3107 Tasting Notes
Why yes, it is in fact drinkalltheButikiteas day, glad you asked! Second up is the delicious White Rhino. Sweet, malty, rich…. almost like a black without any of the harshness. And it’s soooo nice to stick my nose into the empty mug and sniff, because it’s gloriously fragrant.
Sipdown! Except… it’s a fake sipdown, because I finished off my first ever ounce of this tea (about 2 years old give or take), and received my next (and last) ounce just today. The last bit was rather heavy on pistachio bits and lotus stamens, not so much tea, so it still tastes ok, but isn’t as flavourful as it was. No worries though, because I have multiple delicious cups of this incoming to my mouth over the next two+ years. Yes, I will more than likely still have this tea in two years. I anticipate having Premium Taiwanese Assam around for 5+. Perhaps I should invest in a vacuum sealer.
Made the decision today that I needed to stock up a little on this before it’s gone, because as herbals go, I like it well enough. So, 50g of this now resides in my DT drawer, plus 25g Pumpkin Chai. I almost got Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Patch as well, but thought better of it – I mean, I got two pumpkin teas from Butiki today too – how many does one need?! (Don’t answer that.)
Anyhow, brewed some of this up to take the chill off of a rainy autumn day. And used my sweet DT Halloween mug, of course (it exceeds my expectations and is wonderful, in case you were curious). Man, I cannot believe how quickly things sold out. I was debating getting a second mug as a backup, but didn’t even have the chance to contemplate it. Ah well.
This tea still has a bit of a weird sour taste to it (it comes out initially, then fades, which is possibly contrary to what I originally said, as I remembered incorrectly), but it smells wonderful, and the aftertaste is pure vanilla apple. Also, no scratchy throat. So, I’m happy to have some set aside for later :)
ETA: Drank a few resteeps of this one, and the sourness was greatly diminished after the first infusion. I wonder if a quick rinse/10s infusion could help with that? Might give it a shot next time.
Got my DT Halloween mug today, yay! And this tea, which I was curious about. It smells a lot more amaretto-y than I was expecting, with dark coffee aromas mingling in the background (I assume chicory is there as well), and brewed up, it also tastes a bit on the amaretto side. Thankfully it’s not overly strong, though. The base ends up being quite strong (although whether that’s from the accidental 11 minute infusion, or a characteristic of the tea, it’s hard to be sure), and tastes more like a blend of coffee/chicory than any tea, despite there being a fair amount of tea in there.
Overall, pretty neutral on this one. I’m sure I’ll get through the bag, but it would have been a tea I’d have been happy merely sampling.
My roomie picked up some of this while she was living in New Zealand – apparently feijoa is a pretty popular fruit over there? It’s a bit of a weird flavour – we had it in some drinks and chocolates over there while I was visiting her. It’s a bit floral-fruity and definitely has that “exotic” fruit flavour (i.e. not a flavour that’s familiar). It could be misconstrued as overripe too, I believe.
Anyhow, the tea! It’s actually a reasonably accurate representation of what I know to be feijoa flavour (although admittedly I didn’t have the actual fruit, so I could be wrong) – the aroma is fruity, sweet, and almost fig-like, and the flavour is very similar, although not quite as intense as the aroma. The green honey bush works well here – unobtrusive, and no throat scratchiness. Overall, not a flavour I overly care for, but I think it’s a well-done tea. Withholding a rating; personally it’s probably in the 40s as I don’t really want much more, but if one likes feijoa, it’s probably 80+.
Sipdown! Thanks Sil and Ysaurella :)
I’m with Sil on this one here – not tasting maple nor chestnuts, but instead it’s fairly floral. Well, maybe I can catch a hint of chestnut post-sip, but for such a delicious-sounding combination, this falls rather flat. It’s not bad by any stretch – the floral edges towards fruity, and the base is present but smooth – it’s just not what would be expected.
Sample #3 from VariaTea! I think this may be less bitter than Cavalla – it tastes like liquefied dark chocolate chips. Maybe… 70%? With a bit of sweetener? Or perhaps semisweet (but less sweet than those, by far). Definitely creamy too. I should really do that side-by-side once I’ve had a mug of each… drinking them a couple days apart makes it pretty difficult to form any real conclusions.