2938 Tasting Notes
Strange that there are so few notes about this tea…
Anyhow, an extremely, 2+-years belated thanks to Alphakitty for the generous sample of this tea! I’m not sure why I hadn’t tried it prior; possibly because it got lost in the swap shuffle, but I have tried it now, and it’s pretty decent! I’m sure it has lost some flavour, but it’s still a nice, nutty black, with hints of caramel. I didn’t really pick up any cherry, but that’s probably an age thing. One big bonus here is that it fared quite well with a 2-minute infusion (prevented most astringency). I wish I had tried this back when it was newer, but I’m happy to drink it up now!
Drinking some of the Spring 2014 version of this tea… and it’s glorious. It was even more glorious when I drank it when it was fresher, but it’s still quite good. Sweet, vegetal, rock sugary, beany goodness. A perfect dragonwell, and you can get multiple infusions from it too, which is great! I drank three total over the weekend (and am currently using the second half of the packet for a new set of infusions!)
Previous comments about this tea stand – although fresher is definitely better!
Thanks so much to Teavivre for this delicious sample!
Are you kidding me? I hadn’t reviewed this before either?? UGGH. Anyhow, Birthday Cake. Fun concept, but by far not my favourite Butiki blend. Perhaps I don’t care overly for marshmallow leaf? Either way, I found this tea to be ok if one overleafs quite a bit, but rather baseless if not – the marshmallow leaf just doesn’t provide enough base for the flavours, I guess. The tea does develop quite a thick mouthfeel if you use a lot of leaf, which is interesting… Anyways, flavourwise this is mostly just sweet and creamy, which is perfect given the name, but I prefer the flavourings with Creamy Eggnog.
Sipdown! And thanks to Terri HarpLady for a sample of this tea, way long ago! Of course, my boyfriend and I burned through most of the episodes featuring River, so I ended up drinking it while watching Heroes. Ah well. Anyways, it was an intriguing blend. The brewed aroma was strongly earl grey/bergamot, but the flavour was more nuanced – I could taste the lemon (it reminded me of DavidsTea’s Earl of Lemon), and the rooibos (also, it gave me a scratchy throat), but didn’t notice the coconut. Perhaps it added a bit of creaminess, but not much else. I’m sure this would have been a bit tastier had I drank it sooner, but it was still a good cup (and I have a re-steep coming up later tonight, I think). Probably not a tea I would care to have again though, mostly because I didn’t care for the inclusion of rooibos here, and I’m not the hugest fan of earl greys (unless there’s loads of creaminess, which there wasn’t quite here).
Love this tea. I suppose it will be my replacement for Checkmate, since that one disappeared and I didn’t even know about it :( But anyhow, this tea is wonderful. Chocolatey, coconutty, and very nutty makes for quite a decadent cup. It’s so much better than Choconut Oolong because there’s no liquorice flavour, which turned me off that blend. Hoping this one stays on the wall, because it’s a favourite!
Picked this (and a fifth Timolino – yes, I’m ridiculous) up on Saturday after enjoying an in-store sample. I’m reasonably impressed – I’d heard it was quite gingery, and that’s certainly accurate, but the pear flavour is definitely discernible as well, and quite juicy. Because of the ginger it can’t quite satisfy that weird desire I have for a perfect pear tea, but it’s pretty enjoyable. The first infusion is most pear-y; after that, the ginger takes over. Overall a pretty decent tea, particularly if you like ginger!