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drank Shiva's Breakfast by Butiki Teas
223 tasting notes

Thanks to Stephanie for a sample of this one! We saw each other on literally a drive by hand off yesterday. Her puppy is so cute!

The roofers got here this morning before I was even out of bed, so it’s going to be a long day. This tea is helping wake me up! It’s strong and bold and is seriously kicking me in the butt. I am a little too congested to really get the complexity of it, but hopefully the heat of it will help that too.

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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
381 tasting notes

Round, gently sweet sip. Refreshing aftertaste, almost minty. My dad threw out my leaf after two steeps and before I could take any substantive notes. This is one of my pricier teas at over $1 per cup, so I was not super happy about this. It’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but it was annoying. Proper tasting note to follow at some point.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’ve been drinking a lot of Nettles & Elderberry, & spiking the last of the Upton Russian Caravan with powdered Pao D’arco extract, & finally today I’m feeling an improvement in my breathing. My sinuses are starting to clear out & I’m starting to get my taste back, so I treated myself to a cup of this one, & it IS a treat :)

My lungs are still congested & heavy, so tomorrow morning I’ll go back to the Salt Room, & I’ll keep on with the herbs for awhile. But I am grateful to have noticeable improvement.

boychik

glad you are feeling better

MzPriss

Terri – you were missed. Sending a feel better wish your way

Terri HarpLady

Thanks ladies :)

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drank Puerh Tuo Cha by Butiki Teas
346 tasting notes

Sooo….Haven’t had much of an appetite lately…been skipping meals and what ends up happening sometimes is I get certain weird cravings late in the night. Like my smoked salmon at 1am the other night.

Another thing that you may or may not know about me is that I don’t eat junk food. I am a bit of a health freak. But….I have my weaknesses… And one of them hit hard last night. My last encounter with it was about six months ago and I did report it in a pu’erh review. I even found out then that there were fellow steepsterites suffering from the same addiction. Somehow, I feel like I need to confess whenever I succumb to it.

Forgive me Steepster for I have sinned…

Last night, 12:30am, I was just sitting pretty on the couch, doing a little bit of reading, a little bit of Steepstering. The tv was on in the background. Then it happened.

I saw someone eating mac & cheese!!!

Damn it…

Some of you might remember that I keep a small emergency supply of…KD mac & cheese. Yes. Guilty as charged. Now…I make a mean REAL healthy mac and cheese from scratch with tofu, avocados, red bell peppers, an yes, some cheese. But…KD has a sentimental value…I just need to eat it occasionally. And when I do…I eat the whole god damn thing!

So I got my but off the couch and I made some….I gulped it down as if there was no tomorrow.

And again, I had some pu’erh to avoid major bloating situation.

This was one of the first pu’erh I ever drank…I really like Butiki’s mini tuochas. I ordered a bunch of them a long time ago, love how handy they are and that you can keep them forever.

This mini tuocha is different from others I’ve had. You must steep it a very long time. Like 7-8 minutes after a quick rinse.

It gives a very interesting mouthfeel, it feels «chewy», you know that feeling you get in your mouth when eating raw mushrooms? Hard to explain.

It’s also sweet and smooth, rather on the light side for shou.

It’s very forest-like, damp soil, wet autumn leaves. It has a wintergreen fresh finish, just lovely.

And…it most certainly took care of my bloated tummy!

Thank you pupu for the rescue!

Kirkoneill1988

i know what the chewy feels like :P

Marzipan

Oh you know what is funny, the “KD” thing isn’t used in the US, I remember seeing on a show that it is marketed that way other places. Just trivia!

mj

I love the from-the-box mac and cheese too! I haven’t had it in FOREVER

Marzipan

I ate some last night too.

Marzipan

Oh I remember, I first heard it called KD on Top Chef Canada.

Sarsonator

I think I got one of these in the sale, just to try. Glad it made you feel better!

looseTman

+1 for the smoked salmon! Now if they just had a lower-sodium version!
Oh, but is this is supposed to be about smoked salmon, mac & cheese, or a tea tasting … ;-)

+1 “love how handy they are and that you can keep them forever.” Excellent point!
“…interesting mouthfeel, it feels «chewy»” “…also sweet and smooth”
Sounding very good!
However, “…rather on the light side for shou.” You almost had me …

apt

rich ppl dont eat fancy mac n cheese they just eat twice as much kraft

TheTeaFairy

(I went to buy some real food people…no more boxed mac & cheese…and yes…I got some cherries!!)

Kirkoneill, glad you understand what I mean by chewy ;-)

Thanks for the fun fact marzi, did not know that!

mj, it’s time to have some!!

Sars, I really like it, but let it steep a loooog time!

LooseTman….so sorry I lost you there :-(
But I know I’ll get you back with some other stuff :-)

TheTeaFairy

There’s probably some truth in that apt!

Sami Kelsh

OH MAN I miss KD. It’s so dirty and so wrong and a massive rip-off here when you can find it (upwards of £4.50 a box? Forget it!) but sometimes it’s the only thing that does it, man.

Sarsonator

I actually have no idea what KD is, but I don’t eat cheese, so I’m just playing along. :)

TheTeaFairy

Sami, that’s expensive, wow! They are only $2 here…

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Sars, it’s Kraft Dinner boxed mac & cheese!!!! You play along just fine :-)

No cheese???? Preposterous!!!

Sarsonator

Oh kraft. That’s a classic here. Grew up on it.

Nope, no cheese. It’s one thing I miss in my vegan life. And also bacon.

Skulleigh

I eat Kraft Mac & Cheese everyone in awhile, but it never ever has the same taste I remember from childhood – that tart cheesyness. I don’t know if they changed it or if my tastebuds changed from childhood.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, did not even know you were vegan! I’ve got nothing but respect for you…

Skulleigh, I think you’re right, maybe that’s why I like to add a little lemon juice in mine :-)

Dexter

Lemon Juice to KD?

TheTeaFairy

Yep. So good. And so much pu’erh, lol, I ended up drinking 3 cups from the other one i told you yesterday, and 3 cups of butiki. I was so pu’erh’d up! But no tummy ache :-)

Sarsonator

You are Foxy Roxy, Queen of the Midnight Pu’erh. You henceforth shall be known as: FRQOTMP

christeana1

I feel like there are quite a few vegan/vegetarians on here..lol:)

Butiki Teas

Christeana1-mwahaha, we are everywhere. : D

Marzipan

I can’t hear you guys from behind my big juicy burger.

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LOVE!! First of all can I say LOVE the name??! “Hello Sweetie…..” Ugh love. So blended this up this morning. Felt like this would be a good choice for a breakfast tea with its black tea base. It’s amazing! I didn’t add any sugar. It doesn’t need it. No milk either. It’s perfect just the way it is. The tea has obvious caramel and toffee notes. Then there’s a little coconut but not in a tropical way. Perfectly balanced. Then there’s nut. And a touch of banana on the tongue at the end. It’s glorious and probably my new perfect breakfast blend when I want something more complex. Delicious.

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
478 tasting notes

Nom nom nummy! I had to throw away the first cup of tea I made this morning (which shall remain unnamed) as it tasted nasty, so to get rid of that bad taste in my mouth, I made this beautiful tea!! So freaking delicious! Smooth, sweet, like tea made for royalty! I’m so happy I have a whole ounce coming to me! It will be my special treasure tea!!

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drank Pumpkin Creme Brulee by Butiki Teas
228 tasting notes

These leaves are dark and a little shorter than most I’ve come across recently. They smell just like pumpkin pie! The color of the liquor is also a pumpkin color as well. Well played, Stacy :). The taste is pumpkin pie too! Yum!! It is less sweet than pumpkin pie, but I enjoy that. The flavor is also very creamy, but I don’t get that caramelized sugar taste that I associate with crème brûlée. Still, I’m not at all upset with creamy pumpkin pie tea!

Flavors: Creamy, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Pumpkin

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drank Purple Sunset Oolong by Butiki Teas
228 tasting notes

More dark, twisty leaves! I have to say I do enjoy an oolong with rolled leaves just because it’s fun to watch them unfurl. It’s like watching a time lapse video of a plant growing :) The aroma was not very strong, but the leaves brewed up an orange-brown color of decent strength. The taste didn’t blow my mind. It was prune-ish, without being nearly as sweet as an actual prune, although it was somewhat sweet. I also thought I picked up an oak note in there. I feel like I might not be being quite fair with this oolong because I just recently tried Butiki’s oriental beauty, which was completely amazing! Now I compare all fruity oolongs to that one and the purple sunset just isn’t dynamic and flavorful.

Flavors: Plums

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
228 tasting notes

This oolong is a long, twisty oolong with large pieces of pecans, or “pea-cans” as we say in the panhandle of Florida. Brewed, it smells very maple-y and is a light burnt orange color. The taste is all gentle maple and nuts. As someone who’s not crazy about maple (not that I dislike it at all), this tea has the right maple intensity for me. You do get to taste the oolong at the very front of the sip before the other flavors take over. It would taste exactly like a pecan praline if there was a buttery element to it. If that were the case, I’d be all over it!

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Pecan

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
228 tasting notes

This tea is dark green with pistachio slices. Mmmm pistachios! The smell is very nutty with a vanilla background and when brewed the liquor is extremely light green. The taste is all pistachio! There is a creamy element to it, which I quite enjoyed, although I think I would have liked just a tad more vanilla. With that addition, it would have tasted almost exactly like pistachio ice cream :)

Flavors: Cream, Nutty

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
228 tasting notes

Now this is a pretty tea! The leaves are dark, medium length, and twisty, but also blended with beautiful coconut shreds and some sort of fruit zest? For those who don’t know, I’m OBSESSED with coconut. It even rivals my chocolate obsession, which says something! When brewing, this tea smells of coconut(!) with an overall tropical aroma. The liquor is a warm red clay color. When sipped, the coconut comes out first (yay coconut!), followed by what tastes exactly like bananas foster. Seriously, it tastes exactly like that! Now, I am extremely picky about my banana flavors. Basically, I like bananas, but have never liked something that was banana flavored until now. The banana is overall incredibly natural tasting. The only thing holding me back from going bananas over this tea (sorry about the horrible pun; I just had to) is the transition from the coconut to the bananas foster. Just for a second, I get a hit of banana candy flavor before it transitions to real caramelized banana. Considering just how picky I am, this is a super impressive banana tea!

Flavors: Banana, Caramel, Coconut

TheTeaFairy

I have ordered a little bit, just to compare with Foxy Roxy…Foxy has VERY subtle notes of banana and they are very natural, it’s more of a banana bread kind of thing. Hmmm, wonder if you’d like it, not being a fan of banana flavoured things…But you do like real bananas, so you never know!

mj

Well, I guess I should have said that I do like banana bread a lot. To me, that tastes like real bananas. And I add dark chocolate chips when I make it and then I like it even more :)

mj

So I probably would like Foxy Roxy a lot!

TheTeaFairy

Mmmmmm!!! Dark chocolate AND banana!!!!!

Sarsonator

I love my little Foxy Roxy!

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drank Premium Taiwanese Assam by Butiki Teas
228 tasting notes

I was very excited to try this tea, given all I’ve heard about it from my dear Steepster friends :). This tea is a total spider-leg tea! (dark, twisty, looooong leaves). It smells very tannic and brews up a burnt sienna color. The main impression I get upon the first sip is that this tea is different- I’ve never tasted another tea like it! Points for that :). The flavors that pop up are honey and raisins, with a hint of cinnamon against a malty backdrop. This is actually the first tea I’ve gotten raisin notes from. The flavors all shine quite clearly- is this a classic assam flavor profile? I’m not sure as I’ve only had a spiced masala assam.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Malt, Raisins

TheTeaFairy

Lol, this tea has almost non of the traditional assam profile… But it’s yummy and that’s all I care about. Love me some spider leg tea!

mj

Haha, good to know! Now I must try more assams…. oh darn ;-)

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This tea is very attractive: large chunks of what I assume is pineapple among short, flat, green leaves that smell sweetly of cilantro. They brew up a light-greenish yellow. The taste, however, was a bit disappointing for my personal tastes. It was mostly herby (cilantro) and the pineapple was quite hard to find. I guess the lingering sweetness was contributed by the pineapple, but in a blind taste test I wouldn’t be able to identify it. I don’t like very vegetal teas, so I won’t rate this one but I do think it’s well done. The flavors just aren’t to my tastes.

Flavors: Herbs

TheTeaFairy

Yeah, not crazy about this one either….my favourite butiki flavoured tea however is flowery pineapple oolong, so good, much more pineapple tasting!

mj

That one’s definitely on my wishlist! My car ate a lot of money this month, so I couldn’t order during the sale but once I can, I plan on picking up some flowery pineapple oolong and white rhino at the very least :)

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
228 tasting notes

Ok, time to work my way through my tasting note backlog. Yes, it’s 2am, but I knocked out 10 hours of sleep last night and am feeling great, so my natural night owl tendencies have come out to play. Plus, it’s Saturday night, so I can do whatever I want and I feel like drinking some tea :-P

This tea though. LOVE IT. Not only is it tasty as all get out, it’s just so interesting. It’s the white tea for black tea lovers ( I heard that on Steepster, although I don’t remember where, so the credit does not go to me). The leaves are just luscious; long and plump in browns, yellows, and greens. They smell citrus-y when brewing, although I did not get any citrus in the taste, and the liquor is a goldenrod yellow. So pretty :). The first sip is a mouth bomb of honey and malt dropped on your unsuspecting taste buds (mine don’t mind at all!). Once you’ve recovered, further sips bring out strong notes of bread and cream with subtle sweet potato notes floating here and there. Oh my yum, I have serious need of this tea. It will have a permanent place in my cupboard from now on! Thank you, Virginia, for sending me this sample! I discovered a new favorite :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Creamy, Honey, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

TheTeaFairy

It takes only a night owl to understand another :-)
And after reading this, thank god for ordering some!! See? You are now enabling me ;-)

mj

I would be a night owl every night if I wasn’t such a baby when I don’t get enough sleep (I’m a total grump face haha). Right now though, I’m having an awesome time drinking white tea and listening to Amy Winehouse :)
I hope you like it! You can blame this one on me, although I would point out you ordered it before reading my review :-P

TheTeaFairy

Haha! True, I did order before…but had I not, I would have after reading this!

Oh, and a total Amy Winehouse obsessed fan here…still crying her death.

mj

I didn’t really feel one way or the other about her music while she was still living, but I find I really appreciate it lately. I heard “Back to Black” today and couldn’t get it out of my head, which prompted this listening session. That song gets me every time!

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My life has turned into a comedy of errors. Half my family is mad at me for saying something I didn’t say, and thanks to the time zone difference I won’t be able to sort it out until tomorrow. I’m actually really upset about it on multiple levels, not least of which is the fact that anyone would even believe that I said it. So…tea?

I really like this blend. The summery pineapple flavor is dead on and good for at least three steeps. Sadly, this is the last of it. sipdown. Wah.

TheTeaFairy

Sorry you’re stucked in such an awkward situation…hope it gets resolved soon, sending you good vibes :-)

Cavocorax

Ugh. That sounds really frustarting. And having to wait to sort it out must be making you crazy… Hope it works out tomorrow.

mj

Family drama is the worst! I hope everything gets smoothed out soon.

Kaylee

Thanks for the support folks! I think it’s mostly worked out now.

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This is my first taste of Butiki….I ordered a few 1/2 ounce bags of different flavors, and while I was most anticipating the watermelon tea, I tried this one first. It’s nice and light, perfect for my post-Saturday afternoon nap tea. I get pineapple favor, a bit of cilantro, and something else I can’t really name. Another sweet fruit note. It gets even tastier as it cools, and would probably be nice on ice.

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I had to have a Butiki tea in honor of Stacy’s birthday yesterday! Happy birthday, Stacy! I hope it was a good one. Keep doing the awesome you do! I have some samples to try yet, and this is one of them. Sadly, an assam means more tomato soup for me. I really wish I would have tried these before my tastebuds changed! All assam means all tomato, all the time. There is something special here that makes it unlike other assams though but its hard to tell what that is: a flavor I haven’t noticed in any other teas. Sadly, none of those flavor notes that others have noticed for this tea are making themselves known to my tastebuds, but I feel like they once would have. It’s too bad as this one has all my favorite flavors. Otherwise, there is a little baked bread and a bite to it. I think all of these assams taste like iron to me now. Odd. It’s going to be my mission this week to try a few not-new-to-me assams and see if they are the same. I wouldn’t think this would be a good base for Butiki’s new chocolate blend, but I guess I should try that one before saying that. I should have sipped one of my favorite Butiki teas on the 25th!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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The scent of this tea is of strawberries, coffee and something a little like a cookie. As I’m sipping, I am reminded of strawberry wafer cookies. I used to love those and would eat them by the packet if I could.

The strawberry and “cookie” part of the tea is most noticeable. There is also a slight bitterness in the background that brings to mind that Orzo tea from Lupicia. I don’t taste a whole lot of chocolate, but I’m really enjoying the strawberry wafer + bitter, weak coffee notes.

This is certainly a tasty tea, I just don’t know if it qualifies as one of my favorites from Butiki. I will enjoy the rest of what I have, but am not sure if I would restock.

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I received this in a swap with Cheri a while ago and am just now getting around to trying it. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because I didn’t really care for Creamy Eggnog, but surprisingly I found it to be really pleasant. I would definitely drink this again. It was definitely creamy and I get a bit of vanilla maybe? I think I like it better than creamy eggnog because it was much less eggy.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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