1537 Tasting Notes
This came as a free sample with my order. I wasn’t expecting samples considering they have a promo right now for a free 2oz of mystery tea with every 2oz purchase. I ended up ordering 10oz of tea and received 10oz + 2 samples + tea mints for free. Such a great deal!
I’ve been trying to drink more rooibos lately so I’ve been ordering from companies that carry unique flavors just so I have something a little bit different to try. Honestly, I’m not sure I would have ordered this one on my own, I just don’t care for toffee all that much. The scent of the dry leaf smelled really yummy when I opened up the sample package.
There were 2 teaspoons in the sample and I used them both with 16oz of water. I wish I had used less water though, I thought the flavor was a little on the weak side. The brewing instructions do state 1-1.5 teaspoons per 8oz, so next time I would definately go with the upper end. I’ll have to keep this in mind for the other rooibos blends I ordered.
Flavor-wise I think this tasted more like vanilla than toffee and it actually reminds me of a few other vanilla rooibos blends I’ve had recently. Not likely to be a reorder for me, but still great for a little variety.
The first steep of this tea has subtle sweet fruit flavor that manages to shine above the malty flavors of the tea. Towards the end of each sip there is a nice toasted note that I expect will get stronger in later steeps. What I found interesting is that this particular Golden Monkey is missing is the subtle cocoa notes that I have seen present in many others and I find that I really miss them.
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I’ve had this tea sitting in my cupboard since July. I don’t know why I hang on to my “good teas,” I really need to start enjoying them the second they come in. I’m pretty sure I’ve finally run through all my Butiki samples in the last week, so at least I’m making progress.
I really enjoyed my first experience with purple tea last week and since I’m a blueberry fan I couldn’t wait to try this one too. Don’t get me wrong, I did really enjoy this, but the blueberry was a little tart for my tastes so I ended up adding some sugar to help balance it out. That really helped give me the sweet-tart combination that I expected from the blueberry. I was really impressed with the quality of the blueberry flavoring, it is one of the most genuine that have tasted.
I actually preferred my second steep over the first. The tartness had mellowed out and I didn’t feel the need to add as much sugar. I’m not sure if this will be a reorder for me or not. Most likely I’ll stick to ordering the unflavored purple tea since I enjoyed it more and didn’t feel the need to sweeten it.
My first steep brewed up with a subtle chocolate flavor that was surprisingly sweet and lacked any astringency. The chocolatey flavor really helped satisfy the chocolate cravings that I’ve been having all day. Towards the end of each sip I started to pick up hints of malt and rose. I was a bit disappointed that the rose wasn’t more distinctive in the first steep, because by my second I could hardly taste it. The more malty flavors of the Dian Hong obscured the rose as they began to develop more. There is still a slight sweetness to the second steep, but it doesn’t stand out nearly as much as it did previously.
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