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Some days you just wake up craving something sweet and rich. This is apparently my answer to that craving, and I’ve had it more than I thought I guess because I’m almost out. :(
It tastes and smells like those soft vanilla caramels that I could just eat forever and ever. I may not really be a chocolate girl, but vanilla and caramel? Yes please. I had some plain today (I don’t know if I’ve ever done that before) and it was fantastically textured, too. I didn’t need any creamer at all for it to be sweet and smooth. The Taiwanese assam has a good deal to do with this, I’m sure, because it is an exceptional tea in its own right.
I think I’m going to have to order this again when I run out. It’s not a strictly vanilla tea but I like it very much as an option for decadence in the morning.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Cream, Vanilla
I got a little more ginger this time than in my first cup. It’s a great combination with the strawberry — a little hint of spice among the sweetness, a warmth at the back of the throat. The strawberry is slightly candy-like on first sip; light, fresh, juicy wonderfulness. I was surprised how pale the liquor was, but there’s no compromising on taste here. The green tea is fairly indistinguishable, but that’s okay — it just allows the rest of the flavours to take centre stage! I love this one, and can see it becoming a summer favourite. A definite restock!
Sipdown! Although I never really got pumpkin from this, I did grow to enjoy the sweet cinnamon-y blend. I didn’t quite have enough to make a full teapot this morning so I added a touch of H & S Vanilla to it and it came out quite nicely. I am doing well clearing out my autumn-type blends finally. Goodbye for now Pumpkin Creme Brulee!
Backlog from a couple of days ago.. been a busy week, but good.
I pulled this out of my sample stash thinking I wanted something green.. weird for me, but glad for it as I’ve been hoping to come around more to them.
This one I’ve had before… trying to stretch the sample MissB sent me because this one is smooth creamy vanilla goodness. It will likely go on my shopping list when I finally place an order from Butiki :) Again I got a nice creamy vanilla cup where the green tea base serves to compliment the flavors and there are no grassy vegetal notes for me… just smooth and lite. Bumping up my rating a bit because I just enjoyed it so much this time. Yum!
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla
Cold Brew: I’m still trying to find a replacement for my beloved Coconut Grove and this was the next tea up in the list of potential replacements. All in all, I think it cold brewed for about 15 hours?
Going into this cold brew I knew this blend would have a place in my cupboard either way. It’s really good hot!
However, this actually made for a really good cold brew. It was weird, I really got the “pudding like” filling quality that made it almost believable that I was eating ‘pie guts’. And then the crust like, almost “graham” component was exaggerated as well. I really, really enjoyed this as a cold brew and I will totally have it that way again!
Now, down to the real business… Is it a good Coconut Grove replacement?
Well, both were/are amazing, but although they both include coconut as a main ingredient I really don’t find them that comparable. Coconut Grove is incredibly light and tropical and this was a bit heavier and much more dessert like. So, I guess my search still continues…
THIS FREAKIN TEA SMELLS LIKE ROOT BEER FLOAT. LIKE LEGIT ROOT BEER FLOAT. NOT REGULAR ROOT BEER, BUT IT SMELLS LIKE LEGIT ROOT BEER WITH A SCOOP OF VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM.
THANKS A TON TO NAYLYNN FOR SENDING ME SOME OF THIS TEA BECAUSE OH MY GOSH I SMELLS AMAZING DRY AND AS IT STEEPS AND IT TASTES LIKE ROOT BEER FLOAT OH MY GOSH IT EVEN HAS THE CARBONATION FEEL TO IT
I’M GOING TO KEEP THIS TEA FOREVER AND I’M LEGIT GOING TO CRY IF I EVER RUN OUT HOW HAVE I LIVED LIFE WITHOUT THIS TEA
110% WOULD RECOMMEND. THIS TEA IS FREAKIN PERFECT
Its been a while since I had a cup of this, but I have sent the last of it off, so I wanted to record my thoughts. The flavors in this didn’t quite do it for me. I remember the tea being pretty heavy on the rooibos and light on flavor. I wanted more out of this. I am also finding that coconut and tea for me, might not be my favorite combination. I am glad that I got to try this one. I am also glad I have been able to pass this along to some folks that will enjoy it much more than I.
I think I am on the fence on this one. I like it parts of it, but I am not sure about others. I love the rhubarb and the strawberry along with the vanilla undertones. I absolutely think of a fruit pie when I am drinking it. However, there is a little bit of astringency in the base tea that I am not crazy about. I think I need to play with it a little bit and see if I can bring out the top notes and mellow the base.
For now, I am not going to rate this tea, I think I need to drink a few more cups before I make a final decision.
Thank you Stacy for this lovely sample tea you provided me in my last order. A lot of white teas are not very well understood by me, or perhaps they are too light for my palate. I’m not getting all of the tasting notes that other people are getting, but I do think this has a good flavor of almonds and cream with a nice sweetness in the finish. I am definitely getting some fruit but not so sure if it’s cherry. If I was going to keep another white tea around in my stash, this might be a serious contender. I’ve really enjoyed trying it and it’s nice on this sunny afternoon.
1 tbsp used for 375 ml
Sweet, smooth, vegetal, and creamy. I can see how this tea is a great complement to eggnog flavouring. I’m detecting a very nice slight lemon-type note- very unique!
Thanks to Kittenna for sharing with me!
Flavors: Lemon Zest
MEGA PUMPKIN! I quite enjoyed this oolong blend. This tea has a very natural tasting pumpkin flavor over a malty, almondy oolong base with a soft creamy finish.
Love the pumpkin flavor – this is the most pumpkiny flavored tea I’ve had so far! I thought it would be more creamy, but this tea is still pretty delicious. With sweetener, there is a bit of a caramel flavor going on. Pumpkin 2.0 also does a good resteep!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/pumpkin-milkshake-2-0-butiki-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
This was a super generous sample from Stacy (I only see now it says it’s not eligible as a sample but she sent me one anyway because I mentioned it, eeek and whoops). Big ups!
I’ve been curious about this one for a while, because I had no idea such a thing was being made at all in Japan. It’s not like other pu erhs I’ve tried (granted, I’m still a newb). It has a rather strong brown rice element, kind of nutty and grainy, with a mildly sour-sweet finish. I can see what they’re getting at when they mention chestnut—there’s a mouthfeel at the end of the sip that has that sort of creamy-grainy texture which, combined with the nutty brown rice flavor, evokes chestnuts, particularly that…I don’t have a good word for it, not quite plasticky but you know…that element chestnuts have other nuts don’t (some people dislike that part, but I love it!). (ETA: I think this is perhaps the same thing Sil is ingeniously describing as “tasting like the texture of a prune”, yes.) Never had a tea quite like this one, where it has a sweetness and cleanness, yes, but it almost feels savory somehow. And the copy’s right; this also mysteriously manages to feel like something to get your motor going like old fashioned gas station coffee, but I can’t quite describe why or how because it doesn’t resemble a brisk black tea at all (something about it reminds me a teensy bit of either the Khongea Assam or the Four Season Oolong though, which both have that deep but specific, “narrow” “blackness” too).
It might just be fanciful notions racing in the head thanks to knowing it’s from Japan (you know how that can be!), but something about this also makes me think of big spreads of Korean or Japanese dishes, pickled and fermented vegetables and a big basket full of steaming rice…salty fish broth…seaweed wrappers and buckwheat noodles. Like I’m in the back room of the Korean restaurant my college TA worked at, smelling steam that smells like all those ingredients that go in those dishes—rice, sesame, fresh clean smelling fish. It’s not that it actually smells or tastes like these things. But somehow it makes me think of those meals and those kitchens. I’m guessing it’s that powerful roasted rice element.
I also think Terri is on the money when she mentions hojicha (and someone else mentioned genmaicha, yes) and sourdough. (I love when other Steepsters are better at IDing things I can taste and smell but can’t shuffle through my mental archives precisely enough to name myself!)
Pouring it from my gongfu glass teapot, I notice the color through the spout is marvelously reddish-pink-tinged, almost like rose wine. Collected in the cup, it’s a bright burnt sienna, reddish-brown umbery tones.
I’m really glad I got to try it. It grows on me the more I sit here. I think it’d be delicious with or after a big Korean or Japanese meal.
This tea stopped me in my tracks….2 teaspoons…ok. I went to stick my measuring spoon in the bag and came back up with 4 little shards. Tried again….5 little shards. DANG! This is leaves!! How in the world am I going to measure 2 teaspoons when the leaves are too big and go across the measuring spoon instead of IN it?? Those of you that follow me know I have had issues with “steeping exactness” in the past, but this was a new one. So I guessed. Not exactly what you should do when you are planning on writing a review of a tea, but the leaves had me curious. So take this review with a grain of salt, until one of my “followers” helps me figure out how to measure this tea correctly. :) Onward~ this tea smells very different from the upgrade version. This has more bottom notes…more malt, more raisin, more dark caramel. I still have a cold, so I can’t give any top note info, but PTA is very much a Butiki tea. Lots of lovely notes for your nose and your tongue, very little astringency (with the steep I did anyhow) and the hallmark of a good tea….it’s already making me look forward to my next cup (and I still have half of this one left!) No number rating being given due to my cold and my steep issue. I will update soon!
Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Raisins
Hello, Sweetie (I can’t drink this without imagining that little mischievous smile of River’s….).
The leaf is pure decadence. Baked banana, cream, and brown sugar float up to meet your nose. To say it’s delightful just doesn’t cut it.
What surprises me the most is how pure the banana smells…. real, true banana! Not artificial in any way…. and bananas are good(9th Doctor reference…) when they’re not plastic-like yellow runts (ifjuly, I will use banana runts as my prime example of artificial flavour for the rest of my life. thank you. lol).
The magic in this cup is of Willy Wonka proportions—so fantastic that your senses cry out “FICTIONAL!” But, they’re instantly silenced by your brain assuring them that “No, this is very, very real….. now enjoy.” :)
The coconut is more pronounced in the aroma of the fully steeped cup, which is like the second act in this whole experience.
Finally to the actual tasting of the tea…. The layers of flavour are inexplicably amazing. The balance of them all is perfection. The caramel playing around in the back is the type of caramel that has been taken to the darkest, but still not bitter, form… creamy and complex. It has a ‘baked good’ feel, but baked by someone who really knows what they’re doing…. hints of flambeed bananas, and subtle coconut… It’s happiness in a cup, and I know that sounds cheesy, but it really is.
I can’t possibly feel stressed out by life when I’m sipping this tea….. :)
This is my morning cup. I have taken to just letting the boiled water cool a lot before steeping to avoid any risk of astringency. Therefore I always have an awesome cup of creamy black tea.
On another note, I feel like crap but I’m not full-blown sick. Bleh. I picked up a bunch of oranges, so freshly squeezed orange juice will be plentiful today.
This is actually a sipdown from NayLynn, but not to worry since I got more of this tea from VariaTEA!
Last time I had this, I totally messed it up because I added more peppermint. I felt like it was going to be too chocolatey? Ahh well. Just having this tea straight, no more additions!
It smells wonderfully of coco though so I kinda love it for that.
This is a nice tea! Nice and refreshing from the hints of peppermint, but it does have a bold flavour to it with the added coco. I’ve never had Marshmallow Leaf before so I don’t know how it tastes like, but this blend does work very well :)
Hello Sweetie? Hello Amazing! This was fantastic! Rich, but not too rich. The caramel, the coconut, the banana, it all balances out so beautifully. With just a hint of sugar, I feel like I am having a lovely indulgent cup of dessert. I didn’t immediately think to scoop up a banana coconut tea, but this is amazing. I loved my sample and have already ordered some to throw in my cupboard!
My first “tea cocktail” type thing. I think I may have used a bit too much vodka; it’s really strong! Though, I’m new to this so I know some experimentation is definitely in order.
Basically we’re looking at: 2 tsp. of tea (no bunny grahms; I thought it’d be weird to steep them in the vodka), two shots of straight vodka, and a splash of wildberry vodka.
And you know what, aside from the pretty intense/strong vodka (which is burning my chest a bit) this isn’t that bad. The Ruby Pie is surprisingly present despite the powerful taste of alcohol; if I were to serve this to my roommate I can pretty much guarantee that he’d taste the strawberry in it. Maybe the rhubarb? That’s a little less clear, though. I think the wildberry vodka in this maybe cancels it out?
Of course, he wouldn’t like it because he hates strawberries… But he’d taste it!
I feel so very “adult” drinking this.
I’ve tweaked my measurements a little, and I now have a cup of Vanilla Vodka and DT’s Creme Brulee going the the fridge. Maybe I’ll have that one later tonight?
Wow, the brewed tea aroma is really interesting. It’s unlike anything else I’ve tried. I’ve been making a lot of smoothies lately with my Vitamix (a present from my stepmother that I absolutely adore), and I swear this tea smells exactly like a fresh, ripe banana! Wow, but the taste??! OMG! It’s insane! I thought for sure that I would detest this, seeing as how I generally despise banana-flavored teas. Don’t ask me why. Bananas in a smoothie? Totally fine. Bananas in tea? Yuck, gag, cough, sputter. It doesn’t make logical sense, but then again, I’m human. I don’t have to. :P I’m in quite a mood today, so please forgive my weirdness. Actually, I guess I’m always weird so today is just an abnormally high level of weirdness. Okay, long digression. Back to the tea!
This tastes amazing. I don’t know what this base is, but it is divine! Smooth, flavorful, maybe a hint of malt, but mostly smooth cocoa, bread-y deliciousness! Then the real, authentic, true, ripe banana flavor comes in and mixes with some other element. Floral butter? If that’s a thing, then yes, this tea tastes like cocoa banana bread with floral butter spread. Mmmm! If that doesn’t make your mouth water, then I don’t know what will. There’s also a hint of something almost spicy, like catching a whiff of the spice cabinet without actually tasting anything definitively.
Seeing as how I wasn’t expecting to like this tea at all, I’m that much more impressed that I like it sans additions. This tea is lively and aromatic all by itself. No additives required. As the cup cools, the end of the sip leans toward the bitter end of the spectrum without quite reaching it, so I definitely recommend a 3-minute steeping time. Anything more and I think it may reach full bitterness (without milk to calm it anyway).
Now I’m kicking myself for sitting on this sample from JustJames for so long. I really must thank you, sir, for being such a kind tea sharer. And Stacy!! You are a tea blending magician! I don’t know how you made this, but it is magic in a cup. The added flavorings are so subtle yet impactful. They blend with the base so perfectly that I can’t tell where the flavorings stop and the base begins. Well done, Stacy, well done. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to try this. Thank you, JustJames!! This tea really lifted my spirits today.
I’m back into this tea again today… it is such a complex warm-flavoured assam with great notes of sweet potato, malt, baking bread…mmmmmmmm… not so much raisin today, as I had to use a nasal spray for sinus allergies and I fear the meds are killing some of the delicate deliciousness…but truly, it’s just what the doctor ordered. If you’re used to Assams being IN YOUR FACE black tea, surprise yourself with this one. I doubt you’ll regret it.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Raisins, Sweet Potatoes