719 Tasting Notes
Ahh Butiki. Always comes through for me. I think I need to come up with a vocabularly to describe Darjeelings. At least the first flushes, I have a feeling, are going to become a bigger part of my life.
This is an awesome tea. It still amazes me that a black tea steeps up so light. It’s very smooth and a bit thicker in consistency, like a black tea, except it doesn’t look like a black tea. There seems to be maybe a subtle hay component? Also subtle fruits that I can’t quite nail down. There’s also an awesome sweetness in scent that comes through clearly in the taste.
I want to test out the few other first flush Darjeelings from Butiki, then I will decide which is best for my cupboard. This one is nothing short of delicious though.
This is another sample sipdown too.
Sadly, this one I didn’t enjoy. I tried it both as a hot milk matcha latte and a cold matcha milk to no avail. The flavours upset my stomach. I’m not a huge fan of popcorn as it is, so perhaps that played a part. I’m not sure I could completely differentiate the flavours, but it struck me as more super sweet, borderline ‘burnt’ caramel/butter mix.
Thanks for the sample VariaTEA! Another matcha to leave for those who do love it in the future. :)
This is a sample sipdown too, the first one of the day eep.
I originally made Hattialli Golden Paw this morning, but all I was getting was smoke. I quickly read the description and notes and saw no mention of smoke. I had a horrid sleep filled with nightmares of my upcoming spring class, and I have an exam this morning, so I dumped that and made this one.
I knew this awesome tea would both refresh and comfort. The combination of orange, chocolate, and marshmallow is amazing. I can’t believe I only just tried this. I already added a bunch to my Butiki cart online because this will be a cupboard staple.
P.S. My wellies left Germany yesterday, hit 4 US cities yesterday, arrived in Calgary this morning and are already out for delivery. So excited!
My sipdowns may have been slowed up by receiving my Butiki order today, which was awesome. My sipdown tally for today includes:
French Vanilla matcha
Divine Temptation (just until I pick up more next week!)
and 3 samples (Good Feeling, Mind Palace, and Tamarind Pop)
Tomorrow I have an exam, so I won’t be in the house for half the day at least. We shall see what sort of sipdowns I can manage.
P.S. It’s raining! I wait all year for the one month it rains here, and my wellies are scheduled to arrive tomorrow! Perfection.
This is wonderfully light and lemon-y. Dry this smelled strongly of some sort of lemon candy, which was just fine by me. It still smells nearly as strong steeped, but more lemon less candy. Slightly. The taste is less strong in the lemon department, but that isn’t to say it isn’t apparent. It is. There’s also a creamy quality here.
Creamy lemon goodness. Yes. This one gets the seal of approval.
I love Stacy’s flavoured whites – Cantaloupe & Cream, Watermelon Xylophone, and now this one. I occasionally rotate one of them into my cupboard, so this one shall go into that rotation.
I don’t know what a tamarind is, but I expected some sort of fruity concoction, which made me a little wary. I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised. This tea is actually caramel-y, sweetened caramel actually. And very smooth. With a extremely subtle tangy quality. But true to Butiki style, very natural and therefore the sweetness isn’t bothering me. I’m not really sure what else to say about this one. If you haven’t tried it, you should!
This is another sample sipdown!
Butiki is here, Butiki is here!
This one came in an awesome wee tin, and therefore it was the easiest to pop open for a sniff. Well, the scent settled it. This was the first tea to try.
I’m really enjoying it. The orange is more subtle in taste than in scent, but it’s unmistakably there. The chocolate tastes like dark, dark chocolate which is wonderful. And the marshmallow seems to provide a subtle creaminess to the whole experience. There is a sweetness here but the darkness of the chocolate keeps it from being sweet. Delightful.
I see the recommendations mention sugar is also awesome, so I’ll have to try that next time.
Stacy is there a specific reason this one comes in a tin?
I’m close to a sipdown here, but I haven’t anticipated clearing this one out before I leave. Partly because I drink it very rarely, and partly because we’re planning to go to California in August, so I have a few months before I can get more.
This tea embodies brioche perfectly. Liquidized brioche.
Also it’s 6am and it was one of those morning where I had to get up the second the alarm went off. Does anyone else get an upset stomach when they have to get up and start moving so quickly? I always do, bleh. Hopefully that will pass quickly.
I’m just finishing up a cup of Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie now. My tally for today includes sipdowns of:
French Butter Cookie matcha
SBT: Honey Ginger
Irish Cream Cheesecake
Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie
and 3 swap samples (The des Alizes, Pomegranate Sarsaparilla, and Pu Erh Gourmand)
I am happy with that progress.