3250 Tasting Notes
This leaf has become more white with age. By that I mean that the malty/cocoa notes it usually has that are associated with a black tea have given way for corn and hay notes usually associated with white teas. It’s good but its different. Plus, it is slightly astringent but in this case it seems to work with the tea rather than against it.
Flavors: Asparagus, Astringent, Corn Husk, Cream, Hay
Made this in my iced tea tumbler and my brother promptly managed to spill a fair bit of it all over the counter. As for the tea itself, it’s not exactly my thing tbh. It does have a nice berry flavor but I’m not digging the mint. It’s causing the whole thing to be more medicinal than cocktail. I have another little bit of this left, probably about one cup worth so I will try this hot and see if that changes anything.
Flavors: Carrot, Medicinal, Mineral, Mint, Raspberry
When I brewed this, I ran out of water from the kettle before filling the mug. Consequently, I had to brew more and add it in after this finished steeping. Even with the extra teaspoon of leaf, the result is a mere shadow of its former self. The bite from the strawberry is gone and the sweetness of the grahams are nonexistent. Unlike Canal Street Carnival, this has not done well with age. I have one more teaspoon left and then I say goodbye. It’s a shame that its going out like this though instead of the tea I loved. Oh well.
Flavors: Berries, Drying
Today was my first day back at school. It went well and I survived the snow-filled drive there so yay for that! Then, ran some errands, came home and showered, made food with my brother (i.e. taught him how to cook), and then brewed tea as I cleaned the kitchen. I picked this one and Ruby Pie because like I said yesterday, I have a lot of Butiki and its not stored as well as my other teas so I figured it was best to work on those.
Despite adding an extra teaspoon of leaf to fight age, this one has lost all melon flavor. Though I miss it, I did finally find the coffee notes as a result of its absence. While I took a break from tea, I started drinking espresso drinks from Starbucks (aka Caramel Brulee lattes) which may also help me pick up on those notes I didn’t find before. It’s different from what it was but its not entirely bad. I will finish this one up soon and it will be an easier goodbye than some of the other teas as this was never a favorite.
Flavors: Coffee, Malt
Since I am trying to work on some of my older teas, I decided to christen my new pink simplicity mug with this tea. It’s caffeine free and from Aug 2014 so it seemed like a good one to work on. However, the forest green color of the brew doesn’t really suit the overly girly mug. It looks like something I should be having a floral white tea or something more gentle and feminine in.
Nonetheless, though the color may look like it doesn’t belong, the taste is still perfect. It tastes slightly earthy but simultaneously it tastes like a nutty cookie. The macadamia nuts truly shine tonight.
Flavors: Asparagus, Brown Sugar, Cake, Cookie, Earth, Nuts
Last semester, one of my textbooks was about contract and tort law. One of my dogs, no matter where it was in the stack of textbooks, would pull out the contract book and open it and just sorta stand there staring at it. It was always that one particular contract law book. Anyways, my friend is now taking the same program as me but one semester behind so I gave her that particular book. Today, I came upstairs to my dog taking off the shrink wrap of my litigation textbook. I think he found his new favorite subject and I am slightly worried he plans to sue me over giving away the book :P.
Anyways, on to the tea…
For a cranberry/raspberry tea, I am disappointed with the inclusion of the licorice root. That’s a flavor that never sits right with me and here it is contributing its typical cloying sweetness to a tea that should be tart. The start of the sip tastes of hibiscus/rose hip and, for once, I find myself wanting more hibiscus to fight the licorice root that takes over. It just drowns out everything else making this a huge miss for me. Not to mention that it is hard to notice anything that could be considered either of the berries in the title. Luckily, I only picked up the one teabag so I can say hello and goodbye with this one unpleasant cup.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Licorice, Rosehips
My tea drinking was stalled today as my brother and I were supposed to go grocery shopping and he kept calling to say he just had one more thing to do which made me think that he was on his way home. I got anxious that I would make the tea and not get a chance to drink/enjoy it so I opted for just not making any. However, I chose to make this in a tea thermos while he was on the phone so that if we ran out, I could just take it along.
I figured a straight black would hold up well in a thermos though I will say that brewing this made me quite anxious. As soon as the water hit the tea, there was a very strong smell that reminded me of a boxed tea like Red Rose or Tetley. Those teas were what was given to me as a child and they are the reason that I was never a tea lover until late. I find they are bitter and astringent and I associate them with being sick, hence my fear when the smell of this mimicked those.
With that said, I should have known better and trusted the magic that is Butiki because this, of course, was great. Bready with some great honey notes and just a touch of stone fruit jam. It’s like a breakfast in a thermos.
Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Honey, Jam, Malt, Stewed Fruits, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, Tea
This tea once had bite. A nice sharpness from the strawberry just to add a new element to the cup. Now, with age, it has become much softer and I am not entirely sure that is entirely a bad thing. Sure, it is not as intensely flavorful as it once was but rather than becoming bland, the dynamics have simply changed. Now, the praline is really the star, complimented by a subtle and very soft strawberry sweetness. The coconut kicks in about halfway through the sip and lingers on the tongue along with the praline long after you finish drinking. The whole thing is just very romantic, if that makes any sense. Rather than the exciting and fun tea it was when I first got it, it has now taken on a much more relaxed and sweet vibe. It’s not the same tea that it was, but its not bad either.
Flavors: Berry, Cake, Coconut, Custard, Hay, Hazelnut, Strawberry