I was really excited to try this tea, although I have to admit that I wasn’t exactly sure what to anticipate. I like Baileys and other Irish cream flavoured things, but I don’t know that I can specifically conjure up “Irish cream cheesecake” in my mind. But I love cream, I love Baileys, and I love cheesecake, so why not?
I stuck to the suggested brewing parameters, and when I first inhaled after steeping, it almost smelled like caramel vanilla assam, but not quite. Much more potent, with an almost coffee-like after-sniff. The brewing guide is spot on when it suggests you enjoy this tea hot, because the astringency creeps in really, really quickly, and somehow just takes over. even with cream and sugar added, I wasn’t quite able to finish the cup. I didn’t really get cream or cheesecake from it, although I don’t know that I really had much of an opportunity to detect it because the bitterness took over fairly quickly. I’m going to try it again though, and do a bit of tinkering, but as of now, I’m fairly certain I won’t be reordering (which sort of comes as a relief, as my next Butiki order is already getting expensive!)