991 Tasting Notes
This tea is over a year old so I am not sure if it is fair to rate it, but I’m going to anyway. This one really falls short for me, it almost tastes dull (which is probably due to the age of it). The Apple is there for sure, and I do get a little bit of “custard” but it certainly isn’t as creamy as I was hoping. It’s decent but not great.
It does fare a little better cold brewed. It isn’t really creamy, but the apple comes out a little more.
A clear cup and infuser is what I chose to brew this in today (western style) so I could watch the leaves expand. A tea as special as this deserves my time and awareness to truly appreciate the brewing experience. The liquor tastes of cocoa and malt. The appearance is a nice Amber/brown.
I am impatient and the first sips are too hot. After allowing the tea to cool slightly, I finally get to taste the tea. The cocoa and malt are prevalent right away followed by a slightly sweet caramel note. The mouthfeel is full and feels thick to some degree. This was wonderful.
I needed more, so I resteeped this tea at boiling for 4 minutes. This steep was pretty similar to the first I found, with only slightly muted flavours.
I did not have time for a second resteep, so the leaves are cold brewing in the fridge for tomorrow.
Edit: the cold brew of the second steeping leaves was basically muted flavours of that second steep. It wasn’t as magical as the first steep of this tea, but still very delicious.
This cuppa this morning was pure malty caramel…mmmmmm
I am not sure what will replace this tea in my cupboard. It has been a staple since the first time I ordered it. I still have about a bag and a half left, but I should really start sipping it down before it loses too much flavour. I haven’t noticed any flavour degradation to date. I have to stop hoarding my favourite teas and enjoy them instead.
Does anyone know of a tea that tastes similar to this?
I don’t normally drink straight greens but I was still in that “must try all Butiki teas” mode. This was pretty good, pretty much what I expected…for it to be vegetal. I also got notes of corn and malt which was kind of an odd combination. Like others have mentioned, I noticed that the leaf was fairly broken up.