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90
drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
1364 tasting notes

There is a backhoe outside my living room window. The next two weeks will be trying, I think.

Made this to share with my BFF. We both really like it. I even did two steeps, and am sipping on the second now. So appley, with a nice spice background. I don’t really get champagne, but that doesn’t worry me. I’ve only had this hot so far, I think. I feel a need to try it iced, but I’m not sure if I’ll remember before I finish the tea.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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You know, I am like so many, a great lover of music. I have played it, I listen to it all the time, it just shapes my life. For all my love of music though I always have a hard time narrowing down a favorite band, there are just too many different bands and musicians for different moods. But it got me thinking, which is the one that fits for all my moods…well that was simple, it is Queen. So I think maybe it is safe to say my favorite band is Queen…apropos of nothing, and now, tea.

Today’s tea is a blend from Butiki Teas called Tamarind Pop, originally dreamed up as a custom order, they found it so interesting they decided to make it a regular product. Starting off with a base of Organic Black Tea from the Guranse Estate in Nepal, this is blended with natural (vegan) flavorings and Safflower, for a tamarind like taste. The aroma is leafy, like fresh vegetation, this fades to vanilla sweetness and a nutty tone. At the end of the sniff the aroma is sweet and a touch floral. I do not smell much in the way of tamarind, but it has been a long time since I sniffed any.

Steeping the tea, the wet leaves have a great blend of muscatel, fresh vegetation, and creamy vanilla sweetness. I might have spent more time than is necessary sniffing the wet leaves. The liquid without the leaves is vanilla sweet, creamy, a touch of fresh vegetation and a touch of tamarind. It is sharp yet earthy, tamarind is one of those strange smelling fruit, or really, strange smelling pods.

Tasting this tea gave me a bit of a surprise, because it reminds me a bit of coffee! There is also sweet vanilla and cocoa with a distinct tamarind tang at the end. This tea is a little odd, but also kinda tasty, it certainly reminds me of tamarind, which I have mixed feelings about because I am very hit or miss with it. I tend to like tamarind in things, but find it overbearing on its own. Luckily this tea is not at all overbearing. It is bold and has an interesting blend of flavors, I doubt I would seek it out again, but I would not run in terror if it was offered to me.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/07/butiki-teas-tamarind-pop-tea-review.html

Flyawaybirdie

I’m a great fan of tamarind and your note has me drooling. =)

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Yay for limited edition teas! I’m actually surprised there aren’t more reviews of this one, though maybe everyone’s just hoping it will last until the sale on Friday.

1st off – this is a REALLY pretty tea. i really like it. 2nd – this is a coconut tea (typically not my favourite but i want to try ALL of stacy’s teas!).

Stacy’s facebook comment mentions that “This tea uses a Bai Mu Dan base. The predominant flavors are coconut, 2 types of vanilla, and banana but rose, cake, tangerine, lemon, and cream flavors were also added.”

What do i taste? Coconut and…vanilla..and fruitiness, that i would call citrusy, but i’m not sure i could place the actual lemon and tangerine. For those that dislike floral teas, i would say that even with the rose in it, it’s not a floral tea. This is more like a coconut, creamy tea with pops of citrus….at least that’s what i’m getting tonight…but i’ve got a more to play with and and i’m a little curious how this would take cold brewing :)

Final Count: 142 – 9 days left to get to 95!

Kaylee

Ha! I am in fact waiting for the sale!

Suziqzer

Sounds delish! I like coconut rum with orange juice and splash of sprite so I guess you could say I’m a fan of coconut & citrus together. Sounds like this would be solar flavors in tea form with a touch of vanilla.. Yum! I could see it cold steeped & drinking it out by the pool. :)

Cameron B.

Have you had the Lemon French Macaron? If so, which one do you like better? :3

Butiki Teas

I am also surprised that there aren’t many reviews. We have sold a lot of it but I’m wondering if people aren’t sure what to make of it yet or maybe just not a lot of Steepster people made purchases.

Sil

Cameron – lemon macaron, but that’s because I adore lemon….love it. And coconut is not my favourite, thorough Stacy’s done this really well. :) her and lupicia tend to be the only two companies where I don’t hate the coconut flavour.

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86
drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
4653 tasting notes

stupid computer crashing, losing my post! let’s talk about this tea and how it smells AMAZING and how the chocolate and the strawberry and the espresso like flavours just work. I’m not sure if this will be one of my long term favorites from stacy but if you like dessert teas, this one should be on your list to try. Unless you hate chocolate and strawberries lol

VariaTEA

I am glad you liked this one. It will be added to my order.

Kaylee

Add just a touch of sugar. It will be even more amazing.

Sil

Kaylee – next time! Hahaha

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drank Orange Mimosa by Butiki Teas
4653 tasting notes

Another sample that Stacy sent me of her work in progress. This one is Orange mimosa and made the entire contents of my little package smell heavenly! I am a fan of orange in teas. I am NOT however, a fan of champagne….but i DO like puerhs. So…2/3 isn’t bad :)

Initial sip – sharp orange flavour that almost instantly becomes muted by the puerh. Sooooo i recently purchased an orange puerh from another company and THIS is what i wanted it to taste like. In subsequent sips, i get more puerh than that initial sharp orange flavour but it’s not bad,especially since this is not close to being finished. i don’t get bubblegum from this Stacy! I am missing the champagne flavour of an actual mimosa…instead this is more like an orange puerh to me. which of course just makes me want to add ginger to this for a little kick lol. Overall, this one isn’t bad…not quite as delicious as i want it to be given my love of orange and puerh, but not a bad cup of tea either. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one Stacy!

Edit: As this cools the flavour of what i think is likely the “alcohol” flavouring comes out more and the orange takes a back seat.

Cameron B.

Mimosa seems like a strange choice for a puerh… That’s about the last tea I think of when I think of effervescence! :P But I will not question the great and powerful Stacy!

Butiki Teas

The flavoring mix that you had is 2/3 champagne flavoring and 1/3 orange. I’m not loving the champagne flavor combo with this puerh. I may just stick to orange chai or might try orange pineapple chai or something else. The champagne flavoring is kind of sweet and dry.

Cameron B.

Stacy, I vote for some form of bellini tea! Oolong perhaps? ;)

Butiki Teas

Cameron-I’m definitely not opposed to do a belini! Probably won’t happen for this puerh though. Hmmmm, I’m going to try Orange & White Chocolate for the puerh next.

Sil

Orange, pineapple sounds amazing Stacy…esp because I LOVE your pineapple.

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
4653 tasting notes

Let’s talk about how awesome Stacy is. I allowed myself ONE small order for my birthday because mostly people forgot and it was from stacy because of the red Queen Cupcake and the limited Edition Boracay Breeze. included in the package that i picked up from my tea mule were a couple samples of some of the teas that stacy’s working on. So of course….i came home and have started in on them :) This is the first one i tried – let me tell you, this smells SOOOOOOOOO delicious. The Caramel is really present while the apple is hanging out in the background. I made my other half stick his nose in the cup and his response was…caramel…fruit? smells like a baked good. soooo he couldn’t place the apple but it was close.

Brewing this up – no steeping paramters really so i opted for “oolong” setting on my kettle and let it steep for about 3mins. Initial sips i get caramel! OOLONG! and then apple. it’s roasty oolong, so that’s ok with me. The apple is mostly present in the after taste and currently, the oolong is the dominant flavour. But there is for sure, both apple and caramel here.

not sure how far along stacy is in the process, but i WILL be buying some of this when it comes out because, while i am not a fan of oolongs, i can see how delicious this one is going to be. Thank you Stacy! soo good!

Cameron B.

Sounds so good! I love caramel apple. :D

Butiki Teas

That sample is close-ish to the final product. That will be one of the new teas we are releasing on Friday! :)

Sil

oh god.. you’re killing me Stacy. Want Moar!

Cameron B.

Hooray! I will definitely be ordering some then! :D Are you going to be releasing the Mimosa one too?

Butiki Teas

Sil-Hahaha :)

Cameron B-Nope, sorry the Mimosa one just isn’t going to make it in time. Not sure if that one will work out. I can’t get it to stop tasting like bubblgum but it still tastes good.

OMGsrsly

And… I’m away this weekend. Leaving Friday morning. Hope you start the sale bright and early, Stacy! :)

Cameron B.

Hah! Well I’m glad you’re not going to release it tasting like bubblegum, ew! So excited for the sale. :)

Indigobloom

nomnom. I have never really found a good apple tea. If anyone can do it, it’d be Stacy!!

Kaylee

Also, happy belated birthday!

Butiki Teas

OMGsrsly-We will be previewing the sale on our blog on Thursday and everything will be available by midnight on Thursday for purchase. :)

Cameron B-I was actually thinking about just calling it orange bubblegum. It’s a really interesting flavor but I also may just scrap the mimosa idea for the puerh at least.

Indigobloom-I think the apple works so well with the Gui Fei. Delicious!

Roswell Strange

So excited for caramel apple! (I still think you should do Caramel/Pear, though; Butiki needs a killer pear tea!)

Butiki Teas

Roswell Strange-I was desperately trying to make poached pear with caramel sauce and the pear and caramel flavoring just clashed horribly. I wish that one turned out. Maybe Pear Bellini?

Roswell Strange

That could be good too; I don’t know if I’ve ever had Peach & Pear together…

Butiki Teas

Rosewell Strange-I wouldn’t add peach to that one. I’ve seen “bellini” used for things other than peaches though that is a traditional bellini. I went to this fantastic bar in NYC that had so many types of bellinis that were amazing. I think I would try doing a pear and champagne flavor but maybe add a little brandy flavor and possibly some dried rosemary.

Sil

I’m still sad about the poached pear one :(

I’m tired of eat each, so I’d much rather see something like apricot heh

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I did a long strong steep on this one as a pick-me-up this afternoon. WOO! This one is really growing on me :D

I find it tastes even better if I let it cool a little bit before I drink it…I should try it iced soon :)

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drank Anji Bai Cha by Butiki Teas
2855 tasting notes

I’m happy to report that I brought a thermometer with me, because when I pulled this one out of the bag, I realized that the recommended temp is 165! I have 2 samples of this, I think one is from Sil & this one is from Stephanie. So although this is a sip down for the tea I brought with me, it’s not a real sip down, because I have more at home.

I’m sad to report that the zyrtec I’ve been taking only really worked for the first couple of days of my visit, & each day I feel worse, so today I totally feel like crap. However, the silver lining is that last year (& every time I come to visit) I started feeling like that almost immediately after leaving the airport, & so the experiment has basically been a success, because I’m going home to my usual allergens tomorrow & I probably won’t even notice them upon re-entry.

Although you might not want to trust my taste buds, what I’m getting from this is lightly steamed green beans, with a creamy mouth-feel, and a lingering thick tongue sensation.

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i did it! i drank a new tea!
and very yum. so amaze.
nutty nutty coco pop.

thanks to jump62359 for sending it so randomly! i didn’t even ask or anything she was just all, here’s a text fyi you’re getting tea deal with it whooooo!

so her generosity and surprise twist ending lead me to not only drink and log tea, but also make some tea inspired nails:
http://shmiracles.tumblr.com/post/92455935023

(i mean, a gal’s nails can’t be only hawkeye and captain america ALL the time i suppose.)

Butiki Teas

The nails are super cute! :)

VariaTEA

Your power of nail art is astounding.

Shmiracles

thanks guys!

nail art is the new crochet!
er, at least for me it is. i can waste a whole day as i watch documentary after documentary and drink cup after cup of tea.
colors and glitter and tiny pictures of my favorite things.

OMGsrsly

Tea nails! :D

jump62359

Love love LOVE the nails!
After a while, I come to the realization that I have a butt ton of tea and I’m all.. Who can I send all this tea to and they’ll appreciate it? KAREN IT IS.

This was a really yummy tea and I thought you would love it!

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Pass the Stash TTB 2.0

Yay, my first ever TTB! So exciting. I looked through and picked out what I want to try, and this one sounded like it could be either very good or very weird. I love vanilla, and rhubarb is interesting, but I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the ale part of it. Visually, it’s a large leaf black tea with flower petals mixed in. It smells sweet, tart, and effervescent!

I actually am liking this tea, even if it is a bit odd. Mine is definitely weaker than it’s supposed to be, but I didn’t want to use a full tablespoon when there’s not much of it in there! There’s definitely a tart fruitiness which is obviously the rhubarb, and I get a little bit of vanilla, though I would prefer more. The ale quality of it is very interesting! It’s more bubbly-tasting than anything, maybe with a little bit of the malty ale flavor. And I get a little touch of spice at the end, presumably from the hops. It’s odd though, there’s something about this tea that tastes like artificial sweetener to me. I’m not sure if it’s the rhubarb flavoring or if it’s something to do with the hops, but it’s kind of stevia-like.

Overall, I do enjoy this tea and I would definitely try it again. Probably not going to make this week’s Butiki order, however. :P

Flavors: Champagne, Fruity, Malt, Rhubarb, Spices, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

Surprisingly, I liked this best when cold brewed for about 7 hours

Cameron B.

I can see this being amazing cold with that effervescent quality. :)

VariaTEA

It tastes like strawberry rhubarb ice cream. Very nice :)

Roswell Strange

I agree with VariaTEA – cold brew is the best prep method for this one :)

Frolic

I love this hot or cold brewed.

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63
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
315 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Purple Tea of Kenya by Butiki Teas
1815 tasting notes

GCTTB Rd 3:

At first when I was drinking this, I didn’t get much flavor but then I saw “chicken soup” on the flavor list and oddly enough, I agree. It is subtle but definitely reminiscent of the no sodium added Campell’s chicken stock. Granted, that tastes mostly like water as well so when trying this out, don’t expect a big punch of flavor. Anyways, it was fun to try but one cup is all I need.

Butiki Teas

I highly recommend trying 1/2 teaspoon for 8oz of water at boiling temperature for 5 minutes. This tea completely morphs flavors depending on how it is prepared. It can taste like a green, oolong, or black tea. Definitely recommend experimenting a bit.

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Just popping into say something short and sweet about this tea.

It tastes like cake icing and cake. Well done! The array of leaves and flowers is beautiful and festive. It makes me feel like it’s my birthday when I sit down to drink it. I feel special.

It’s not my usual cup of tea to drink flavored tisanes, but this one is nice if you like this type of flavor. Myself, whenever I see something flavored like something I like better, it just makes me want the something better… i.e. spare me the caramel creme brulee coffee creamer and give me some caramel creme brulee! Or… rather than cake flavored tea… give me some tea!

I mostly requested this sample out of curiosity and because it is beautiful. But… if for some reason I couldn’t eat cake… maybe for dietary or health reasons, I feel like this drink would satisfy my craving more than not having anything at all. I’d drink it on my birthday!

Flavors: Cake, Frosting

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87
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
2305 tasting notes

Wow, just home from a long trip on the bus, such crazy traffic! I have to go out again in a few hours but I just want to stay at home and hibernate now.

Just trying this tea now which is from a swap with Cameron B. I like nutmeg and I’ve never tried this before. I ended up making this in a giant mug! I wasn’t sure that I liked this so much when it was plain, but after soymilk and sugar was added it became transformed into a nice dessert tea. I definitely think the nutmeg element is prominent, and there is something creamy about it as well, so overall I was fairly pleased with this.

In other news, I did get notice from the EDD that I’m eligible for unemployment now. At least that money will cover my rent and maybe I won’t have to be so worried for the next few months. Rents are so expensive in SF that I will still have to use my savings to live but the unemployment money should help me to get by. I guess I still need to watch my tea spending for a while!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

Glad for the good(ish) news!

TeaBrat

I’ll take anything I can get at this point :)

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Pumpkin Milkshake showdown! It’s the original Pumpkin Milkshake versus Milkshake 2.0. Which shall emerge victorious?!

The first steep of the original is creamy, with a lovely pumpkin overlay. The pumpkin is strong, but natural tasting. A bit of brown crystal sugar brings out the creaminess and really makes the flavor dead on for its name. The second steep (again with some brown crystal sugar) is more vanilla than creamy, with the pumpkin and vanilla holding about equal weight.

The first steep of the 2.0 is woodsy. Like walking through dark forest on a crisp autumn night. My theory is that it’s the base tea coming out, overwhelming the flavoring. It’s fantastic, but not as pumpkin-y or creamy as the original. A bit of brown crystal sugar brings out the flavoring and tones down the base. Now it tastes more like the original, albeit drier and malty. The driness and malty/woodsy notes really linger long after the sip. In the second steep, the flavor is weaker and the base tea even more dominant. Like the original Milkshake, creaminess gives way to vanilla on the second go-round once a bit of brown crystal sugar is added. The pumpkin fades far, far into the background. More of an idea than a presence really.

Pumpkin Milkshake
steep 1: 180f, 4 mins
steep 2: 194f, 4 mins 30 secs

Pumpkin Milkshake 2.0
steep 1: 170f, 4 mins
steep 2: 180f, 4 mins 30 secs

Cross-posting on both teas’ pages, so apologies for this showing up twice on your dashboard!

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96
drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
378 tasting notes

Pumpkin Milkshake showdown! It’s the original Pumpkin Milkshake versus Milkshake 2.0. Which shall emerge victorious?!

The first steep of the original is creamy, with a lovely pumpkin overlay. The pumpkin is strong, but natural tasting. A bit of brown crystal sugar brings out the creaminess and really makes the flavor dead on for its name. The second steep (again with some brown crystal sugar) is more vanilla than creamy, with the pumpkin and vanilla holding about equal weight.

The first steep of the 2.0 is woodsy. Like walking through dark forest on a crisp autumn night. My theory is that it’s the base tea coming out, overwhelming the flavoring. It’s fantastic, but not as pumpkin-y or creamy as the original. A bit of brown crystal sugar brings out the flavoring and tones down the base. Now it tastes more like the original, albeit drier and malty. The driness and malty/woodsy notes really linger long after the sip. In the second steep, the flavor is weaker and the base tea even more dominant. Like the original Milkshake, creaminess gives way to vanilla on the second go-round once a bit of brown crystal sugar is added. The pumpkin fades far, far into the background. More of an idea than a presence really.

Pumpkin Milkshake
steep 1: 180f, 4 mins
steep 2: 194f, 4 mins 30 secs

Pumpkin Milkshake 2.0
steep 1: 170f, 4 mins
steep 2: 180f, 4 mins 30 secs

Cross-posting on both teas’ pages, so apologies for this showing up twice on your dashboard!

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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the more i drink this tea, the more i come to appreciate it. and it is just perfect after a cup of dessert tea or robust black to which i normally add milk and sugar. i really get a strong flavor of pecan and oats while the dry leaf smacks of rich maple syrup (and it is a wonderful smack, by the way). for me, the maple aspect doesn’t come through so much in the flavor, but that is perhaps because it isn’t sweet like syrup and therefore i don’t recognize it. but this is still a bewitching blend of unsweetened pecan oatmeal in a cup.

for me, oolongs are something you can enjoy any time of day. they’re versatile and surprisingly light though satisfying. this particular offering from Butiki is a lot of fun.

having recently acquired Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black, which brews up surprisingly light for a black tea, there’s something about it which reminds me of darker, roasted oolongs like Formosa, or in this case—Nilgiri Frost. could be something as simple as the color/body of the tea liquor, or perhaps it is the shared nutty nuance with regards to flavor. either way, both are really delicious.

going to have my 2nd infusion of this lovely Oolong right now!

ETA— now that i think about it, there is a gentle tang- something seemingly ‘green’ beneath the pecan nuttiness of this tea which contributes to its delicacy.

Flavors: Maple, Nuts, Pecan

TeaBrat

mmm. This one is very nice!

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85
drank Pumpkin Creme Brulee by Butiki Teas
4653 tasting notes

first cup of the day because i need to get some sipdowns happening and we’ll be out of the house for a lot of the day..but then i get to be up overnight! haha thanks to a few generous folks for my birthday, my cupboard had a mini explosion so i’m back up to 169…which means to meet my goal i need 2 sipdowns M-F and then 28 on each of the two weekends left hahaha. Here goes nothing!

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(this tea..it will be back in my cupboard in the fall! thanks stacy! love the creamy pumpkin cremembrulee flavours.)

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I had a nice oolong afternoon with this baby. All gone now, I had just a enough left to make a Gaiwan session.

This baby is a decadent one.

Floral notes of lilacs, creamy and buttery, with a minty fresh finish.

Love that thick texture, a total PUDDING MOUTH!!

It’s from the highest plantations in the world, maybe that’s why it tastes like the sky…

I’ve reviewed it a few times before, this resteeps for a while, and though it looses its floral notes, it remains creamy and buttery all “oolong”…

Just yum.

MzPriss

I don’t think I got that oolong. I got a couple of their others which I need to try. I hear rumors of a sale though.

Sarsonator

Oh lovely! I haven’t tried Butiki’s DYL, but I have Yezi’s and this style is definitely yumz. :)

MzPriss

I got the Da Ye Aged and the Reserve Four Season – LTF made them sound good – I’m gonna break into them and the blue tea tomorrow :D

TheTeaFairy

I love butiki’s oolongs!! Are you planning to try the aged ones this week end Honeybelle?

Sars, I haven’t had Yezi so I can’t compare…but this one is more than lovely!

Sarsonator

LTF makes everything sound good! Luckily she always seems to be right! :p

Yes, blue tea!!! Drink it and report back!!! It’s such a party tea. It’s kinda hard not to smile when you drink it. I recommend white tea ware. :)

TTF… You should let me send you some. Seems like the perfect thing for a tea fairy.

MzPriss

Yes I’m gonna try the aged ones and a little TGY and the blue tea. OH and my taster is back and I’m enjoying the SB

TheTeaFairy

Oh, missed the comment where you said “I’m gonna try them tomorrow” lol.

Loke Sars said, can’t wait to find out what you think of them!

Cameron B.

TeaFairy, which of the oxidized oolongs would you recommend? I’ve been looking at them and trying to decide! Between the two aged ones, the four season, Doke rolling thunder, and the Gui Fei. I know I’m getting Oriental Beauty! But any suggestions would be awesome. :P

TheTeaFairy

(“Like”, damn typos)

MzPriss

Oh, I got the OB too – I got the leafhopper thingie and got a cute bug magnet.
Dang. Now I want OB

Sarsonator

OMG. I got the magnet too, but I swear I’m not tea gear stalking you. It was weeks ago. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever!?!?!

TheTeaFairy

I was not crazy about doke rolling…but Gui Fei is bug bitten, just like OB and they are both fantastic and super honey like!

MzPriss

It is very cute!!! I like bug-bited teas!

MzPriss

I ordered a wee bamboo tea tray for my office today.

TheTeaFairy

With the crazy shipping?

TheTeaFairy

Did you see the cute little cups I got today Missy?

MzPriss

No, with Amamzon even though I’m wanting to quit doing anything with them. I got my assistant to try sheng the other day and it was messy- water and tea on my desk – so I just ordered it. The are a shitload of things I want on that site though

Sarsonator

Pics or it never happened. :p

And OMG I totally forgot to show you two!!! I finally found the tea tray of my dreams after weeks of searching.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350896243321

MzPriss

I did! they were adorable!!! I have that Buddha Hand holding a lotus one coming and the purple one and the crackly one from the other day. I LOVE that earth and stars one you’re getting! All of them are cute

MzPriss

OH that’s PRETTY Sars!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Wow, very nice sars, and it’s darker like you want!

Sarsonator

I’m pretty excited. It was so hard to find a larger tray with the dark finish for a reasonable price. Every time I would find one in my price range, they were sold out. I’m really happy with this one.

TheTeaFairy

That is just the cutest thing ever!!!

mj

Cameron, I just tried a bunch of oolongs in the Education TTB 2; four seasons and oriental beauty were my favorites!

Sarsonator

I love that set! Which tray did you end up with, MzP?

MzPriss

I’m excited to try them.

@LTF – RIGHT????

Cameron B.

Thanks mj, I did read your notes! :) I’m so jealous, I want to do a Butiki educational box! I’m thinking I’ll definitely get Oriental Beauty and Gui Fei, I may choose another depending on how many things I end up getting… ;)

TheTeaFairy

I,m pretty sure you’ll like them cameron!

TheTeaFairy

Ok…wasn’t going to say anything but….i just got the last cherries of the season. 6 pounds. All to myself…and now, I feel like drinking you know what.

MzPriss

I’m glad you found a beautiful one that makes you happy!

MzPriss

Of course you do – I will drink some with you

TheTeaFairy

Love the tiny tray, just perfect for the office :-)

And thanks for drinking with meeeee!

MzPriss

Kettle just beeped

Sarsonator

That little tray is so cute!!!!

MzPriss

I really like that little set with the bamboo cut-out in the top and all the stuff to with it and easily packable though. What is this “Best offer available” thing and how do I do it?

TheTeaFairy

I’m pm-ing you missy!

MzPriss

Because I can return the amazon thing

Sarsonator

Make an offer! Woo! Haggling is kinda fun, IMO. :)

MzPriss

It’s not fun so far

Sarsonator

Oh. Well poo. :(

yyz

MzPrizz that’s a pretty good price for that one. The store where I first saw that type wanted 4-6 dollars more. If you do buy from Shanghai story, I’ve heard that their jinjunmei is pretty good.:)

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
2855 tasting notes

Another tea from Sil, which I believe came from Cavocorax originally.
This is my sweetened tea of the day, & it really is nice. I’m tempted to mix in some almond milk & a frozen banana in the blender, for an eggnog type drink, & if I’d thought of that before I drank half the cup of tea, I probably would have done it ;)
Another sip down, leaving me at 374.

MzPriss

Terri I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your folks

Terri HarpLady

We’re just hanging out :) They watch a lot of TV: today show, jeopardy, wheel of fortune, etc.
A great opportunity to practice my knitting, cuz I want to get good enough to make my own toe sox & stuff. Mom & I ran a few errands today that ultimately included a few pints of Luna’s coconut milk ice cream… I ate the Berry one, saving the ginger cookie for tomorrow (it IS the bomb). Tomorrow I’m taking them out to dinner for their anniversary (62 years!)
We also have to measure I purchase a new blinds for their living room window, which I’ll hang before I go home. It’s nice & peaceful :)

Cameron B.

Coconut milk ice cream sounds amazing, even if I can have dairy. Ginger cookie, what? :D

MzPriss

Coconut milk with ginger cookie??? Yes, please! And they got a water filter!!!! Congratulations to them on that amazing milestone :)

Sarsonator

This tea sounds yum!

What are you knitting?

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drank Anxi Tie Guan Yin by Butiki Teas
2305 tasting notes

This is a sipdown for me…

I have been so stressed out this week trying to negotiate my severance package, I’ve broken out into hives (!!!) twice and I think the two must be related unless I am developing a new food allergy. I feel like I need a vacation.

This oolong is a bit like a vacation in a cup, very soothing. I love the buttery and slightly vegetal flavor that reminds me a bit of sweet peas. And the aroma is so nice and flowery! I went for 3 steeps of this before I decided to finish it off. I do feel more relaxed somehow after drinking this.

I don’t have any unflavored green oolongs at the moment and I feel I should remedy that situation. More tea shopping may be in store for me :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Oh man, hives are the worst. Hope you find some relief soon!

Cheri

I get stress hives. On the left side of my face and neck. It’s awful. But I’m glad that the tea helped.

TeaBrat

Cheri, what do you do with yours? Benadryl cream seems to help me, anyway

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Sipdown!

I remember not loving this at first, but the more I have had it the more I really really like it. It’s just so smooth and nice. Definitely the predominant flavor is hay, but I think I’ve said before that it has a subtle floral quality to it from my taste buds.

I will definitely consider restocking this one on my next Butiki order.

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