2481 Tasting Notes
So I start my first actual in-store shift tomorrow at 11am. I didn’t find out until 10 tonight so now I am freaking out a bit and trying to make sure I have everything I need and know everything I should know. Also, during the interview process I was told me friend who recommended me would be training me, which was relaxing given that if I did something stupid, she would be the only one who would know but now she doesn’t start until a couple hours into my shift so I am a little more neurotic than I would have been otherwise. I have been hounding my poor friend for the past hour or so asking a million questions and just generally freaking out. Honestly, I will more than likely be fine but it is still intimidating so, to help me relax, I am enjoying a favorite before bed as I review some of the policies. Wish me luck :)
For some reason this SBT was just calling my name. I guess I just thought it was so elaborate that I was excited to see how it would taste. Sipping on it now, I am getting pumpkin spice first and base second. Every now and then I think I catch a bit of the vanilla or chocolate but it is fleeting and might just be me tasting it because I think it should be there. I mean, this is good, but it does fall short in a few areas so I don’t think it will be one I get again. However, it is fun to try and I am happy I have the rest of the pitcher to enjoy for the next little while.
Sipping down my oldest tea and watching the premiere of True Blood is making for a pleasant evening.
So long tasty peach tea. You are definitely the best tasting bloom tea I have had but I don’t think I will be restocking given the price and Teavana’s shitty customer service. It was fun while it lasted though.
First time I had this tea it tasted like water and not much else. I assumed that was because I had a cold and thus my taste buds were off. However, now I can see why I was not getting much from this – like a macaron, the flavors are very, very subtle in this blend. It is a tea that demands your attention otherwise you might miss the creamy lemon and airy pastry notes that perfectly represent this teas namesake. The best way to describe this is delicate and beautiful. Well, that and delicious :).
So my very first sip of this tea tasted like DAVIDs Sugar & Spice tea. It definitely was not what I was expecting at all. As I continue to sip, I am picking up on hints of lemongrass and notes of sweet coconut. I am actually enjoying it despite thinking this would be one I would immediately want to toss into the swap pile. As it is, I don’t think I will be stocking it anytime soon but this is one I will most likely enjoy drinking while I have it.
A little overleafed and cold brewed for 4.5 hours has made for a bitter, hop-filled cup. I have had better but even those are not really for me. I am sure there is a market for this blend but I am just not part of it. There are plenty other Butiki teas for me. Thank you Roswell Strange for the generous sample that allowed me to play around with this blend but now I am content to say goodbye.
I realized last night that I have not done a swap in a little while and so I started compiling a list of swap teas. Then I realized that there are some teas I have in my cupboard that I haven’t tried that have been consistently deemed mediocre by all you steepsterites. This is one of those teas and I can definitely see why it hasn’t wowed people. This tastes like any other genmaicha – had I not known, I would have no clue that this was supposed to be peanut buttery or marshmallowy which is really a disappointment given I have really enjoyed the other marshmallow treat teas 52 teas has to offer. Oh well, I suppose they can’t all be hits and this one is definitely a big ol’ miss.
I have shared this with a couple people now but so far it seems I am the first to try it (or at least the first to review it). I was excited to try this because I have often seen blueberry and maple but never strawberry and maple and those are two flavors that tend to call to me when I see them in blends. Consequently, I had high hopes for this that unfortunately it just doesn’t seem to be meeting. In my first sip, I got a nice dose of strawberry but that flavor has escaped me more and more with each subsequent sip. At times it resurfaces for a moment while in other instances I get a bit of an almost medicinal berry flavor which is just not pleasant. As for maple, I am not getting any, which seems to be the case with most maple teas (aside from Steam Tea House’s Organic Maple Seduction). Ultimately, the base really overwhelms the rest of the components. Thankfully it is neither bitter nor astringent but it also is not the greatest black tea I have had either. I will be sure to play around with the parameters to see if I can coax out the strawberry/maple but for now this is just alright.
Lately my mason jar has been tied up with cold brews and my other clear containers are packed away in a box in the basement so I haven’t had anything to brew blooms in. However, the past couple of days, I have decided to take advantage of my empty mason jar to brew bloom teas.
This one, in its dry form, was probably the prettiest bloom yet. Mostly that is because it looks like more than just tea leaves tied in a ball seeing as it has a small pink flower peaking through. However, that flower led me astray because when I brewed this, the flower separated itself from the rest of the bloom which then sunk to the bottom and bloomed upside down. Why put the flower on the bottom? Consequently, this one wasn’t as lovely bloomed as some of the others I have had.
Tastewise, this is a weak tea. Despite steeping for quite a long while, this just tastes like water infused with a bit of hibby and a touch of vegetal green – two flavor notes I personally do not look for in any blend. I will say though that given the two flavors this actually does have tend to be ones that are hated by many, this isn’t as bad as one might expect.
Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing. I appreciate the chance to try something new but this just wasn’t for me. On the other hand, blooms are always fun to watch so at the very least, I got some enjoyment out of this.