3553 Tasting Notes
Review of the old (original Frank) version of this, which remains quite potent despite its age. Very citrussy, almost like nerds candy (lemon-lime). Base tea is unremarkable, which is fine. Definitely reminiscent of key lime sherbet I used to have as a kid, although this tea does not have the creaminess.
I’m really intrigued by these non-traditional tea blends incorporating savoury spices/herbs – they are incredibly hit or miss (in my experience), but always interesting! Unfortunately, although this tea is definitely tasty (for anyone familiar with Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream, the cantaloupe is very similar, but less creamy), I’m missing out on picking up anything from the sage. The leaf is fairly small, so it’s not likely that I just missed an ingredient, it just mustn’t be an overly strong flavour (and perhaps I’m looking for the wrong flavour – I kind of thought it might taste like cantaloupe stuffing?)
For those not familiar with Cantaloupe and Cream, the flavouring is a nice, light, realistic cantaloupe (or honeydew; I find those two are not distinguishable in tea). It’s a definite melon flavour, but not as in-your-face as something like Lupicia’s Melon Oolong. Overall, a perfectly tasty tea, but missing that special something I was thinking I might find.
Another blend drank at work, another cup that didn’t stand out to me. I feel like I might have underleafed, though, as I only got a sample size and tried to make it stretch to 2 cups. I tasted some pear, and a bit of ginger (I think I felt some heat from it), but it was not as good as the other teas I was drinking at the time (I think there was a cherry cream one, and possibly Scarborough Fair).
Yet another of the many, many, many Butiki teas I still have around. (I swear I’m drinking them, I just have so many that it takes a while!) Anyhow, this tea is one that has definitely lost some of its flavour, though is still good. The tamarind and gui fei was such an amazing flavour combo, I’m sad so few people got to try it! So juicy and rich, with the honey tones from the gui fei pairing so perfectly with the tamarind flavouring. Delicious. I only have maybe 3-4 cups left of this one, but I’ll probably try and finish it sooner rather than later.
Still have tons of this left. I don’t think I’m as enamoured with it was I once was, BUT, I also tried to drink it in a travel mug a couple times, which I would strongly recommend against. Although it’s one of the more flavourful whites I’ve had, it does not hold up well in a travel mug, for whatever reason. That said, I had a nice cup of it before bed about a week ago, and it was pretty good (so despite being… older than it should be… it’s still good!)