386 Tasting Notes
Thanks for the sample, Tea at Sea!
It’s redundant at this point, but I’m going to say it anyway: this is some of the cutest packaging I’ve ever seen. The sample packets are also resealable, which is quite nice.
I went with the company’s suggested steeping parameters: 185f, 2 tsp/16 oz, 6 mins. The brew smells sweet and grassy. It tastes very much like sencha. I’m getting a lot of savory spinach, with a slight drying at the end. For the second steep, I brewed at 195f for 8 mins. It came out smoother somehow. A touch of seaweed flavor peeked out. S’good. A nice, enjoyable cuppa.
By the way, the leaf of this tea expands a lot. If possible, use steeping tools that allow a lot of space for the leaves to unfurl.
It’s worth pointing out that this company had a rocky start on Steepster and has (in my opinion) thoroughly redeemed itself. So props, for taking heed of constructive criticism, being generous with samples, and having a truly good product. Thank you!
I tried this at the store. It tastes peachy. And creamy. The creaminess takes a while to kick in, but then it balances out nicely. But. This is not a tea for me. The flavor isn’t artificial per se. It’s just too strong somehow. I wouldn’t turn this down if offered, but it wouldn’t be my first choice either. It’s just a little too juice-like.
I’m having the second steep of this for my morning travel mug tea. It’s doing a number on my stomach but super tasty. I had the first steep for breakfast yesterday and it was fabulous. Very creamy. I can’t imagine adding any actual cream. It would just be redundant. Today’s steep is less creamy, more caramel. But seriously wah my tummy hurts and I may not be able to finish it :-(
Stacy made a semi-custom version of this for me, using Organic Huangshan Mao Feng as a base. Thanks Stacy! Given the number of notes complaining of astringency and finicky flavor, I humbly suggest a reblend using this as the base. No astringency or subtle flavor here. Just smooth cream. Irish on the front end with a hint of cheesecake at the back. Absolutely wonderful. Perfect travel mug tea on a cold day.
I won’t assign a rating because I don’t have the exact tea, but I would give this a 92.
Stacy sent me a sample of this with my last Butiki order. Thanks! I can see why so many people wanted her to make this publicly available. It’s all creamy banana and coconut with a caramelized sugar aspect. Not caramel like the candy, caramel like the type on top of creme brulee. I would expect a banana-and-coconut combo to be tropical, but instead it’s more like a mellow wintry dessert. Really lovely. I got four good steeps out of it. Numbers 2 and 3 were more mellow than the first, but still quite creamy and flavorful. Steep 4 was really all about the base tea. The banana and coconut were still there, but the flavors that came to the fore were smooth, sweet honey and caramel that I attribute to the assam.
Overall, this is a really great blend. Complex, but not demanding. I can see this being fabulous as a morning travel mug tea on a cold, wet/snowy day. If black teas didn’t make my stomach hurt, this would be on my regular rotation list. Though I think of this more as a fall/winter tea… maybe I need to start sorting my ideal cupboard list by season!
Steep 1: boiling, 4 mins
Steep 2: boiling, 4 mins
Steep 3: boiling, 10 mins
Steep 4: boiling, 13 mins
I overleafed this time. Now I only have enough left for a small cup :-( Which isn’t really such a terrible thing. I need to keep cutting down my cupboard count and I still have plenty of Pistachio Ice Cream left. I only really need one creamy nutty Butiki green tea. And I do like the Pistachio Ice Cream better.
This is lovely, though. The leaf is beautiful. Charming little pink flowers contrast nicely with the green leaves. See previous tasting note for more detail on actual, you know, taste.
So this is terrible. There are only two flavors: cinnamon and sweet. And they don’t mesh well. The sweetness is weird – not sugary or honey, but not quite artificial either. I made the rookie mistake of ordering this without checking out the Steepster reviews. Reading the comments after drinking this filled in the blank for what’s off-putting about this tea. It tastes like frickin Big Red gum. Exactly like a stick of gum. I am actively angry about the fact that I spent money on this. Which is completely ridiculous, I know. Bad purchases happen. But it’s still making me cranky. Plus I already put it all in a tin and the bag is gone, so I can’t just put it up for swaps.
I’m honestly surprised. I really like a lot of Della Terra’s teas. I don’t know what happened here. But this is a serious miss.
The smell of this one punches you in the face as soon as the bag opens. Equal parts cream and lemon, and strong. Brewed, this reminds me of Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon. The creaminess is more of an undertone here though. It’s not as cakey. Basically this tea tastes exactly like its name. Except the flavor is lemon, not lemongrass. I like it. As evidenced by the fact that I just got it tonight and have already had three cups.