2265 Tasting Notes
We’re doing the copy/paste thing even though this probably deserves a paragraphed tasting note…
- SO INTENSELY HONEYDEW SMELLING/FLAVOURED!
- Also, bubblegum…
- Succulent, sweet, juicy, and authentic
- The green rooibos base is perfect too!
- Newly “tinned” and will be forever hoarded because it’s PERFECT
- Courtney is a fool for selling it to me
- Even Tre, tea skeptic that he is, said that is perfect and doesn’t need anything added
- That is HIGH PRAISE
Flavors: Candy, Green Melons, Honey, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet
Kinda just want to get through my backlog, so I might just start copy/pasting my notes directly instead of forming them into full sentences, or God forbid paragraphs.
- Visually, I really don’t see any white chocolate nor do I taste any… Smeh.
- Reminded me a bit of Gingerbread (from DT); same base and very similar spices
- Also maybe that cookie/cake like component could be one they share
- Pumpkin is present though
- It’s really good in a hard to place way and I like it better than Pumpkin Chai
- But the name doesn’t seem accurate
Flavors: Cake, Cookie, Ginger, Pumpkin
Made into tea syrup and drizzled over vanilla ice cream because that seemed like it would work. It was basically very sweet coffee syrup. Just coffee syrup – no chocolate or nuts or anything. That sugar really brought out the java.
And really it was almost too sweet, but since it didn’t quite cross that line it was pretty good overall.
Back to the backlog! We pick up at the mall, right after my DT trip prior to seeing Hedda Gabler. My friend Robyn, who I went to the play with, had just arrived at the mall!
First things first we stopped at the food court because I was starving; and I loaded up on assorted food from the different places. I got a Veggie Poutine, Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, Pizza, and a Passion Fruit Bubble Tea. I’d never noticed the Asian restaurant (I can’t remember the name) in this mall had bubble tea; so I pounced on the chance to have some. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed at all though; the passion fruit flavour was spot on but it kept separating way too fast for me to drink it, and the “bubbles” were really mushy.
Nellie’s Bubble tea has spoiled me; I fear nothing will compare.
After the food court we did some shopping around the mall; I bought this cute wool sweater thing that I normally would have stayed away from (it’s from a store that typically does not sell clothing in my size/cuts that flatter my body type) but Robyn talked me into it, and then we went to the bigger clothing place that carries all the super fancy designer/big brand name fashion-y clothing and cried over the pretty things and expensive prices. I ended up buying this GORGEOUS but EXPENSIVE scarf with this detailed design over the whole thing of an ancient world map, in French. It is now easily the most expensive accessory I own.
After that, the play! It was at my city’s version of a Broadway theatre, and the majority of people there were definite theatre snobs (which I say in a mostly loving way). Very fancy, somewhat over the top dressy attire – and very not my “look”. I mean, I was wearing Cargo pants and a Spiderman hoodie. Still; I felt justified in being there and didn’t let their staring hinder my enjoyment one bit – especially since we had front row, dead center tickets! Cost a ton, but so worth it. It also helped knowing how in depth Robyn and I had both studied this play; and that we knew it inside and out, unlike probably most of the patrons. We were there for a reason.
Before the play started we enjoyed sipping fancy alcoholic beverages in the lobby with everyone else; ‘cause I guess that’s a thing you do at live theatre. They had a really cool featured drinks menu with selections inspired by the play; lots of German wines and mixed drinks inspired by the characters. We each got one that was Vodka, Pear Puree, and cranberry juice – it was very sweet, but delicious!
The acting was phenomenal, the set well done, and all in all it was a really, really perfect night and performance!
So what they say about not judging a book by its cover is probably a good lesson. Well, definitely a good lesson – but yeah, I was reminded of it by this tea. When it was still being called Hot Mamma I had no interest in it, but now that it’s Rhubarb Chai I was apparently intrigued enough to get it To Go.
But some likely needless backstory first; after I got my cab I went to the big mall downtown since I hadn’t been since the Transit Lockout started and there were several things I needed to do such as go to the bank and withdraw rent, mail some tea stuff to people at the post office, and of course make a trip to DAVIDsTEA. I ended up walking away with a good haul:
- 70g Mulberry Magic
- 50g Gold Rush
- 20g Ginger Pear
- 20g Garcinia Goodness
- 10g Pumpkin Patch
- 10g Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Rhubarb Chai TO GO
And then, because I spent over $30 I also got a free Iconic Canvas bag. It’s pretty nice quality, and even though it’s pretty well just free DT advertising, I like DT and will likely use it for a work bag. I also wanted to get a sample of Poached Pear and 50g of Cocoa Canela but my store had neither. Also, I was initially gonna do Pumpkin Cheesecake as a latte but my store’s fridge was broken so they had no milk on hand to make a latte. This was the back up choice – picked it because I like rhubarb but it was still out of my comfort zone what with the ginger and chai elements.
The initial taste was very present and distinct ginger but it wasn’t unsettling – just powerful. That faded into a fruity rhubarb flavour similar to the rhubarb in Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, but highly sweetened with licorice root. I like licorice root, but it’d likely be way too much for someone who doesn’t. The licorice root lingers long after the end of the sip.
Definitely a sweeter dessert Chai, and I liked it. No way I’d stock up, but I’d certainly drink it again if I was offered some.
I really, really hate posting out of order – but my small swap with Starfevre arrived today and when I opened it I just KNEW that this was the perfect tea to celebrate my 2000th tasting note with, even if I’m not having it in the “right order”. Wow. So many notes in what feels like such a short period of time…
I made this one whisked into cold milk because, when I was talking to Starfevre about this back when she was packing it for me, she told me she prepares it in
hot milk. That seemed weird to me for champagne as a flavour, but I trust her and that’s how I typically take my matcha anyway…
It was actually really good! I wish I hadn’t been so cautious with the amount of matcha I used because I think this could have been far more flavourful; but it was sweet and surprisingly smooth. A little hard to describe; but champagne itself is sorta hard to describe other than “it tastes like champagne and is bubbly”. Obviously this wasn’t bubbly. I look forward to my next cup with an increased ratio of matcha to milk!
I hate this transit lockout. To get downtown to see Hedda Gabler and do some shopping I had to take a taxi ($20 cab ride), which is one thing – but because nearly everyone taking transit has to cab places now it took me about 20 min on hold to even get to a real person, and then like another 15 for them to have a cab ready for dispatch.
Oh well; I sipped on the last of this in the mean time and it helped me keep my frazzled nerves all together. Such strong sugar snap and honey notes. I’m really, truly a fan. So thank you akgrowngirl for thoughtfully adding a sample of this to our long time ago swap. I would have been oblivious otherwise.
First off, let me just say that I am CRUSHED that Butiki is closing and I’m still having stress headaches about not having the chance to place my order yet, but I wish the amazing Stacy all the best in whatever she decides to do next! And, a capybara has to be the best reason to retire, ever.
Furry not-so-little rodent babies.
But yeah. So, a few days ago I went and watched a live performance of Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler at my local theatre; but before I got ready for a day out I started my day out right by drinking my current favourite cold brew. This one! It was strong and bold with lots of coconut flavour and the usual balance of fruity and floral nuances.
I’ll miss this when it’s gone but I’m not having the same extreme reaction to not being able to replace it; this one was always advertised as limited edition, after all.
Does that mean that all Butiki teas are now limited edition, in a way?
Made in my timolino, but unfortunately this is just another example of why I shouldn’t always drink tea and multi-task (or rather attempt to multi-task) because at some point I got distracted and stopped paying attention to the taste of what I was drinking.
I just remember a generalized sort of impression of this being smooth and comforting. Like, that “homey” nesting sort of feeling when you curl up with a bundle of blankets? I’ll need to pay more attention to the sipdown.
I fooded too fast guys; my delivery order got here and I ate a whole pizza in under ten minutes. Now I feel queasy…