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After discovering that I actually don’t dislike all white teas (thanks to a profound experience with a midnight white), I am now getting into silver needle tea. Which, admittedly, I like less than midnight whites. But they are now becoming enjoyable to me whereas before I drank white tea and assumed it was all a big trick and the joke was on me for buying a tea that tasted like the water I brewed it in.

So this tea… When I first poured the water over the dry leaf to steep it, it gave off a very weird dry/old grassy type scent? That is not completely accurate but my brain was not able to place exactly what it was but “dry/old grassy type scent” is in the arena. It wasn’t pleasant. But a funny thing happened. As I was down there sniffing over and over again, trying to place the scent, the scent changed on me. It opened up into a little more of a sweet, semi floral fragrance.

The first steep (1 min) yielded another oddity. The only two things I can think of while sipping is that it tastes like sweet corn and apple jacks. As gross as that combo sounds, this actually works to make a semi-sweet and silky liquor. Very interesting.

Subsequent steeps stay in this same vein, at least for the next 3. This is a tea that, with a limited experience with silver needles, has me intrigued for more.

Flavors: Apple, Corn Husk, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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90

Having actually had a lemon macaron before in France, I had high expectations for this.

Butiki hits the mark. So lovely and light and refreshing; clearly a good white tea base too. I also appreciate that this is very, very old and has been sitting in my cupboard for a few years. Added flavouring diminishes with time so I imagine a fresh blend of this would send me to heaven.

And I don’t even usually drink white teas.

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95

Gadzooks! Despite its age and having moved with me at least twice before I finally tried it, this is an astonishingly good tea. I picked it out of my cabinet because I was in the mood for a good green but sencha felt like too much work. I thought it was a green based on the name and some vague memory, but the leaves are rolled into tight little balls like an oolong, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. After brewing this in my glass gong fu teapot (2 tsps, 4 oz, boiling water per instructions, 90 seconds), I let it cool for a bit while I read the new Black Panther. Has anyone else been following this? It’s quite interesting, though I have some qualms about the way it seems to be using the trope of man-hating lesbians (hint: there’s really no good way to use this trope, especially when those are the only LGBTQ+ people in the storyline). Anyway, I was engrossed in the book and absentmindedly reached for the tea. And this tea is so good that it knocked me out of the book. I barely even have tasting notes because I gulped it down so fast. It’s green and vegetal and glorious. Green beans with a hint of sweetness that lingers on the palate. Ever so slightly dry, but in a way that fits with and accentuates the vegetal notes. Just… wonderful. I’m reminded that Stacy had a knack for finding great straight teas in addition to her serious blending talent. We miss you, Stacy!

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100

This is a spectacular cup. So very smooth with several levels of something approaching chocolate made with oodles of clotted cream.

Thank you, Tigress_al, for sharing this stellar thing. Delicious.

Edit—The first two steepings were truly truly lovely, but the third one just didn’t make it. I wonder whether it is the age or the tea. It doesn’t matter really because the first two were over the top memorable and for that, I am profoundly grateful.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Inkling

How I miss this one! And Butiki in general…

Daylon R Thomas

Lord, but it’s THE Assam of Steepster.

Evol Ving Ness

Sadly, I got involved in swirling vortex of tea obsession just one month after Butiki closed. How sad is that!

I am on my third steeping, though currently it is still too hot to drink. I can’t be sure, but I imagine that the third cup will still be more than lovely.

This day of tea has enthralled me to the extent that off I went seeking a premium grade Taiwanese Assam to satisfy myself with. Any ideas?

On that journey, I discovered that that Jin Xuan you like by What-Cha, Daylon R. Thomas, is on sale. So, your time is now.

Daylon R Thomas

I joined around the same time: just one month after it closed. Ironically, this caused me to go on a search for high end Taiwaneese Assams beginning with What-Cha. I’m not sure if they have any in stock, but I have written a few reviews on them here. Two other places to look are Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company, maybe Zen Tea, Taiwan Sourcing, and Taiwan Tea Crafts. There might be better answers, but that’s what I can do for now. And yeah, I hoped onto that sale recently.

Daylon R Thomas

I have not idea how it will compare.

Inkling

Thanks for the recommendations, Daylon! I may have to try a Sun Moon Lake Assam sometime soon.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Daylon, for the list! And hold me back, Taiwan Tea Crafts alone has seven, SEVEN, Sun Moon Assams. Yeah, way expensive hobby.

Daylon R Thomas

That’s why I posted the one with the high review. If they are available on What-Cha, I’d personally go with them since you are going to get a tea good either western or gong fu. And it’s one of my favorite companies.

Evol Ving Ness

But seriously, the lot number is missing, so there is no telling which one it is. This will be my first order with them, but you had sent me a couple from them in your care package, which I am still enjoying.

Evol Ving Ness

Err, sorry, the lot numbers are on TTC, not What-Cha. I didn’t notice that What-Cha had any Assams currently in stock. Or I was blinded by the high mountain oolongs, or something.

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This review might be a little unfair because this tea is old by the first time I am drinking it. While that may be good for the puerh, it certainly can’t be good for the flavoring.

The aroma of the dry leaf is cinnamon and earth. The smell of the wet leaf adds vanilla, nuts, and light clove. The tea actually does smell like a creamy pumpkin pie.

The brew is creamy and sweet. I don’t really taste the Irish part of the cream. I enjoy the way the spices mix with the nutty earthiness of the puerh. There is something that comes across as borderline fake in the flavor, but it doesn’t linger, so it’s tolerable.

The brew gets a lot nuttier and a little sour in subsequent steeps. Oversteeping causes it to become chalky, astringent, and undrinkable..

As the tea dies, it becomes a light kind of cream soda root beer flavor.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Creamy, Earth, Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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A sample from the lovely Courtney.

Roasty, sweet in a vaguely fruity way. Yum!

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My dumdum jerkface cat basically knocked an entire mug of this tea into my lap. He managed to spill almost the whole mug, give me two minor burns, AND get my new copy of March wet. All is not lost, however. I got two more steeps out of the leaves (priorities!). This blend is nice and creamy, but I’m too distracted to give it a full assessment. Happy Friday!

Fjellrev

That jerk!

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87

This tea is tasty. Double-tasty with a little vanilla cashew milk.

I’m so sad that I never got to experience Butiki teas. I miss this tea company like I miss the Library of Alexandra: I never got to experience it firsthand. But I wish I had. (Can you imagine a library like that? OMG. Also, the Maesters’ library in Game of Thrones. Why isn’t it real? Sign a sister up).

I would pour a little of this tea out for my homies, but it shouldn’t be wasted. Sorry, homies.

mtchyg

I agree with all of these statements. 1) I have heard so many good things about Butiki teas but came into the game too late to try any of them. 2) Being a bibliophile who is known to frequent libraries and book stores just for the sole purpose of being surrounded by books, I have long imagined the Library of Alexandra and near needed a moment to collect myself with the Maesters library scene in GoT.

Plum and Brandy and Cheesecake. Never would have thought to combine those things but they all sound tasty.

Super Starling!

Mitch, at one point I was having a Mental Stress Moment, and I went into Michael’s (craft store) for about an hour. I didn’t buy a thing. I just needed to study markers for a while until I settled back down. I also do this in other craft stores, pet stores, and book stores. Studying items until I don’t think about the thing in question.

mtchyg

Yeah, that sounds about right. On date nights, I would say at least 50% of the time, my wife and I end up in a book store, even if just for a short amount of time.

Cathy Baratheon

What I wouldn’t give to see the Citadel!
Not that we’d be allowed in, yknow being women and all..

Super Starling!

Cathy, we’re just going to cut our hair and draw on some dapper mustaches and walk RIGHT ON IN THERE. “Maesters in training. Usual guy stuff. (fake ball scratch) Gotta go learn. Bye.”

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87

Thanks to rosehips!

Creamy! Plum-y! MAYBE brandy-y, but I don’t know, because I don’t drink brandy!

It is rich and melodic, like the singing of the performer Brandy! Does that count?

note before adding milk This is a really weird mix that works. It’s got that veggie/fruit/black tea base, with the creamy upper notes and aftertaste. With some flowers in the middle, just the tiniest bit. I’m not sure I’d have noticed this if I hadn’t seen the flowers in the mix.

note after adding vanilla almond milk Oh yes. Totally getting the cheesecake now. I’m not usually one of those people that involves milk in the process (I like my tea like I like my presidents) but wow. This rounds it out and brings out the sweetness. It also makes the floral notes stand out more. I think this time if you blindfolded me, I might have guessed that they were there.

I wonder how much plum is actually in this.

Is this going to have any effect on my digestive system? Because everything is fine right now, and I don’t want to disrupt it.

Too late to fret about that now. The science experiment has begun.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Fruity, Molasses, Plums, Vegetal

Rosehips

Yay! I’m glad you like this one. I like it a lot, too.

mtchyg

“Is this going to have an effect on my digestive system? Because everything is fine right now and I don’t want to disrupt it.” Hahaha nice.

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100

Beautiful tea. Exactly what it says it is and tastes like just that. Truly beautiful as is.

Thanks, tigress_al, for sending me some to try. This cup is a real pleasure.

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Cream

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

…and now it’s gone :(

Evol Ving Ness

Tea teaching about the ephemera of life.

tigress_al

It was a beautiful tea!

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86

Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black is a tasty black tea. I had it two times. I prefer this tea because i like its flavours. I suggest this tea for my friends.
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Flavors: Honey, Sweet Potatoes, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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75

My kitchen smells like I’m baking something delicious when I brew this tea! The sweet, creamy vanilla is the most prominent note in both aroma and flavor, followed by a light, natural cinnamon flavor and a bit of nuttiness which I’m guessing is the squash, though it doesn’t really scream squash for me. Personally, I’d call it Vanilla Cinnamon Cookie instead, but whatever you call it, it’s yummy! This is one of just 3 Butiki blends remaining in my stash. I know I should sip them down before they completely lose their flavor, but I’m dreading the day when there’s no Butiki left in my cupboard…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutty, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

Delicious. Oaky and woody and it smelled like cocoa (but oddly didn’t taste like it to me). Awesome.

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Dang, looks like I didn’t write a note about this at all. I really can’t honestly say what it was like…. disappointing. I’m trying to be better about writing notes (again!)

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