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Kenya Purple Tea is Fantastic, you can order Kenya Purple Tea Leaf from www.lavotea.com

Benefits from Kenya Purple Tea

Fat Burner
Boosts fat loss through accelerating apoptosis (cell death) of fat cells through the catechins contained in the tea.

Anti-oxidant
Mops up free radicals in the body that may cause lifestyle diseases e.g gout, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer etc.

Anti-ageing
Prevents degeneration of body tissue and cells.

Anti-carcinogenic
Induces death of carcinogenic (cancer) cells.

Heart Health
Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Old Sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!

Hmm. This is an odd black since it tastes much more like a green tea or light oolong. No bitterness at all though. Interesting.

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Hard for me to identify the scent of the steeped tea: roasted and somewhat fruity and enchanting. I am quite enjoying this slightest hint of tangy plum on a creamy backdrop. There’s also something slightly peppery going on here. The brandy comes through too, gently, gently, in the distance. Lovely cup.

Thank you for sharing this sample with me, tigress_al.

Flavors: Brandy, Plums

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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400th tasting note!

This is an old sample that I had tucked away. This tastes creamy, minty, and sweet with just a touch of chocolate. There’s just enough there for one more cup. I think I’ll add some crio bru to try and bump up the chocolate flavor.

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It has only been a relatively short time that I’ve been drinking and commenting on tea. I have found it remarkable that others find a kaleidoscope of flavours in what might seem to be a straight up green. Anyway, I am getting there, slowly, slowly.

I was a bit surprised at how crushed up the leaf is, so I read other reviews and sure enough, that’s just the way it is.

At first sip, I noted a hint of jasmine, but then, it disappeared, so I suspect the scent of another tea must have wandered into this sample. I have been rather slow in getting to this envelope. The past couple of months have been all over the place. Even that is a slight understatement.

Anyway, so, I do detect the slightest bit of corn here. But, vague. I honestly wouldn’t taste it if I weren’t seeking it out.

There’s a bit of grassiness too. And as others have noted, the tea gets even more smooth as it cools. And a bit of astringency too, even though I steeped it very briefly at a cooler temperature.

I think this may be the very first green tea I’ve had from India: Flowery Orange Pekoe grade, grown in Nilgiri, to be exact.

I can’t really tell you in which way this particular tea differs from a Chinese tea as there are so many variations. I will research this a bit. Thankfully, I have enough to sip another couple of cups.

Thanks, tigress_al, for letting me sample some of the glory that was Butiki.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Grass

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Sad sipdown.

This has always tasted like marshmallows to me. Not the artificial, powdery Pascall kind, but the all-natural handmade ones which are super expensive from a boutique patisserie.

Slightly crushed leaves at the bottom of this old, old packet. Made for a bit of an oversteeped taste but I just added a splash of water and got it tasting like it should (minus the effect of age).

Will I ever see its likeness again?

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A sample from the lovely Courtney. This is a beautiful tea, smooth with fruit notes. Loved it.

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I’ve been compulsively hoarding the last of my Butiki teas. It’s a bit like Smaug sprawled over a mountain of tea leaves, really.

But the tea isn’t getting any younger and I’d like to drink it while it’s still amazing.

Because it’s definitely still amazing.

This one held up so much better than I could have imagined. It’s still that clean juicy watermelon flavor with a subtle, natural sweetness that may as well be real watermelon. The flavor has faded just a little, but it only made the base shine more. Cream and sweet, wet straw.

Two delicious infusions.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This must be pretty old in my tea stash. I’m sure the flavouring has lost some of its impact by now but still found this plenty sweet without sugar.

Quite cupcakey and yes, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. A little bit of the espresso note yeah.

Will re-try this with sugar next time though. What a shame I only got to order from Butiki once before they closed down!

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drank Warm Cinnamon Bread by Butiki Teas
1827 tasting notes

Butiki has the cinnamon gauged just right for this tea. It’s distinct without that overpowering liquid cinnamon hearts candy taste that other cinnamon blends can take on. It has a pleasent, gentle warmth rather than trying to scorch out your taste buds.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’ve had this tea a fair few times yet I have not reviewed it, must have passed me by. I do love Bi Luo Chun, particularly if it’s strong and grassy.

This will be a very short review seeing as I just sat down with drink in hand and was curious to see if this was still in my virtual cupboard and am too hot from the heatwave to stand up and walk the 20 or so feet into my kitchen to get the last of the loose leaf.

Either way the steeped leaves look nice and whole with some brown/orange discolouration around the edges. Some stems are present.

The resulting liquid is cloudy(ish) yellow with a grass and sweetpea scent.

Flavour is medium strength with grass, sweetpea, toasted hay and a lightly dry after taste. After a few sips there is some astringency to this but it’s in a pleasant way, a mineral, grassy sort of way. If you’ve had Bi Luo Chun before then you know what I’m talking about.

As it cools it gathers an increase of astringency and forms an almost perfume like quality. Still medium dryness but it isn’t terrible.

I love Bi Luo Chun because it gives me a super charge and I get tea drunk. It’s one of those teas that always gets me as long as the strength is right. Looks like I’m riding the Bi Luo wave tonight.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 11 OZ / 320 ML

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
559 tasting notes

Another sipdown. This is one of two teas I have called mango lassi, and honestly I prefer the DAVIDs version. This one is still good, but it doesn’t remind me of a lassi as much—blame my Indian food addiction! The rooibos in this one is mild and fruity, not at all woody like they can sometimes get. The mango blends with it perfectly, and it is a little bit creamy, like a lassi. I find myself wanting a little more oomph from it, but since it’s gone I won’t get to experiment. Oh, well!

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Thanks for another Butiki tea I get to try, Greenteafairy! This one might be a little too old to judge fairly. I know I love this green tea base, as I’ve has it before, and it is certainly still delicious. Despite plenty of jasmine flowers, I’m not tasting much jasmine or pear. That’s too bad. Including the anise in this blend is a puzzle, as I think it would showcase the jasmine and pear better without the anise. But then again, I’ve never had jasmine pear candies, so maybe the anise should be there.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // 30 minutes after boiling // 2-3 min steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes a.b. // 3 min

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drank Peach Beer by Butiki Teas
1827 tasting notes

I was never able to try Peach Hoppitea so I don’t have anything to compare this to. The first sip was unpleasantly bitter, a combination of the hops and Darjeeling base, I think. As I sipped though, the bitterness eased and I began to pick up the fruity flavour of the peaches on the end of each sip.

I’m not sure I really care for this tea, the bitterness is a bit too much to be truely enjoyable. I’ll give it a try with some honey next time to see if that improves matters

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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86

Sad Butiki sipdown. Though this isn’t as strong as my usual breakfast blends, the Darjeeling—which I love—comes through nicely. There’s a hint of citrus and some very faint cocoa. This one pales in comparison to Heaven’s Trash, but nonetheless it’s a blend I would’ve liked to be able to get some more of.

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Thanks for another one to try from Butiki, Greenteafairy! This makes me wish I tried some of the other Butiki pu-erh blends. The flavor is definitely blueberry with hints of champagne or something unique anyway when I’m first sipping the top of the cup. The pu-erh is neither too light or too dark for the flavors but I’m not sure if I like that sheng is mixed with shu. I think I’d rather it be either/or. The pu-erh itself has a slight smoky and BBQ flavor. Though I was never really in love with the particular flavor of Butiki’s pu-erh, the blueberry flavor certainly helps. Should have added sugar.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

drpastry

This sounds so delightful!

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Thanks for the sale, Greenteafairy! A chance for me to try a couple more Butiki blends! I really appreciate it. This is somehow such a smooottthhh blend. Whoa. I don’t think I ever tried the Butiki Bai Mu Dan on its own but it sure is a good one. The flavoring adds even more butter flavor. It tastes like buttery sugar cookies, even without adding sugar. Creamy, scrumptious, buttery sugar cookies. The second steep let a little more of the Bai Mu Dan peak through. I don’t really know what Irish Cream Butter Crisps are, but this tea is delicious. Oh Butiki, I’ll miss you forever.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15-20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep

Kaylee

Uncanny timing. I’m literally drinking this right now and was about to write a tasting note!

tea-sipper

Oh cool! Butiki still lives. :D

TeaNTees

This sound brilliant! Alas Butiki! :.(

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I did not read the ingredients list prior to brewing up the sample someone had sent me of this tea many moons ago….

So I didn’t notice that it had guayasa in it…I was getting some sort of chamomile-like scent, not sure where that came from, but I didn’t care for it. I guess though I love the scent of vanilla+lavender, I could do without the taste.

Cool to try an old tea from my wish list, especially one that no longer exists!

PS – oh hey there. :)

Indigobloom

You’re here! welcome back :)

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Not entirely sure what to make of this one. The dry leaf is jet black, but once wet it looks like a dark green tea. I was puzzling over it while sipping it piping hot, then returned to it after it had cooled a bit. It was more palatable then, with suggestions of baked bread and apricot, but it was still harsh enough that I decided to sweeten it with a bit of agave. This took some of the edge off, but I opted to go further still and added a little splash of soymilk, which turned the liquor an unappealing grey color. It tastes quite nice this way, though – a gentler flavor with maybe some vanilla-y notes.

I’d probably use a shorter steeping time and/or cooler temperature in the future, and maybe see how it takes to icing/cold-brewing.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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