3217 Tasting Notes
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!)
Drank this last week at work; can’t recall the specifics of this last cup, but I’m not a huge fan of the tea. It’s ok, and I do like the underripe mango flavouring, but I think the matcha is a bit too much for me in general. I think I’d prefer just genmaicha, and more creamy flavourings (probably more akin to the mango sticky rice version, which I don’t believe I tried… although I could be mixing these two up).
Ahh, houjicha. One of my favourite bases for flavoured teas. And this tea does not disappoint. It very much reminded me of Marshmallow Treat with houjicha instead of genmaicha. It’s not quite the same of course (the base definitely adds a different roasted/toasted flavour), but the vanilla/marshmallow flavourings are similar. I think the decision to add in some white tea instead of using pure houjicha probably also adds some additional depth to the tea. A win, for sure.
This is a note for the new 52teas version (if there was a Frank era version… I don’t recall. The image suggests yes). It’s fairly tasty, though not as sickly sweet as I wish it was – I mean, it is cotton candy after all! I prefer something like Boo-Berry Cotton Candy, and the black tea version, although this base is definitely more forgiving.
This tea is really delicious. I think I’m most in love with the base tea – which is an amazing oolong with the lingering “umami” oolong feel – and the banana/spice combo is light, realistic, and not overwhelming yet still flavourful, making for a heavenly cup. I likened it to my beloved DavidsTea Banana Oolong, and while it’s not quite the same, it seems that the qualities I enjoyed in that tea are present here (lingering mouthfeel, and similar flavours). Overall one of the best new teas I’ve tried in a while.