So I, uhh, received a monstrous order from Stacy at Butiki Teas. She was more than generous with samples, everything was packaged nicely (most of them in smaller bags for easier splitting), and I’m really impressed.
So. This tea. I received it as one of my surprise samples.
This tea smells amazing. Buttery, brown sugary, strawberry-y. Stacy said it’s toffee, and even though my brain couldn’t put the butter and sugar together on its own, it’s definitely toffee. Steeping, it smells really buttery – must be that green base.
Drinking it? Oh, wow. Not my usual cup of tea (ha.), but it’s really good. Buttery and thick, the strawberry coming out… Yum. There is definitely a vegetal background to this, but it adds rather than detracts.
Definitely something to consider buying, although I wouldn’t purchase it in large quantities. I just don’t drink enough green teas to make buying lots of them worthwhile.
Apparently the final version has a bit more toffee in it, and I think I’ll be adding some to the next order. Yes, next order. I’m already planning for it.
Second steep: Mostly just the green base, lighter, still delicious. I steeped 3 minutes, so not much longer.