475 Tasting Notes
This was one of the first teas I tried, and one of the first teas I really, really did not like. I picked some up again because, as I grow to better understand brewing and how to make a good cup of tea, I am retrying some of my early misses to see if I can coax something better out of the teas. In this case, I have always loved the smell of the dry leaves, but I could not get past the bitterness of the base tea.
Tonight I brewed it very carefully, paying close attention to both the water temperature and the brew time. By keeping the temperature a bit lower and the brew time a bit shorter and I got a lovely strawberry heavy, chocolate tea. The base tea is strong, but not unpleasant and I managed to keep it from being astringent. I am really glad I gave this tea another chance. I want to try it a few more times but, if it continues to turn out this pleasantly, I am going to have to bump up my rating!
First hot cup of tea in days!! Now that the chaos of prom is over, I am enjoying a lazy afternoon sitting with a cup of tea and watching The Next Great Baker on netflix. As for this tea, it is one of those classic cake-y teas I love. I don’t get mountains of fruit flavour, but I get a nice smooth cake note on top of the light black tea base. This is not a spectacularly unique flavour to me, but it is a nice, comforting cup for a lazy afternoon.
I can not believe how long it has been since I have had time to sit down with a good cup of tea, much less write tea notes about it! I have been drinking this cold brewed while I am at work and I continue to love it as always. It is tart, like a pineapple tea should be in my world, but not so tart as to verge on being sour. I am not crazy about it hot anymore, but it really shines when it is cold brewed!
I saw a suggestion online (I can not for the life of me remember where) but to blend this with Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait to make a Strawberry Shortcake flavour. Colour me amazed, it worked beautifully! have played with the blend a few times, and I have settled on a straight 50/50 mix with a bit of sugar added. I get a nice juicy hit to berry along with the heavy base vanilla cake notes from the Red Velvet Cake. I am not the biggest fan of Red Velvet Cake by itself, but this is downright addictive. It makes me want to try Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait with some Coffee Cake and see where that gets me!
I bought this on a whim to give it a shot (fully prepared to be gifting it to friends). I can not believe how much I love it! I am not a chai or a ginger fan, but this seems to hit the perfect sweet spot of spicy yet still truly a fruit based tea.
The ginger is the strongest note, backed up by a tart fruity note (possibly the rhubarb?). The overall brew is actually fairly sweet and you can taste the licorice in the end note of the sip.
This is a complicated tea, it is definitely part spicy chai and part fruit infusion. I think it is one of those things you can either really get behind or you really dislike. Surprisingly, for me, I really, really like it. It is the first chai in a long time that I have really truly enjoyed!
I love this tea so much! I am so sorry it no longer seems to be one that David’s likes to carry because, hands down, it is my favourite cinnamon chocolate tea. I love the big ribbons of coconut, the sweetness of the tea, the smell, everything. It is such a great tea to sit and watch TV with on a Sunday afternoon!
Stacy tossed a sample of this in with my last Butiki order and am I ever glad she did! I think I hesitated initially on this tea because I was worried that there would be too much base tea for my liking. In retrospect, I should have known to trust Butiki blends. This tea was wonderful! Buttery smooth with strong notes of caramel and a touch of vanilla. I added just a touch of sugar to mine, and that seemed like the right way to go. I think this needs to go on my must order list for future orders!
Molar ged this little gem out of the travelling tea box. Tonight seemed like a great night to sit and contemplate a cup of it as my living room was full of boys discussing basketball. Brewed up, I smelled the ginger, which worried me. But the taste was heavier on the apple, which was perfect. The base was oneself but mild and u certainly got an apple cider vibe from the tea. I don’t know if I need to have a bunch of this, but it enjoyed the cup I had.