176 Tasting Notes
It’s been a while since I’ve done a tea tasting at all, let alone from my sample box. I went on kind of an unintended hiatus, sporadically checked into Steepster, responded to 1 or 2 threads, but didn’t have much urge to drink tea. Not saying I’m over that necessarily, who knows though…just something that happens periodically when I’m in a frenzy of something…(Last few weeks my frenzy has been about bento boxes and recipes. I am still interested in those, but now that I’ve bought 1, about to order the Zojirushi Mr.Bento thermo lunch jar, and seriously thinking of buying a bento cube at my local Japanese grocery store…I think that fulfills my bento buying frenzy for now, and have a whole crapload of bento recipe sites bookmarked, many for kids just for the cuteness factor, but plenty for adults as well, and subscribed to a few youtube bento vlogs. )This tea is from LiberTEAS, which I had bought a box full of an insane amount of teas (Grins)from. As an attempt to keep them slightly organized, I took a few large freezer bags, labeled them Tried and Not Tried. Today I grabbed into the Not Tried bag to find some teas that looked/smelled interesting to try because I was in the mood for something new.
The Tea: It’s…..ok. Not terribly inspiring, but not a bad cup either. Like I’ve mentioned before: I blame certain companies tendency to ‘flavor blast’ their teas so much that it’s hard to appreciate more subtle teas. (I am still a customer of those companies though;)) so unless there is an unusual but pleasing note in the tea, most likely I am not going to consider getting it.
I am going to put this with the samples that I think would taste good cold, but I don’t get the feeling that would improve my opinion of it.
Despite the fact that I have a lot of ROT canisters that I badly need to sip down, I bought 2 more when I was at Whole Foods 2 weeks ago.
Obviously this is one of them.
I am not a huge coconut fan, but I have a mild like for them and have really gotten into putting lime juice in with it. (Though this seems to work better with colder teas.) This time around I put in some salt as well, meh that made it taste weird. (Sometimes it works, other times…not so much.) I think I also put to much lime juice.
Despite both of those though, I am enjoying my cup.
I do wish however….that ROT wasn’t quite so expensive. Though at least they are alittle bit more accessible (At the moment. Where I’m moving this summer, the nearest tea places at all are in Ann Arbor, which about half hour-45 min from where I will be living. Though bonus is that I’ll be nearer to The British Pantry in Tecumseh.)
If your obsessed with coconut, then this tea is worth a try.
Would I buy this again? It depends on how it does as a iced tea.
Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla
I’m writing this while really tired and kind of sleepy…I did not get much sleep last night, so that is why I daringly had something that said this had medium amount of caffeine in it. Even so still yawning every other minute or so, and fell asleep for about an hour.
I recieved this tea as part of Amoda’s one time offer box, I wish I could sign up for a subscription for a monthly box because $12 is a decent amount.
Anyways…I would have to be sipping this side by side with the regular 8 Treasures because I am not really tasting much difference. Though I did have the thought that 8 Treasures might make an interesting base for a chai, a name like Fireside Chai with a picture of a fireplace, armchair, classic book and of course a steaming cup of tea. Hmmm, Cranberries too! And or oranges.
Anyways…I just made myself a 2nd infusion and feeling alot more awake, with any luck that means I’ll be able to get some work done. A lot of the taste is still there but muted. I want to like further infusions of tea, but overall I have not really gotten into it. Maybe it takes time, eh?
I’ve had this combination so many times, can’t believe I hadn’t added it before now.
If your expecting a sharp citrusy note…your not gonna get it without adding it. The citrus is rather blunted in the tea, but still enjoyable in my book. Cranberries in the other tea add a slight tartness. I could be wrong, but I think this might make an interesting iced tea…I got plenty of this so would be able to try that a few times and not use up to much of it.
Hmph…I could of sworn I had reviewed this tea…no wonder I couldn’t find it the other night!
Anyways…I had this tea I think it was Saturday? Yeah that’s right that is when I got the package. For various reasons I do not want to have any now…I’m hoarding it. Saving up moola for a Verdant order as well as Della Terra. (Though probably not till this summer, sadly.) So cannot justify ordering more from Butiki at this time.
1st sniff: Funky, (In a good way;))smells coming out of this bag, now why didn’t I pick this one 1st? Ahh yes the smells of the Pistachio Ice Cream beguiled me. Enough of that…carry on!
My 1st few sips were with sugar only, which made the apples really show up, though thankfully not overshadow the potato. After about 4 sips I added some table salt. (I love sweet and salty tastes anyways.) OMG!!! Insanely good!
I did have the odd thought of adding some sour cream to the tea as I like both applesauce and sour cream with my potato pancakes, though not crazy about them mixed up…..Hmm. What a quandary.
I love cantaloup…well most melon, really. So of course I would give this tea a shot. It’s tasty and I don’t regret getting it…however, I don’t see myself getting it again. I think because when I compare to how much I liked Pistachios Ice Cream and Potatoes & Applesauce, this tea is awfully quiet, and given I’ve got a slew of quiet teas from various places (Many of them accessible from local places.)and it’s hard for me to justify getting more teas that don’t really WOW! me from non local tea places or ones that cost a pretty penny. So…no probably won’t be getting this again. I will be adding it to the ‘iced teas’ list however.
1st smell: weird and funky but in a fun kind of way.
1st taste: I was kind of expecting bit of a broth taste, due to the smell, but the taste was really mild.
I am undecided on whether I’d want to keep this in my cupboard, that is if I could afford to. When it cooled down, it tasted better in some ways, almost kind of minty…which is weird, because mint and cilantro generally don’t taste anything alike to me. Well guess it’ll have to wait on a final verdict when it gets down to the end of the bag.
Last tea review of the night….seriously thinking of heading to bed, I’m tired…funny because I didn’t do a whole lot other then drink tea, (Which I’m not regretting, but am regretting not getting to other stuff I was supposed to do. Ahh well.)
This tea is good, but can’t see myself getting it again. I plan on saving it for summer to use for iced tea though. Compared to my really liking Pistachio Ice Cream and Potato Pancakes & Applesauce, I was really disappointed with this tea, but I guess that’s bound to happen some times, eh?
Kitty tastings…..Mmmmm! Sorry, I’m in a weird little/kitty kind of mood right now, if that weirds you out you can stop reading and it won’t hurted my feefees! (Feelings.)
I ordered from Butiki last…Thursday/Friday I believe and got my package today, (Stacy said there was a delay with one of the teas, otherwise it would of been sent out earlier.) I chose this tea 1st because it smelled so sweet and nice and I adore pistachios! And I looooooooooooove! Pistachio Ice cream! (My favorite is by Ciao Bella, they also make a terrific Blood Orange Sorbet and the PassionFruit is equally good.) And have been known to eat a whole bag of pistachios in one afternoon, (even with having to shell them….I much prefer to get the shelled, although that makes it even easier to overeat. )
Anyways….I like reading reviews of a new tea when I’m drinking it, to see if I have the same/similar impressions. With this tea I am happy to say that with the 10-15 reviews I’ve read I agree with most of them:
Grassy (But in a good way this time!) Creamy (Not overly so. More like a hint.) Nutty. (Not sure if I would of figured Pistachios if this was a blind tasting.) Sweet. Doesn’t have an ice cream taste to me, though I’ve yet to have a tea where that is successfully translated and it might be something that is to complex of a taste for me. Shrugs That’s ok.
Going to try a resteeping, even though I want to try the others…giggles I am not much of a resteeper though I totally get the appeal.
At this time, I am not sure if I would get this again despite my liking it quite a bit. And I think I would say that even if I had a much better income, had an apartment/house of my own and a new car. (Stuff gotta save up for.)
Resteep: It’s an ok resteep, but like I’ve mentioned before I am probably not resteeping right. It’s still nutty and sweet but no cream. If I had half and half around the house I would pour just a tiny bit in, just to see how it rolls. Maybe I should buy some when I go shopping either tonight or tomorow. Heh.