2668 Tasting Notes
Surprise favourite here! I bought this simply out of curiosity, not because I anticipated liking it. Apparently, though, blackberry is a perfect pairing with guayusa! I’m not overly fond of guayusa, but it worked so well here that I’ve actually found myself wanting to drink this tea again (tea cravings for guayusa?!) The juicy blackberry flavour just worked so well with the earthy flavours for whatever reason.
To be fair, part of the reason I picked this tea up was because I was interested to see how Butiki did lime, but unfortunately I really can’t taste any lime here. Which, flavourwise for this tea, is ok, but a bit disappointing because it is an ingredient. Again, however, I drank this in a travel mug and will have to try it again to see if it was just hidden by whatever atrocities travel mugs do to teas.
Very close to a sipdown here. Not my favourite tea (now that I’ve tried Red Queen Cupcake, I’d prefer that one), but still decent. The last time I drank this one, the second infusion was actually superior to the first, which was interesting. It was more truffley and had a bit more raspberry flavour… or maybe it was my tastebuds. Anyhow, just enough left here for a final farewell cup (who knows when I’ll get around to that though!)
Yum. Picked up 4 oz. of this in the recent sale, and it’s still just as amazing. Perhaps a touch more orangey, and I think I put a few too many leaves in the infuser last time, but it’s simply delicious regardless. Although I like variety with my teas, I could probably last happily for quite a while with just PTA, Two Friends, and HellowSweetie.
Oh so good. Stocked up on this in the recent sale, and absolutely no regrets. Perfect travel mug tea since the raisiny flavour is bold enough to shine even then. I’ve discovered, though, that I definitely prefer drinking this tea (and many others, it’s true) lukewarm/maybe 10 degrees above body temperature. The flavours are best at that temperature, and I don’t burn my mouth. Win-win!
Another recent sale tea!
Just brewed some of this up – I had figured it wouldn’t be robust enough for a travel mug, and I think I was right. I’ll have to work on brewing parameters with this one; I’m not getting a great deal of flavour from it, which is unfortunate. It’s certainly not bad – the base is tasty, but I’m not tasting a great deal of additional flavour beyond that.There are hints of flavour, though, so again, hopefully I can coax them out in a future infusion!
I guess this is one of the teas that I missed reviewing in the past few months. I did get a sample of it originally, with a joint order (I believe), and had two very delicious cups’ worth, so of course, I had to order 2 ounces during the recent sale.
I don’t think I like this tea quite as much as the plain PTA, but I appreciate and enjoy the caramel/coconut/banana flavours that come out with the raisiny PTA, which makes it very much like a dessert treat tea, which is perfect. I’m not drinking this right now, so can’t make very detailed observations, but it’s quite a good blend of flavours on a solid, flavourful base. Great in a travel mug, and as all teas are, even better consumed normally. Bonus points for the Doctor Who reference, of course, but I’d like the tea just as much with another name.
So disappointed. I brewed some up this up yesterday and drank it (review to follow), and when I came home and went to resteep, my infuser was infested with fruit flies :( :( We have a bit of a fruit fly problem at the house right now, and I forgot that since there were fruit chunks in this blend, I needed to put the infuser elsewhere (fridge, cupboard) if I wanted a re-steep… so I had to dump it. The thought of potentially boiling fruit fly larva made me gag. Luckily, I have a bag of this, so I’ll get another shot – gui fei has a lot of life in it, so I know that this should last at least a solid three infusions.
Anyhow, the review. I did try this just in a travel mug – I was desperate for a new flavour, and I still haven’t unpacked all my teas/found them since moving back in May (yes, Raritea, they’re still in the drawers of the dresser you packed for me, haha), so I decided to give this a shot. Don’t regret my decision, although I probably missed out on some flavour nuances – although I caught a hint of apple, I tasted primarily Gui Fei Oolong, and no real caramel to speak of. Of course, since I like the base, I did enjoy the tea, but I was definitely hoping for a bit more caramel apple. I wonder if this tea would work a bit better if the base was only half gui fei, and the rest maybe even PTA? Or perhaps something less dominating.
Either way, no numerical review at this point since travel mugs do not allow a fair assessment of the tea. Looking forward to the next brew of it though, and trying to coax out some more flavour!