1733 Tasting Notes
Wow. So accurate to actual rocky road tea, esp with some milk. I tried the first infusion sans dairy. It came out very smooth and lighter than I expected, with a dominant sunflower taste. Chocolate was sadly secondary, but then it usually is in rocky road icecream…
Second infusion I let go for ages, distracted by my boyfriend’s silly antics. Surprisingly, it didn’t turn out bitter at all. But I wanted to try it with milk so I added a splash. Honestly, if I froze this and made it into a slushie, it’d be an RR slush :P
Half my sample is left over, I’ll be sad!
Just the perfect amount of floral today, in the first few infusions. Seriously. Really needed that.
And I finally noticed that same roastiness from the High Mountain tea version, in this one. Funny, my last cup didn’t have it at all.
Later steeps have a much more complex nature to it. Less floral and more mineral and apricot. Also getting what they mean about sugar cookies. There is a sweetness in all the infusions that hangs out through the whole sip. Oh and a lovely tartness, like plums just before they ripen. Yum.
Made it to the seventh one (long steeping the final one now) and it has a bit of a stale note. I guess I’m wringing out those leaves pretty good!
Heh. My tongue is burning in a pleasant way, but methinks that may be from the stir fry I had with dinner. We added a lot of garlic :D
Could have sworn I’ve reviewed this before?! Odd.
Anyhow, I enjoy this tea… some cups were a lot better than others. This last cuppa was best out of them all. The taste is ok, but the mouthfeel is most pleasing. All sunshiney and happy. I think it was the mint. The first and second steeps were great, but the third started to fall flat on me.
Oh! And it reminds me a lot of AQ2T’s On Wisconsin Jade Oolong in the added flavouring (which I may pass on to another tea drinker, as I have another creamy oolong or two that I enjoy more)
I’m not exactly sad to see this one go, in the end. There are other Butiki teas I’ve mourned the ending of a lot more :P
I went to a yoga retreat last weekend. My first ever. It was interesting. I’d go again.
Anyhow. I very rarely have an audience so willing to try tea, so I shared a pot of this with the group. Four infusions, I think? Maybe five. One lady really loved it. As in she said it was mind blowing – and she will remember it forever. It doesn’t sound like she will be a convert, but I’m glad to have given her a nice memory! The cocoa really came out, and in later steeps, more of that menthol with some hay background, perhaps caramel. Was too busy serving to really enjoy much myself! If I go for another retreat one day, I’ll need to put more thought into which one I bring. An oolong perhaps.
This was the iced tea to go for today. I’m impressed that it wasn’t super tart again. It’s been 4 yrs since I had this, and had my mouth turned inside out by hibiscus. Yes, I do like some sour things, and I would even say I like it more than others. But that experience? Turned me off this blend for quite a long time.
Today is just perfect in that way… invoking a sweet berry which hasn’t quite fully ripened yet – my fave. In fact, I’mma gonna bump the rating. It was at 56, and I’d say today was a 78. So 67 seems fair? halfway.
As well, the stevia aftertaste kinda makes me sad. Bah.
So good. I was hoping for more of a green refreshing tea, but this turned out all warm and roasty. Not exactly what I was seeking… oh well, it was so full of flavour I’m not sure I mind. And I should have remembered back to when I bought this one and was told it was made in the old style, not the newer one that’s all zingy.
Anyhow. Notes of chestnut, bamboo, vanilla, okra, and something I can’t quite put my finger on. Autumn maybe. Yeah lets go with that… all with a hint of lingering summer in the air. Day old cut grass (in a good way)
I gave a bunch of this away to friends, and I’m trading the rest away for a scoby. SO glad I have more coming!!! I’ll be sad if it ever gets discontinued. There’s a really nice “alcohol” scent that I enjoy, you know the kind in real organic vanilla extract. and yes… I know this is marshmallow lol
Trouble is, now I’ll have none left til my order comes in. Will have to savour the memory of this last cup… rating bump!
Added this to some soup I made awhile back. It needs tweaking to find the best way for incorporation, as it turned out nicely… but not quite perfect. Should have written down all the other stuff I used! I rarely work from a recipe with soups, or I start from one and then add things as I see fit. Would definitely do this again but maybe double the strength of the tea, and toss it into a tea bag instead of brewing and then dumping the cup in.