2388 Tasting Notes
Sipdown!! (well sort of as the last cup is being sent off to Courtney).
Thank you MissB for sharing this with me. I find that I often forget it but when I do finally remember to make a cup, I am always pleased with the taste. This has a great peach-apricot flavor with a hint of strawberry deliciousness right at the end of the sip. It really is a nice tea but for some reason, I just don’t think about it all that often.
Thank you Courtney for sending this my way but this tea has fallen victim to my dislike of oolong. I think I have FINALLY realized that more times than not, I don’t like pu’erh or oolong and so I think I have decided to stop trying them. I know this means I might miss out on something great but there is just so much tea in the world that I know I just can’t try them all.
As for this tea specifically, I really wanted to like it. If I could look past the oolong, I would say this is actually a pretty great representation of tiramisu. It is both creamy and cakey with a nice vanilla-coffee flavor. Alas, the first flavor that hit my tongue when I took a sip was oolong and that is just not for me. Though, I would say that anyone who doesn’t mind/likes oolong, would probably enjoy this cup.
I fell in love with DAVIDs Pistachio Cream when I first tried it. Then, after just one cup, it was gone and no longer available in store. However, I was so excited when I saw Butiki had a Pistachio Ice Cream fix because I could replace my beloved Pistachio Cream with what I expected would be an even better version. So I picked this up in the BF sale having never tried it before.
This particular cup actually came to me from OMGsrsly (thank you for sharing!). She very generously sent some along in a swap which has given me the opportunity to try this tea without having to open the one I bought. I think this has worked out for the best because although I like this tea, I don’t like it as much as the DAVIDs version and since I have lots of that, I think this might be added to my stash sale.
This has a great pistachio flavor but it is more subtle than its DAVIDs counterpart. There is a slight creaminess but I find myself wanting more. Plus, it is a green tea which makes brewing a bit of a pain. I guess this one is just not for me.
Don’t you hate when you are about to click on a tea and the drop down list just changes? It took me like three tries to finally get to this page but I did it so yay!
Anyways, this is a tasty, tasty white. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. It really comes off as though I am feasting on some delicious berries. It is sweet, but with just the right amount of berry tartness. The white base is the perfect match to highlight the mulberries and the flowers add almost a butterscotch note to the whole cup. I am sad all the leaf was gone with just one (very large) cup. You shall be missed Mulberry White, until we meet again.
I grabbed a sample of this tea when I picked up some Anti V-Day treat. I was planning to wait until Valentine’s Day to try this sample and have a whole Valentine’s Day themed day of tea. However, my friend seemed very interested in giving this a try so I brewed us up some.
Honestly, when I took my first sip I thought I was drinking Eight Candles because the two tasted identical. As I continue to drink, I realized this one is a bit more dense and has a slight chocolate richness. It is not bad but I think I would reach for Eight Candles far more often than this. It was fun to try though and still very tasty.
An oolong that I don’t mind. Yay! It is aptly named as all three components make an appearance in each sip. Tbh, I was expecting more pineapple and less of everything else and though I wish there was a stronger pineapple taste, I am still enjoying the cup. Though, I don’t think this will be a restock once I finish what I have.
My friend was looking at a package of David’s Genmaicha and mentioned how she had seen tea that looked similar but was not from David’s. I then told her how genmaicha is pretty popular and most tea places will have their own version. However, if we were having genmaicha, I was definitely not going to let the opportunity pass to have some Nina’s Japon. So we are both having a cup of this roasty-toasty caramel treat. MMMmmmmm…
I had a stroke of genius at 4 am last night when I realized that since I use water bottles to make my SBTs, I could pour the cold steeped teas back into the bottles when it was done steeping and use the pitcher to make another flavor. That will enable me to try multiple flavors at once without having to drink a whole pitcher of cold tea by myself in the middle of winter. So now I have 4 bottles of Key Lime Cheesecake SBT to enjoy at my leisure while a pitcher of Rainbow Sherbet SBT steeps in the fridge.
Anyways, I ended up making this tea for a friend and myself. She came over for a day of tea and homework and by the time she arrived the kettle had already boiled and started cooling. I figured I would take advantage of the cooled water and make one of the greens I was sent in swaps. When given the choice, she picked this one out from the box Cavocorax sent me..
I steeped 2 tsps in 16 oz of 165F water for 3 minutes. The result was a very smooth and pleasant green tea. My friend really liked it and though I enjoyed my cup, it was a pretty simple tea. There was a tiny hint of almond and a slight berry sweetness. All very good but nothing I was blown away by. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing. I will enjoy the sample you sent but I don’t think I will be too heartbroken when it is gone.
After the success of Apple Strudel Pistachio, I decided to try the second Cuppa’T Specialty Tea Roswell Strange sent to me in our most recent swap. This smells great and when my sip began, there was a nice pumpkin spice flavor but then it hit me…hibiscus. Ugh. My nemesis! I do not like being lied to and hibiscus is the biggest liar of them all – hiding in all the teas and then jumping out to surprise you with its tartness. Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing but this is just not for me. I probably should have read the ingredients more closely before asking to try it out.
First to write a tasting note and it is part of a swap? Such pressure…
Well first off thank you Dexter3657 for sending this my way. As I have mentioned many times, a fruit tisane with no hibiscus is already a plus in my book. Alas, that is where the pluses end.
There is a lot in this blend and it all just combines to make one generically fruity flavor. It is not sweet, nor tart just fruit. It is pretty hard to describe as there is nothing that really sticks out one way or another. Nothing bad, nothing good, just a fruit tisane. It won’t be hard to drink up but it also won’t be hard to forget once it is done.