504 Tasting Notes
Picked this up today from a relatively new shop in my neck of the woods. Their window said “Teas” along with “Candles, Hookahs & Clothing.” I didn’t have high hopes, but figured I’d at least give it a look. It’s a standard head shop for this area. Incense, hookahs, rolling papers, Bob Marley candles, tie dyed scarves and t-shirts… And about 5 black teas, all flavored, not much info on the jars about the teas. There were a few more white teas, also mostly flavored. A whole shelf about 10 feet long loaded with herbal blends. Makes me somewhat nervous to buy an herbal blend from a head shop – who knows if the blender really knows anything about herbal interactions and amounts that could be either good or bad for your health… Just because they slap the name “tension tamer” on it and say it’s all natural doesn’t mean it’s good for you. I am confident that they don’t blend their own blacks or whites but I am also confident that they do blend their own herbals because they also sell all of the herbal ingredients in bulk. :)
Anyway, I thought I’d pick up a few teas just to try, the prices were cheap and I expected the tea to be cheap as well. And… I was pretty much right. This isn’t horrible, but I won’t buy it again. It’s just unimpressive, given the other excellent teas I have in my stash. :)
After the cup cools somewhat, the cranberry comes out pretty well. Mildly sweet tasting and I’m assuming that is the vanilla mellowing out the tart cranberry flavoring. It’s somewhat dry after the sip and it gets drier with a longer steep. Not bitter, really, just dry. Might be pretty good iced.
Not sure how I missed logging this. I’ve had it several times.
I like this one a lot. I can taste the fig and the cherry both. Admittedly, the tea base takes a back seat. Nevertheless, the base is smooth and non-astringent. Smells wonderful.
It makes an excellent infusion for mousse and probably would make a good infusion for ice cream or creme brulee.
Toasty, ricey, little hints of vegetal flavors here and there and pretty smooth. Not silky or creamy, just smooth and soft. The leaves expand quite well, as expected for an oolong.
This is my first Dong Ding oolong. Not sure I am enough of a fan to keep it around, but it seems to be a very nice tea and I wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered. And I will not make it through 7 steeps. I will probably never get through 7 steeps of the same tea in a row. :) Too impatient, too many teas!!!
Again, thanks for sharing, Tamm!
Wow! What a pretty tea. Whole rosebuds, orange slices of dried carrots, lavender, just lovely!
I don’t get much beyond the lavender taste but it was very nice and relaxing. I liked it after it cooled off a bit. Freshly hot it was hard to taste the flavor.
I could see mixing this with a nice chamomile for a before bed cuppa. Thanks, Tamm!
Don’t think I get pear or strawberry. However, it does taste like the scent of an old fashioned candy store. Kind of like old wood (not in a bad way) and nonspecific “sweet.” Maybe that is the jelly roll chocolate taste Tamm mentioned.
Thanks for the sample, Tamm!
Roasty, barky with a silky mouth feel. Smokey, earthy. Amazing to think I am drinking something aged for so long. I don’t even drink alcohol that old! :)
That said, this probably isn’t going to be something I seek out to keep around. If anyone would like to try it, I’d be happy to share some.
Well, this is odd. A bit of fig, a bit of honey… and lots of other things that I can’t pick out. There is a strange sweet aftertaste. Very odd in that it doesn’t taste sweet when I’m drinking it but immediately after swallowing it, there is a sweetness that suffuses my mouth. I thought at first it was what I was eating with it, but I’m not sure how sharp cheese and pretzels would make a tea sweet. Maybe… the licorice root is the sweet.
Hm. Not sure I like this. I could drink it if it was served to me, but I don’t think I’d choose it over other teas.
Dry leaves are so, so pretty. Smells definitely malty dry.
Steeped, this is super malty, bready, yeasty, dark and satisfying. I can get some of the oak notes but don’t notice any florals at all. Maybe a tiny bit of astringency at the end of the sip, but it’s a teensy, tiny bit. The taste does linger a lot in the mouth.
Though this is something I could easily get too much of in a weekend and it might upset my tummy if I drank several cups at a sitting this is another unflavored black from Butiki that I simply must keep in my cupboard.
So… wow, Ysaurella was absolutely right about this one – cloves, cloves, cloves. :) I can pick up a bit of the citrus hiding under the cloves, but not much. I don’t think it is sweet, which is odd, since a lot of the European tea companies’ products seem sweet to me. While it is not something I will seek out for my cupboard, I am quite happy to have tried it. Thank you, Ysaurella!