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You know.. I have to be in the mood for peppermint teas, but when I am.. they are so refreshing! This one is nice and I reach for this more often than I thought I would. The peppermint is tamed by the chocolate and marshmallow leaf, but is still very much the star of the cup. I’m glad that it doesn’t remind me of toothpaste or gum. The flavor is smooth and natural. The marshmallow leaf adds that savory, more herbal layer. I don’t pick up on too much chocolate, but it does come out towards the end. Overall, a refreshing, but sweet treat to have in the evening.
This was one of the teas I was most excited to try from my Butiki order (though, let’s be honest, I was pretty excited to try all of them). I had read so many rave reviews about this tea on Steepster, so I had to order some for myself before it was gone forever! Right off the bat, when I smelled the dry leaves, I could smell that cantaloupe smell, but there was also something a little weird about the scent that I can’t quite put my finger on. After steeping it up per the parameters written on the package, I basically had the same experience with the tea. I can taste the lovely cantaloupe and creaminess that everyone loves, but there is also something else in the aftertaste there that seems off-putting to me. So perhaps it is just that I am not fond of the base white tea? I’m not an expert on white teas, so it’s hard to pinpoint if that’s what it is. Although, I think it’s more prevalent in the smell of the tea more than the actual tea itself.
I really want to love this one because I can already say I love the cantaloupe flavor behind the other weird flavor that I’m finding. I will definitely be experimenting (carefully, since I only have so much) and perhaps even trying out a cold brew? It seems like a good candidate for that. I’ll add my number rating after I try this out again.
This is now my second birthday tea of the day :) While this is very good and something I’d very much enjoy drinking on a daily basis (if I could afford it and if Butiki weren’t closing), it doesn’t taste like cake to me. It moreso tastes like delicate vanilla or marshmallow. I’m just having it hot and plain. Maybe cold or with a little cream and sugar? I still have enough of the sample for another cup. I’ll be trying it again!
Thanks for the sample, NayLynn!
Aroma: Sweet coconut, banana
Liquor Color: Deep amber
Liquor Flavor: Sweet rich banana, light coconut, candy
Notes: Once again, the dry leaves smelled so good, not fake, but sweet banana coconut goodness. I was afraid it would be too tropical, but it was just so well balanced, I can’t get over how wonderful the flavors mingle. Yummy!
Bought a one ounce sample of this with my order. It is fairly sweet and fairly zesty and just a little sour but not in a bad sort of way. Overall it is reasonably good.
I brewed this once in an 18 oz teapot with 2 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
Now to mentally compare this to Traditional Plum Pudding. They’re very similar to my tastebuds, except this one is definitely heavier on the plum. Yay! I don’t taste the brandy, and the cheesecake note is only present in the scent. Reminds me of Irish Cream Cheesecake from last year.
I do, however, get a chlorine-like note from the base. Hmm. Will have to see if I get that again next time.
Aroma: Sweet, candy, apple, floral
Liquor Color: Pale yellow
Liquor Flavor Sweet, crisp apple, light nutty flavor
Notes: I couldn’t wait to try this tea when it came in and it didn’t disappoint. Apple is very crisp and refreshing and the oolong base works really well with the flavors.
Aroma: Chocolate, Orange
Liquor Color: Golden amber
Liquor Flavor: Dark chocolate, crisp orange
Notes: This reminds of of those chocolate oranges. From the smell, to the taste. I don’t seem to get any type of marshmallow flavor, which made me a little sad. I’ll have to try again sometime, but it was still delicious anyway.
Backlog. Okay, so when I saw that Butiki is closing it’s doors, I had to break my spending hiatus immediately to put in my first (and possibly, sadly my last?) order. Of course, I had to make sure to add this one to the cart because I have been dying to try it for the longest time. What better time to try this one out than a crisp fall morning? It smelled wonderfully maple-y with some nutty notes. Oh, and the tea actually has pecan bits in it! Awesome. I was skeptical about the low temperature suggested on the package, but I just decided to trust in Stacy as everyone else around here seems to do, and I’m glad I did because the tea turned out to be wonderfully smooth and maple-y and nutty and delicious. Perhaps this is not the most well organized tasting note, but the point is, I really enjoyed it, and I can see this one being perfect for fall/winter morning pick-me-ups. Yum.
There were strong cocoa and raspberry notes to this tea with the raspberry being in the forefront. I enjoyed this tea despite the left over flavor from the last tea I brewed in the same pot, a heavily roasted oolong. It was a glazed pot and I must not have rinsed it completely out. I got a slight burnt taste in this tea that I blame on the oolong. I will know for sure the next time I make this tea. In any case it was good.
I brewed this once in a 12 oz teapot with boiling water and 2.5 tsp leaf for 4 min.
Flavors: Cocoa, Raspberry
I agree with the idea of burnt sugar notes and roasted notes to this tea. The roasted notes are foremost with this tea. They are somewhat too strong. I brewed this western style according to the directions. I will have to try it Gongfu style and see if they are mitigated. I still enjoyed the tea. It was still somewhat good.
I brewed this once in a 12 oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 4 min.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Roasted
I just received this tea in the mail and gave it a try. I think I made it a bit too strong, and it may have been a mistake to drink it immediately after the chili that I had for lunch. I got mostly coconut and banana flavor, and I liked it more as I went along. I’m going to try a second steep and see how that works.
Edited to add: The second steep is a bit more subtle and quite nice. The base tea flavor now comes through and it is malty and rich. At some point I will try a bit of sugar in it just to see, although I generally do not sweeten tea.
Flavors: banana, Coconut, Malt
This tea is sweet, followed by sweet notes, and backed up by even more sweet notes. Did I say it was sweet? Normally, I would follow this up by saying it is too sweet, but not in this case. The sweet flavors blend perfectly into the background white tea. The background tea has no noticeable astringency or bitterness. This is a tasty tea. I am usually more of a ripe puerh fan, but this hits the spot. This is really good. If I could taste more tea behind the watermelon, it would rate a 100%.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 2.5 tsp leaf and 185 degree water for 4.5 minutes.
Flavors: Melon, Sweet
Aroma: Sweet, maple, nutty
Liquor Color: Golden
Liquor Flavor: Sweet maple, nutty, pancakes
Notes: I decided to drink this one for breakfast the aroma was so intoxicating, so nutty and mapley. Once brewed, it lived up to it’s smell. Tasted like breakfast, I think I’m in love.
Not surprisingly, this is a wonderful oolong tea! It has that familiar floral aroma I find so soothing in an oolong, but with a strong honey note to it. (Because of the leafhoppers?) As for the taste, it has very prominent honey notes, possibly the strongest that I’ve noticed in a tea so far. The first steep also had a floral note that reminded me of lilacs, and a hint of something fruity, possibly plum. There was a soft roasted aftertaste, with a little bit of dryness (which I love!). I wouldn’t call it astringency— just a slight powdery dryness that lingered pleasantly on the tongue.
This is a lovely tea, great for multiple steeps. I’ll have to try it gongfu style sometime!
My Butiki order arrived today and it was super exciting to go through all my tea. Although, it was also quite sad to know that this could be my last box of Butiki teas ever. Not to mention that there was no Creamy Eggnog to be found as it sold out prior to me placing my order. Luckily, Stacy has made this as a substitute and it smelled awesome.
It tastes pretty great too. A nice vanilla sweetness with a touch of nutmeg flavor. It is like a less vegetal take on Eggnog & Pralines. Plus, it has a thick mouthfeel that really reminds me of a thick, rich eggnog. It’s good though it is certainly different from Creamy Eggnog, at least what I can recall of it.
This tea is good, really good. Too bad there soon will be no more of it. The amount I bought should last me a year or so. The caramel taste is up front with the taste of apples behind it. There is no bitterness or astringency to this tea, it has the perfect base. This is really sweet tasting. I added sugar which really seems to accentuate the sweet flavors of this tea.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min. The resulting brew was light colored, sweet smelling, and delicious.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Sweet
I just heard the news about Butiki closing its doors – I’ll have to make sure I purchase all their teas that I wanted to try before they’re all sold-out. :(
This tea is aptly named – I get a distinctly floral/lilac scent mixed with a fruity aroma as the tea steeps. The sweet floral notes – a distinctive characteristic of many green oolong – are present in the flavour as well. And yes there are definitely some nice fruity pineapple flavours, though I think they could stand to be a touch more prominent.
A second steep of this today, as my bff had the first steep of it last night during our midnight cookie baking session. Mmm, cookies…
Yum. I’ve thrown a little milk in it for extra comfort and it is delightful.
Now I have to go finish putting on outside clothes and get myself off to Bayswater! Yay tea!
(1.5 in 16 oz this am because I forgot I used a 12 oz mug last night. Oh well. It still tastes like tea.)
Ermahgerd this is amazing.
So malty, so sweet, so perfect. I really love these CTC teas, and this one is delicious. Now I am really super ultra sad!
Not only did I get my (possibly second-to-)last Butiki order ever, but I got my Halloween mug from DavidsTea and the handle is broken.
Oh well. I shall revel in the tealiciousness that I have in front of me, and hope that DavidsTea can find me a new mug. :)
(This is different from Grandpa’s Anytime Tea, which I’ve found another supplier for shhhhh… It’s more sweet, more light, more brisk and almost lemony. Yum yum yum.)
1.5 tsp in 12 oz.
I’d saved this one for last out of my most recent order, because it comes in a very small tin that reminds me of just how little there is (at least with a bag you can pretend)! Upon opening, the blend smells just like a chocolate orange, which always reminds me of the holiday season. The blend is made of fuzzy golden curls of black tea, orange rind pieces, and chocolate chips (which as I verified with the Red Queen blend, are quite delicious!). It brews up to a nice gold color, and tastes predominantly of Yunnan black tea — malty, potato-ish and complex, a little fuzzy around the edges. The orange and chocolate are more gentle than the aroma would indicate, and pleasingly sweet without being sugary. I didn’t get much marshmallow with this brew, but I’ll play around with the preparation a bit more. Overall it’s less dessert-like than I imagined, but the base tea is very solid and enjoyable.