145 Tasting Notes
ETA Courtney Courtney Courtney!! thanks!!! :)
Oh lawdy, I can’t remember who sent me this but I will go back and check. So many samples lately!
Funny, I’m definitely losing my mind. Not sure how I even remembered this much but…. I had cold brewed this the other day, for a long time. It was tasty. But I’ve been cold brewing tons of teas to try and get through a lot of my stash, and as caffeine free options to drink iced now that it’s so warm outside.
I drank this and liked it but for the life of me couldn’t remember what the hell it was! Until I saw the sample bag on the counter and it all came back to me. Oy.
To summarize. It was fruity and potent and delicious as a cold tea. I didn’t use a ton of it, maybe 1.5 tsp in a biggish jar, but left it for like, days, haha. So that worked out.
I will be all set once I can properly thank the lovely swapper who sent it to me!!
Finally scored a sample of this as it’s been on my ‘must try’ list for awhile given all the glowing reviews. Thank you, Dustin!!
I have unfortunately not yet found a 52Teas blend worth raving about, perhaps just due to my own personal tastes. This one wasn’t really an exception, thus far.
It’s definitely got blueberry flavouring in it, can’t deny that. There’s a slightly off chemicalish note that I’m guessing is maybe the cheesecake aspect?? Not sure. Maybe it’s one that should be aired out??
I didn’t taste any pastry notes either.
Also, as far as claims that it should be a good breakfast tea, what with containing Assam and all…. I disagree. The liquor of my tea ended up very pale and not full bodied at all, no strong tea taste telling me to “wake up!!”…. I let it steep for awhile. I will try again using boiling water as I had originally brewed it with slightly cooled down water because I’ve read that helps bring out the flavours of 52Teas blends.
As it stands it was perfectly drinkable, but did not live up to its claims, for me. Also the slight chemical after taste was not delicious.
So far I am just pleased to cross this off my wish list. If my next cup drastically improves I will be sure to let you know!
Tried this again, added some more leaf to yesterday’s steep and let it sit for quite some time. It did get darker but still not what I’d consider a breakfast tea. It still didn’t blow me away. I have enough dry leaf left for one more (strong) round so whenever that happens I will report back.
I ended up receiving samples of this from three different people, lol! So thanks very much to Courtney, Cavocorax and Jackie T!
I tried some for the first time today, made it in my Contigo travel mug to take to the theatre when we went to see Iron Man 3. (Awesome, in case you were wondering!)
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this given that I didn’t love the Vanilla Cream rooibos I had the other day, but it smelled decent.
I was pleasantly surprised that the rooibos took a back seat. It was true to its name, apple cinnamon; the yogurt wasn’t super noticeable but i am sure it added a bit of a creamy note and probably toned down the spiciness, which i appreciated.
Luckily I still have a few cups worth left so it will make a nice caffeine free option for a little while! Maybe I will order an oz at some point.
Crap. I should have logged this while it was fresh in my mind.
Got this from Cavocorax (thanks!!!) and I’m pleased to say I actually enjoyed it! I guess honeybush is less offensive to me than rooibos. Also it’s one of the first 52Teas blends that I’ve had decent luck with. (Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake was decent even if not really cheesecakey, and i liked Butterbeer!!) I will try it again later.
I recall it being sufficiently strawberryriffic but not fake tasting. Maybe not pie tasting either but that’s no surprise, given my vast and unwavering love of all things pie. I can’t imagine I’d ever consider a tea as being a truly good pie replication. Buttery flakey awesomeness is hard to clone.
Anyway, I digress.
Thanks ever so much to Courtney for sending me a sample of this to try, now I can knock it off my list!
I think I’ve come to the realization that I’m not a hunormous fan of cinnamon in tea. I don’t love chai, I didn’t love Davidstea’s Stormy Night because of the cinnamon…. I do like it if it tastes like a baked good, like oatmeal raisin cookies or that amazing Brioche tea. But just not as a main feature. And while this is perfectly enjoyable, it’s not like the BLAM!! Butiki awesomeness that I’ve grown accustomed to. Because mostly what I taste is cinnamon. Not much of the creaminess. Not getting a ton of other flavours besides the spiciness.
It’s not you, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée, it’s me.
ETA as it cools I’m getting some pumpkin taste. I guess I’m also not a huge fan of pumpkin flavoured things either, I do like Davidstea’s Pumpkin Chai though. I realize that goes against everything I just finished telling you, haha.
I don’t know if it’s the catnip or the fennel but I can’t handle the smell of these leaves. The brewed liquor isn’t much better. I bought and drink this for one reason and one reason only – IBS. I don’t enjoy it, but it seems to help.
It’s just not my cuppa tea! I definitely don’t drink it willingly. My friend loved it though, and it’s rated surprisingly well for something that grosses me out!
I had it in a pretty Davidstea tin that I decided to use for something else…. It took forever to get the stench of this out of it. But I will keep drinking it, so long as it keeps making me feel better.
I am not going to bother with a rating as I’m not sure whether to rate it on taste or functionality!
I’m bumping this rating way up as I’ve had it a few times lately and realized I’m in love.
That’s why my reviews have been sparse, I’ve been drinking things I already reviewed, no sense adding something unless there’s something to add!
….so there’s something to add. This is really good. I might even like it more than the Maple Pecan Oolong and mayyyybe more than the Creamy Eggnog but saying that is almost blasphemous for me.
It’s buttery and nutty and creamy and sweet but not fake and not sickening and just delicious.
I found Butiki’s teas a bit too subtle when I first began this journey but I’ve come full circle because they’re really the perfect balance between good quality tea leaves that you can actually taste (therefore they actually contribute to the overall deliciousness of the tea), and subtle, complimentary flavoring that never feels synthetic or out of place.
Team Butiki all the way… Stacy is the (wo) man!!
(on an unrelated note, while writing numerous reviews on my iPhone on my breaks at work I have somehow managed to accidentally unfollow a few people, one misguided tap on the screen is all it takes, apparently. Come on with the mobile version, Steepster! You’re killin me! Sorry guys. It was not intentional. But you probably didn’t even notice :))
I’ve been sadly slowing down with reviews lately on account of drinking less tea and also I’ve been drinking boring old peppermint tea bags because my gut issues have been acting up at an insane level.
Ordered this with a few other rooibos from Della Terra as I’m looking for more caffeine free options and so far I’ve been impressed with this company’s rooibos offerings.
I drank some last night, and I think I’m with Sil in that I need something else to help hide the rooibos taste, as the vanilla alone isn’t sufficient given that I don’t really like rooibos. Their Blueberry Creme and all the lemon/lime chiffon/cream tart teas blow my mind, but this one is too much of the hay like medicinal taste. I will probably still drink it but maybe I will add some maple syrup or something, haha.
I am wondering if I should have tried the caramel rooibos instead?
Round 2 of this :)
So, I’m not getting a ton of honey taste out of this, it’s not overly sweet to my taste buds. I just ate an egg so if it was a sweet tea I’m sure I’d notice.
Used about 1.5 tsp for maybe a minute, I felt like 30 secs would not be sufficient but perhaps I shouldn’t have judged based on the color of the liquor, (light), since the extra 30 seconds didn’t make it a whole lot darker.
It’s really toasty and roasty and leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste. It goes down smooth. I’m trying to put my finger on the taste but the closest I can get is slightly burnt toast, which isn’t accurate though.
I am enjoying it more than the first time, maybe if the chocolatey notes people speak of refer to raw cocoa powder which is bitter, then maybe I can vaguely get that. I think a spoonful of raw cocoa powder would be sweeter than this tea though, which is saying something.
So this is Steep 1, I won’t change my rating from last time but if I notice a difference in subsequent steeps I will advise!
So far I enjoyed Butiki’s Wild Mountain Black, Taiwanese Assam, Mi Xian Black and Gui Fei Oolong (hopefully i got the names of those right!) more than this, as they didn’t have such a strong taste and were lacking the bitterness in the back of my mouth.
The way I steeped this one is almost reminding me of the bitterness of coffee, which I never could drink black!!
Stay tuned :)
Eta I’m still sipping steep 1 and as it cools I’m noticing it’s kind of floral?? Is that weird?
My second last sample from Laurent and Sophie, Merci!
Seriously you guys. Banging my head on the counter. I drank this at work today, I was really looking forward to it, I knew it was going to be a crappy busy week and so I thought a nice way to start Monday would include this tea. That sentence was poorly formed but I don’t even care.
It was good, real good, for two steeps. I can’t comment on brewing method because I probably used too hot water, because for some reason i thought it was black tea, but it was still good.
Thing is, I was all proud of myself because I was drinking it and marveling at the really nice, subtle, not-too-sweet chocolate taste, in both steeps. I was all like “look at you, noticing flavor notes!” (of a flavoured tea, mind you)…. I didn’t have time to write this at work, so imagine my surprise (and head+counter reaction) when I read the description….which includes…. NO chocolate.
Ughhhhh back to the drawing board.
I’m not joking, I was tasting an unsweetened version of Cocoa Rice Krispies. What is wrong with my taste buds!? Vanilla? Caramel? Seriously?
It was good though. I’m hoping when their online shop opens up I will be able to afford the shipping fees :)