Here I go again, being the party pooper to rate down a popular tea. I have had a lot of fantastic teas from Butiki, but I can’t love all of them!

The honey notes that everyone else is raving about are what I don’t like. I had a Wuyi oolong (from RoT) some time ago that had a similar honey taste and the first couple times I had it, it was awesome. Then all of a sudden I just completely lost my desire for it. This tastes so similar to it that I’d almost think I brewed only a few black leaves in with the wuyi oolong.

The good news is, for all of you looking for a sweet black tea that doesn’t bite back, this fits the bill. I like my blacks to be quite a bit more bold.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
greenteafairy

I’m with you on preferring bold black teas over sweet ones (and especially over ones with strong honey notes). Do you have any you’d particularly recommend?

Shelley_Lorraine

The Premium Taiwanese Assam from Butiki is one of my favorites. I also really liked Butiki’s original Irish breakfast blend, which has since been re-blended. I asked for a sample with my last order, but Stacy must have gotten the sample requests mixed up because I got different samples. Oh well, next time! If you don’t mind a CTC tea the Ajiri Kenyan black tea from Ajiri tea company is pretty good too. I haven’t had a whole lot of black teas yet, so it’s still an exploration for me. Green tea was my first love and greens will still top my list of favorites, but sometimes I really need a good black tea too :)

greenteafairy

Thanks! I’d been eyeing those two from Butiki – definitely on the list for my next order. The Ajiri black looks good too.

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greenteafairy

I’m with you on preferring bold black teas over sweet ones (and especially over ones with strong honey notes). Do you have any you’d particularly recommend?

Shelley_Lorraine

The Premium Taiwanese Assam from Butiki is one of my favorites. I also really liked Butiki’s original Irish breakfast blend, which has since been re-blended. I asked for a sample with my last order, but Stacy must have gotten the sample requests mixed up because I got different samples. Oh well, next time! If you don’t mind a CTC tea the Ajiri Kenyan black tea from Ajiri tea company is pretty good too. I haven’t had a whole lot of black teas yet, so it’s still an exploration for me. Green tea was my first love and greens will still top my list of favorites, but sometimes I really need a good black tea too :)

greenteafairy

Thanks! I’d been eyeing those two from Butiki – definitely on the list for my next order. The Ajiri black looks good too.

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Colorado
Occupation: Graduate Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

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