652 Tasting Notes
Received this last week, very excited about it!
The bag smells divine.
I couldn’t wait long to try it, and I’ve had a couple mugs now (2 steeps each)
I am a huge Golden Orchid superfan, it’s probably my holy grail tea. Though way too expensive to drink regularly, it’s definitely something I covet and cling to.
I was hoping this would be at least a bit comparable, and it is! It doesn’t have the long, delicate unbroken leaves that GO uses as a base, but it is still full of flavor. Maybe not QUITE as naturally chocolatey for the base, but the vanilla aspect does not disappoint.
It has a lovely thick and creamy mouthfeel as well.
Perhaps I shouldn’t compare this to anything else, but I can’t not.
I can’t remember what I rated GO but I will definitely reorder this when it’s gone.
Vanilla everything FTW!
Bought this as part of my most recent WP order… it was one I just added on a whim because I wasn’t sure if Keemun was my thing. I’ve had some before that was a bit too smoky for my personal tastes.
The Hobbit in me made sure I ordered it to try, despite my initial reservations.
Am I the owner of a very refined pallet? No, I am not. However, I really enjoyed this tea. I could tell upon first sniff that it was going to be one of those juicy sort of fruity black teas, and I was totally right.
I enjoyed this as my “Second Breakfast” today, it was very satisfying. I had coffee first thing in the morning, and I had brought this to work to make sure I could try it asap. I wasn’t disappointed. It had bready notes and a slight maltiness to compliment all the juicy mouth watering flavor.
I wouldn’t call it a chocolatey tea, personally, but that’s ok by me, because I wouldn’t want a chocolatey tea for breakfast anyway.
Not regretting my inner Hobbit’s decision to order this tea :)
I’ve been sick since Thursday. A gross, stuffy, foggy head cold. The “blow your nose 3 times per hour” sort of cold.
My tastes just started coming back on Sunday evening. And now they’re mostly back.
But since I couldn’t taste or smell anything for 4 days, I wasn’t wasting good tea. I have Davidstea’s Cold 911 or whatever it’s called, which i LOATHE, but always drink when I’m sick. So I had a few mugs of that.
Also, I thought that since I still craved hot, comforting tea even though I couldn’t taste it, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to drink up the ones I don’t love but had lots of.
So I alternated between 3 teas, mostly. (Besides the Cold 911 one)
- The Tea Spot’s Bolder Breakfast which has a chocolate flavour I’m not super keen on
- A&D Damn Fine Tea Mount Grey, which I find to be an overly strong (overwhelmingly so) EG
- H&S Queen Catherine which everyone else seems to love but I find a bit too smokey. It’s actually really good when you can hardly taste it. HAH.
So, I am almost done the QC and the BB, I brought the remnants to work to polish off. I think I will go make some now.
The Mount Grey, however… I suspect that one going to be around to haunt me forever
Funny, this one.
I am a hater of all things lime flavoured. (Actual lime, no prob) I’m the one who picks around the lemon and lime skittles, or starbursts or whatever the candy may be, leaving behind a bag full of yellow and green rejects.
So the fact that I bought this is kind of hilarious. I was definitely swayed by the marshmallow, and by the fact that I was riding high on the promising wave of new Butiki Teas!
It’s very limey. The marshmallow sweetness was definitely noticeable too, it softened up the lime and was tasty. Neither flavour overwhelmed the base. But not tasty enough to make me love lime.
I think someone who enjoyed lime would LOVE this tea. It’s very flavourful and seems accurate to me. But I’m not on the lime bandwagon, which is why after trying one cup, this one is going to end up in the stash sale thread :)
If i was rating based on personal taste, I’d give this like a 65, because I don’t love lime. But seeing as how it’s a lime tea, it’s a great blend so if i was going to rate it based on flavorfulness and accuracy and execution, it would deserve an 85 for sure.
Another sample sent from Nattie!
I enjoyed a mug of this yesterday at work after lunch. It seems more of a natural tasting pumpkin tea, vs a lot of the chemically flavoured ones. I mean maybe this is too, but there are actual bit of pumpkin in there rather than candy bits, so that’s a plus to me!
Again the base was a little weak to me, though I left it steeping for like 10 minutes and nothing bad happened, haha. So it’s forgiving!
It was a pleasant cup, though to me it was definitely more of a pumpkin enhanced chai than a pumpkiny dessert tea.
I don’t think I’d buy it but was great to try!
I received this in the package from my Secret Santa – Anlina – and quite enjoy it.
Definitely intrigued by the name…I’ve had this twice now.
The second time was this morning, so that experience is fresher in my mind. I would say I oversteeped it, because it was VERY bold. I left it for about 5 minutes, not thinking about the CTC aspect.
Though a little stronger than I normally would want, I still enjoyed my cup today. Slightly malty, thick, rich… I added a splash of 10% cream to it, and thought it was very tasty. I’ve been yawning nonstop all morning, so I’d actually consider having another cup right now! It definitely makes for a perfect breakfast tea.
I will try again with a 3 minute steep vs 5. I am going to see how well it resteeps after lunch!
Thanks Anlina :)
(The only downside to this tea is now I have that awful Amanda Marshall song stuck in my head)
I love this tea.
The other night I was cleaning out my craft/computer/junk room for a bunch of hours while watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and I had steeped two big cups of this. Both were delicious.
It’s silky smooth, chocolatey, vanilla-y…really rich and delicious.
This is my kind of dessert tea. I’m not big on the artificially flavoured dessert teas these days, for the most part.
I’d rather drink ones like this. Over and over again. SO glad I recently ordered more!!
Someday I will come up with the spare funds to try Cocoa Amore. Until then, this tea FTW!
It’s weird that there aren’t many reviews for this. I really enjoy it as a breakfast tea with milk.
Yesterday afternoon at work, I had a cup at around 3pm. I had a head ache and I was starving but I’m doing that stupid “be extra healthy for the new year” thing which means I have to monitor what I eat.
It helped fill me up a bit, and warmed me up. It’s malty and bold and I was reminded again why I like it so much.
And why compared to teas like this, the Davidstea Assam Banaspaty pales in comparison. (I admit I didn’t bother looking into which regions they come from or if they should even be compared. I’m just going by the word “Assam”)