333 Tasting Notes
This tastes a lot like this Persian apple rosewater drink I made once, though brewing a pitcher of this is much less work. I get a lot of apple and rose and not so much elderflower, which is a little disappointing since I’m a massive fan of elderflower everything. It’s still very nice, though—especially for an herbal—with a lot of sweetness from the licorice root and a bit of tartness from the hibiscus (though not very much). Still, it doesn’t compare to Fortnum & Mason’s Elderflower Green, one of my all-time favorites. I’ve only tried this one iced, since the flavor profile just seems like it works better cold to me.
This one is so good! While steeping, it smells weirdly—though by no means unpleasantly—like buttered popcorn. The flavor is light, and while it tastes creamy I don’t necessarily get cheesecake. It’s fruity, and while it doesn’t quite capture plum it comes closer than any other tea I’ve tried, aside from Butiki’s Plum Compote & Cashew Cake. There’s that slightly sour plum-skin aftertaste, too. The flavoring in this one is stronger than the oolong base, though I think the base does contribute some stone fruit notes. I don’t know that I’ve ever had brandy and am not sure what it actually tastes like but I don’t get anything particularly evocative of alcohol from this blend—not that it needs it.
This has a nice raspberry flavor—much stronger than in Chocolate Raspberry Waffle, happily. It’s creamy and nutty, though nothing about it really says cashew specifically. I don’t like green oolongs, generally, so the sparrow tongue base doesn’t quite do it for me, and I think I would’ve preferred a green base—maybe a bi luo chun?—with these flavorings. Still, this is a really nice blend, and one I wouldn’t have minded more of were Butiki still around.
This one had a very strong aroma of lime candy, or maybe lime soda, and it did taste kind of artificial—not in an awful way, but I could’ve done with a more natural lime The white tea—or maybe the mallow—added sweetness but otherwise didn’t come through strongly. This one was alright, but not a blend I’ll miss.
This one I didn’t care for. The pear tasted artificial to me, and it didn’t go particularly well with the green base, which I found quite vegetal. I didn’t get much star anise, unless I’m very much mistaken about what star anise tastes like, but I did get a weird taste that reminded me of play-dough more than anything else. I still have a little bit of this one left; if anyone wants I’m happy to hand it off.
This smelled alarmingly like strawberry candy, and that’s pretty much how it tasted too. I did get some praline in the aftertaste, and fortunately without the off note I got from praline Horizon. This one was very sweet, and while it was fun to try I ultimately found it a little too artificial for my liking.