1658 Tasting Notes
This is officially the last of the Magic Potion teas that Dexter so kindly and thoughtfully sent to me. And although I didn’t delibretly put this one off for last, I guess it kinda makes sense why I subconsciously chose the others over this one: it’s so freaking spice heavy! Damn Chai.
Yeah, I steeped it up and really as soon as the water hit the leaves I knew so much that I wouldn’t like this one, and damn was I right. It’s a mess. Really, it truly is.
It’s composed of three chai blends and between the three there’s just so much spice and then so much “extra stuff” that should be making each chai special that all that extra crap is too thinly stretched to even compare with the abundance of nasty spice. It was like a cup of hot, concentrated ginger/cinnamon vomit with a pinch of lemon grass. Everything else was really lost/muddled. Vanilla? Nope. Chocolate? Hell nah.
But I’ll give it some props: Polyjuice is supposed to be extremely complicated and disgusting tasting, and this blend met those qualities. So ten points to Gryffindor for the accuracy in that regard. It goes without saying this wasn’t for me though.
Happy it’s gone.
I’m so happy I included more of this in my last Butiki order! I woke up with a craving for it this afternoon (yes, woke up in the afternoon…) and put it off for most of the day because I’d set aside other teas to get through – but finally this evening a made up a cup and it’s so good!
It’s rich and creamy, and it still baffles me this is a white tea because it’s got so much in common with all my favourite blacks like the strong honey and baked bread notes. I remember mentioning this back when I first had this one, but it reminds me so strongly of Easter Buns! Sweet Bread with a sugary, creamy glaze/icing and fruit (we also got ones with currants, because I despite raisins). Mmm!
Also, I’m just realizing now that when I say “Easter Bun” I’m meaning a Hot Cross Bun, which we called Easter Buns in my house growing up because my Mom only bought them around Easter. So sorry for any confusion.
Such a lovely medley of flavours! Mmm, so many flavours!
Sadly my cup went cold before I finished it: I’m “painting” my nails – in quotations because I’m using those nail design strips for the first time. We got a small shipment in at work and I thought the price was really reasonable ($2) to give them a shot since I saw a pattern I really liked. I’m not going to lie; the appeal was totally that I immediately made a tea connection and thought it’d look super cute with my Keep Calm and Drink Tea T-Shirt. Whoops.
This isn’t my hand or anything, but this is the pattern I went with: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kYjgSj07-6k/UbOoZvLwMiI/AAAAAAAAAEo/NhPXOKKcd5k/s640/blogger-image-1947788371.jpg
They were actually so much easier to apply then I thought they’d be, and I’m really happy with how they look!
Anyway, long story short my tea went cold. Still delicious, though!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cream, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Sugar, Sweet
Well this is a sipdown of sorts, despite my cupboard number not changing at all. This mug used up the last of my old leaf, so now I just have the 70g I bought of the new formula/blend (although it’s very similar). It feels satisfying using the leaf up given how old it was, but part of me also feels like I’m losing out on something now that my long hoarded rations of this are all gone.
It’s ok; I still have more of this left – and it’s new and fresh! Someday I’ll likely have the same feelings about that tin worth.
I enjoyed this while eating pizza; I caved and ordered pizza for myself (it’s rainy out and I felt zero motivation to cook) and wings for Tre – my treat. Between the two of us we definitely have a problem though: there are nine old pizza boxes stacked up in the kitchen (we’d put them in the recycling bin like normal, but the landlord has totally filled it with stuff from his renovations) right now, and the two new ones from tonight in the fridge. I feel like I should be so, so ashamed of this. I am, a little. I feel like not enough…
Anyway, yeah; root beer tea and pizza. It’d be a good combo, except this last mug had the drags of the 50g bag I’ve been hoarding and was really cinnamon heavy. Still good! Just, really, really cinnamon heavy – and that tasted weird against my Feta/Pineapple pizza. Oh well.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Root Beer, Vanilla
Started this cold brew in the morning when I got up, and strained it out about an hour ago to drink while watching Big Brother!
It was ok; at first I found it very, very floral and concentrated in flavour – but after making it about 1/4 of the way through the mason jar I found that I’d gotten over the initial shock of the concentrated rose notes and I was able to enjoy the sweet, candy like taste of the cherry, guava, and cocoa. Mostly the cherry/guava, though.
Ultimately it was ok but I dislike that I had to “acclimate” to it, so I’ll probably be sticking with hot brews going forward.
Flavors: Cherry, Floral, Guava, Perfume, Rose
Really tragic sipdown (135/142)…
It’s heart breaking to finish this one off, again. I want to have it stocked up SO BADLY! It’s the perfect mug of hot roasty goodness (plus it’s good iced to) and the best late night comfort cup. Thankfully I’ve really stretched out the samples I’ve received of this one and managed to get so many good cups!
And, I know I’ll have this one in my possession again eventually! I can’t justify a Harney order right now, but as soon as I can you just know this is going to be included! In fact, it’ll probably be the first thing I include! So. Damn. Good.
Flavors: Cocoa, Roasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty
Also made this one this morning (I hope people realize that when I say morning it’s just ‘cause it was only like an hour after I woke up; but I’m on a reversed time/sleep schedule – the reality is that my day started at 3PM today) and because I’ve only had it iced or cold brewed I thought that hot would be the best way to finish it off, especially considering I didn’t exactly love the last cold brew I had.
Unfortunately, the majority of what I had left in my sample bag was sweet blackberry leaves which had sunk to the bottom of the bag so I don’t feel like I got the most fair/realistic taste of what this one is like hot. That said, even though what I drank probably wasn’t the “truest” flavour I didn’t think it tasted bad: definitely still some dragon fruit flavour although it was really sweet and had some distinct hibby tartness.
I may need to pick up another 24g of this because I’m not not sure how I feel and I want to taste a hot version of this that isn’t just the dregs of the bag; but if I do get more it wont be an immediate thing either. It’s just hard to give up on an easily accessible dragon fruit tea; I know Cornelia Bean and Cuppa’T both have better version – but those aren’t anywhere as easy to get my hands on.
Paired with Butiki’s Maple Pecan Oolong, ‘cause if you’re gonna have one oolong you might as well have another, right?
Today this was definitely more of a rich, decadent vanilla pudding/custard tea – complete with thicker mouthfeel. The floral notes in this were a lot more toned down which just a little bit of light orchid or lily notes peeping through. Very fresh and tasty! I’m really happy I decided to pick up more of this one – it hit the spot so well today I almost made another cup.
Flavors: Butter, Custard, Orchid, Vanilla
Because I liked the lychee bloom cold brew so well I decided that’d be how I sipped down this bloom so I had it cold brewing while I was at work and when I got home last night I strained it and drank it during the wee hours of the morning (like 6AM – hadn’t gone to bed yet, at this point).
Concluding thoughts: this one doesn’t cold brew as well the lychee bloom.
There were very artificial and unpleasant/distracting strawberry notes married to a too malty black base, and weird lingering floral notes in the end sip. Really, it was unpleasant or just sort of “meh” at best. But now I’ve tried these bloom teas two times a piece and am ready to move on and away from them. In fact, I feel a little bloomed out so it might be time to take a few months off of the blooms all together.
First to rate? Ok, I’ll do my best.
Sample comes from VariaTEA – who else? I made it up in my timolino yesterday because I was really craving a good Monk’s Blend and I’d yet to try this one despite having it in my possession for a while. And though I took it to work with me, I didn’t actually start drinking it until after I’d gotten home and began making myself supper (I actually cooked and not just microwaved, since I had today off!).
As a Monk’s Blend it was pretty good! It had really strong, flavourful grenadine notes which somewhat leaned towards pomegranate in flavour with maybe a like strawberry-like quality. The vanilla, which is also traditionally part of MB, was a little less noticeable and definitely faded into the shadow of the grenadine, but that said there were still sips where it showed through a little more prominently.
The black base had the faintest touch of malt to it which was interesting, and there was also a little bit of astringency near the end of the timolino but I’m going to chock that up to the fact that this one sat around in the timolino for a good eightish hours before I got to drinking it. Overall, not as good at my favour MB from MTC – but solid.
I still have one more cup worth, and I think I’ll prepare it at home in a regular old mug for comparison. Looking forward to it!
Flavors: Grenadine, Malt, Vanilla