2221 Tasting Notes
Ok…. either my sample is too old, or my mouth tastes too much like cardamom, but I cold-brewed a bunch of this last night and I can’t taste anything :( I really liked this one the last time I had it cold, so this sucks. I guess I’ll let my tastebuds sit a while and then see how it goes… (Note: sample has been in a plastic baggie for pretty much an entire year…)
Cold-brewed last night. Honestly? All I’m really tasting here is cardamom, and since I seem to adore cardamom, this is working quite well. I’m not sure that I ever honestly tasted much of anything else, but enjoyed the cardamom so much that I rated this quite highly! Either way, I’m tempted to simply steep some cardamom pods in the fridge and see how it turns out…
Tried a bit of this one last night. Honestly, I drank it pretty quickly so can’t really write the best review, but it was certainly both chocolatey and minty, and I did enjoy it. I can’t believe how many little chocolate chips are in there! Anyhow, I have enough left of my share for at least another few cups, I’m thinking, so will have to properly review it later when I’m less distracted (e.g. not playing guitar/watching Dr. Who).
So I guess when you deprive yourself of tea long enough, it tastes utterly amazing when you get back to it! First cup of milk oolong in a long while, and it was absolutely heavenly. This packet resides at the boyfriend’s house for the time being, which was a great thing to have remembered last night :D
Cold-brewed some of this up today as well; it was just fine to have in place of plain, ice-cold water, and I think that’s how I’ll finish this one, but it’s definitely not a favourite. I just don’t get the berry flavour I’m looking for here, and the white tea comes off a bit play-doughy or chemically.
Put some of this in the fridge to cold-brew earlier this evening (~4tsp in 2 cups water) and I’m rather enjoying it, although I preferred it ice cold as opposed to the closer-to-room-temp it is right now (my room is quite warm!)
I brewed up some of my Black Currant Bai Mu Dan the same way, and definitely prefer this one, although it could easily be in part due to freshness. I don’t get a ton of flavour with either, but there’s more white tea flavour in this blend, and therefore it’s a more enjoyable iced tea. I probably should avoid buying more white tea blends though… don’t appear to be a huge fan of them.
Tried a cup of this at the reception. Blech. I suppose it mostly tasted kind of apple cidery, but I was unimpressed and barely drank any (and then my cup disappeared, aka I went and sat somewhere else). It probably isn’t a terrible tea, really, but it wasn’t what I wanted right then! I’ll refrain from rating, as a result.
Thanks to Stacy at Butiki for a generous sample of this one, that came with my last order :)
This is possibly the best banana tea I think I’ve had. Ok, maybe second best, after Banana Oolong from DavidsTea. The banana flavour in here is so real and perfect (no banana runts here!) and I’m just getting a bit of nuttiness, which is hard to separate from the base, which is great and not astringent at all with the recommended brewing parameters. It reminds me in a way of Apres Ski (DavidsTea), except lacking in astringency in the base, and with more banana flavour and less dry, astringent walnut flavour. (Ok, so it’s not so much the same, but more along the lines of what I expected Apres Ski to taste like). Anyhow, again, this is another tea I probably wouldn’t order a bunch of for myself, but it’s a must-try for any banana lovers out there! (Unless you hate walnut. Or black tea. Although both are done marvellously here, so I’d recommend trying it anyhow.)
I feel like my tasting notes are a bit off tonight.. apologies, it’s the sleepiness and lack of focus :)
Well, this one smells heavenly dry. Brewed it, it tastes a fair bit to me like other caramelly blacks I’ve had previously, except for a big, gaping hole where the astringency usually kicks in. As in, I keep waiting for astringency, and there isn’t any at all. I can taste the characteristic raisiny PTA flavour in there as well… mmmmm. I will admit that I don’t think that this is quite as tasty as I was expecting, but perhaps I brewed it incorrectly or something. I’m quite exhausted (Mexico was far from a relaxing vacation, tbh!) and who knows if I did something wrong. I really just want to fall asleep right now, but I should really paint my nails first… :/
Anyhow! I have half an ounce of this (the rest is Sil’s :P), so I get at least a couple more shots to see how this fares. The aroma is so good, I feel like it has to be user error :P Rating withheld until that time!
Sipdown! Although this hardly counts as it’s a 1-cup sample not even in my cupboard. Also, I only drank 2 sips and gave the rest to my mom :P
I actually rather enjoyed the sips of this that I did have. It’s very floral, but given the name, that’s of course to be quite expected! I definitely caught a large dose of jasmine, along with other floral aromas/flavours, and a bit of green oolong as well (fairly light, though). My mom quite enjoyed it, as I had figured, since she enjoys floral teas, so it may make it into a future Butiki order :) Nothing I’d keep around, but for a floral tea it was pretty palatable IMO!