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I have to admit, when I added this tea to my last ever Butiki order recently, I was living on the edge.
I’ve never tried a smoky tea like a lapsang before, only smelled them. I’ve actually had a sample of Adagio’s Sherlock tea on my counter forever from when Cavocorax sent it to me this summer…I’m terrified of it. I sniff it every now and again and flinch a little bit.
I like smoke flavored meat. That’s probably it.
But I admit the idea of this intrigued me. I figured it couldn’t hurt to add one more ounce of tea to my order…and if anyone can make me brave a smoky tea for the first time ever, it would be Butiki. And if any added flavours make me enjoy it, it would be bananas and maple!
I still found the smokiness to be a bit off putting, but overall the tea was enjoyable, even!
A really nice blend of banana, smoke and maple, balanced well. The black base was good and sturdy!
Definitely worth trying, and I think that finishing off the bag over time won’t be a chore at all! Hoping it encourages me to try others in the future!
Yes! This has the same delicious creamy nutmeg flavor that Nutmeg Cream has! It has a little brighter or lighter of background to it (I’m comparing the two side by side at the moment), I’m guessing due to the different base. I am going to be kicking myself when this is gone for not having bought more. So if anyone who ordered it didn’t end up liking it, let me know cause I’d love to buy or trade!
Finally getting down to the sample that the lovely Stacy passed down in my last order. Thanks a million!
I do get the hops accent in the background, and the base is slightly astringent. I’m glad that the hops aren’t too POW! because I’m not really a fan of ultra hoppy beers, anyway. The peach is subtle but distinctly peach. I’m glad I was able to try it.
Oooo! This is neat! I get high notes from the strawberry and base notes from coffee and chocolate merging. Adding sugar brings out the sweet and tart of the berry for me. Adding cream changes it into a cup of delicious! They berry is more muted and the chocolate more prominent. Aaaaand my cup is empty. Now for the big decision… do I buy more of this while it is still available?!
This came to me as a freebie with my order! Thanks Stacy!
Artichoke! I think I taste artichoke at the start of the sip. I get a bit of malt at the end of the sip. The first few sips had a little bite, but it mellowed out quickly. The aftertaste is interesting too in a way I can’t describe. This is the type of tea that I go crazy for with cream and sugar. I feel like I’m disrespecting the tea a little by doing that, but… I’m going to do it anyway. And you can’t stop me. I did it! And it’s delicious. Creamy artichoke! And buttery. I do love artichoke. I have had so much tea this morning that I think it’s making me a little loopy!
This tea smells amazing! I can pick up the raspberry and cashew. The base is really interesting! It is like a combo of hay and floral! I get a hint of cashew in the beginning of the sip and raspberry in the end. Adding sugar brings out some creaminess in the cashew and I can taste the raspberry sooner. I just want to eat this tea! Is that wrong?
I don’t always favor oolongs, although I have been trying more out lately, but this one is quite nice! The leaves didn’t open up fully on the first steep and that makes me wonder what flavor it’s hiding for future steeps. It is fruity. I get the pear/apple flavors which are rounded out nicely with a little sugar. The caramel sits in the background as supporting cast. I tried adding a touch of salt, because salty caramel is delicious, but I don’t think it does this tea any favors and makes it a little soapy in the start of each sip. Really great tea before the salt! :D
I got a Butiki order in yesterday and I’m doing tasting flights to see if there are any that I feel I need to stock up on. I’d hate to find out that I LOVE one only to have it be gone forever.
There was a strange taste on the lip of my mug. I’m a little concerned that my dishwasher isn’t rinsing well enough and am worried it may taint the taste of my tea! Anyways… I smell coconut! And something else, but I’m not sure what. Wow, this is strange! (I do enjoy strange) I’m getting fruity flavors on the tip of my tongue and a more savory feeling on the back! I totally get how this is like a perfume with base mid and high notes. Adding sugar amps up the fruit and takes away a little of the savory, but it doesn’t change the tea drastically or bring out hidden flavors. I might be getting a little pineapple at the end? The flavors merge together so well that it is hard to pick them out on their own. And hot hay is listed as a flavor in the description! I know what hay would be like, but I have no idea what hot hay would be. Sounds like I need to do a little more living outdoors! Now as it cools I feel like there is grape in the beginning. This is really interesting! I’d love to try it cold and see what flavors pop out then!
OMG, I need to wait for my tea to cool before I eagerly start chugging it! I’m getting a pretty nice light butterscotch flavor in this. Very well balanced and good without sugar BUT, I’m going to try a little sugar anyways to see what it does! Tastes kinda the same with a sweetness on the end. I think I prefer this without sugar. I’m really enjoying this, but I don’t think it is a stock up and hoard choice for me since there are other butterscotch teas out there that I also enjoy. (the bar for stock up and hoard is pretty freakin high at this point btw) :)
The scent of the dry blend is wonderful: beautiful oolong, buttery cashew and tart raspberry!
Sipping… this is such a tasty tea! I first taste the lovely oolong – very mellow, but with light floral notes. The raspberry blends so well with the tea base and adds such a bright sweetness. The cashew seems to blanket each sip with a heavy nutty flavor. I don’t know if I would recognize it as being exclusive to cashews, but it’s delicious. The nut flavor reminds me of Maple Pecan oolong.
Mmm! This cup is very enjoyable and so original. Lovely! I’ll have no trouble finishing the rest of this blend.
Oh, Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for family, friends and delicious tea!
I decided to christen my Soda Pop mug (which has been in a box for months now) and what better way to do so than with a variation on one of my most beloved teas, Butterscotch & Hazelnut Mocha Candies. This version uses a much lighter base making for a different but still tasty brew. I think the butterscotch is a touch more obvious but that is because there isn’t much else to compete with it, not that I mind. Ultimately, I definitely prefer the added richness of the White Rhino base in the original blend but this is a great alternative.
Taiwanese assam? I don’t think I have ever met these long twisty leaves before! It has a creaminess to it and something else I can’t put my finger on. It is almost floral, but only a tiny bit. There were a few white chocolate chips in my infuser, but I didn’t see any sugar bits which were probably hanging out at the bottom of the bag. Once I add a little sugar I can pick out some white chocolate at the end of the sip, but it isn’t a super bold taste for me. What really shines through for me is the tea base which is pretty tasty. I might try leafing a little heavier on the next cup and giving the bag a little upside down shake.
I dumped out the steeped leaves in my hand to check them out and found a couple chips that hadn’t melted away. They tasted good which was the floral taste I’m getting. I don’t know how my brain registers white chocolate as floral! Lately I have been steeping at 205 when teas say to use boiling and I may have gone wrong with that choice for this tea. I have some adjustments to make for next time!
Wow, I actually get to be the first to write a tasting note on this tea?! Rad!
Waffles?! Seriously?! How do you get waffles into tea?! I clearly taste waffles in this tea! My mind is a little blown. At the beginning of the sip I get waffles. It isn’t until the aftertaste that I’m picking up on the raspberry, but I can’t pick out the chocolate. Maybe it is blending in to create a base note type flavor. This is all without sugar. When I add sugar, it changes a bit. I get raspberry first, then the waffle joins and finally I get the chocolate mingling with the fruit. Adding cream changes it again! I get a slight tartness like what raspberries have with almost a grassy edge, but it’s like the tartness without the flavor I was getting before. The chocolate is muted again, coming out at the back of the sip right behind the waffle that also peeks through at the end. This tea is such a trip! I’m loving the decaf aspect since I desperately want to drink tea in the evening, but sleep is a pretty important thing in my life too. This tea is really well done. Even the Butiki teas that I have tried that I wasn’t wowed by were really well crafted and balanced.
If you can, give this tea a go before it’s gone!
Wow! Just wow! This tea has an amazing lemon flavor! It’s like the crisp flavor you get from the peel of the lemon. That is the first thing I taste, then a creamy taste joins in a little later in the sip. It is a very macaroon flavor of lemon and it is hard to describe other than that. Adding sugar doesn’t seem to do much for this tea. I might like this better than lemon chiffon which has been the best tasting lemon tea I have had.
I think I’m really liking this tea… which is really good because like a fool I mistakenly bought two ounces of this when I meant to buy one and only one ounce of Dusted Nutmeg, which I meant to buy two of. But enough of how I can’t even get my tea order straight…
I took a few sips before adding sugar and I could taste a really nice smoky flavor, but not much else. Once I added sugar, the banana and maple popped out. First thing I taste is smoky banana, then the smoke gives way to banana, then that gives way to maple with a little smoke lingering in the aftertaste. I love smoked things and I love banana flavoring, but I never thought to put the two together! Now I’m contemplating starting my smoker and trying to smoke slices of maple glazed bananas. This tea is really comforting and is helping me let go of the casting mistake I made in class today. Maybe my subconscious new better when I was placing this order because I suspect this is going to be a tea that is hard to let go of!
This is the best pumpkin tea I’ve ever had! I don’t know how Stacy does it, but this one has a fabulous natural pumpkin flavor with just a hint of spice. It legitimately tastes like a slice of homemade pumpkin pie in a cup! It even re-steeps nicely. My Black Friday order just keeps growing…Thanks so much to The Cookie Lady for the sample!
Flavors: Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Pumpkin
Even this green tea is a testament to the unique flavors that Butiki somehow manages to wrangle in any of the tea types. Even green! I’ll see if I can describe it… it isn’t actually one of the green teas that seem like creamed corn. Though the leaves don’t look like one of those grass cutting senchas, it kind of tastes like it. But there are other elements too: very sweet, nutty, a little brothy, and some sort of mysterious green vegetable I can’t place. The second steep somehow is much more savory, briny, and the vegetable is now almost seaweed.. in a tasty way! Very good!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 27 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // 23 min after boiling // 4 min
I got my Butiki order a couple days ago! I went a little overboard.. but this will probably be my last Butiki order.. HAD to get some favorites (and some of the new ones) and it is tough not to order nearly everything. My tea cheat sheet says I tried around 70 Butiki teas (mostly samples) over the years and I had to give some support to what will remain one of my favorite tea companies forever!
First tasting note for this one?! I HAD to try this one! I was eagerly awaiting the new teas. This is a magical blend! The dry leaves have a very maple, sweet smelling scent! Otherwise, the black tea is twisty with little pieces of banana and yellow flowers. The flavor is the PERFECT balance – just enough smoke, hints of banana, and definitely a sweet flavor to it that could only seem like maple syrup. The smoke seems like a wood chip BBQ or something, though I’m not exactly sure what that means as I’ve never had anything like it. The black tea itself (the three different bases) go together perfectly as well and have the perfect level of briskness. The second steep is delicious as well, but seems to lose a TINY bit of the flavoring. I’d steep the first cup the same the next time. But I did forget to add some sugar this time. This is exactly the blend I was hoping for when I thought of smoky maple banana. Perfection, just perfection!! Oh Butiki how I will miss you!!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 10 min after boiling // 1 min 30 sec steep
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 3 min
Flavors: banana, Maple Syrup, Smoke
My Butiki order came today! Squee!!!
This tea is exactly like I imagined it. Super natural raspberry, insanely good oolong shining through, rich buttery cashew oozing over it all. Gah! What am I going to do without Butiki?!?!!?
I’ve been craving cashew butter ever since I tried this tea so I’m having a honey crisp apple with cashew butter for a snack as we speak :)
The last of the neglected tea I brought to work with me today. I think in all honesty I’d just forgotten about these during the summer…they’re not exactly summery teas, after all. Now that the weather is cooler again, they’ve come back into their own.
I followed the recommended parameters and gave 1.5 tsp of leaf four minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. It smells gorgeous. Fruity, cinnamon sugary, with a hint of eggy vanilla cream. There’s a light floral in the background, which I suspect is from the oolong base. I’ve not much experience with Nilgiri Frost, although judging from the colour of the liquor it looks to be a roasted oolong.
To taste, it’s quite mild. I can taste plum, but I have to concentrate. I can also taste a touch of orange zest, a pinch of cinnamon, and a soft background creaminess. The base is pleasantly complementary; smooth, a tiny bit buttery. I put the leaves back in about half way through just to try and amplify the flavour a little, but it got a little astringent. On the plus side, there’s a little more tart plumminess in the initial sip now. Judging from others’ notes, though, this one is a mild tea in general, so I’ll be content with that.
Successive sips show me that it’s a flavour that builds a little. The fruity plum notes fade quite quickly, but I can taste the creaminess at the back of my throat for a while after each sip. It’s not a knockout tea, but it is quietly brilliant. Another pleasing cup for a cold winter morning!