405 Tasting Notes

91

The last one of the Butiki order. There is mostly a malty scent, with some citrus notes. It has a sweet flavour, and is a bit more malty. A nice evening cup while I watch Doctor Who.

I wanted to try other Indian black teas, since I’m so used to assam. Now I have two, and one of them is a decaf even. In the future, I must look for other new black teas… for science.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Spices by Lupicia
405 tasting notes

Oh, I’m the very first review for this tea. I wanted to try it because it reminded me of a light masala chai. And it is. The scent mildly spiced, and mostly cinnamon. In the flavour, I get more cloves, but the cinnamon is still very present. If I got this, I’d maybe use it in bread.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Spices

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drank Paradise by Lupicia
405 tasting notes

I tried this when I went by the store over the weekend. It has more of a mango scent. The flavour is sweet and tropical, but still strong towards mango.

Probably better iced, and earlier in the year.

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94

I’m still not really sure what purple oolong is exactly, somebody please explain. Anyway, this smells so like plums. It’s fabulous really. Which I had a plum to compare. The flavour is plum, I get some brandy. There is also some creamy notes, but mostly it’s a good fruit tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

While still Camellia sinensis, purple tea is a new varietal that is propagated by grafting and cutting as opposed to seeding. This particular varietal is known as TRFK 306/1 and is rich in anthocyanin (a flavonoid), which pigments the leaves a purplish color. Purple tea was primarily developed for tea health products and is rich in antioxidants. Malvidin, Pelargonidin and Delphinidin are prominent in purple tea. The purple species has been in development for 25 years in Kenya and is more resistant to frost, disease, drought, and pests. So basically, it is a new varietal that can be processed any way in order to make it into a green, oolong, black tea, etc.

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93

I wanted to get something from Butiki, and try other Indian black teas, so I got this. It has a nice sweet, and slightly nutty scent. The flavour is sweet, with a mild, but certainly present walnut taste. Overall, it makes for a good afternoon tea.

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

Tasting note 400! Woo! Last week, I made my first Butiki order, and Stacy send this as a sample. I had a couple cups while waiting for the peach pie to bake (it turned into a cobbler hybrid somehow). The scent was mostly stonefruits, especially peach, and some notes of pecans. There is a lot of peachy in the flavour as well, a bit malty, and nuts. If I ever made a peach pecan pie, it might taste like this. It is also my first Nilgiri tea.

Flavors: Peach, Pecan, Stonefruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kaylee

I just realized that I have no idea what the difference is between pie and cobbler. Google is not being helpful. :-/ Is the difference in the kind of dough used?

Lariel of Lórien

Usually cobbler is a filling covered with biscuit or batter, where as pie is a filling in a pastry dough which makes a crust.

Kaylee

Ohhhh. Thanks!

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92

Tried in the store because it smelled so good. The scent was sweet, and tropical. It smelled nicely the pineapple, with hints of coconut, and some floral from the oolong. There was a light and fruity flavour. I have liked their flavoured oolongs a lot, but it seems I always try them in the wrong season. This one would be better earlier in the year.

Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Fruity, Pineapple, Sweet, Tropical

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88

This reminded me a bit of the Milk Caramel (which I got this time). It has a nice sweet, nutty scent. The flavour is a stronger chestnut, and I taste the green base a little. Overall, an interesting flavour that would good for Autumn.

Flavors: Chestnut, Nutty, Sweet

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90

This was one I wanted to try because of the scent. It smells like a dark chocolate bar, and also a rich hot cocoa. That is what comes out the flavour- rich, smooth, and creamy chocolate. Will be nice to have chocolate in tea form for the Autumn season.

Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

I got this sample from Stephanie, because I wanted to try more Butiki teas.

This smells nice, a bit herbal… but mostly like a creamy black tea. The flavour makes me think of an Irish Breakfast blend if I added a lot of cream to it. Overall, I like the creamy black tea, but I’m not really getting much cheesecake.

Flavors: Creamy, Irish Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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After many years of drinking coffee, I’ve recently become a tea convert.

Faves- Black Tea (Preferably Chinese- Most Gold/Golden), Rooibos/ Honeybush, Oolong
Likes- Pu-Erh (Shou), Green (Chinese or Japanese), Interesting Tisanes, Dessert Blends/ Flavoured Teas, Masala Chai
Dislikes- Smokey Teas, Hibiscus, Licorice Root, Chicory
Exploring- Sheng Pu’erh, White Tea, Sticky Rice Mini Tuocha
Fruity Flavours- Lychee, Muscat, White Peach, Fig, Apple

Ratings-
unrated: still unsure
69 and below: meh
70- 74: it’s okay
75- 80: like
81- 84: really like
85- 88: it’s fantastic
89 and above: my favourite

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Beach, California

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