3217 Tasting Notes
Sipdown! 989. Honestly had forgotten that I drank this a few weeks ago, but enjoyed it just as much today as previously. Nice creamy lime with a reasonably gentle black base. Not getting the bitterness that people have described, but that’s likely because it’s a bit on the old side. Anyhow, a solid tea if this is the flavour you want. If I wasn’t so tea overloaded, it might be a nice change to have in my cupboard when I want a flavoured black, but something brighter and less caramel/chocolate.
Sipdown! 993. (I added in my not-yet-here Butiki teas). Anyways, I have declared today to be Sipdown day! I can only drink a tea if it results in a sipdown. So! First up is this tiny bit of Buttercream (my original sample, I believe?) from Awkward Soul! I think I might like Apple Custard a touch more, but they’re definitely along the same lines of sweet, creamy, and chamomile. Yum.
Well, I enjoyed the second cup I’ve ever had of this… but it was travel-mugged, so I couldn’t say much more than that I enjoyed it. Not sure if at the time, I realized it was an oolong…. so might have steeped it weirdly, possibly like a green (because it looks kind of like houjicha or something). Oh well!
Dry, this smells lovely, all nutty and rosy… but steeped, there’s something poking out that I’m not liking. It smells a bit like cinnamon hearts… which is fine, but NOT anything like baklava to me. In fact… does baklava even typically contain cinnamon? If so, not very much. Anyhow, the flavour very sadly is pretty much as VariaTea described. Cinnamon water with a lingering sweetness that I don’t overly care for. The aftertaste is a touch nutty, but cinnamon is incredibly overwhelming here, to the point that I can’t taste oolong, rose, or really anything else. How unfortunate.
ETA: Second infusion I’m drinking cold… there’s more nuttiness, but it still tastes like cinnamon hearts. What a disappointing blend.
Second cup decidedly not as good as the first. BUT. I also got the “bottom of the barrel”, as in, the tea guide called for another bag of tea to put in after he took out my 24g. So, I mostly got coriander seeds. The aroma is still there, though, and a bit of the flavour, although the chamomile is a touch more overwhelming. I’m pretty sure that if I go back and get a bagful that’s not from the bottom, it will be tastier, so I will probably do that and just mix the two. Annoying, but not the end of the world. 95% sure I’ll get at least 100g of this one…
Yum. I’d had this a couple years ago when it first came out, and I recall enjoying it enough to have possibly bought more (don’t recall whether I actually did, though). The last of the bag ended up living at my mom’s place because she apparently liked it… except I just found out that it still exists, and is no longer a “like”, so I will be collecting it at Christmas. It will be interesting to see how the two compare.
Anyhow, this is a tasty cup of minty, creamy, somewhat fruity goodness. Definitely mostly mint and cream, though. It’s nice, because it’s an herbal blend, yet there’s no icky rooibos messing up the flavour (nor licorice, hibiscus, etc.). I don’t usually like mint, but I DO like creamy mint and chocolate mint, so this is a hit. If I remember, I’ll grab 25g or so of this before it’s gone, just to have, because it’s unique and tasty.