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Sample from Kittenna. Thank you!
Finished it up today, and while I liked it I didn’t love it. Of course, burning my tongue on my quesadilla might have contributed to that, but it was fairly astringent/bitter/something I didn’t love. I didn’t add milk to it because I just wasn’t feeling it.
Still, I’m sad that one more Butiki tea is gone from my cupboard.
cavocorax sent this one my way and it’s just not working for me. Mostly, it’s a mouthful of floral for me..not the delicious buttery spinach flavour that i prefer in a green oolong…you know, when i actually drink those :) Still though, super glad i got the chance to try it…happy i didn’t fall in love with it since butiki is no more. thanks Cavo!
I bought some of this in one of my very first Butiki orders. I tried it once and though, meh. So it sat and it sat and it sat. I have been enjoying some flavored white tea before bed the last few weeks and thought I would give this another go. Wow, I am not sure what I was thinking the first time I tried it. This is delicious. Creamy for sure. Hints of juicy cantaloupe. This tea is also very naturally sweet. It was such a great cup last night. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. So sad that these teas are gone forever:(
After being gone from Steepster for so long while my kiddo was cooking, it is nice to be back and see some new companies making a go at blending tea. I am excited to try some of the new things out there, will just have to get my cupboard under control first.
I didn’t even want to write this note. I will be quick about it in any case. I received this in a swap. I was sorrowed to find that I could detect no apple or caramel taste to the 3-4 cups I had of this one. :( It was a nice toasty and roasted oolong with a vague fruit sweetness. I think maybe it had just been too aged and the flavourings dissipated. It was in a plastic sandwich bag so that, I’m sure, didn’t help. Oh well. Stacy did say that some of the flavoured blends would be diminished in taste at this point, especially if not stored for the long term. Happy to try it though, and I am sure it was lovely 6 months ago! :)
Flavors: Fruity, Roasted, Sweet, Toasty
I have been lusting after this one since the moment Butiki teas announced it. When it came time to make my morning brew, there was no question what would end up in my cup! except… Whenever I have plans to go somewhere early (ish) on a weekend, I try to make a cuppa tea and ALWAYS end up rushing to be ready in time, even though I feel like I have plenty of minutes left…
So I ended up really rushing consumption of this and ended up dumping the rest in my water bottle. Thus, no time to savour. Sad!! but from what I recall, it was really tasty. Light yet flavourful, with a hint of many different things that I would have had to really sit and think about. Smoke and cocoa for sure. Something vaguely stone fruit like. Sighs. So much yum.
Also, can I just say, getting together with tea peeps yesterday was ahhhmazing. Seriously, what a blast. Loved meeting Keychange and OMGrsly for the first time, and seeing Sil and Kittenna again! So much giggles going on. hehe. I only wish more teaps could have made it out :D
That’s right. I went there. Yup. Teaps!
This is yummy with not much astringency. It’s sweet and dainty with almost a honey taste.
This tea deserves a better note than I’m going to write for it, because it’s awesome and chocolate chili ‘things’ are the best kind of things. Unfortunately I drank up the last of it during what was otherwise a particularly terrible day, so details are getting fuzzy. Good pot of spicy sweet tea, bad everything else.
For me the slight spice is perfect. Chocolate, never being my favourite ingredient in tea is also pretty good. I do have to wrap my head around that this isn’t the creamy, milk infused chocolate, but good old dark chocolate of little milk, a pinch of sugar or honey, and a lot of nip. So, essentially everything you’d want in a dark chocolate chili truffle.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Honey, Pepper
I’m working on sipping down my Butiki collection and discovering that I have quite a few that I’ve never gotten around to reviewing on Steepster! I actually wasn’t the biggest fan of this one the first time I sampled it, but it’s grown on me over time. The flavoring is quite light and the base definitely comes through. But it blends beautifully with the creamy, buttery flavoring to give you a cup of tea that reminds me of shortbread. Still not one of my favorites from Butiki, but quite tasty!
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Hay, Sugar
Got a teeny tin of this from Marzipan ‘s sale. I don’t know why I do these things to myself. It’s like I can’t get past the denial stage of Butiki’s passing. Unsurprisingly, this is a tasty little tea. Woe is me. The addition of chocolate chips is slightly strange, given that the tea base itself seems to have cocoa overtones. The chips themselves are particularly apparent in the aftertaste, followed by citrus and a light trace of something resembling marshmallow cream fluff. I almost want to declare the chocolate in this blend redundant, but I do kind of like the way it pops up, says hello, and then skips off elsewhere to let you enjoy the cup as a whole. I’m going to coil around what little remains of my tin and weep softly into my mug, so please look away now.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Marshmallow, Orange
Held off on this review until I drank it all :)
With that being said, it is the tea on the right: https://instagram.com/p/4fn1JRxYIY/
What I really enjoyed about this tea, which made me drink it in the mornings, was the thickness that came about from brewing it. Very buttery with what I would call a mixture of stone and flower in there. It’s not often that I come across a stone like oolong, let alone one with floral notes that has a buttery texture. All of that combined together provide a tea that was more of an experience than a quick morning drink. What was odd about this tea is that it literally had no smell before it was brewed, not sure what that was about… but I don’t care, it did its job :)
This actually ended up being one of my favorites from Stacy’s last few batches. It seemed like an odd combo at first, but the mix of coffee and cantaloupe actually works. Really well. Alas, the flavor has definitely faded over time so it’s just as well that this is a sipdown. It was always good for at least 2-3 resteeps, each one gloriously juicy and coffee/nutty/chicory-ish. Sad it’s faded and gone but glad to have tried it.
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Coffee
I love a rainy Sunday, especially on a holiday weekend and even more so when the house is quiet. I wanted to choose something special for the occasion, before my solitude is shattered by the return of my 14-yr old stepdaughter. I’ll be honest, I’m much more suited to Cool Aunt, a role which I have relished for 25+ years for eleven wonderful children that are not mine. Stepmom is still a role I’m getting used to. Stepmom is a different kettle of fish entirely.
So here I am with about an hour to enjoy. I nearly went to tea I knew I would like, but instead I forced myself to drink one of the hundreds of untried teas I have amassed over the past several months due to multiple swaps and unfettered spending. This tea was generously provided by Liquid Proust in a recent swap. I had wanted to try Oriental Beauty for awhile; I mean, with a name like that, who wouldn’t? The aroma is lovely. Seriously, I would like an Oriental Beauty air freshener to spray all over my house. And it’s gorgeous to look at. Flavors: very floral upfront, slightly fruity, honey but not sweet, woodsy, a tad nutty, with a cooling aftertaste. There is something about this tea that is reminiscent of White2Tea’s Clover Patch. I think I might brew them side by side and see if there’s anything to that, or if I’m just mistaken and/or nuts.
I guess this is the first time I’m finally getting around to reviewing this tea?
Although I would normally gongfu it, today I went with Ms Stacy’s suggested brewing, mainly because I am suppose to be working on a project. Tomorrow evening I’m going into the recording studio with a local songwriter to add some harp tracks to one of his songs, and hence I’m going with the easier (less time consuming) brewing parameters, and just stopping by here to say that it makes for a decent cup! It doesn’t really seem all that smokey to me in the taste or aroma, however it does leave a certain smokey sensation behind in the palate & sinuses, and that’s interesting! It has a rich comforting qaality, a certain tanginess, and flavorwise, it’s very woodsy, and I can picture myself on a cool fall day, with a crackling fire, wrapped up in a blanky, wearing homemade wool sox, sipping comfort.
Now I’d better get back to work!
I love this rainy, cool weather; I can bring out and savor all the hot tea things again!
Tastes pretty fine with or without milk, and delivers on its name. Pecan nuttiness was most apparent at first, but the apple and honey/brandy notes really popped after it cooled down.
Flavors: Apple, Brandy, Cream, Honey, Pecan
I am certain that I didn’t catch the “about 1 tablespoon” the last time I brewed this. Whoops. So this time it is 1 TABLEspoon in 8 oz. Making it this way definitely makes the liquid seem thicker. I also believe the only taste I am getting out of it today is smoke. The back of the sip reminds me a bit of the scent of the sauna but not as much as I remember from my first cup of this. This one is growing on me and I may save a bit for when I purchase a gaiwan.