53 Tasting Notes

drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
53 tasting notes

I made teatinis for guests yesterday and this tea with Kettle One Vodka was a huge success! I made 8oz of tea and doubled the amount of tea I would normally use plus I added 2 tablespoons of brown crystal sugar while it was steeping. Then added vodka and ice until the shaker was full and shook it. Made about 3 martinis. It came out amazing. It had the perfect sweetness with burned caramel notes, black tea, and the coconut and banana flavors. The vodka was hardly noticeable. The martinis were a huge hit! Will definitely have to come up with a recipe.

TeaBrat

Nice! I want to come to your house… :)

Sil

awesome! sounds delicious!

Butiki Teas

It was fantastic! I will have to make more tonight and take pics and come up with a real recipe. :)

mj

What a great idea! I may have to try that sometime. Will you post the “finalized” recipe?

Butiki Teas

mj-absolutely! :)

Cheri

Sounds awesome! (Other than the coconut…)

TheTeaFairy

That’s my kind of tea-party!!!

Stephanie

I think this sounds soooo goood. I bet it’d be good with rum or bourbon instead of vodka as well, might pair nicely with the coconut.

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Oh man, this is hitting the spot right now. The nice thing about this CTC is that it is quite a bit more forgiving than most CTCs that I’ve had. I know I overleafed but it really doesn’t taste that way and in the past I certainly let the time go for 2min+ without repercussions. Some days you just need a nice CTC to push you out of exhaustion. The bready notes are especially present but I love how the chocolate notes peak through. Sometimes when a cup of tea is just perfect, I tend to let out a sigh. I notice this mostly with the Premium Taiwanese Assam but I definitely sighed when I had this cup.

I’m finally starting to catch up on some emails and random work that has been put off because of the sale. It feels good to have finally gotten every single order out and to be mostly caught up on other orders. During the sale we discontinued Strawberry Oolong & Premium Chai. Unfortunately, we also ran out of our Khongea Golden Tips. Khongea decided not to sell the golden tips this year which means that we have to rework Ruby Pie and Malty Irish Breakfast. I think this time around we will be making the Ruby Pie gluten-free, that way we will have only gluten-free products.

So, I have been thinking about Black Friday through Cyber Monday. I know it is months away but it is really important to prep in advance since it is so crazy. We typically do sales all 4 days. Each day is like our Birthday Bash with the buy certain level and get a certain amount in free tea. Plus each day there are special bonuses like buy $60 in tea and get a new exclusive tea or something like that. We also run contests. I’m trying to figure out if this year we should change the format to gaining a percentage off of the order instead. I waver back and forth. The percentage off would mean we would have to refund every order which would be a pain. This is because we use PayPal as our shopping cart which doesn’t allow for promo codes. Unfortunately, we trapped ourselves into this because changing the cart now with over a hundred products would be very time consuming and potentially expensive but it will have to be done at some point. I do like the idea of free teas because it maybe allows someone to splurge a little. Not really sure what would be preferred.

Also, been thinking about doing a Tea of the Week special. It wouldn’t necessarily be every week but at the beginning of a week I would do a blog about a tea, discuss why it is in our collection, take some more detailed pictures, brew it (western, gongfu, and grandpas style) with notes, and maybe answer some questions. Also, we would offer that tea at a discounted rated for the entire week. Not sure if there is any interest in this.

Cameron B.

I really like the Tea of the Week idea! :D

Nxtdoor

Personally, I am not a fan of the “buy this much and get this free” on anything because it forces me to spend a certain amount and I have a budget. For example, what if I want only $40 + shipping but the minimum amount to get free stuff is higher. I like sales where I get money off. Sadly, like you said, you can’t do promo codes. I think it’s the psychology of it. Some People like seeing -6.99 under the total.

Cavocorax

I personally like discount coupons too, but that sucks about Paypal making it difficult. I’m surprised to hear it works like that!

And the tiered sale with free does work for me, but it does require a lot more planning than I’m used to. :P I’m not sure how else you could do it though, so I’ll just be happy that you’re able to offer some promo that I can take advantage of!

Cheri

I like the tea of the week idea. I liked the birthday bash special with the tiers and getting something for free, but I know how much work that is for you, validating that the orders are right amounts, etc. You could do a spend X amount, get a tea from this list for free kind of special. Yes, it limits the options people have, but I think it would be easier for you.

Krystal

I like the percentage off idea. I don’t really know about PayPal or running a website but would it be easier to do the percentage off of the teas each instead of the whole order? Also I like the idea of brewing teas in different ways it’s nice to get different perspectives from the same tea

Butiki Teas

Cavocorax-The problem is that PayPal is our sole shopping cart system. They don’t offer coupon codes at all. I do like them though because I feel like it is a more secure checkout system for our customers but it comes with a few problems. Another issue is that it allows previous purchases or saved orders to sit in the cart for a very long time. Great for the customer, nightmare for us and one of the reasons we don’t do sales as much anymore. We would have people buying things we no longer carry, items that had price raises at the old price, and shopping carts full of items on sale that haven’t been on sale for years.

So it seems like the tea of the week idea would work. Awesome! Now to think about which tea to do first. Maybe our Kenyan Silver Needles?

I think I might do a poll for the Black Friday Sale. Or maybe I mix it up. Maybe the first 2 days are a percentage off and the next 2 gets you free tea? Would still do a tier system. Maybe 20% off all order, orders over $40 25%, orders over $60 27% or something like that.

Krystal-Unfortunately, doing individual sales for every tea would be a nightmare the way our code is set up now.

I don’t have an issue with refunding the money but I think this could create 2 problems.
1. Not seeing the percentage off right there might allow people to misspurchase thinking they are getting off more/less then anticipated.
2. Influx of emails asking for the refund or questions about the refund, creating much more work when we won’t be able to get to all of the emails right away. Even if explicitly stated in rules, this could be an issue. Especially, if someone is worried that they won’t qualify for the refund.

Sil

I dislike the tea of The week idea because of the Canada factor…I preferred your sales of 1-3 things that could be encorporated into an order. I LOVE the blog idea through :)

Nicole

I had no idea uncompleted purchases sat in the cart and caused headaches for you! I found tons of things before my last order that were still in my cart from previous orders I decided not to finish at the time. I cleared them all out and started again, but I’ll remember from now on to make sure to clear that cart as soon as I decide to wait on a wishlist!

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Darjeelings are not always my favorite. I’m extraordinarily picky about them. For the last two years, my absolute favorite has been from Giddapahar. While, this estate seems to be a tad greener with their processing, the flavor is just outstanding. The tea is very complex and has wonderful sweet almond notes with peach and blackberry notes. There is just so much going on and quite a variety of flavors, including wood, lemon, hay, earth, and jasmine notes. When I heard that Giddapahar was making a special limited handrolled 2nd flush, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity, especially because they only made 11 kilos worth of this tea. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I was so excited when it arrived, I tore open the package. Wow, the scent was so amazing! The taste profile is very similar to the first flush, except that there is a muscatel flavor and the green-ness is much more toned down. It’s also a much fuller body and the astringency is gone. I’m really enjoying this tea quite a bit. It has a wonderful juicy flavor. Almond, peach, jasmine, and hay notes are the most prominent. There is something else present but I can’t put my finger on it right now. Will definitely have to experiment more on this one. Since this is so limited, when it’s gone it’s gone.

In other news, I’m working on 2 new teas today, a caramel apple Gui Fei and a mimosa puerh (this may or may not be a chai). Normally, I come up with flavors then find a tea for them and modify them from there but these guys I’m working with teas that I really want to flavor and trying to develop flavors for them specifically. I have done this with our Champagne & Rose Cream but it’s not typically how I work.

Stephanie

Oh yum. You sure make this one sound tempting! I am super intrigued by your caramel apple and mimosa ideas, too :)

Cameron B.

Caramel apple anything would be fantastic. ;)

Cheri

You make this second flush sound good. A little greener is more to my liking.

And since Champagne & Rose is one of my favorites that you do, I’d really like to see what you come up with on these other two. :)

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-This new Giddapahar is soooo delicious! I’m trying to figure out how much to save for myself.

I hope they come out good. I love working with the flavors in the tea and trying to bring them out a little more. crosses fingers

Butiki Teas

Cameron B-Indeed!

Cheri-It’s so yummy! I just flew through my first cup.

I’m excited to be working with these two teas. The Gui Fei is so unique and it was just calling to be paired with apple. The loose puerh was really begging for some citrus. So glad you like the Champagne & Rose Cream! That is probably the flavored tea I drink the most right now.

Excelsior

It seems as though Specialty Darjeelings are on the rise. Ambootia and Moondakotee are making fairly expensive Haute Couture Darjeelings for Mariage Freres. I’ve been meaning to try your teas and maybe I’ll get around to it in the near future.

Butiki Teas

Excelsior-they really are, especially in the last two years. It seems they are feeling the pressure to make teas that can compete with other countries luxury teas.

Kaylee

Caramel apple and mimosa chai both sound awesome. I’m going to have to revisit the gui fei oolong now so I can decide whether to get the caramel apple…

Butiki Teas

The caramel apple Gui Fei came out amazing! Needs some tweaking but I love it!

Cheri

How much of this tea did you decide to sell? Do I need to place an order immediately, or can I wait until next week, do you think?

Butiki Teas

Cheri-You should have no problem waiting. Since it is a more expensive tea and a Darjeeling (Darjeelings don’t sell fast for us), it should be available for a few months.

Cheri

Thanks! I’m trying to force myself to reorganize my tea pantry before I order more teas. It’s a mess and I don’t even know what all is in there anymore.

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
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Today has been a weird day. Last night I got home really late. I decided I wanted to unwind and watch a little tv before I went to bed but instead I ended up falling asleep very quickly on the couch. I was so exhausted that I woke up around 8am still on the couch with the tv on. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve done that. I felt very disoriented when I woke up and I’m still not feeling quite so normal. This week has been a trip. At least once a year I go raw for a few weeks. I started eating raw food on Monday. Unfortunately, the first day of being raw is horrible. I was so unproductive because I had a bad headache, was very mentally fuzzy, felt pretty weak, and was hungry all the time. By Tuesday I was feeling a little better but still about half productive. Wednesday, I finally felt better and was able to catch up with work. Now I’m feeling pretty good. In a couple of days I will have that raw food energy. Each time I go raw, it gets easier and I have fewer bad days before the good days start. The first time I went raw, I was miserable and extremely hungry for the first week and it wasn’t until the end of the second week that the energy kicked in. Every day I allow one cheat by having one cup of tea. This tea was my cheat today.

I’m sure this tea is even more amazing since it’s the only warm thing I consume. I love this! Honey and caramel are the main notes. It is very sweet and a little malty. I can also taste vanilla, floral, bread, peppercorn, and plum notes. There is also just a touch of chocolate. It is so very delicious! This tea, our Red Queen Cupcake (strawberry, chocolate, espresso, vanilla) tea, and Taste of India (strong breakfast blend that incorporates Assam, Darjaeeling, and Nilgiri teas) will be up on our website by tomorrow.

This is an interesting tea. While it does have some similarities in flavor to the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black it also has some of its own uniqueness. It comes from Sansia, Taiwan. That region produces predominantly green tea, so this is a bit unique. Also, a local varietal is used Ching-xin Ganzai. The leaves of this tea are also insect bitten, so it does have that honey sweetness. Such a delicious tea!

Marzipan

I couldn’t do any diet that kept me from tea. twitch

mj

You can’t have tea if you’re eating raw?!?! Oh, the humanity!

Also, I want to try this tea :-)

Butiki Teas

Marzipan-I could use it though. I was drinking way too much tea. This is a nice break.

Butiki Teas

mj-Well, I could have a white tea that was sundried and steeped cold. I could drink that all day without cheating. This tea is really delicious!

Stephanie

Is this the “new Taiwanese” tea sample I got but haven’t tried yet? Woo! Hope the rest of your Raw Time goes well :)

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-Indeed it is! Thanks, I’m adjusting quite nicely now and I just got some raw nut cheeze in the mail (that must sound gross but it is amazing) and some raw chocolate torte (pretty awesome since it uses the only kind of sugar that I can have without getting sick.

Stephanie

That sounds pretty tasty to me! Can you make smoothies? I’ve put raw rolled oats in mine for texture/whole grains before and it was pretty good!

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, I will have to see if raw rolled oats are truly raw because that sounds awesome. I do make almond mylk by letting raw almonds soak in water for 8 hours. If I’m feeling frisky, I add some vanilla bean and blend the almonds in after they have soaked. I could do some ice, almond mylk, and fruit. That would be good. One thing I’ve done is cardamom, papaya, and almond mylk. That is awesome.

Butiki Teas

If anyone wonders what I eat, here is a link to my instagram: http://instagram.com/butikiteas. There are only 4 raw foods on there but I will be adding more throughout the raw adventure.

TheTeaFairy

Hope that raw energy kicks in really soon ;-)

Last month, I did 30 days of “semi raw” if you will, mostly in the form of green smoothies, vegetal proteins, seeds and nuts…after a few days, I was so energized. I also do that every year!

But I do have my tea, can’t give that up even for just a month! You’ve got a lot of will power my dear!

And the tea just sounds great!

Butiki Teas

TheTeaFairy-I can tell, it will kick in soon. That’s pretty awesome that you do mostly raw for a month every year! Well, I feel like I can live with just one tea a day. It’s my special reward. No way would I be able to completely give up tea for a month. Not a chance. The tea is wonderful!

Stephanie

Those food pics are gorgeous and all look so tasty! I see shredded green papaya? One of my faves!

Hey BTW canvas get there ok?

Butiki Teas

No green papaya. There was mango though. Mmmm! Thanks!

The canvas has not arrived. I was starting to think about checking the tracking number.

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Having a nice cup of my favorite tea today on my anniversary. Today the hubby and I have been together for 20 years and this Sunday will be the 12 year anniversary of our wedding. Woo hoo! This week is really packed, we have a good friend’s birthday, our anniversary, father’s day, and a wedding. This week will certainly be busy but for now I’m relaxing and enjoying this delicious cup of chocolaty, caramely deliciousness. In other news, I noticed that the CDC came out with a list of Powerhouse (nutrient dense) Fruits and Vegetables. That’s pretty awesome, but ugh watercress, really. Guess I will have to look into some recipes that kind of hide the watercress. Here is a link for anyone interested: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/pdf/13_0390.pdf.

Rosehips

Happy Anniversary!

boychik

Happy Anniversary!!!May the happiness that you share grows deeper with each year

caile

Happy Anniversary!

Cameron B.

Have a wonderful anniversary and many more years of happiness. :)

Cheri

Happy Anniversary!

Stephanie

Aww, Happy Anniversary <3

Butiki Teas

Awww, thanks guys! :) The hubs and I are going out to our favorite vegan restaurant (Vedge) in Philly to celebrate.

Stephanie

That CDC link was interesting too. I wonder which chinese cabbage they used in the study exactly. Aren’t there a billion of them?

Cheri

I have heard wonderful things about Vedge. Enjoy!!!

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-I was wondering about that. Some of the categories are rather vague. Maybe Bok Choy? Another thing that left me with questions was using B12 as a basis for determining nutrient density. I thought B12 couldn’t be obtained from veggies or fruits due to the depletion of B12 in our soil. Maybe I’m wrong but this is big issue with vegans since we need to supplement B12.

Thanks Cheri, we love Vedge. Some people don’t love the small plate sizes but for me that just means we get to order more dishes.

Angrboda

Happy anniversary. In Denmark you’d wait another 6 months and celebrate your copper wedding at 12½ years, possibly with a larger do for friends and family. Half way to silver wedding, you see. :) (Husband thought this was bizarre)

TeaBrat

Happy anniversary!

Cheri

Angrboda, that is a great idea! I love it. (Ours is coming up, and that would be a blast of a way to celebrate it.)

Butiki Teas

Angrboda-Love that! :)

Thanks, TeaBrat!

Tea Pet

Happy Anniversary!!

TheTeaFairy

Aww, so glad I saw this post, Happy Anniversary!!!

And thanks for that awesome link! The addition of banana and pear help to reduce that watercress taste in green smoothies, it works for me at least, just thought I’d share :-)

Butiki Teas

Thanks, Tea Pet!

TheTeaFairy-Thank you! Hmmmm, that sounds like a wonderful way to mask the watercress. I will have to give that a try.

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I’m loving this tea lately. It’s kind of like a cross between our Premium Taiwanese Assam and our Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black except that it would be a much stronger version of PTA. It has a bit of a stronger maltiness but yet also has the sweetness that is present in the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black. Very interesting. I overleafed a bit so I am getting a nice burst of malt, very close to astringent but not quite. There are some lovely honey, stone fruit, dark chocolate, and fresh baked bread notes. I’m also getting a slight earthiness and some raisin notes. Absolutely delicious!

Lately, I have been all about gardening. This year I planted a nice box of cabbage, basil, tomatoes, and arugula. I also planted a smaller raised box of jalapenos, tomatoes, basil, and arugula. Each year, I will be adding a new box and fruit tree in our backyard until we have too many fruits and veggies. I also planted a pear tree and a bunch of flowers this year. Yesterday, my first jalapeno was harvested and I made some nachos with homemade salsa and guac. So good! Will be starting composting soon. Very excited to get back into gardening after taking a break last year. Anyone else into gardening?

TheTeaFairy

Oh, this tea sounds so good Stacy, added to my shopping list!

Your garden sounds awesome! You seem to have a very green thumb :-)
I am a plant serial killer, everything I touch dies :-( I seem to have a bit of success with herbs (that’s because they kind of take care of themselves!) but that’s it!

Dustin

I LOVE gardening! Finally figured out how to do it successfully in Texas after many years of fail. Lately I have been taking off for the summers and leaving my garden, so my neighbors get to reap what I sow instead of me. I dream of having a small orchard someday! Your garden sounds awesome!

Stephanie

I love gardening! I’ve got a ton of tomatoes as usual, but I’ve had to switch to F1 hybrids because we have a bad fusarium fungus problem in our soil. I will miss my special heirlooms :( I am also growing several kinds of basil and arugula (already ate all the arugula though) mustard greens, lettuce, kale, radishes, okra, cucumbers, habaneros, thai chilis, eggplant, many flowers, a few strawberries, and blackberries. I put in a grafted tree with half plums and half peaches a couple of years ago but it isn’t producing yet :)

Your tea and your guac both sound fabulous!

mj

A. I now want this tea. B. I like “gardening” but I’m limited to house plants because I live in an apartment. I now have plants at work too…they’re spreading lol

Butiki Teas

TheTeaFairy-I think this one might by your type of tea. Thanks. I used to be a plant killer but I’m getting better every year and reading up on gardening. Also, I’m very lucky to get advice from my dad and one of my good friends is a crazy gardener. Her backyard is just boxes of veggies (no lawn at all) and her husband is a computer engineer so they built an automated sprinkling system for their boxes. So, I get lots of good advice.

Dustin-I bet Texas would be a very challenging environment. That’s pretty sweet for your neighbors. I’m trying to work on the small orchard. Our yard isn’t crazy large but maybe 10-15 fruit bearing trees would be awesome.

Stephanie-Oh no, sorry to hear about your fungus issue. Wow, sounds like you have a nice selection of fruits and veggies.

mj1851-Hahaha, plant spread. :)

Angrboda

I’m not particularly garden interested, but Husband is. Because we bought a house, he now has his own garden for the first time, so he’s very keen. Personally I’m mostly interested in the prospect of growing our own nearly free food. He’s starting out slow, though. There are a few herbs and some courgettes, which are doing well (this is good because we eat a lot of those and they are relatively expensive) and some beans with sweetpeas mixed in. Four squares with those. I keep an eye on the bean (and that was the bean. Singular. Only one showed up, boo!) daily, but it doesn’t look very healthy. I think it looks like it’s been nibbled. About a handful of the sweetpeas have come up, though, so those are doing a little bit better. Not much, though.

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Whoa, I went very heavy on the tea and man is this strong. I was feeling very sleepy and now quite awake. While I can still taste the burned chocolate, nutty, mahogany, baked bread notes, the bergamot notes are now the strongest. I have really been loving the high quality CTCs from Kenya lately. I feel like CTCs have such a negative association but they can be really tasty.

Did you know it was world goth day? Me either. In honor of world goth day I’m now listening to Fad Gadget. While not the most gothy, I have certainly heard a lot of Fad Gadget songs at many goth clubs. Here is Life on the Line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA_8nNNZqD4 If you want to see why you should never have stood in the first few rows at a Fad Gadget concert, check out Lady Shave live. hahaha. Despite being really into goth fashion and music, I don’t have many pictures from those days. I do have one from when I was phasing out of goth, so here is right after I started bleaching out the black hair dye, so it is sorta gothy (1999-ish?). http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i446/butikiteas/FridayDecember302005resizedCopy1_zpse89ac58f.jpg. Anyone else into goth music or fashion? I’m still really big into 1970s, 1980s and 1990s goth & industrial music.

Terri HarpLady

Aww, Stacy, you’re so cute!

Butiki Teas

Hahaha, thanks Terri! :)

Krystal

Not much into goth but love Type O Negative! Summer Breeze and Cinnamon Girl are some of my favorites

Butiki Teas

Krystal-Do love me some Type O! Black No 1 made it to many cd mixes. Interesting that both of the songs you mentioned were covers. Type O does covers well.

MissB

Oh gosh. I’m a HUGE industrial fan. Rammstein, Type O Negative, NIN, TOOL… As for the hair color? I was goth at one point, and considered dying my hair black recently again. I do still have quite a bit of goth-inspired clothing for some special events I attend on occasion.

Butiki Teas

MissB-Awesome! I’ve noticed a few different people around here into goth and industrial music. I’m considering dying my hair black again as well. I only use temporary colors at this point after the huge disaster of me trying to get black out of my hair, which is very long and light-ish. I just get too bored so quickly and feel the need to move on to a new color.

Speaking of industrial, I’m still working on a tea inspired by my favorite band, Skinny Puppy.

Nicole

This tea is just the absolute best to travel with. It steeps up so tasty even with really sloppy and variable conditions. I keep a bag of it in my purse whenever we go out for breakfast. Or dinner. Always need this in the cupboard! :)

Tea Pet

Happy World Goth Day, Stacy!

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I’m taking a short break since today is a long day and I will be working very late tonight in order to compensate for taking a shorter day tomorrow. I decided to gongfu brew some of the Banchang in a 50ml gaiwan. This time around I used a lot of leaf. I think, I prefer less leaf for this one. With less leaves, the apricot notes are very strong but here they are much lighter though still present. The spice notes are stronger now and more upfront. I’m getting a lot of clove, pepper, and cinnamon and some anise but also a nice creaminess and fuller body. Actually, I’m starting to love this despite missing the stronger apricot notes. Very delicious. The rhubarb is now making its way through a little bit. This is definitely my favorite Sheng! Shhh, don’t tell the Wild Purple Buds.

For the rest of work, I’m doing a Joy Division marathon. Unknown Pleasures followed by Closer, and finally Still. As the days are getting warmer, I’m just in more of an old school goth, industrial, and jazz mood. Just came out of a hip hop/rap mood which lasted through the harshest days of winter. Anyone else noticing their preferences shifting as it gets warmer? Here is Joy Division’s A Means to an End because it is awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oMFMRv5c3o. If I make it through all 3 albums then Sun Ra or Peter Brotzmann will be playing, which I can only listen to at work or with headphones.

Also, have to share this. I just funded this Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/159974695/calamityware-dinner-plate-3. This artist takes the classic Blue Willow pattern and adds ‘calamities’. Super awesome. Can’t wait to serve my guests food on this plate and see if they notice.

Nicole

Those plates are fantastic!!!

Butiki Teas

Nicole-So excited about those plates! :)

Cheri

I’m not just loving this for the plates and the tea, but for the Joy Division marathon! There just isn’t enough Joy Division out there.

Butiki Teas

^So true! Glad to see another Joy Division & tea fan! :)

Stephanie

This tea is super exciting. I’ve been enjoying more mellow music this spring :)

OMGsrsly

So tempting, but $30 shipping to Canada. Wow!

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-So glad you are excited for this tea! Mellow music is great for spring. :)

OMGsrsly-For a second I got confused and thought you were talking about the tea. Hahaha. $30 shipping to Canada for a plate is pretty insane.

OMGsrsly

Haha! No no, your shipping is reasonable. :) For the plate it is a little over the top. If it was $10, I’d totally buy one!

TheTeaFairy

The plates are beautiful and so much fun, loving the bats!

Aww, You made me put on my old Joy Division reccords this morning, listening to Transmission right now, sipping on Premium Taiwanese Assam. yummy!

I get music mood shifts as well with the seasons. This is what I’ve been into lately, can’t wait to listen by the pool!

http://youtu.be/cAjXL_21HOM

Cheri

I, too, turned on the Joy Division this morning. It’s still going. (I’ve got every Joy Division track on Google Play in my queue right now.)

Butiki Teas

OMGsrsly-When the shipping is more than the plate that just seems out of whack.

TheTeaFairy-Yay, for more listening to Joy Division & sipping on PTA!!!!! :) I’m really digging your link to Hollie Cook. Very chill, lazy summer day feel. Perfect pool music! Love your music taste! :)

Cheri-Awesome! For me Joy Division is one of those bands that I end up listening to nonstop until I get sick of. :)

TheTeaFairy

Glad you liked her Stacy, she’s the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, I think she’s amazing, the whole album has that breezy vibe…

Butiki Teas

Interesting! I’m going to have to check out the rest of that album. :)

beelicious

OMGsrsly, the artists FAQ explains how to get around the international shipping to Canada:

Yikes! What if I live in Canada?

I once lived and worked in Toronto. So I want to help out my friends north of the border. If you live in Canada, shipping will be included in your pledge.

But you need to pledge in a special way. Here’s what I want you to do. When you make your pledge, pretend that you live in Pittsburgh. (It’s nicer than you think.) Don’t ask for international shipping. Don’t pledge the extra $30USD to ship overseas.

Later, when I ask you for your current mailing address, you’ll tell me that you live in Saskatoon, or whatever. We’ll need to trick the system once more by pretending that Saskatewan (or whatever province) is in the USA. I’ll change the mailing labels from US to Canada and you will have saved $30. That seems to work.

OMGsrsly

Ha! I didn’t even go there. I see the “additional shipping” and click the X. :) Thanks, beelicious!

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This tea is so interesting. I get notes that are not very common in most teas. For instance there are grilled corn notes (bordering on corn nuts but not quite) and roasted cashew nuts. Also, very strong butter and cream notes. This session, I’m also getting a light floral note at the end, maybe jasmine but it is just hardly there. This is definitely the most flavorful white tea I have ever tried. So good.

In other news, we are finishing up adding our new straight teas, so pretty soon we will start back working on flavored teas, which I am very excited about. I say that now before the frustration sets in when the flavors don’t work out how I want them but I do love creating new blends. It’s one of the tasks I most enjoy. Right now, we are working on a new chai. I have really been debating whether we go traditional or do a crazy flavored chai. Not sure yet, which way we will end up. Also, in 1-2 weeks we should finally have our new Silver Needle and Chinese greens in stock. We have been putting it off a bit but I’m excited to finally get the new harvests in.

Sil

Gah! Lol

CelebriTEA

This sounds good….so love a good chai

Stephanie

Sounds great! Can’t wait for more new straight teas to be up on the website :D

Butiki Teas

Sil-i’m pretty sure we added a sample of this one for you.
CelebriTEA-I’m so excited for the chai too, just not sure what direction to take it in.
Stephanie-Thats about it for straight teas. We just added the banchang and only have one more black Taiwanese tea left.

Stephanie

Banchang time! Wheeee!!!!

Butiki Teas

Banchang! :) so good!

Cheri

This sounds amazing. I’m already working on the list for my next order from you, and my first isn’t even here yet.

Butiki Teas

Cheri-Glad it sounds good! Hahaha. :)

Lion Repshire

It rocked my tea world!

Butiki Teas

So glad you enjoyed them! :)

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I’m so glad this tea exists! I have such a horrid allergy/sinus headache. This tea is absolutely perfect for when I need something strong yet flavorful. Loving the burned chocolate, bergamot, and bread notes right now. Now if only this headache would go away. I’m trying to drown it out in caffeine and Excedrin.

In other news, we have been pretty darn busy. In case you missed it we added the following new teas:
Kenya Obsidian-wonderful Kenyan black tea
Baked Ali Shan-Lightly oxidized and lightly roasted
Fu Shou Shan-Lightly oxidized, very high elevation, very flavorful
Taiwanese Bi Luo Chun-very fresh, flavorful
Hong Yun Black-tastes like PTA & Mi Xian Black crossed paths
Lattakajoon Assam-Chocolatey Assam
Organic Sourenee Black Blossom-Like a chocolatey cross between Darjeeling & Assam
1994 Aged Bai Hao-Like a honey drizzled on top of baker’s chocolate. Another lovely leafhopper bitten tea
Blackberry Lime Guayusa-Steph’s idea for our Custom Blend Contest
1989 Suncha Blend-Mostly shou but some sheng. Very flavorful and smooth

Still to go-
Kenyan Silver Needle-Incredibly buttery, creamy, flavorful!
2009 Banchang-heavy Apricoty notes. This puerh has quite a story behind it. Rare.
Blueberry Purple-back soon!

Added back-
Birthday Cake
Crimson Horrizon

Whew! We certainly have been busy in the last 3 week!!!!!

Also, if anyone is interested we are only asking for shipping charges for these lovely wooden display cases: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1470625936506048&set=a.1383480678553908.1073741827.100006759666084&type=1&theater

boychik

I’m so sorry, Excedrin doesn’t help me w/headaches:(. I’m on Zurtec for abt 2 months. If I skip for any reason it’s a nightmare, I feel suffocated. So excited about your new teas. Feel better;)

Stephanie

I’m all over that Banchang as soon as you add it! Sounds way up my alley! And I will have to order more blackberry lime, too :D

Stephanie

And I hope your headache goes away soon :/

Butiki Teas

boychik-Thanks! :) Excedrin Migrane is the only thing that helps but only sometimes. I’ve been going to an allergist since I was 8. Have had to take some kind of allergy pill every day. I’m usually ok except when the seasons change. Then all hell breaks loose.

Steph-Thanks! :) The Banchang is delicious. There is a bit of a story behind it but I just don’t have enough room in the description. I might do a separate blog post for it. In the region of that jungle that it comes from, over 78,555 tea trees are more than 100 years old, and 9,412 are over 800 years old. It is a super interesting tea and pretty rare!

Marzipan

I get awful headaches when bad weather is rolling through.

Butiki Teas

Sorry to hear that Marzipan.

Marzipan

I wondered if that might be the same with you, but just read your post above.

Tea Sipper

Wow I would love try all of those teas! They sound great!

Butiki Teas

Thanks, Tea Sipper! :)

Tea Pet

I’m so sorry about the allergies!!! I was super close to an allergy induced asthma attack today in the office. Gods, Spring sucks. Have you tried taking Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen at the same time? That sometimes helps me with my migraines and sinus headaches. Aside from that, I have a prescription medicine that immediately helps! I can PM you the name. Please feel better!

Side note: That Bai Hao…. ::drools::

Helena

If it’s allergies why aren’t you taking a antihistimine? like reactine or benadryl? as for teas that help I would say anything with licorice root, or dandelion root. They open up the airways and make it easier to breathe. Mint works really well on headaches if you rub the leaves on your temples the oil helps. Or just drink a mint tea. Hope your allergies leave you alone soon!

Butiki Teas

Thanks, Tea Pet! Spring is brutal. I’ll have to try that trick. For now, I’m trying to avoid prescription meds. My doctor prescribed some but the side effects are making me hold off on trying them.

Helena-I’m just taking Allegra daily. I might give licorice root a shot. Thamks for the suggestions!

Marzipan

It’s too bad licorice tastes like licorice. :(

Stephanie

I hate licorice and all licorice flavored things, but I can do licorice root as part of herbal blends! Just adds a sublte sweetness, I find.

ifjuly

oooh a kenyan silver needle sounds super intriguing.

Indigobloom

Hope today is better for you! <3

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