1538 Tasting Notes
The first time I had this, I had it cold with no milk to try to evoke the soda feeling as much as I could (I make my butterbeer with a cream soda base). It was good, but I could tell it would be better prepared differently. The next time, I had it sweetened warm with milk, and it was quite nice. I get a tasty butterscotch flavor that’s great with the black base. As I finished my packet of this, I found the last serving to be much too mild unfortunately even though it was overleafed. I just wish the flavors were stronger.
I thought I would hate this since I don’t love smoky teas, but actually, I’m finding this to be quite delicious. The flavor is mild, but also complex. I wouldn’t necessarily even call this flavor smoky…I wouldn’t know what to call it! It’s almost lightly desserty, but it’s difficult to describe. I may taste a hint of mint? The black tea doesn’t show up too much. I enjoy it sweetened with a little milk. I left this to steep for almost an hour by accident, and it was super forgiving. Probably my favorite find from the most recent TTB. The resteep is lighter, but still worth it.
I mostly just taste oolong, which isn’t my preferred tea base. After refrigerating this, more fruit flavor comes out, and I like it a little more. I’m not sure it’s distinctly cranberry, but it’s close enough. I don’t really taste any chestnut. I prefer fruity teas on an herbal or green base, so this one isn’t really for me, but it’s not bad. If you go in expecting an oolong with some subtle fruitiness, you won’t be too disappointed.
This can be a little tart and bitter, but with enough sugar it’s decent. The orange is pretty authentic, but it’s not really something I would reach for over an herbal orange tea. This just doesn’t have a place in my cupboard. I shared it with someone, who wasn’t able to taste the orange and found the floral flavors to be much too strong. I shared it with someone else who loved the orange flavor and didn’t notice the bergamot. My final cup of this I drank cold, and I thought the orange and bergamot complemented each other very well. The bergamot definitely shows up in a very floral way, but it sort of works. I guess my opinions have evolved slightly over the course of my 2 oz bag.
This smells super tropical. The flavor is definitely still tropical, but the base takes over a little, and white tea isn’t really my thing. I can’t tell exactly what fruits it’s going for, but I can taste something like pineapple. The base is a little drying and plant-like. If the tropical flavors were stronger, this would be really great.