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I don’t work until late this afternoon today, so I’m enjoying having time to write a few reviews and even drink an early morning cup of tea! This sample comes from TheLastDodo, and I’ve been dying to try it since getting it but I haven’t had much of a chance to sit down and really properly drink and review it until today. Unless you count hangover days; but I don’t like to waste good tea on bad hangovers…
I can’t get over the look of the dry leaf; I never actually had Crimson Horizon (the base) and this is the first tea I’ve had with this sort of “pellet” shaped leaf. It reminds me of the little food pellets that my little sister has to feed her pet frog Miracles with…
The taste is far from frog food though, thankfully. The grapefruit is really distinct; definitely takes up a lot of the top notes. I recognize the flavour quite clearly from Boomstick. It’s really good; and validates the decision to have this as a breakfast tea today. It’s a bit bitter, not totally unexpected from grapefruit but paired with the almost equally distinct taste of brown sugar it works well. The body of the sip has some nice maltier notes from the base tea and some lighter molasses notes, and the finish is a cross between burnt sugar and really sweet brown sugar.
I’m kind of missing the ‘custard’ element of Creme Brulee; to me that’s a pretty integral part of Creme Brulee flavour but I think otherwise this pretty perfectly conveys exactly what it’s meant to. I’ll have fun finishing it off! I have enough leaf left for one more cup and I’m definitely leaning towards a cup with milk – I think that might help partly feel the hole from where the custard flavour should be.
Today’s word of the day is…
Hebetude, which is “The state of being dull : lethargy”.
Made this today with some sugar, then had to leave the house to run some errands. I’m not normally a fan of cold tea, but this one isn’t bad! Although it is very earthy, even with the addition of sugar, and I don’t get much tangerine or cream out of it. Oh well. Still a nice pick me up.
Not a fan TTb. You really have to be a fan of smoky teas in order to enjoy this one. And I am not a fan so I can only say that all I taste is smoke. Actually I feel like I am sipping on a campfire. It tastes exactly like the smoke that follows you around a campfire and makes your eyes water and throat burn. I can’t finish this…. Campfires do not belong in my mouth…
I’ve been meaning to try this tea for a long time. Today is the day! The brewed tea aroma is herbal. I can definitely smell the marshmallow root, which I believe is the base for this tea. First sip is a little lackluster. It just tastes like sweet marshmallow root. I’m going to add a bit of Truvia to see if I can coax out more cake flavor, although I suppose that risks making it too sweet.
It is very sweet now. I can imagine this tastes like white cake, but let’s be honest. I don’t think tea can taste like cake. A lot of what makes cake, well, cake is the airy fluffy buttery texture. Tea simply can’t replicate that. This is probably as close as it gets. The more I sip it, the more I notice resemblances to cake. This is good but not remarkably good. I have to say after all the rave reviews, I’m a little underwhelmed. I think my expectations were too high.
If I moderate my expectations, this is an enjoyable tea. I love that it’s caffeine free. It will satisfy my sweet tooth cravings on those days when all I want to do is stuff my face with cake. In that respect, this is a great alternative to the real deal. Now I’m off to celebrate because today is a big day! It’s my baby’s 4 month birthday!
Dang… with Butiki being gone it’s always something to look forward to have one of their teas, but this was just not a tea for me. The taste was a bit off in regards to portion of oolong, for some reason this seemed to have a more bold flavor than an oolong would have such as a light black tea. However, as for the taste, I’m unsure what this was suppose to taste like. I drank through 16ounces of it with multiple steeps, but just… not feeling it so much.
Not entirely sure I’d actually tried this tea before… but it’s pretty darn good. Loving the combination of the butterscotch with raspberry – it’s reminding me quite a bit of a raspberry butter tart I split with my boyfriend over the weekend. (We ate a half dozen butter tarts. So delicious.) I’m not really picking up on the hazelnut, but it’s probably just contributing a nuttiness that I can’t distinguish.
The only downside to this tea (other than it being completely unavailable) is that I’m not overly keen on raspberry flavouring, so I kind of wish it was paired with something like sour cherry, maybe even strawberry. But it’s still quite delicious.
Oh, also, the base tea is not overly noticeable here.
Got this ages ago as a gift from Stacey, am only trying it now as I threw it into a bag with a bunch of other samples to taste while traveling to see family. So…. not sure what the deal is with this, but it was just a meh for me. Nothing special, nothing amazing, no special flavors that popped… just tea. Really. A bit shocked to be honest.
I can’t tell you all how much I love the name of this tea. I have been in love with the Evil Dead Series and Ash (& Bruce Campbell) for years. I really liked this tea. This is one tasty Earl Grey. Not my favorite Earl Grey but up there on the list.
But lets be honest here. . .I would have bought this tea on the name alone.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! This is actually one of Stacy’s last teas that I actually had almost no interest in – I don’t typically go for chocolate teas or spicy ones, but that doesn’t mean I’m not grateful to try it. Since it’s not one that appealed to me greatly I probably would have never sought it out, so without your thoughtfulness I’d have never tasted it!
Hmm, I’m not getting a lot from the dry leaf. I expected to be able to smell at least a little bit of chili spice – and especially after having The Devil’s Mate from McQuarries so recently I’ve very, very wary of chili in tea currently. But mostly it smells like black tea with wisps of dark chocolate. Steeped up I’m happily surprised with how clear the liquor is; by which I mean it doesn’t have oil spots or things like that from the melted down chocolate chips!
Initial taste is a mild, somewhat watery chocolate. There’s a bit of bitterness, but in the way that’s associated with dark chocolate/bakers chocolate and not from the base tea. However, the more bland/flat chocolate flavour is definitely distinct of chocolate chips; it’s a shame that cacao shells/nibs weren’t incorporated into this one.
After the initial chocolate taste you’re hit with the delayed heat from the chili. This is way near the end of the sip/aftertaste, by the way. It’s actually pretty reasonable; though I think at this point anything less than the level of chili in Devil’s Mate would likely feel reasonable. I don’t like spice – keep that in mind, but to me this is a good compromise of having a flavor with impact, but not being incredibly mild/light handed. Other notes present in the tea/from the base: Cinnamon, honey, and some light floral notes as well.
I probably could have gone without trying this one; it’s not made a huge impact on me – but that’s just because the flavours aren’t ones that generally appeal to me anyway. I imagine someone into chocolate tea/spicy tea would find this quite delicious!
So as a college student I like to find good deals and one of them was a bunch of new Davids Tea on Ebay so I bid and won. Interestingly enough, the seller included some Butiki tea which I found odd but it made me happy.
I decided to brew this one this morning and thought it was a green tea. For a white tea it has some strength to it. I can taste the marshmallow for sure, not so much the lime. Either way, I actually enjoy this cup of tea.
Picked this up in a stash sell for a friend and I. This doesn’t taste like coffee nor cigarettes, but it does have nice smoky earth like taste that was enjoyable. I can’t pinpoint exactly what I was tasting with language but it was nice. I wish it kind of had a scent of ashtray with a strong burst of brisk coffee to it… oh well, was a nice sipping session either way.
Sipdown (90)! I threw one of these into my Butiki order way back when they first announced they were closing for good :‘( This was my first experience with a flowering tea, so it was pretty exciting watching it unfurl and move around in my clear teapot. In my excitement over finally getting around to steeping a flowering tea, I didn’t realize that this was a green tea. I’m not a huge fan of Chinese green teas, so I’m not going to leave a rating for this one. I will say that it smelled very sharp and this translated to some bitterness in the tea. There were probably some other floral flavors in there somewhere, but I just couldn’t get over that sharpness of the green tea base. No regrets, though, because it was definitely a cool experience.
The second of the Butiki teas I brought to work with me this week. White Rhino is a tea I picked up pretty much as soon as it was released, if I remember correctly. I’ve liked white tea for a long time, and black tea is my all-time, all-consuming favourite, so I was naturally curious to try a white tea reported to share the characteristics of a black tea. I followed the recommended parameters for this one, and gave 2 tsp of leaf approximately 3 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor is a light golden brown, reminiscent of either a seriously overbrewed white or a very light-bodied black. The leaf itself is a most intriguing and beautiful thing – it reminds me a little of a dian hong, with long, tippy, golden-brown leaves that are a little wiry. Some of them have patches of bright white which makes me think of rhino horns. It’s certainly a clearer white than pretty much any other white tea I’ve ever seen, but the only other indication that this is a white tea is that some of the leaves are very downy. It’s safe to say that the dry leaf is very pretty and I found it interesting to contemplate while waiting for the kettle to boil!
To taste, this does remind me more of a black tea than a white, at least on the whole. There are significant notes of sweet malt and a touch of honey in the initial sip, with a touch of sweet potato soon emerging. It’s very smooth, with an almost creamy mouthfeel, and this texture works really well with the intensely sweet, almost marshmallow, note that rounds off the sip. It’s possible to detect elements of white tea in the flavour, such as a mild, almost hay-like, slightly dusty floral in the mid-sip, but these are by no means as prominent as I thought they might be.
I’m really happy with this one, partly because it’s so unique and a little unusual, and partly because it displays the flavours I love most in black teas with the body and characteristics of a white. It’s light, refreshing, and pretty perfect for a warm, spring day like today. Teas like this make me mourn Butiki more than ever, for the quality and variety of teas they stocked, and for their lack of fear in introducing something new and unusual. I can’t say the same about many other companies. This will be another tea I miss when it’s finally gone for good.
I pulled out a couple of untried Butiki’s to being to work with me today – this and White Rhino. I’m trying to resist the urge to hoard them, knowing that I can’t get anymore, but at the same time I don’t want them to get old and lose their flavour. I used 1 tsp of leaf for this cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. The resulting liquor is a pale yellow-gold, and the scent is lightly floral.
The flavour is another matter entirely. There is a hint of floral, yes, but mostly this is pure tropical fruit amazingness. I always knew Butiki’s banana was good (Hello Sweetie, anyone?), but it’s especially clear here. It’s tastes almost a little under ripe; not hopelessly so, but slightly green and still firm. It’s perfectly complemented by the coconut, which adds a sweeter overtone and a mild milky creaminess. There’s a hint of floral in the background, but it’s almost like breathing the air on a caribbean island. Beach flowers, local fauna and flora, caught on a passing breeze. The white base is perfect here. I think it enhances the floral flavour a little, contributing something all its own. To me, it’s almost peony or orchid-like, a gentle tasting but highly fragrant floral.
I’m not typically a fan of floral teas, but this is one I can get behind. It’s not too perfumey or overdone (even though the inspiration behind it was a perfume!), and the floral is an integral part of the experience, rather than an end in itself. The banana/coconut combination is stunningly delicious, and when combined with the other notes it’s just like a summer holiday in a cup! Beautiful and evocative. I’ll definitely be sad when this one is gone from my life.
I’m working from home today, the baby’s at daycare, and I finally have a moment to myself to brew a cup of tea. I swore to myself I wasn’t going to order a bunch of Butiki teas and then let them sit around for months untried. But then I had a baby and all Hell broke loose! The only tea I’ve had in the past 3+ months is Mother’s Milk teabags. I hardly remember what it’s like to have time to enjoy my old ritual of brewing tea: heating water on the stove in my kettle, using a thermometer to get just the right temperature before adding the leaves, waiting for it to steep and then enjoying multiple infusions while musing about what to write in a tea note. Those days of abundant time are gone! I’m lucky if I find time to shower once every couple days. Don’t get me wrong; being a mother is the most rewarding thing I’ve done with my life to date. But I do miss some aspects of life before motherhood, and brewing tea is definitely one of them.
So today I am making some tea and taking the time to enjoy it! I’m so sad Butiki Teas has closed. I managed to place a large order of my favorites (sans Almond Indulgence because it was already sold out) as well as some new-to-me ones before Stacy closed for good. The brewed tea aroma of this one smells amazing! I’m definitely getting cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is WOW! So nuanced and delicious. The flavor seems to evolve throughout the sip, first being cinnamon and vanilla and ending in a lovely, hay-like Bai Mu Dan. Yum! White tea is the perfect base for these flavors. This is good!
I added a tiny bit of Truvia to see how sweetener affects the flavors. Hmm, it really seems to have brought the squash to the forefront. I was missing that before. I’d say the most downplayed element in this tea is the cinnamon. It’s there, but only a quiet whisper complementing the other flavors. This is a really lovely tea. I’d say that I recommend it, but sadly you can no longer buy it. :( But if you’ve been hoarding it like me and have yet to try it, you definitely should!
For those of you who are interested, I’ll write more about the birth of my daughter in another note. For now, here’s some pictures of my Olivia. :)