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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
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. :)
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.
Had tummy problems again tonight and decided to go with this one. The flavor might have faded from when I first bought it, but it still tastes nice, somewhat surprisingly even when hot! No rating since I didn’t try it when it was fresh.
Flavors: Cream, Root Beer, Vanilla
What a wonderful blend this is! Where the breakfast blends I’ve been drinking lately are blunt force objects, this one is a positive symphony of flavors, each perfectly in tune with the other. There’s a lot going on—malt, honey, cocoa, stone fruit, that perfect hit of astringency—but it works. And I suppose it’s no wonder, given that it contains two of my favorite straight blacks: the inimitable PTA and luscious Giddapahar Darjeeling. Teas like this are the reason I still miss Butiki. If I could get my hands on more, it’d be a definite restock; as it is, I’m going to savor my last few cups on long, slow weekend mornings like this one.
Last untried Butiki tea. Unfortunately; it wasn’t really a winner. All I could really taste was the base, though the dry leaf smelled like blueberry candy. It could be because of the tea’s age, but I recall having similar experiences with the Butiki puers I tried fresh. Maybe I’m just sensitive to the smoke flavor? In any case, I’m going to try to find a new home for this one when I get around to posting my stash sale.
I can really taste the dark chocolate and raspberry in this tea and they mingle wonderfully together. I can’t taste the waffle at all. I definitely over-steeped it which made it bitter but the flavours are still good. Next time I’m going to add a little honey to amp up the sweetness.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry