3013 Tasting Notes
Thanks again to mystery swapper! This tea is kind of a bust – tastes just like a rooibos cream to me. Seabuckthorn is pretty sour and astringent, and I’m not picking up any of that here. Probably for the best; although I wanted to try this tea, I’m not entirely sure I thought it would work anyhow. Kind of makes me think curdled… Anyhow, average rooibos cream, and that’s about it.
Kicking myself so hard right now. Bang – another winner! Love the pillowy soft strawberry fruitiness in this black. Reminiscent of Raspberry Cream, but even better because I prefer strawberry flavouring (although I imagine it’s a berry mix here, I’m mostly tasting strawberry). There’s more creaminess here too, with the marshmallow root (I was briefly worried that it was ginger. Thankfully not.) Quite tasty. Thanks for sharing, mystery swapper! (I’m now convinced I’m referring to *Rachel*…)
Sipdown! Well darn… I actually like this one. Apricot flavouring is another one that 52teas does well (I also like my Apricot Shou Mei Cheesecake), and this tea is no exception. Juicy apricot flavour and a bit of creaminess as well – the apricot flavour lingers on the palate long after I finish a sip, too. I did mess up the base a bit – I assumed this was a white and brewed it as such; it probably should have been brewed as a green due to the long jing, but oh well, it didn’t suffer too much, just a bit of bitterness (and to be honest, I probably could have added a bit more water and eliminated that).
Anyhow, it’s too bad this tea is gone, because I probably would have like to have some around. Thanks for sharing some, Sil!
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).