812 Tasting Notes
I steeped this for 10 minutes based on other reviews here. I did test it at 5 minutes and it was fairly weak.
The brew is a nice light yellow. I noticed that there is some oil on the surface that I am guessing is from the oil in the nuts (or I hope so anyway). That is kinda weird.
So, anyway, I don’t usually go nuts for a banana flavoured tea. There have only been 2 that I liked so far. This ok, but it does taste a little artificial.
Not sure if I will stock this once my 20g sample is gone or not.
EDIT: I can also see why some people have said to use a t-sac for this one. It does leave a pretty gross mess in the infuser.
I went to get the fall teas FINALLY today! This one sounds kinda weird. So the SA whipped me up a small sample to try.
I must say, it is better than I thought it would be. Kinda like fruit punch. But there is just too much going on here. I am mostly getting the cherry flavour but everything else makes it a mish-mash (haha). The hibiscus makes it too tart as well.
Too bad, because me and white tea are really good buddies :(
Whoohoo, 300 notes!
I figured I had better make my 300th note something a little special. I am loving jasmine teas more and more. And this one is super expensive and it is rolled into pretty butterflies. I used my little gongfu pot just so that I could watch them uncurl. I steeped western brewing though.
This is silky, smooth, and sweet. Not bitter or overwhelming. Better than their Silk Dragon Jasmine. But…..not as good as Teavivre’s Jamsine pearls, and it is nearly 4 times the price.
I will save this tea when I have time to watch it uncurl. And when I need a special treat!
Thanks to Batrachoid for this sample.
This is really good. It is similar to DAVIDsTEA mint chocolate rooibos. But, this one has white chocolate with a honeybush base. It is nice and smooth with sweet chocolate. The mint isn’t overpowering.
I think I might even like this one better than the DT version. The rooibos base gives it more of an earthy base, whereas the honeybush in this blend makes is sweeter and smoother.
The dry leaf and the brewed tea smells very vegetal. Not really floral like I expected from a white tea. The leaves are really cute looking, curly and bright green when steeped.
First steep, 20seconds. I am getting boiled spinach with slightly salted butter. No hint of floral, but it is creamy.
Second steep for 25seconds. Maybe a little bit sweeter with a little bit less vegetal taste. More creamy in a way.
Third steeping for 25seconds. The aroma and taste of snap peas with a silky smooth finish enters my senses at this point.
Fourth steeping for 35seconds. This is probably my favourite steeping, it is lightly vegetal with creamy notes. I am not sure if I am getting soymilk, almond, or vanilla but there are maybe hints of each one.
Fifth steeping for 35seconds. Much the same as the fourth
To be honest, this is a lot more vegetal than I was expecting for a white tea. However, it is a tea of exceptional quality and flavour.
Thank you to Nicole and Batrachoid for these samples!
This seems like a fall tea with cranberry and almonds. And since it is almost fall, time to try this!
Upon first sip, I get a bit of tart cranberry with almond and the black tea base coming through. The cranberry isn’t too tart though, just enough for it to be like real cranberries. I feel like I would want the almond to be just a little bit more prevalant here.
This is a great blend!
Thank you to Will Work For Tea for this sample!
First, I taste the black base which is a smooth black with good almond flavour. Then the cinnamon at the end of the sip. It is a little bit astrigent but not overwhelmingly.
I brewed this according to Butiki’s website at boiling for 4 minutes. Now that I am writing this note, I noticed the steepster description says to steep for 2 minutes. Maybe that is why it is a bit astringent. And by my previous Butiki experience with tea, they are not usually astingent. So……next time I will only brew for 2 minutes.
I would rate it at maybe 84 right now but I will not rate it for now because I will try again later on and review.
Sipdown: I cold brewed the rest of my package of this.
This is a nice light blueberry white tea. Nice and refreshing. I don’t see any blueberries in here so that is a little disappointing. This is good, but I think DT’s White Tiger is similar but superior to this blend. I am lowering the rating a bit.
Wow, the fresh smell of the dried leaves is just dreamy. They look so beautiful, green and rolled. They look and taste of supreme quality.
Steepings 1-4: Creamy, sweet, floral. So smooth with a slight vegetal note. This takes me back to when I was a kid, drinking hot milk when I couldn’t sleep. This tea (same as the hot milk) gives you the feeling of comfort and safety.
Steepings 5-8: Less vegetal with a creamy, buttery, vanilla sweetness. I do notice some tingling on the tongue as well. For sure, my favourite group of steepings.
Steepings 9-12: Still sweet, but less buttery and creamy. I am picking up some fruity notes now.
The leaves are now almost filling my entire gongfu pot. They are so pretty. This tea could probably handle more steepings but I have some errands to run , then I want to try the Laoshan White.