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This is one very good tea (that I almost burned myself preparing, as the lid to the kettle fell off when I picked it up, but it was worth the danger)

The dry blend consists of tightly rolled oolong tea, raspberry bits, and cashew pieces. The aroma is rich, buttery cashew. Brewed up, there’s an entirely different dimension to the aroma, floral, complicated, and a little mysterious. The oolong in this blend is not as green as Tie Guan Yin, and has a richer and darker feel overall, though with some similarity in floral notes. In terms of flavor, there’s a light touch of raspberry sweetness, and the cashew note is still quite strong, but the tea itself is dominant. Having grown up in a region more known for greens and oolongs than black teas, and with a family that favors them more, the taste of this brew is what I immediately recognize as what “tea from back home” should be like. It’s very distinct and almost indefinable, and the addition of raspberry and cashew, in this case, balances it quite well in a way I would never have imagined. I also sense that the caffeine content of this one is fairly high, it definitely wakes me up a little bit while having a calming effect as well. Overall, very glad I tried it, and sad that there’s only a little bit.

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YUM! So deliciously creamy. I wasn’t sure what to think about this tea. I am not a huge fan of cantaloupe but I like fruity teas. When I opened the bag this had a strong melon scent and a creamy scent that I just couldn’t place. Upon brewing, the scent was more subtle. I think I may have understeeped this one a bit because the flavors are there but just not as strong as I would like. But that’s my own fault for not really measuring. At first sip you get the cantaloupe flavor and then a creamy note at the end. I sure am enjoying this tea. I’m considering buying more before butiki runs out!

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I’m finally getting around to tasting the last of my new teas from my two Butiki orders. I was hesitant to try this one after tasting the cantaloupe and cream. Both of the teas had a really nice melon smell mixed in with something funky smelling (to me at least). After I steeped this up per the instructions on the package, I could still smell that weird smell. It’s hard to describe. Maybe like something is spoiling? The tea starts off tasting wonderfully melon (but again, very similar to cantaloupe and cream), but then ends with that weird taste that I could smell earlier. Perhaps it is something about the flavorings that I’m sensitive to? I’m really sad about it because other than that weird smell and aftertaste, the melon is so wonderfully light and delicious! I will have to do some investigating and experimenting to figure this out (hopefully).

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Thanks Stacy for the extra sample!

I pulled this one out to share with my mom while we put up my Xmas tree. Doing a white/silver theme this year. Turned out pretty nice! I found this beautiful 3D silver dove as the topper and went from there.

I didn’t realize that this was a white tea. So, I thought it was a bit weak. For a white tea it made sense though. The flavors were subtle. I would’ve preferred them stronger, but overall it wasn’t a bad cup! Mom and I got about 6 cups total out of the sample too.

If Butiki wasn’t closing I’d maybe suggest this with a black base, but not sure if that would overpower the flavors….I’m not the tea master so I’m sure they did what was best!

I’d definitely recommend everyone to get a bit of this to try though.

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This seems like a good afternoon tea to drink while helping my mom decorate the tree, a little extra boost of caffeine for holiday spirit! The smell is pretty intense, lots of strawberries and a tart fruity undertone. There is also a hint of cookies and malt, so that makes it a bit like pie. Speaking of cookies, I read somewhere that gluten is not water soluble, so in theory as long as I don’t eat them they shouldn’t hurt me? Not sure…but I am hoping just a little bit won’t cause any problems. It smells to good to not try!

I have learned that my new tiny little teapot is in fact a TARDIS because wow, it holds so much more than it looks like it should. Enough for my mom and me to each have a small cup (and not small like my tiny gongfu cups, like teacup size) so that is fun. Also this tea smells really good! I love rhubarb and strawberry pie, but for some dumb reason I am allergic to rhubarb, but I was informed by Stacy that there is not actual rhubarb in here, so I was super excited to try it. Yay for tea that smells and tastes like things I enjoy but can’t actually eat :P

The taste is alright, at first I was not really wowed, but as it cooled I found I enjoyed it more. There is definitely a taste of strawberries, rhubarb, crust, and a bit of spice, just something was lacking for me. Not really sure what, could be my mood…could be anything. Glad I got to try it though!

OMGsrsly

I couldn’t have it at all, but she did at one point have some gluten free Ruby Pie made up. It was SO GOOD. I’m not sure how different, but definitely something I wanted more of.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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I’m back at work after my glorious year of Mat Leave so at break times I have no Netflix (and no sweet baby) to distract me… Therefore – Hello Steepster! I have returned!

I ordered a hilarious amount of Butiki teas when Stacy announced her imminent closure. Hilarious to a non-tea drinker anyway. I had to hide my two massive orders, let’s just put it that way.

I took my opportunity to try things from my wishlist and just threw caution to the wind.

This tea was one of those – really wanted to try it, so I bought some!

Not at all disappointed.
Part of my going back to work preparations involved packing up my tea supplies with a good assortment of teas – some that I’ve wanted to drink and get rid of, and some that I knew I would look forward to drinking at work. This included three Butiki teas – only ones that can be made with boiling water because ain’t nobody got time for messing around with themometers at work. We are lucky enough to have a mini kitchen here with a kettle in it!

So I had a cup of coffee in the car but then when I arrived at work I made this tea. WOW so good! I recognize it as the base from Three Friends… I think? I mean it smells and looks the same. I’ve always loved the texture and colours of that delicious blend.

Very pleased to report that drinking it on its own is equally delightful!
I added milk, because that’s how I like my morning tea. It’s malty and flavorful with that whole bakedness and raisiny goodness to it.

Now I just need to find another existing company who sells something similar!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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This one comes from a friend…she sent me a few Butiki teas for Christmas from her order, and I’m sending a few (ok, a ton) of teas to her, many local ones. Being that I didn’t get home til 9 or so, I opted for this one, as the other caffeine tea I had today was Long Life Oolong. And I have a late start in the morning tomorrow at work, so if the caffeine does do anything, I’m not fussed over missing sleep. But this is a white, so I’m not so concerned.

Anyway…this tea is a lot lighter than I thought, though I guess it being a white, it is as light as I was realistically expecting. The squash does bring a richer, warmer, denser feel to it though. I just think I was anticipating a little heavier…I don’t know why. Perhaps I was subconsciously thinking of squash or pumpkin pies and whipped cream and the heavy at the bottom of your tummy but oh so good along the way sort of heavy/body. And I think I was still expecting a darker oolong or black base. But those are all my grand delusions…I guess I just forget that this is a white tea.

That said, this tea is really nice. But like I said, for a white tea, the squash does add a richer, warmer, denser depth of flavour, though more subtle, like ribbons dancing across my tongue. I notice the cinnamon first. And the cinnamon flirts with the squash, and jealous vanilla tries to cut in with squash. And they all seem to dance happily away, with sometimes the vanilla being the stronger note, and sometimes the cinnamon.

It’s a really unique tea, and I wish I had more of this, but I’m happy to have been able to try it. I have a second cup waiting for when this one is finished. The dance isn’t over yet, and the chaperones aren’t looking. :P

whatshesaid

Are you going to make out with this tea on the dance floor?!

Cameron B.

GASP! Scandalous!

Amariel

Ha ha ha! It did sort of make out with my tongue and taste buds…

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drank Khongea Encore Assam by Butiki Teas
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WOW. I never thought it was possible for a tea to taste so…rich. Ultra-creamy, banana/coconut cream pie goodness! Tough to measure out because the leaves are so long, so I estimate the amount, and it comes out amazing every time. I drink this with milk, unsweetened, as I do with most of my “dessert-y” teas. Lovely, heavy aroma from the dry leaves that does not disappoint when brewed. Delicious!

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Cream, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Well…the name itself sounded so promising. And the dry leaf scent – so, SO promising. Downright yummy, in fact. I know it’s a white tea, and judging from the reviews I knew it would be light on taste, so I upped the amount of tea a bit to try to compensate. The flavor was still quite subtle. I did notice a little creaminess, but didn’t get any cookie or baked good flavor at all. Could just be that my black tea lovin’ taste buds can’t appreciate the subtlety of this tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I was very excited to try this one after I heard about it! The dry blend has leaves of varying sizes, nice and fresh green-colored, with some flower petals. The aroma is definitely creamy, with a bit of liqueur and caramel undertones. The overall effect is quite rich and intoxicating. Brewed up, the tea has a light clean green color (devoid of yellow undertone) that I’ve only seen with white teas so far. The overall mouthfeel of the tea is light, and the creaminess is nicely mellowed out, with a bit of savory quality that is reminiscent of baked goods. There is a light floral-vegetal sweetness that I’ve encountered in other white blends from Butiki in the past, which brightens the effect somewhat. Overall, one of the most unique dessert-like blends I’ve tried so far!

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Tea of this afternoon. I was feeling nutty. :)
This is layered, complex, sweet, but with the warmth of the nuts to keep it from going too sweet. There were, in some sips, almost too many flavors, but once I slowed down I could pick out the various elements.
It made for a lovely cup on this winter afternoon, but I think it would be spectacular in spring.

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I got about an ounce of this in the mail recently, because I feel like I don’t have enough oolong, and I wanted to try purple tea, so this kills two birds with one stone. I’m sampling it now, so I can buy more if it turns out I like it. It smells like licorice at first, or at least that’s what I think when I first smell it – but today everything smells like licorice, so when I smell it again, I realize that it does not in fact smell like licorice. I can’t describe it. After brewing it for the amount of time stated on the bag, it has that sweet potato scent – more of a hint than full fledged baked potato. It’s a lovely color closer to a black tea. I tend to prefer black teas, so I enjoy oolongs that are closer in flavor to black tea. It does taste sweet, or perhaps it’s just that it isn’t particularly bitter. It has an earthy taste. I don’t taste plum or anything particularly fruity, though I do like this oolong. I don’t have enough experience to give this tea a rating but I think this is one of the better oolongs that I’ve drunk.

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drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
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The studying is never-ending. I’ve not had coffee since Halloween. Enter Kenyan black tea.

This one is surprisingly creamy, while still the typical deep, dark Kenyan black. Quite enjoyable. A nice boost to get me through the next few hours.

Fjellrev

Good luck with the studying!

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I found I really preferred this tea as it cooled. I think I liked the original Nutmeg Cream better.

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I had this one yesterday. It’s sweet and buttery and creamy. It doesn’t taste like a cookie, but it does remind me of a cookie, so it’s all good. I didn’t try this one sweetened, but I think I will next time.

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Ghost writing this review for my brother-in-law Jim from Brooklyn NY. He’s a green freak.
“Organic Korukunda green tea has sublime spirit and mineral traces that make it an experience not altogether unlike imbibing a highland whisky. In any case it has grandeur, nobolity and reach. Its telling me something and i am the larger for hearing it……..And it goes great with cornbread.

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Heh – entertainingly, like Kittenna, I was a little confused by the lack of notes for this tea and planned to pop this one up to see what would happen.

I wanted some of this tea last night, but it got too late so I postponed until today. And, in the aftermath of Liverpool’s humiliation at the hands of United, I feel the need to keep distracted…

I really liked this tea, and could definitely get the pear sweets flavour – it definitely isn’t a fresh fruit pear taste, though. It’s infinitely more akin to pear drop sweets (a classic of pick’n’mixes), but I guess the name implied that anyway! There was a little jasmine undertone, but the pear-drop flavour was deffo dominant for me!

Not, of course, that this was a problem. It’s exactly what I expected and, in many ways, it’s exactly what I wanted.

I confess – I did oversteep or overleaf my first infusion, meaning there was just a little of a vegetal edge of an otherwise sweet tea. But the second infusion (with the same leaves) was perfect – sweet, fruity and refreshing. I imagine the third and fourth steeps that I have planned will be equally delicious.

Flavors: Pear

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I don’t know what I was thinking when I ordered this, but I enjoy it. For some reason I’ve been buying up mini tuo chas but I’m not sure if I’ve actually used any yet other than this. I usually go for the loose stuff. But with my brand new little white gaiwan, I decided to take a go at gongfu brewing. My first time! I’m sure I messed up a little somewhere… but I’m sure I’ll have plenty of practice sessions down the road. Along with the little gaiwan I’m using a teacup that holds twice as much as my gaiwan… a thermos for the water, and a cookie tray for lack of a tea tray.

I’m sure it was not that much tea (only a bit over three tumblers worth) but it felt like a lot of tea! It also felt very LONG and alot of work. I’m not completely sure I enjoy the method, but it’s different and the change in the flavor as the steeps went by were interesting to document.

The first few steeps were lighter and kind of sweet and leathery. Around the fifth steep thing got darker and definitely a bit smokey. I’m not the biggest fan of smokey teas, but I’m sure that the flavor is still developing, as now around the 15th steep the taste is more earthy and like mushrooms- yet the little tuo cha hasn’t broken completely apart yet.

The leaves are small! Very small. I wish I had a small fine strainer to deal with it, but I ’m mind the sediment as much if I let it settle. That results in kind of a wait between cups though.

The flavor keeps developing, it’s definitely keeps me interested. Now if only I weren’t practically vibrating and the front of my tongue didn’t feel kind of numb…

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Hmmm. Well, this tea isn’t as bad as it could have been. And I mean that in a ‘me disliking the flavours’ way, not on execution. The predominant aroma is star anise, though it’s not overly strong; the flavour is more a smooth melding of a beany green, smooth vanilla, and a quite acceptable (aka low) level of star anise. Not really catching the jasmine, nor the pear. It’s actually rather soothing… I was planning to send the rest of my portion off to Roswell Strange with her half but I think I may actually drink the second cup myself (with the third off to VariaTea). I feel like this is the sort of tea where, if Butiki was remaining open, I might actually pick up another small quantity. But it’s not a big loss.

However, if you enjoy creamy/vanilla licorice, and can tolerate a good green base (it’s not sencha!)…. you may want to try this.

ETA: Guys! How am I the only reviewer for this? I hope my tasting note spurs more people on to pick this up in their order, because yum.

ETA: Subsequent infusions become too heavy on the anise for me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

I’ve been dying to see a review for this one. A lot of customers purchased it but haven’t received any feedback. I love how this one turned out but can definitely see it might not be for everyone.

Roswell Strange

I’m excited about this one, despite the green base.

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As a big fan of lavender, chamomile and Butiki teas, I felt there was little chance of me not loving this.

I was right.

It’s a perfect chamomile blend. The lavender works really nicely, with that smooth, slightly cinnamon-y chamomile sitting nicely in the background. It’s also slightly sweet (kinda like malted milk), which is a nice plus!

I was a little worried when I opened the packet, as it was a little on the crushed side (I’ve only ever drank Teapigs wonderful chamomile before, and it’s so intact that it’s almost miraculous), so I worried that the lots would get through my strainer. Thankfully, the walls have really tiny holes and only a little bit got through. The tea was really smooth and calming – perfect!

As the crushedness didn’t seem to impact, I think this tea is certainly worthy of full marks. It’s just a perfect chamomile – calming, smooth, sweet and delicious.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Red Fennekin

I should say – it seems like the version I got isn’t classed as “organic” anymore, so it may not quite be the same blend as the original one. But y’know. It’s from Butiki so it’s bound to be as wonderful as the original one was.

Nicole

I always forget to order this. It’s been on my wishlist forever. Guess I need to make another order before I can’t!

Red Fennekin

You deffo should! It’s such a lovely chamomile tea :D Plus, 1 oz is quite a lot (as it’s so light), so you’ll get plenty out of it.

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I found this little sample in my sample box. I never had it, stupid me.
So first and last time with this tea.
It is an organic green tea Huangshan Mao Feng embellished with pieces of apples cut in thin slices and potato cubes.

Let’s say it is extremely subtile . nice, buttered – subtle but very mellow , it is rather focused on the apple. The potato gives a little body to the overall architecture of this tea. The base is very noticeable.

I liked it. I prefered the first steep.

Thank you Stacy & Butiki Teas for her creativity and the sample.

Pics of my session with Potato Pancakes & Applesauce are available here : http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/potato-pancakes-applesauce-butiki-teas/

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Love the second pic down. It looks tasty.

Cameron B.

Cute Christmas mug! :)

Ysaurella

@Stacy it was absolutely tasty.
@Cameron thank you :)

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