… but not here, so… maybe next time I’m logging it?
Anyways, decided I’d try to use some up via travel mug, which as it turns out, wasn’t a bad idea. I believe I royally screwed up the brewing parameters as I was distracted while making it Friday, so I think it may have had… longer than intended, and only at 170C (I was going for 180C, but, distractions.) The initial flavour was pretty hay-y and a bit dry, so it kind of sat around while I happily sipped my other two teas – but since I only had three mugs with me yesterday while watching my boyfriend’s cousin play some pretty intense volleyball (they won gold!), I of course turned to this one, and the flavour had changed very nicely as it sat and cooled – more of a sweetish, muscatel profile with a lovely umami finish. Kind of like oolong aftertaste… just that really good tea-ness. Sometimes, I have discovered, letting a tea sit in a travel mug for 24 hours is not a bad thing (fruit infusions are a VERY BIG EXCEPTION. Also light greens like dragonwell.)
So yes, happy times with my mug of this yesterday. Debating whether to resteep today… I really need to fill all my travel mugs for games day, and cleverly only brought 7 infusers, all of which were in use this morning (oops. And I have 6 mugs with me to fill.)
Interesting. Certainly less strong than the plain Orzo tea (I know, they’re different but I find the flavour to be similar), and the melon adds a really nice sweetness without adding sugar. Still, bit of an odd combo. However, I think this would be fabulous as a latte. Probably noootttt my favourite tea ever though, haha.
Hmmm. Well, this tea isn’t as bad as it could have been. And I mean that in a ‘me disliking the flavours’ way, not on execution. The predominant aroma is star anise, though it’s not overly strong; the flavour is more a smooth melding of a beany green, smooth vanilla, and a quite acceptable (aka low) level of star anise. Not really catching the jasmine, nor the pear. It’s actually rather soothing… I was planning to send the rest of my portion off to Roswell Strange with her half but I think I may actually drink the second cup myself (with the third off to VariaTea). I feel like this is the sort of tea where, if Butiki was remaining open, I might actually pick up another small quantity. But it’s not a big loss.
However, if you enjoy creamy/vanilla licorice, and can tolerate a good green base (it’s not sencha!)…. you may want to try this.
ETA: Guys! How am I the only reviewer for this? I hope my tasting note spurs more people on to pick this up in their order, because yum.
ETA: Subsequent infusions become too heavy on the anise for me.
Thanks to JoonSusanna for sending this one out for me to sample (quite a while ago)! The packet was unopened(!!), so flavourwise I’m expecting it to be pretty good – especially after I opened the packet and delicious blueberry aroma wafted out at me.
Of course, I accidentally oversteeped it to the tune of about 6.5 minutes. Whoops. Surprisingly though, it was still drinkable, but I think the beginning astringency/bitterness clouded the blueberry out. I’ll have to try it again another day!
Side note: I brought the infuser to my boyfriend’s place and the whole time in the car, I kept thinking the tea had leaked because it smelled so delicious. Mmmmmm.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 9! (Drank Dec. 9)
A black tea with identifiable cloves and cinnamon – even before I opened the package, I guessed it was Pumpkin Pie Black, or some variant thereof. Aroma confirms my suspicion. I’m not displeased with that, but I this is now 3/9 teas that are pumpkin, and have that same flavouring. Sure, it’s seasonal, but…. 3? I think Pumpkin Toffee Dragonwell was a good choice, but these other two (particularly the honeybush) should have been substituted with something a bit different.