518 Tasting Notes
T&C TTB#20: This is going to drive me crazy. I am absolutely positive I bought a pack of this back when. I have been tearing the house apart trying to find it for months – I never ever tried it and I lost it! This is sweet and creamy lemon with cardamom. Maybe a bit of ginger the flavor but I don’t get much cinnamon. The spices seem to be blended well here and the lemon adds a brightness that is appealing.
Made with 3 oz. half-and-half and about a tablespoon of sugar.
T&C TTB#19: I kind of like this one. Not sure I’d keep it around and I don’t notice any rose, lavender or jasmine but it was a pleasant cup. The spices are somewhat mild. I wonder if I’d like it with a touch more sugar. I used about 2 teaspoons for a 16 ounce cup and I steeped with about 4 ounces of half and half as well as water.
T&C TTB#16: Okay, this is great. This was another I have never ordered because I figured it wouldn’t be my thing. I don’t really get any chocolate chip bunny taste here, but it is easily one of the best strawberry blacks I’ve had. I do notice the hibiscus but not in a bad way and there is a little bit of pie crust in the background. It’s a little bit dry as it cools off. I don’t get much cinnamon either and I’m not sure what rhubarb tastes like. My grandma made strawberry-rhubarb pies every spring but I never ate any. I liked the plain strawberry ones too much to branch out. :) This one goes on my shopping list for the next Butiki order.
T&C TTB#15: This smells like tons of grapefruit but the flavor is much milder. It could be a bit stronger in flavor and the base could still handle it, I think. But this isn’t artificial in anyway and as noted in another review, it would make a good EG substitute if you didn’t care for bergamot.
And the last of the comparisons. The smell is odd – I think that just means that I can now cross off bourbon vanilla from my list of things I might like. I have tried it in several teas now and not really cared for it. The flavor of this is slightly chemical and off to me. Adding sugar and half-and-half to this makes it very desserty and covers the chemical taste, bringing more vanilla to the forefront. But sugar and half-and-half would likely make just about any vanilla tea more desserty. :) Good with the additions but nothing to make me keep this on hand over any other vanilla tea.