995 Tasting Notes
Another damn fine tea from Butiki.
I’m not sure if I would have picked this out as a must-try for my first order but the Autumn sampler sold me, seeing as I’m in the throes of a Southern Hemisphere autumn right now!
The dry scent is heady and FULL of maple. After trying the pumpkin milkshake 2.0 the other day (not a winner on my first try but I’m withholding review until I give it more opportunity) I dug to the bottom of the packet to check for similar “gravel” and with the sweet scent coming off the tea I was surprised that there wasn’t any.
I followed Stacy’s instructions closely on this one and it resulted in a divine blend of oolong, maple and pecan. Nothing was overwhelming. Nothing was overshadowed. No fighting in the cup for dominance. Just a lovely, lovely trio.
I put on a second steep but accidentally let it run for 18mins because I’m a dweeb, and it’s come out a bit oversteeped. SURPRISE SURPRISE. I doubt I’ll get a decent third steep now but will try again in the future.
Tried this as a cold brew out of curiosity and it came out with almost exactly identical flavouring to the hot brew, but it’s still one I can’t quite put my finger on. Such an odd combination of sweet and savoury and I continue to be bemused and curious!
I just drank the 3hr steep today but have a 7hr steep as well, it will be interesting to drink that one later. Also interesting is just how much flavour came out of the 3hr steep. So surprising to me, this cold brewing method.