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Janelle sent me a sample of this, it’s a Butiki tea that I sadly never got the chance to try when it was actually still available.
I REALLY enjoyed it. I have enough left for another cup, and it’s been awhile since I had it, so this review is basically to say that I liked this tea, which I can never get again, and you can’t get it either. But, I liked it.
It was very tasty, the flavour combo was yum.
I’ll be back with more descriptive words after Round 2, whenever that is.
One of the teas I got from CrowKettle this past weekend, and this is a winner! This is very similar to the Buttersotch Mocha Candies (pretty sure I got that wrong, or only partly right) but here the mocha is replaced but the coffee, and yet the three flavors blend together so well. The butterscotch adds a touch of sweetness to the coffee, while the pumpkin is smooth and mellows the coffee, but marrying it with a sort of warm earthiness. I do feel the coffee is the most present note, but it really isn’t in your face at all. If any of that made sense.
Of the pumpkin teas, this is probably my favourite. Can’t wait to have more!
The scent of this tea is pure creamy banana. I can’t really smell much of the oolong, but I’ll be honest and say that I’m just here for that banana and butterscotch.
Sipping… oh this makes me sad that I can’t buy more. It’s such a perfect creamy banana tea! The walnut adds a bit of coarse starchiness to the background reminding me of a banana bread. I don’t really taste the butterscotch, but I think I’m finding it in the tea’s smooth and soft character. The banana is beautiful and natural. I love the oolong base and the way it adds just a hint of that green leafy flavor to the cup. Everything blends together so well.. it’s just perfect!
I have not been on Steepster in awhile!
While I’ve been drinking tea, I just haven’t had the time to log it here. I miss reading what everyone is drinking!
Had to log this, though, because this tea is one fantastical creation… I instantly feel like I’m Tom Waits sitting with Iggy Pop in a booth at a diner, all in black and white… and it’s so comforting in such a strange way. lol
Really, this tea!
I’m not a smoker, because lung issues run in my family, but I have enjoyed cigarettes and coffee in the past…. and it’s a taste that just sticks with you forever afterwards, filed away in the ‘nostalgic tastes and smells’ cabinet of the mind.
I really do wish this was one that could be ordered again, basically because there is nothing like it out there. nothing. (and, the aftertaste is spot on. SPOT ON!)
Thanks for making this one Stacy. It’s quite special. :)
Yeahhhhh, not really a fan of this one. It’s one I got from CrowKettle in our Spring Meetup yesterday, and I requested it on name and it being Butiki. Had I actually looked at the tasting note and saw that it has smoky notes, I’d have passed, but I didn’t. And since I am so not a fan of smoky teas, I am not a fan of this one. I’m not really sure how a smoky base is part of cinnamon bread…but I know it was an attempt to use up teas and flavours near the end. There’s another serving left…I think I will share it with someone who likes smoky teas.
I’m sure this is lovely for someone that does like smoky teas, but it’s just not for me. I couldn’t finish my cup at work. :(
Hello Steepster! I’m back, albeit very briefly. I’m currently having some issues and dealing with some things, at the same time trying to write my dissertation (and a million other essays) and finish my degree. Unsurprisingly, I haven’t had much time for steepster of late. I was starting to worry that if I didn’t make some time for it soon I would never come back, and that cannot happen! So I’m making a brief stop by just to check in.
I chose this tea because I haven’t written a tasting note on it yet, and had put it up on the Butiki trading post as I think it could go to a more appreciative home than my own – so many people seem to love it, but it’s just good to me. Nobody has taken it off my hands yet, so if anyone is interested you’re welcome to it.
This tea reminds me of the Mrs. Hudson Adagio custom blend from Cara McGee’s Sherlock collection, only with a much better black base (I think one of my favourites) and a more subtle almond flavouring. In my head I associate this tea with grandma type people, and it could be to do with this connection. The almond flavour is the first thing I notice, but it doesn’t last long and is replaced by the base tea, which is a lovely well-rounded black that goes very well with milk (I’m drinking it like a traditional English cuppa today). Frank isn’t one for my teas usually – he doesn’t like anything he considers to be ‘abnormal’ – but I think this is one he might enjoy. The note that lingers the most is the cinnamon, which only comes through in the aftertaste. This is definitely an enjoyable cup of tea, and maybe a good choice for brunch or when I want something that’s not too fussy, but it’s definitely a like more than a love for me.
Oh, man. I forgot to log this and I finished it weeks ago! Erm, memories.. all alone in the moonlight..ugh.
The marmalade was the most prevalent fixture, and if I over steeped or over-leafed it the bitter citrus-tang became the main (and only) feature. The pistachio was smooth, subtle, but distinct and I enjoyed picking up on it. Toffee wasn’t always a thing, but when it was it was awesome, if a tad light.
I loved the purple base; it’s a particularly dynamic “resteeper” and complimented the marmalade well. It will be missed!
Flavors: Jam, Nuts, Orange
From the Sheng and Shou TTB.
Brewed with a gaiwan, gongfu method. No rinse. Steeping times: 10, 10, 20, 20, 30, 30, 35, 60, 120.
Dry leaf aroma smells of white sugar. The wet leaf aroma also smells sweetly, and has notes of hay and (somewhere in there, lingering at the end, mostly after the first infusion) mint.
The color of the liquor is pretty in a white porcelain cup – green-ish orange, then more orange-y as the session goes on. This sheng is smooth. It begins with a thickness that eventually thins out. Starts off as clear, then a lot fuzzies from leaf float around in the Pyrex cup, starting with the fourth infusion. There are consistent flavors that pop out all at once: dry hay, green peppers, fruit (especially apricot, noted by Stacy from Butiki), and musk. Sluggish qi. Made me feel tired-tipsy.
Confession time! I didn’t know this was pu’erh when I requested it from rosebudmelissa and had I know that, I probably would have passed but since I asked for it, I have to at least give it a try.
Thankfully, the smell is far more delicious creamy pumpkin as opposed to earthy pu’erh. Luckily that seems to hold true. This is far more pumpkin than pu’erh. The base does give the tea am overall thickness that lends nicely to the notion of a creamy pumpkin tea while not impeding the flavor. The pumpkin itself comes through as rich thanks to the delicate balance of spices. The one component I am not really getting is the Irish cream. It is a sort of creamy tea but had I not known it was meant to be Irish cream, I would have just attributed that to the pumpkin.
Anyways, thank you rosebudmelissa for the chance to try something new!
Right after I bought this tea I tried a cup of it hot, it was so tart I struggled to finish my cup. I must not have noticed that it has hibiscus in it when I ordered it (I’m not a fan at all.) Not wanting to give up on it, I saved it for warmer weather in hopes it would make a better iced tea. I’m glad I didn’t trade it away, because as an iced tea this is perfect. Instead of being overwhelmingly tart it tastes like fresh berries. Adding a little bit of rock sugar only improved the flavor. I’m sad I won’t be able to order more of this for summer, it’s a great tea.
OMG NOM NOM NOM!
I really love this tea and have been waiting for it for a long time. And I finally have it, and I love it! Love love love!! I always liked Tamarind Pop, but found it was a little muted or understated…but here, with the gui fei base instead of black, the tamarind flavour really shines! There is a sweet honey caramel fruit with a lithe juicy tartness. It’s PERFECT!
If anyone has some of this that they do not like, I will buy it off of you, or trade for it. Yes, I like this that much! I have an ounce of this, minus what my friend and her daughter tried before sending, and it is not enough! I will cry when this is gone.
This is a nice earl grey, with a little extra citrus kick from the tangerine and grapefruit. It went well with milk too. I didn’t find the bergamot too strong, so that was nice. I enjoyed this. I’m debating how I want to use the rest of my sample from my friend. Hot again? Cold steep? I’m leaning to cold steep, but I have said that a lot lately, and somehow feel like I often say that, but then wind up with it hot again.