3217 Tasting Notes
Hmmm. Well, this tea isn’t as bad as it could have been. And I mean that in a ‘me disliking the flavours’ way, not on execution. The predominant aroma is star anise, though it’s not overly strong; the flavour is more a smooth melding of a beany green, smooth vanilla, and a quite acceptable (aka low) level of star anise. Not really catching the jasmine, nor the pear. It’s actually rather soothing… I was planning to send the rest of my portion off to Roswell Strange with her half but I think I may actually drink the second cup myself (with the third off to VariaTea). I feel like this is the sort of tea where, if Butiki was remaining open, I might actually pick up another small quantity. But it’s not a big loss.
However, if you enjoy creamy/vanilla licorice, and can tolerate a good green base (it’s not sencha!)…. you may want to try this.
ETA: Guys! How am I the only reviewer for this? I hope my tasting note spurs more people on to pick this up in their order, because yum.
ETA: Subsequent infusions become too heavy on the anise for me.
Thanks to JoonSusanna for sending this one out for me to sample (quite a while ago)! The packet was unopened(!!), so flavourwise I’m expecting it to be pretty good – especially after I opened the packet and delicious blueberry aroma wafted out at me.
Of course, I accidentally oversteeped it to the tune of about 6.5 minutes. Whoops. Surprisingly though, it was still drinkable, but I think the beginning astringency/bitterness clouded the blueberry out. I’ll have to try it again another day!
Side note: I brought the infuser to my boyfriend’s place and the whole time in the car, I kept thinking the tea had leaked because it smelled so delicious. Mmmmmm.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 9! (Drank Dec. 9)
A black tea with identifiable cloves and cinnamon – even before I opened the package, I guessed it was Pumpkin Pie Black, or some variant thereof. Aroma confirms my suspicion. I’m not displeased with that, but I this is now 3/9 teas that are pumpkin, and have that same flavouring. Sure, it’s seasonal, but…. 3? I think Pumpkin Toffee Dragonwell was a good choice, but these other two (particularly the honeybush) should have been substituted with something a bit different.
52teas’ 12 Teas of Christmas Day 8! (Drank Dec. 8)
Oh dear…. this one’s spicy. Like, REALLY spicy. I opened up the packet (a black with cinnamon chunks and tiny bits of flavouring or as I now know, spices), and it is POTENT. Not even chai spice; it smells more like…. doritos minus the cheese? Like Mexican spicing? Bleh….
A few more sniffs, and I’m noticing some creaminess, and my roommate pointed out that it’s smoky (it’s obvious, but I got lost in the spices apparently), and it smells like cumin. Ugh. It tastes like smoky cumin. NOT flavours I want in a tea. No no no. Apparently it’s Witches’ Brew Chai – I never would have guessed that. I’m wondering if something is off with this reblend, because all the reviews are favourable, but this is a cup of smoky-cumin-never-again. It’s too savoury, and the only noticeable spice is cumin. Dumped part of the cup; wasn’t worth it.
This is a very perfumey tea – smells rather like rose despite that not being an ingredient. Thankfully, the flavour is grounded enough that it doesn’t feel like I’m drinking perfume, just a very floral/fruity tea. I can’t identify specific fruit flavours, but it’s on the tropical side, though a more… perfumed fruit tropical than ‘A Rabbit’s Garden’. Overall, not bad, but again with the (half) green base – not overly fond. Also, a bit too perfumey.
Not too bad, but there’s an artificial sort of aftertaste that I’m finding unpleasant. It’s a nice choice for a base tea – a nutty dark oolong, and the peach flavour is surprisingly good, so otherwise, it’s quite decent. Just…. that aftertaste… :( Still rating reasonably highly though, because I’m enjoying it as long as I don’t let it linger too long (of course, some of my favourite teas are the ones where new and delicious flavours bloom in the aftertaste, so that’s unusual for me. Sigh.)
I’m appreciating the strawberry goodness of this one today, but the rest is off to a new home (ok, two new homes) next weekend, because I don’t need so many HB blends, and other people like this more. I am finding it a touch woody, but the flavour really is quite pleasant and milkshakey. Much like I wish Chocolate Malt HB was (with a bit of chocolate flavour, say, cacao shells, mixed in).
Only a sipdown of the loose stuff from Indigobloom, though – still have some bags from momo left. Anyways, the coconut in this is starting to turn a bit soapy, so it’s best to be finished off. It’s still delicious though, and I will probably resteep it like, 5 times. Such a great chai for coconut lovers. Creamy coconut up front, spicy burn at the end of the sip. No overly dominant spices, everything just blends together perfectly.
Except that’s totally a lie, because a fruit fly just committed suicide in my cup, and I can’t just pick out a dead insect, so this is more of a Draindown! Perhaps I’ll re-steep, perhaps I won’t. There’s something weird here. Like a weird strawberry rooibos. Not for me, no no.