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Made myself a cup of this to see if I wanted to order some in the big blow-out sale before it runs out. Unfortunately it’s not on the website anymore, so I guess I’m too late. Waaaah.

Pretty nice tea, though. I’m not in the right headspace to analyze flavors and what not, but it’s one that I was hoping to get a bit more of for gongfu sessions.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
455 tasting notes

This is SO up my alley. It is downright juicy in how fruity and sweet it tastes. I love sweet honey notes in tea. I also love the floral aspect that doesn’t overpower anything. The second steep is less sweet and more toasted, which is also a note I love.

Methinks I’m going to be drinking Butiki only until the teas I have enough of get rehomed into tins. For the sake of not adding to the madness, everything in a small enough size is staying in the bags, out of the cabinet, and first on my to-enjoy list. Gotta make the Butiki love last somehow! :)

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Got this from QueenOfTarts from our swap maaaany moons ago. Agh. I’ve been so busy ever since starting at Disney and now I’m starting to drink my teas! It’s been less than a year sooo I think I’m still good :)

It still had the lovely caramel scent to it when its dry. Has that dark liquor when steeping, but as with a lot of the flavoured tea that I I’ve had, the sent has disappeared :(

It’s good, but slightly bitter! Nothing that a touch a milk couldn’t fix :) When I resteep it, probably a cooler temperature water :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Smelling the package, I didin’t think that I would like this blend. Luckily, this was not the case. The corn flowers and freeze-dried blueberries added an extra purple tint to this muddy brown liquor. I have only had Butiki’s 1989 Suncha Puerh in her flavored blends, but I am still really impressed but the subtle earthy richness this tea brings to the table. It’s quite durable, and took 15 steeps before I called it quits. The blueberry was a happy addition throughout almost all the steepings. I felt only a subtle white wine taste to this blend. It was sweet grapes, like a Demi-sec champagne. But if I was not told what was in this tea, I could not have placed the champagne. Sweet white grapes? Yes. Not so much effervescent as I could have imagined.

All in all I am so glad I got to try this tea! So worth it.

Flavors: Blueberry, Char, Earth, Smoke, White Wine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 tsp

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80
drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
1664 tasting notes

Unfortunately technical issues kept me from picking up more of this tea when Butiki was doing their clearance sale. I’d only bought the half-ounce bag the first time around and was hoping to add to my stock. Such is life I guess. And it’s not like I needed to spend any more money on tea this year what with my big trip to the States planned for mid-Feb.

The smell of the dry tea is quite nice, nutmeg and creamy without being artificially strong. As the tea brewed it took on the scent of the green tea base which was quite savory – almost like a soup broth. There’s just the right amount of flavouring to give the tea that distinct rich, lightly spiced flavour. It starts off sweet but the umami notes of the base sneak in a little bit at the end unfortunately. The base is very smooth but the savory notes are maybe a touch to strong. Still a very nice blend and like many of Butiki’s teas I’ll miss it when I run out.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Butiki Teas

We still have Spiced Nog left.

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74
drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
966 tasting notes

I’ve had sleeping issues since I was a kid, but man, is it ever extra annoying to wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to fall back asleep, literally watching the sun rise. I gave up after a few hours, got out of bed, and started doing random little things. Drank some water, then moved onto this tea. The leaf smells very vaguely sweet from the flavouring, yet my nose can distinguish that the base itself is roasty.

Yep. Roasty. The first steep basically tasted like a roasty oolong with a hint of apple sweetness.

The flavours reversed roles in the second steep: sweeter with a hint of roastiness. I did not detect any caramel in either steeps.

The base itself is pretty good but I’m not wild over the additional flavouring, especially since it cannot be easily identified as caramel apple.

DeliriumsFrogs

Insomnia is the worst. :(

Sil

Have you tried an acupuncture mat?

Fjellrev

It sure is. :/

I’ve never heard of them before, Sil. Maybe worth a shot? My insomnia is always due to stress/anxiety/overthinking, though, so not sure if it would help.

Mikumofu

do herbal teas like chamomile help? I haven’t had too much luck with them but they seem effective for others :(

TeaBrat

meditation & exercise seem to help me with insomnia but I have to do them on a regular basis…

Fjellrev

I haven’t tried meditation, but herbals and regular exercise don’t do anything for me either. Thanks for the suggestions, though, everyone!

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90

Finally a good one!

I was surprised at the overall look of the brewed tea- I’ve never had purple tea, so I’m not sure how I came to any expectation. It was light in color, but was definitely a cool toned light bluish purple brown. Cool!

Taste wise it was light and delicious. It isn’t sour, though there is a slight tang, and it is naturally sweet and fragrant. A bit of sugar would surely make this resemble jam.

The second steep is also really great, but I only took a sip. I have a suspicion this will be heavenly cold, so I am letting it sit until after my walk!

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The first words that come to mind while sipping this tea are “exotic” and “mysterious”. I don’t know how much better I can describe it than that, but here goes!

I can taste suggestions of the florals and chocolate in Stacy’s tasting notes, but mostly wood and resin and possibly some spice. The overall effect is a bit like discovering a long-lost temple in the jungles of India and smelling the incense and damp tropical wood interior. It’s quite a deep, dark flavor; more savory than sweet, and full-bodied without being overpowering. There’s enough astringency to give your tongue a bit of a tingle, but not so much that it gives you sandpaper mouth.

Very tasty and very intriguing. Thanks for the trip, Stacy! I can only hope that she will continue to guide us to wonderful weird teas like this after Butiki closes :)

Flavors: Floral, Resin, Spices, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Boomstick by Butiki Teas
447 tasting notes

This tea is tasty. It has a lot of tangerine flavor or flavor from the orange peel. I think it has orange peel in it anyway. The bergamot is on the back burner. That is good because I am not a fan of strong bergamot flavor. Can’t really taste the grapefruit.

I brewed this tea once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 2.5 min.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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If I didn’t know better I might have mistaken this for a Chinese black tea as the flavour was more reminiscent of a Yunnan with those distinctive tobacco-like notes and hints of bitter cocoa. But when the tea cools off a bit the slightly sweet, malty side of the tea becomes apparent. It’s not nearly as malty as some Assams that I’ve tried but it isn’t as harsh either and can easily be drank without milk. It’s a nice tea but personally I think I prefer Butiki’s Taiwanese Assam to this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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My mom is someone who believes that if there aren’t enough leftovers to feed an army, than she did not cook nearly enough. So, when a vegetarian friend of mine came to visit for thanksgiving, my mother found herself stressed over what to make for this friend specifically. To the normal turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes menu, she added a green bean casserole, spaghetti squash, a sweet potato casserole, brussel sprouts (though she cooked it with pancetta so that was added but not vegetarian friendly), and acorn squash coated in cinnamon and brown sugar. This tea reminds me exactly of that dish. All the components are present. The earthy but rich squash, the sweet vanilla, and the hint of cinnamon spice to round everything out. It’s delicious and ever so nostalgic of a fun time. And a side note, she also added two extra turkey breasts and a ham to that particular Thanksgiving dinner, despite only my vegetarian friend joining us. Our 16 pound bird never even made it to the table.

Roswell Strange

Wow; even in my own household growing up I never got special Thanksgiving alternatives! The last three years living at home I, respectively, had a PB&J Sandwich, Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets, and cheese pizza. The rest of the (relatively non-vegetarian friendly) meal was unchanged. I should come to your house for Thanksgiving next year!

Cheri

I would make sure you had something good to eat if you were at my house for Thanksgiving, but you would have to come on US Thanksgiving, Ros.

I have this tea but I haven’t tried it yet. Your description makes it sound really yummy, VariaTEA. Maybe tonight!

VariaTEA

Roswell, I lived with a vegetarian (now vegan) for quite some time so I learned quite a few recipes and found many vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants. If you ever come visit, you will have no problem being fed.

And Cheri, make sure you drink it while its still hot because as it cools, it just does not taste as good :(

Cheri

Thanks for the heads up!

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Anise. All I am getting is anise. No pear. No jasmine. No candies. Just anise. The power of hate….when you don’t like something, it seems to be the only thing you can taste. Nonetheless, I am grateful for the sample so thank you Kittenna for passing on a bit.

rosebudmelissa

I really like anise, but it doesn’t sound like it would work well with pear and jasmine

Stephanie

I dislike anise as well VariaTEA

VariaTEA

@rosebudmelissa – I personally didn’t like this because of the anise but in spite of that, it seemed like someone who enjoys anise would be pleased with it.

@Stephanie – I’m glad I’m not the only one. It seems like its one of those love it or hate it flavors and I have obviously fallen on the hate side of things.

rosebudmelissa

I would say that I’ll put it on my list of things to try, but with Butiki closing I’ll probably never get the chance.

Roswell Strange

As someone who enjoys anise, I personally thought it was too strong as well. Just for the record ;)

VariaTEA

I cut the steeping time down, as per Kittenna’s suggestion which I think may have helped reign in some of the anise but still, it was not for me.

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Well, I’m back in Saskatoon now! Have been for a little over a day now; when Mom and I drove back in we went out for lunch and then grocery shopping since I didn’t have anything fresh in the fridge – I’d made sure to eat all the major perishables before leaving.

It was a good trip overall! Lots of tea soda; and revisiting The Hundred. And, my last night in the city we went and saw the last Hobbit movie at the theater. I didn’t really get to visit with a lot of people I used to work with (the staff is so drastically different now) but there were a few people there who I used to work with. It was melancholy being back again; I have a lot of fond memories from working there and made a lot of great friends, but near the end I was in a really bad state of mind and being in the same building and seeing some of the same people sort of made that flood back a little.

Saskatoon’s home now – and that’s a good thing. This is where I need to be.

As for the tea; this was the first thing I brewed up when I got home. I brought it with to Regina, but between all the tea soda I never really had the chance to make it. Sadly, I ended up so caught up in unpacking and settling back in that I didn’t even start drinking this one until it was cold, and even then I wasn’t paying attention at all. All I remember is this sort of soft cinnamon flavour.

But, I have enough of this left to enjoy several more cups so I’ll come back and review it sometime when I’m paying more attention and I’ll write a more proper review. Withholding my rating for obvious reasons.

Anyway, it’s good to be home!

Flavors: Cinnamon

Stephanie

Welcome back :)

OMGsrsly

Hobbitses!

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Sooo tried this one yesterday, but had to stop drinking it half way through becuase my body decided that I wasn’t already miserable enough pain wise, so I randomly got nauseous. >>
Don’t know how much I qualify for writing a tasting note, but I don’t want to hurry and drink it again because I need to qualify for writing a tasting note. xD I’d rather just save it for a special occasion.
Anyway, the point is, I have to save this tea for special occasions because like the other tea that I ordered, it’s pretty stinkin’ good, and I need to savor it.
The dry leaf aroma is definitely stronger than the steeping aroma. I opened my Butiki box and I was hit by the banana smell. xD It was crazy-haha!
When I was drinking it I mainly tasted bananas and some notes of walnut here and there. Not much butterscotch. But that’s probably because I could only drink half of the mug :( Sad times…. :( Health issues really suck sometimes.
But that half of a mug was still really delicious. And I am sure I will thoroughly enjoy it when I drink it more. This one also makes me wish that Stacey wasn’t leaving. xD
And this definitely helped her go out with a bang too!
This tea is such a win!
Thank you so much for making this-this one is really going to make everyone miss you even more, Stacey! D:

Flavors: banana, Fruity, Sweet, Walnut

Butiki Teas

So glad you enjoyed this. Sorry to hear that your health issues were acting up.

Sil

i have clearly missed something…. qualify for writing a tasting note?

Ost

Well yeah, it just kinda seems lame to be rating an amazing tea when I was only able to drink half a cup. Haha I don’t know, I just feel extra lame when my health issues ruin things like this, Sil! It’s hard to explain haha

Sil

aaah! no i can follow that. it was just you wrote a note like that and then like 3 other ppl had stacy notes and i was like shit? do i have to qualify for the sale by writing a note? what did i miss!!!!!

Ost

Haha oh no! I’m sorry for the confusion, Sil!!!

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AHHHHHHH THIS FREAKIN’ TEA.
Way to go out with a bang, Stacy!
First off the oolong base is just so perfect for this tea. It adds to the kind of nutty flavor that reminds me of almonds. Plus since the Maple Pecan tea had an oolong base, it was very fitting that this maple tea also has an oolong base.
Anyway, when I opened the bag all I could smell was waffles and syrup. Don’t know if there was an actual waffle flavoring added to this tea, but the dry leaf smell was seriously spot on!
When I was steeping it, the aroma mellowed out some, but was still strong.
But when I began drinking it, I was hit by all the flavors at once. Not even joking-this tea is super strong. Ridiculously sweet-in a good way!
It literally tastes like waffles and maple syrup in liquid form, with a hint of nuttiness. I seriously don’t know how she does it, but this tea is a freakin’ masterpiece.
You don’t even need sweetener! It’s that sweet.
This tea is absolutely delicious. I probably won’t be able to get more but mannn I am going to savor what I have.
In conclusion, this is another win from Butiki!
Stacy-you have done it again! Mann we will all miss you so much. Thank you for this amazing tea-you are certainly going out with a bang!!

Flavors: Almond, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Sweet

Butiki Teas

Hahaha. It is Stacy but I never correct anyone since even my relatives spell my name wrong. We did add waffle flavoring to this one. Really happy with this one. I feel like it was one of the best that I’ve done. :)

Ost

Haha I must change the spelling! I saw it spelled with an “e” in it on one note and then it just got in my head-haha! I’m sorry! XD And it’s definitely one of my favorite teas I’ve had from you-thank you soo soo much again!!!

Tea Sipper

AH! Can’t wait to try mine! Should be here tomorrow! I had to order three of the new teas. :D

Ost

Yah! Can’t wait to see your notes, Tea Sipper!!

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Very vegetal, with a rather strong charred note like grilled asparagus or some other green vegetable. Quite similar to what I recall the Rwanda Rukeri tasting like. Pleasant mouthfeel – at the end of the sip, there’s a drying sensation on the tongue, but not so much that your mouth feels sandpapery.

Judging from the African greens I’ve had from Butiki, they may not be my thing. I do tend to like vegetal flavors, but this might be a little much for me!

Flavors: Char, Grilled Food, Vegetal

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
274 tasting notes

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Dry leaf: smells like freshly ground coffee beans, a light touch of hay, strong earthy notes, and a touch of smoke.

Liquor Color: deep dark brown.

Notes: I instantly fell in love with this tea. I am in trouble, because it is all that I will ever have. Even though I have only tried it once, I can have already been hunting for another coffee-flavored puerh to add lapsang souchong to. About the LS in this tea, I personally think it could stand to be a little more present in this tea. You know me, I really like my smoky flavors! The coffee flavoring is spot on as well. It is like a fresh brewed cup of dark roast coffee with the addition of a very light smoke.

I gongfu’d this tea, and was able to infuse it 16 times before giving it a rest. The earth and wet wood flavor carried the whole way through, as well as that coffee flavoring. I remember from pumpkin butterscotch coffee that the coffee did linger longest in the brew. The smoke fizzled out within maybe 10 steepings. This was a very good shou puerh base!

I shared the first eight steepings with my ever-patient boyfriend. I rinsed for five seconds. I left the room to grab a pitcher of water and heard my boyfriend exclaim, “Wow, this really does taste like coffee and cigs!”
“But I haven’t made the first cup yet!” I shouted back, confused as hell. Turns out he had drank the rinse that I had left in the cha hai LOL. I tried to explain to him that the water from the rinse was not good, and meant for only your worst enemies, but he didn’t seem to understand.

I don’t know about this, but part of me wants to add cream to this tea as if it was actual coffee. I want to know if anyone has done this, and… is that even a good idea? :P

Flavors: Char, Coffee, Earth, Smoke

Preparation
3 g
Butiki Teas

Hahaha, Ewwww he drank the rinse water. Initially, this tea did have more Lapsang but ultimately I decreased the amount after hearing what some customers thought. This is actually a shou/sheng blend from 1989 though it is heavy on the shou. My best friend drinks this with cream. I haven’t tried it but she thinks it works.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
274 tasting notes

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I realise that pumpkin spice is kind of an autumnal flavour profile, but after a really good think about what I should be wanting to drink in January, I couldn’t really get beyond this. It fits the cold weather: it’s spicy and creamy and warm and I’m definitely tasting the pumpkin, with lashings of cinnamon and nutmeg. Honestly, this is kind of just the sort of thing I want to have year-round anyway. It’s gorgeous.

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I am not loving this tea. It does taste somewhat like brandy, but on a sour note. It’s not terrible, I just don’t like it. This one never even made it into my cupboard because I only bought an ounce.

I steeped this one time in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 4 min.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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60
drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
53 tasting notes

This is disappointing. I don’t get really any white chocolate flavour, even tho there are a few some small white choc chips in the bag. It’s just an average tasting, a bit bitter black tea. Tastes like a very basic decent grocery store black brand.

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