818 Tasting Notes
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.
I got this in my grab bag way back in July. But, I have swapped and received so many samples in my swaps that I am getting so far behind!
As the name says, it is buttery, with sweet orange, and hints of cranberry. I like it with the honeybush base because it is nice and mellow. And it isn’t too tart.
It almost feels like I am having a baked good for a bedtime snack.
I am really starting to love my little gongfu mini teapot and tiny double walled cups.
Steepings 1-4: Roasted honey notes with a thick mouthfeel. The aftertaste is woodsy.
Steepings 5-8: Now I am getting the waffle cone notes. It is sweet and smooth, but not too strong. Some vanilla is peeking through as well. This group of steepings is my favourite.
Steepings 9-12: These steepings are not as sweet as the previous ones. The vanilla is still present. I am getting a slight cinnamon hint, but no banana like the website suggests.
The first steepings of this tea are almost a little bit too strong for my taste. The later steepings shine though!
Thanks to Nicole for this sample
This is the first Darjeeling I have tried. I am not sure what notes I am supposed to pick up on, but this tea is smooth with a little bit of astingency. I am not picking up the typical black tea base, but that is likely because it is a decaf.
As Nicole mentioned in her note, I am sure this would make a great iced tea!
Dry leaves smell incredibly chocolately.
Wet leaves smell like dark chocolate and malty.
Using my little gongfu mini-teapot and clear double walled cups!
2seconds for each steep:
Steeps 1-4: Rich, creamy dark chocolate fills my mouth with a little hint of baked honey nut bread. The aftertaste is sweet and malty but not “too thick” on my palate. The mouthfeel is full and fantastic.
Increasing by 3 seconds for each infusion;
Steepings 5-8: Now, the tea has transformed from chocolate to nutty caramel with honey notes coming on a little bit stronger
Steepings 9-12: These steeps aren’t quite as steep. But still smooth and delicious. My palate isn’t really sure what notes are present, something lightly cinnamon maybe?
Overall: this tea is fantastic, chocolatey but so naturally sweet, with not bitterness. This is a great tea to enjoy on my day off!! Who knew straight tea could be so complex? I have certainly really learned to enjoy straight teas!