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Thanks Stacy for providing this VERY generous sample!

She said this tea was not on her website yet, so with her permission, I will be the first one to review it…

I have tried many assams, as I love bold black teas. Before I «met» Stacy and discovered her «TeaWonderLand» , I had only encounter your regular malty slightly astringent black Assam. Very effective morning black tea that I would go to as a «favourite comfy pair of jean» type of tea…

I am excited about this one, cause I never had a golden tippy assam. Not knowing much about Khongea plantation other than it’s location in India, I did a little research and I’m very pleased with what I found out, and the knowledge added to the appreciation of my tasting.

Stacy will correct me if I’m wrong, but from my reading, this would be a second flush (may-june harvest), the period when the finest Assams are produced with chunky golden tips.

Khongea is one of the highest yielding gardens in Assam, and is often referred to as a model by the tea industry to exemplify good practice in field management, where labor workers are treated fairly and environmental issues are carefully considered.

I love the fact that these issues are important to Butiki, so kudos for that!

What comes to mind first as I’m examining the dry leaves is: tobacco! Short, thin, slightly curly with beautiful bright golden tips. I don’t get much smell from it, so I have no clue what to expect…

I’m using quite a bit (about 2tsp for 10oz), I pour the hot water in my favourite clear glass cup and within a few seconds, the colour intensifies to a point where I decide to stop the infusion at only 90 sec. (I usually steep assams for about 4min!)

Wow! The colour is a dark reddish copper, and as the morning sun comes in from my kitchen window and hits the glass, I see it turn to an almost crimson red !

The aroma is powerful and I can’t wait for it to cool down a bit…or shall I burn my tongue just a little?

Thankfully, the taste is as rich as its colour! Very malty, I get undertones of tobacco and spices with a hint of smoke. It has a sweet finish, so the slight astringency and bitterness I detect are toned down into a non harmful way.

It is said that if Darjeeling tea is referred to as “the Champaign of tea”, a good quality Assam such as this one could be referred to as “the Best single malt Whisky of tea” .

I have to agree. Basically, if I was a smoker (and a little less girly) I would (in a very manly way) cut the tip of a very expensive Havana cigar, and instead of washing it down with bourbon and whisky, I’d have this tea!

Another hit from Butiki, and I can’t wait to experiment a little more with it…

Note: I later emailed Stacy for brewing recommendation and will not be afraid next time to let it steep longer. As she was pointing out, even more complexity will emerge. Thanks to the large sample, I’ll be able to just do that!

Sil

Awesome! LOoking forward to this one!

TheTeaFairy

Sil, I have yet to try a butiki tea that I don’t like…she is one of my favourite tea merchant at the moment! Everything I try from her is a novelty :-)

Sil

heh there are a few from stacy that i don’t love as much as others but overall i think she’s got wonderful teas!

Scatterbrain

REALLY can’t wait to try this one. And I need to get some more Royal Golden Safari, Taiwanese Assam and Gui Fei oolong.

Bonnie

Very thorough and informative review. You did a great job here. I love me a manly tea! Straight forward, strong and with muscles! (If you can’t have the guy, have the tea I guess!)

TheTeaFairy

Scatterbrain, this one will not let you down… I took advantage of the recent low price and stocked up on Taiwanese Assam, which is so far my favourite Assam ever, but this one is pretty close…

Sil

Bonnie! hahaha you kill me! too funny

Now to stalk stacy until she posts this…

TheTeaFairy

Bonnie, thanks! P.S. please don’t pretend you can’t have the guy!

Scatterbrain

@TheTeaFairy, I strongly recommend you try Rishi Tea’s Ruby Black (Hong Yue). It’s another Taiwanese Assam but higher-end and with a lot more complexity. Butiki’s is more simple and comforting while Rishi’s is more of a special occasion kind of cup. It’s 15 US dollars for 30 grams but it’s well worth it.

Butiki Teas

TheTeaFairy-Yes, you are correct. Nice research!

Sil-Hahaha, well its technically available for purchase ($4.75 an ounce). Everything is ready except the pictures and I can’t take pictures until its sunny again (which sounds like it won’t be until Thursday).

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Scatterbrain, will check them out for sure!

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Sil

Awesome! LOoking forward to this one!

TheTeaFairy

Sil, I have yet to try a butiki tea that I don’t like…she is one of my favourite tea merchant at the moment! Everything I try from her is a novelty :-)

Sil

heh there are a few from stacy that i don’t love as much as others but overall i think she’s got wonderful teas!

Scatterbrain

REALLY can’t wait to try this one. And I need to get some more Royal Golden Safari, Taiwanese Assam and Gui Fei oolong.

Bonnie

Very thorough and informative review. You did a great job here. I love me a manly tea! Straight forward, strong and with muscles! (If you can’t have the guy, have the tea I guess!)

TheTeaFairy

Scatterbrain, this one will not let you down… I took advantage of the recent low price and stocked up on Taiwanese Assam, which is so far my favourite Assam ever, but this one is pretty close…

Sil

Bonnie! hahaha you kill me! too funny

Now to stalk stacy until she posts this…

TheTeaFairy

Bonnie, thanks! P.S. please don’t pretend you can’t have the guy!

Scatterbrain

@TheTeaFairy, I strongly recommend you try Rishi Tea’s Ruby Black (Hong Yue). It’s another Taiwanese Assam but higher-end and with a lot more complexity. Butiki’s is more simple and comforting while Rishi’s is more of a special occasion kind of cup. It’s 15 US dollars for 30 grams but it’s well worth it.

Butiki Teas

TheTeaFairy-Yes, you are correct. Nice research!

Sil-Hahaha, well its technically available for purchase ($4.75 an ounce). Everything is ready except the pictures and I can’t take pictures until its sunny again (which sounds like it won’t be until Thursday).

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Scatterbrain, will check them out for sure!

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I am French Canadian, so please forgive me if my English is not always perfect!

My relationship with tea in a nut shell:

I’m married to straight Blacks. I have torrid love affairs with Oolongs. My BFF are Greens. I socialize more and more with Pu’erhs. I have distant White acquaintances that I visit once in a while. I party with Flavored!

Love Steepster, a place for tea lovers, where you learn and share with others…

About me:

I am a free spirit, I let people be who and what they want to be and expect the same in return.

Books! I love French and classic literature, but also modern and pretty much anything that captures my attention.

As tea and books, music is something I can’t live without! From Bach to Nirvana, my ears know no boundaries…

Art is food for the soul…I consume lots of it.

Animal and nature lover, I will never let a fury friend in needs.

I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. But since I’v joined Steepster, my tea knowledge has emancipated exponentially.

Drinking tea is a sensorial experience. The name in itself “Camellia Sinensis” lingers the promess of an adventure for the senses…

As for my rating system, well it’s pretty much inexistent…Since I don’t write many reviews, I try to focus on the good stuff and will usually review teas that left a big impression on me.

Not a big «swapper» but if we do get to swap together, you’ll remember me, I live up to my Fairy reputation :-)

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The Laurentians, Canada

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