383 Tasting Notes
Backlogging from yesterday…
HORRID customer service at the Teavana store! I drove 40 minutes to get there and was made to feel totally unwelcome. I asked what the base of this one was, and I got “It’s herbal.”
…… Really? I can read, thanks. I’m a college educated woman (in literature, no less!). And when I said “I mean, is it like chamomile or rooibos?” I got “No, it’s a blend of herbs.”
….. smh.I bought 2 oz of it because it smelled amazing, and let me tell you, it tastes amazing. Like liquid coconut cake. It has a peppery bite to it too, oddly enough. But it works, like Aztec hot chocolate.
Bottom Line: Don’t go to Teavana in person. But it would definitely be worthwhile to order online from them. Product = tasty, attitude as a business = lousy.
I ain’t drinking this one for fun…. Although surprisingly it tastes pretty good. It’s minty and full of warm spices, like an Italian Christmas cookie. I loaded it with honey because I desperately need this sore throat to pull a Meg Ryan and go into hiding.
It’s not bad. Like all Traditional Medicinal teas that I’ve had, it feels good going down. I hope it supplements the DayQuil. I was lucky enough to get sick on my days off, so hopefully today will be the worst of it.
Mmmm I love this stuff… It’s vanilla custard-y like dessert, but you can also taste the healthy, herby goodness behind it.
I let it steep forever and suffer no consequences. The RoT really nailed this one.
I get mixed ideas as to what rooibos does. Some swear that it cures insomnia, some say it’s revitalizing and energizing. It’s completely caffeine-free, so I’m deeming it okay to drink before bed. Or anytime, really.
It’s like a nice hot shower, but in beverage form. Does that make sense?
Flavors: Custard, Earth, Herbaceous, Vanilla
I was blown away by this one! It tastes exactly like a caramel apple. They managed to make it sweet without resorting to stevia (thank God) . The apple tastes genuine, and the caramel dances with it. The hibiscus and cinnamon were interesting choices, but upon sipping it, they work. The hibiscus works with the apple and brings in a tart note to counter the sweetness from the caramel and the cinnamon.
I hope they don’t stop making this one! It’s fabulous. Better than Bigelow’s seasonal Apple Cider flavor.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cinnamon, Maple, Sweet, Tart
Sipdown! I let this one get too old. I overleafed by about two and half times and the flavor is just about perfect.
As a rule, green tea isn’t my first choice. But I couldn’t resist ginger and strawberry together. It’s really nice, not astringent at all. Stacy is a boss at picking superior bases, and this is a dragonwell base I think. It’s buttery, which pairs awesomely with the sharpness of the strawberry and ginger, kind of like how wine and cheese go together.
So sad that someday in the not-so-distant future, Butiki Teas will be no more. They all have a certain kind of magic quality to them that is unmatched.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Ginger, Strawberry
I really enjoyed this one.
I was after a green tea/ mint blend, but I ended up with this one instead. (Numi Organics has an herbal mint blend that they’re calling “Moroccan Mint.” That’s extremely misleading and inaccurate. True, traditional Moroccan mint tea is usually gunpowder green tea blended with mint leaves, and is called touareg tea. Needless to say, I left Numi’s bagged cultural disgrace on the shelf.)
In fact, the only non-herbal mint blend I could find was this one. And like I said, it isn’t half bad. Extremely smooth and soothing, with the right kind of tea-leaf magic that herbal teas just don’t have. The base and the mint are balanced perfectly.