1355 Tasting Notes
Let me start by saying potato pancakes and applesauce sounds delicious! It’s nothing something I have ever tried or seen but the dynamics of potato + apple is an interesting one.
Albeit rather late on my list since Hanukkah has come and gone but this was a wonderful find in the return of EU TTB Round 3.
Upon steeping this I admit that the cubes of potato were intriguing enough for me to bite into, and it was dry and crumbly but oddly pleasant. The blend as a whole had a gentle yet floral and sweet apple scent. It was also exactly as pictured, but with Butiki it’s a safe bet in terms of quality ingredients.
After the advised 4 minute steep my tea is now a light tan colour and bares an amazing scent mixture of cinnamon, apple and toasted bread or pancakes. Even without knowing the name of this blend that is what I would have thought.
The flavour is warming, savoury yet sweet and very delicious. The white tea dominates with a dry yet generally light floral base with rich cinnamon notes and a soft touch of apple in the after taste. The combination of the dry white, cinnamon and apple gives a toasted bread or pancake like affair, which pretty much matches the scent. The flowers add some sweetness along with the apple and that adds a cream/butter flavour. So on the whole I suppose it does taste like what I imagine potato pancakes and applesauce to taste like. All while keeping in mind that this blend is soft and of medium strength, so nothing offensive or truly dislikeable.
I say this is another blend that Butiki has managed to carry off well. Not a favourite but something I would certainly drink again.
Flavors: Apple, Butter, Cinnamon, Flowers, Toasty
Scent Notes: The Genmai is strong with this one, it’s very toasted and rice/bread like. All with a grassy and rather fresh green tea to lighten it.
Flavour Notes: It tastes as toasted as it smells and is very savoury. The beans come through for an interesting flavour too. A little dry though not in a bad way. The Matcha is also noticeable in a grassy way. The Sencha adds some sweetness though only a minimal amount due to it’s savoury nature. I would say that fans of GenMaicha should like this one.
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It’s all go this morning with the arrival of an engineer that’s going to fit our new boiler. Involves knocking a hole in the wall to fit an extractor fan, not keen on the idea of the whole but nothing I can do about that.
This tea was from my mum for Christmas, another Polish shop find I believe. Sour cherry sounds nice, I don’t do fruit tea often but I do love cherries.
The raw bags smell like natural cherry with a slight herbalness. Sweet yet sour at the same time. Rather nice actually.
Once steeped it’s dark red and has a herbal scent, stronger than it’s raw form, and the cherry is replaced with a sour flowers.
There is no way to delicately dance about with flavour notes….this tastes like hibiscus, pure hibiscus. The wonderful cherry scent has been completely lost in taste and replaced with a sour, tart and dry hibiscus. Even the husband said “This tea’s not great” and he usually doesn’t mind what he drinks. You could argue that it leaves a light cherry after taste but it’s so dry that it’s too hard to tell for certain.
Such a shame, had high hopes for this considering the raw bag smelled so nice. Oh well.
For Christmas I got some tea from my parents and this was one of them, I think my mum went to a Polish supermarket to get some of them which I never thought of doing.
Flavour is very mild despite being such a dark red colour. It’s dry with a gentle, sweet yet sour hibiscus and spicy after taste. I suppose it does taste like mulled wine in a way, though it’s too mild. If it was any stronger the hibiscus flavour would be too thick.
I’m not sure with this one, it’s very non offensive since it’s so mild but the fact that it is mild means I can’t taste much overall. I can drink it which is something, so it’s at least average.
Late night Chai, my reward for finally clearing away more boxes today. I get my new combi boiler installed on Monday so I need to make space, cost £4000 but should have cheaper bills in the long run. Plus I’m booking a holiday to the Canary Islands next week, picked the place and dates today :D I’ve never been on holiday abroad with my husband, it’s out 12 year anniversary in March so we leave then.
Sorry, just excited. Anyway this tea is called latte and it suggests making it as such, one third water and teabag for at least 3 minutes and then top up with warm and frothy milk. Simple.
I sniffed the bag before I steeped it, it was delicious! It had a pure sweet almond scent with a gentle hint of spice. Mostly sweet over the spice.
In flavour my first words were “Oh My God!” It’s amazing! It tastes sweet and nutty (very almond) but the spices have become more recognizable. So you have sweet almond, light black pepper and cardamom with a cinnamon finish. It tastes like an authentic Chai, the type that they serve in local Indian restaurants. It’s so full of flavour though it’s never too much. I think I’ve found my perfect Chai. I love Chai and have tried many but this is the best, it has everything I love in a Chai and it’s authentic flavour is top notch.
Wow, I was really not expecting to like this one but it blew me away. A new favourite Chai, will have to hoard this as soon as I run out.
Flavors: Almond, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon
First tea of the day and the first I tried from my Christmas haul. My mother bought me a lot of flavoured tea bags again, I told her before that bags aren’t my thing but she never remembers. Gives me the chance to try something I wouldn’t normally, I suppose. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday.
This bag was pulled out the packet and sniffed, out of habit above all else, but to my surprise it smells amazing! Rich and dark cocoa with roasted hazelnut and gentle spicy finish.
Put into boiling water for roughly 3-4 minutes.
The result is a sour, dark roasted hazelnut tea that matches the smell. Each sip fills the mouth with flavour that remains smooth enough without milk nor sugar. The Assam base adds a nice rich spice to the blend. The downfall of praise is that this tea leaves some dryness in the after taste, and after drinking this I feel I need something else to wet my mouth. Still the flavour was nice and perhaps with milk and sugar it would have eased the dryness, or turned into latte form this would be amazing!
This is what I was talking about, it’s a tea I would never have bought myself but actually enjoyed despite bag form. Best hazelnut tea I have tried.
Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Spicy
Raw Notes: The pyramid bag is see-through so you can easily see it’s contents, of which are small pieces of what looks like mixed fruit and flowers. It has a cinnamon apple and waxy orange scent, mulled being appropriate so far.
Steeped Notes: This tisane contains hibiscus and it’s easy to have guessed from it’s colour and sour taste alone. Though don’t let that put you off, behind the immediate sharp hibiscus is a spiced apple and cinnamon after taste that lingers on the tongue. It’s fairly light with some sweetness and it’s mulled spices give it a warming quality. For a caffeine free tisane this is rather nice, a real likeness to mulled wine.
Overall: This was a very nice tisane, even for a hibiscus hater such as myself. The spiced apple was delicate yet distinct and the mulled spices lingered wonderfully. The spirit of Christmas is alive in this blend. This is going to make a wonderful Christmas night drink due to it’s caffeine free nature and warmth.
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Raw Notes: Large pieces of coconut peel are very noticeable. Scent is very sweet and peppermint like though also malty from the black base.
Steeped Notes: Not only does it have peppermint and malt notes, but the infusion has brought out the coconut too. It’s a little rough ie astringent and I believe the black base to be too strong for the peppermint. The coconut is stronger then the peppermint but the strongest flavour over all is the base. It’s malty and rich but also sour, plus it does leave some dryness in the mouth. It’s a pleasant taste at first sip but after a second or two it just becomes dry and malty.
Overall: I love peppermint as it reminds me of candy canes and in my mind there is little as Christmas’y as that. So imagine my surprise when a tea called Peppermint Patty is not very peppermint strong and has two dominating flavours, ones that are not associated with Christmas. At least living in UK coconut is not a Christmas flavour for me. That makes my drinking experience rather disappointing, though fairly pleasant it’s just not Christmas-y enough for me and I had much higher hopes.
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Raw Notes: Large pieces of cinnamon stick are worth mentioning. The blend as a whole has a very strong scent of waxy orange, clove and cinnamon. Very Christmas-y.
Steeped Notes: The flavour is darker than it’s initial orange heavy scent. Meaning that the clove and cinnamon have blended with the black tea base which is now the main feature. Though the orange is still present it’s more towards the end during the after taste. Despite being black ie without milk nor sugar it’s very easy to drink, with only minimal astringency which I believe most of which comes from the spices. It’s almost liked a mulled wine but in tea form.
Overall: This has everything I associate with Christmas and on top of that it’s actually very pleasant to drink. I believe this would be a lovely tea when served to guests around the holidays, if they like mulled wine and tea they should like this. Although I’m admittedly not a huge fan of Adagio I do think this blend is among my favourites of theirs.
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