drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1377 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

I really loved my sample of this one that Stacy sent. I’ve been waiting for it to be on the website since while I don’t typically go for greens….this one was super tasty!

OMGsrsly

It’s so good I’m reconsidering my decision to not buy a variable temp kettle or Japanese water heater. :) Waiting for the water to cool is the hardest part for me, and if I could be sure I wasn’t overcooking my green teas, I might drink them more.

Fjellrev

I’m considering getting the Black and Decker programmable digital kettle for $60 at Walmart. Wonder if it’s a good one. I don’t want to drop too much money on a kettle since I don’t know where I’m going to be in a year. Hmm.

But if you’re not thinking of moving far away anytime soon, I’d say it would definitely be worth the investment.

OMGsrsly

I have a really nice kettle (all stainless, cordless, lights up like a spaceship, etc) but work has one of the Zojirushi water heaters, and I covet it. I’ve been thinking of getting a 2L one, since refilling at home isn’t much of a hassle. You can get other brands at T&T for about $65 on sale.

Definitely not moving soon. :) I love it here, and am not even considering going to Calgary for grad school. It’s too far from the ocean and mountains!

Fjellrev

Ah, T&T, I miss the one(s) in Edmonton. Never thought about kettles there but that would make sense. Calgary isn’t that far, really! If I knew I were going to move to, say, Toronto next year I would just invest in it now and bring it with me. My problem is Europe is a potential option. For that reason, dropping $60 on a kettle at this point seems a little steep!

And you would totally miss the mountains and ocean!

Sil

I think everyone should move to Toronto…Or someone find me a job back out west so that we can all move there lol I miss my mountains and ocean

OMGsrsly

Maybe Montreal, but only for a short time. Which really isn’t close to Toronto I know, but it seems like most people I know end up there!

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Sil

I really loved my sample of this one that Stacy sent. I’ve been waiting for it to be on the website since while I don’t typically go for greens….this one was super tasty!

OMGsrsly

It’s so good I’m reconsidering my decision to not buy a variable temp kettle or Japanese water heater. :) Waiting for the water to cool is the hardest part for me, and if I could be sure I wasn’t overcooking my green teas, I might drink them more.

Fjellrev

I’m considering getting the Black and Decker programmable digital kettle for $60 at Walmart. Wonder if it’s a good one. I don’t want to drop too much money on a kettle since I don’t know where I’m going to be in a year. Hmm.

But if you’re not thinking of moving far away anytime soon, I’d say it would definitely be worth the investment.

OMGsrsly

I have a really nice kettle (all stainless, cordless, lights up like a spaceship, etc) but work has one of the Zojirushi water heaters, and I covet it. I’ve been thinking of getting a 2L one, since refilling at home isn’t much of a hassle. You can get other brands at T&T for about $65 on sale.

Definitely not moving soon. :) I love it here, and am not even considering going to Calgary for grad school. It’s too far from the ocean and mountains!

Fjellrev

Ah, T&T, I miss the one(s) in Edmonton. Never thought about kettles there but that would make sense. Calgary isn’t that far, really! If I knew I were going to move to, say, Toronto next year I would just invest in it now and bring it with me. My problem is Europe is a potential option. For that reason, dropping $60 on a kettle at this point seems a little steep!

And you would totally miss the mountains and ocean!

Sil

I think everyone should move to Toronto…Or someone find me a job back out west so that we can all move there lol I miss my mountains and ocean

OMGsrsly

Maybe Montreal, but only for a short time. Which really isn’t close to Toronto I know, but it seems like most people I know end up there!

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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