835 Tasting Notes
When my husband asked me for a list of possible birthday gifts I might want the first thing I did was make a Butiki list! ;) Even though I’ve never had this one I really wanted to try it.
So, on my birthday Saturday I visited a local outdoor Sculpture festival. They were giving out these clay flower pots that had been stencil painted with pretty designs, and some of them including the one I took had the phrase “The Best of All Possible Worlds” stenciled around it. I’ve sort of had the phrase stuck in my head ever since, and had to read all about the French philosopher who coined the term and everything. Anyway, this tea made me think of that. It seems to be the best of all of its elements. A black tea with a little of everything! Very satisfying!!! :) I feel the addition of Darjeeling really makes it special.
I’m shocked no one has reviewed this yet!
My husband got me some for my birthday, and I tried it this morning. It DOES taste just like Starbucks! I know because on my actual birthday I went to Starbucks for my free drink (if you register any gift card online you get a free drink on your birthday!) and so I just had the real deal recently.
It’s my birthday!!!
I’ve had a nice relaxing morning so far. Woke up and made a cup of Laoshan Black (yum) and made a Dutch Baby with fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar on top (also YUM). Then my husband gave me some of my gifts…all were tea so far LOL!
He got me the Starbuck’s matchaccino copy from RedLeaf, and a HUGE box from Butiki including-
The Black Lotus
Blackberry Lime Guayusa
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black
2009 Banchang tree Puerh (having that one now, SO GOOD!)
Kenyan Silver Needle
Stacy also threw in some excellent samples! Birthday cake (totes apropos) the NEW Chocolate Espresso with Strawberry Cream frosting (OMG can’t wait) and the phase one butterscotch chai trial, and a new Taiwanese Black! Thanks Stacy!!!
Tonight I’m going to a neat local event the call Zoo Brew. They close the local Zoo for the evening and people pay to get in and there are a TON of booths with food and beer samples of all sorts. My husband is actually in the local homebrew club so he will be there with 5 gallons of his donated beer (an Amber Ale) serving samples to the masses. The homebrew club booth is always the MOST popular…these guys are fantastic brewers but they can’t SELL their beer without the proper licensing, but they CAN donate it to events like this! People go nuts for their unique and tasty beers :) Anyway should be a great time if it doesn’t get rained out!
Well, this is really different. Thanks for sharing boychik :)
I steeped this Western style for about 2 minutes. It DOES have some really strange tongue numbing effects. I’m not getting any bitterness, but it does have a strange under-ripe veggie flavor. The liquor SMELLS really sweet though. There are some complex notes I’m having trouble identifying. I am enjoying this. And the dry leaf is really twisty and fuzzy and pretty. I’ve gotten so many beautiful teas lately, I think I want to do some artsy tea photography this weekend. Doesn’t that sound fun? :)
I’ve been drinking this one all day! Thanks Terri
This has a nice bold tangy, tongue tingling flavor! A little stone fruit notes in the middle steeps. Quite nice! There is some very light smoke aroma, but almost no smokey taste is detectable. The chaqi is really great on this one. I’ve been zipping along all day! Go sheng! heh