511 Tasting Notes
Uhhhh, I can’t remember who sent me this sample, I’m sorry :(
If it was you, please know I grateful to try it finally!
It had been on my wishlist for a while!
I’m going to be frank, here.
It smells tropical, very fruity… But there’s something else.
I noticed it immediately when sniffing the dry leaves, and was hoping not to taste it.
Alas, I can taste it.
Please don’t be offended by my decision to honestly describe this tea. I need to.
There’s an overwhelming armpit note going on here.
Like, when someone has bad BO and they lift their arms in a crowded subway car* and you catch this horrible whiff of onions….
It smells of it and it tastes like the smell.
So yeah. No idea which ingredient provides this aroma…I have to assume it’s guava because it’s the only thing I don’t recall ever trying. I drank it, but I don’t really wanna drink the other half.
I hope this doesn’t ruin it for you if you started off loving it.
*I don’t even live in a city with a subway system. I live in a town. And I’ve taken a train as a mode of transportation twice in my life, when visiting Toronto and Montreal. I was too nervous that time I went to NY. But that gives me a good reason to visit the big apple again one day. Anyway, I bet it made me sound much cooler when i referenced the subway system like I was actually a frequent train traveller instead of a compact car driver :)
Last time I reviewed this I rated it at 70…
I tried it again a while ago (this is a super backlog), and that time I intentionally overleafed. I must say I enjoyed it a lot more the second time around!
It was much maltier, breadier… Super flavorful and delicious.
I have another sample packet or two so I will definitely remember this for the next time.
Bumping my rating up from 70!
Another old one from Shmiracles!
I’m having a hard time with this, I drank it twice before writing anything, because it’s not easy for me to describe.
I guess if I had to use one word, I’d call it “nondescript”.
I was a bit surprised to see it’s an oolong. My sample was probably a bit crunched up. It would explain some of that roasty/floral aspect.
So, it was smooth and pleasant and subtly fruity, but nothing that really stood out to me.
Another fancy French tea to cross off my list! :)
I brewed this up again this morning but am still not nearly as in love with it as everyone else seems to be. I get no cocoa notes, I just find it really smoky and spicy and not at all sweet like I prefer my black teas to be. I’m not really getting any malty notes either.
I’m definitely going to give most of this away to someone who appreciates it. I will just keep enough to try a cup every now and again to see if my opinion has changed.
I suppose if you like these sorts of tastes, this would be a spectacular tea!
It’s just too much for me.
Finally got around to drinking this sample sent by the kind MzPriss.
I always thought to, but I often boil the kettle before deciding what I want to drink. Which means that whites and greens are out of the question.
That’s backwards, I know.
Anyway, I set out ahead of time to drink this, so I boiled the kettle to the appropriate temperature.
It looked and smelled very interesting in the bag, but alas, just like every other straight white tea I’ve ever tried…. I got nuthin’.
Very mild hay taste. I even overloaded the tea leaves just to make sure I would maximize the flavour potential.
I am very close to concluding that straight white teas are simply not my cup of…tea.
Happy to have tried it though!
Another old sample from Shmiracles, though the age (my fault, for hanging on to them for so long) does not dim my appreciation for getting to try these fancy French teas!
This one I can cross off my list. All of MF’s Heritage Gourmand teas sound amazing, but this one didn’t live up to its potential for me.
First, it’s bitter. BITTER. Also, I’ve had macarons in various flavours, and all of them were more delicious than this tea. Last, I didn’t realize it was appley. I dislike apple flavoured things. Who’s ever had an apple macaron anyway? Not moi.
So I’m happy to have one to cross off my list! Since they are bloody expensive teas to covet.
Forcing myself to finally drink up samples of fancy French teas that I’ve had for an embarrassingly long time. This one came from Shmiracles!
I’d like to order some French teas one day so I must drink up to figure out what I love!
This one smells really good in the bag, very juicy. I thought it was a decent berry green tea. It struck me mostly as strawberries. Admittedly, about 3/4 of this was guzzled down cold because the baby woke up shortly after I made my cup. C’est la vie!
Overall, a delicate and enjoyable strawberry green tea, but not one I need to own :)
I made a cup of this the other night, one of my favorite chocolate teas. So delicious.
I ordered 2 oz to refill my little tin…and the reason this is sad is because with every sip I know that I’m getting closer to never drinking it again. Which is why I’m going to make it, and the rest of my Butiki teas, last forever.
But still I will continue to weep into my teacups.
I haven’t stopped drinking tea but I guess I haven’t been feeling like reviewing. Winter is coming, though!
Finally got around to trying this, the fancy little linen (?) sachets kindly sent by MissB months ago.
Based on the almonds and floral aspect, I was kind of hoping for something similar to Fauchon’s La Naissance, which I lovvvvvvve.
It is a bit reminiscent but ultimately has a bit of a spicy note that I could live without.
However, that being said, it is a really delicate and tasty tea that I was happy to finally try!
The always awesome Sil picked this up for me when she was at the teaG store in Chicago…. I hadn’t even tried it before but it sounded good and I wanted another caffeine free option for the nights.
I’ve had this two or three times since, once at the movies and once or twice at home and oh man. I don’t get the crappy rating this has. For a decaf tea, it’s frickin’ AMAZING. Like the “Vanilla comoro” of caramel teas.
It’s the caramel tea of my dreams…the kind with a creamy note rather than that burnt sugar note I’m not fond of.
It makes me wonder how TeaG’s Cream black tea tastes, because at some point I will definitely be ordering more of this one, so perhaps I should try the Cream tea also!
Thank you Sil!