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Yum! Very yum for a tisane! I’m usually less excited about tisanes versus teas with Camellia sinensis, but, I do manage to find quite a few tisanes that I enjoy. This one I definitely enjoyed!
Very minty, with a nice chocolate-y note and the marshmallow gives it a fluffy creaminess that really makes this taste a lot like the candy bar.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/09/16/peppermint-patty-herbal-tisane-butiki-teas/
another tea from this afternoon…i wanted some form of “juicier” tea that i could drink while i waited on my other half to bring me gingerale heh. Also…on a random side note..what’s up with there being no cranberry gingerale at the stores this holiday? I haven’t seen it anywhere except as the PC generic brand…i want my canada dry cranberry gingerale!
uh…so anyway…this tea? delicious and exactly what i needed! :)
I love cilantro. It is one of my favorite garnishes, and I love to cook with it. So, this tea intrigued me when I first saw it. I knew I had to try it. And, I love it, just as I expected to.
I used a larger than normal amount and steeped for only 30 seconds for this tasting, but it’s a very flexible tea that is really good steeped many different ways. This tea doesn’t easily become bitter.
For me the flavor is mostly cilantro with a hint of cream and a delicious white tea base. The pineapple comes through as a generic tropical fruit note in the background. And, I love it.
Sipdown of a sample from the wonderful Terri!
I’m just back from a week in Berlin, and it seems that I have brought winter back with me: it is finally cold and rainy in Tel Aviv. When I say cold, I of course mean relatively cold – it’s 14 degrees outside. Nevertheless, I took the opportunity to drink three cups of tea this evening. This is the final cup, a delicate golden yellow Darjeeling, with fine, long, greyish green leaves that become a peaceful olive green when married with hot water.
You nose is greeted with a gentle citrus scent, and you expect great things from this tea.
And then you are disappointed. This tea is not astringent, but when brewed as recommended turns bitter, and bites you back. It can’t take milk, so I resorted to sugar to ease down the taste.
It does not sparkle as a good Darj does, and the lovely, sweet and elusive muscatel of a really good Darjeeling is nowhere to be found. It tastes more like a green tea, than a beautiful Darj, and so it went down sorely disappointing.
Terri – I completely agree with your Haiku – not a favourite, to say the least.
I’m not gonna write poetry (like James), although I have been known to on occasion, lol. Let’s just say that this was perfect with a breakfast of scones, bacon, & a little broccoli omelet. And morning is over…already.
I made a batch of paleo scones. I needed a nice strong Assam, something malty & yummy. This was it :)
It’s cold. There’s snow. I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. It must be December.
But anyway! Thank you, thank you Short Sorceress!
Eggnog is easily one of my favorite parts of the winter months, but it’s not exactly health food. And usually sits heavy and uncomfortably in my stomach. This tastes like silky vanilla custard with a slightly sweet, eggy cream finish. Add milk, sugar, and the tiniest pinch of nutmeg and you pretty much have spot on eggnog (sans guilt and pain). Aaaaand to the shopping list.
I am home today. Sick. Not working. Blah…i’ve been fighting this for a few weeks now and today my body decided to give up. Coincidentally it picked a good day since all my meetings are postponed for the day and the few pieces of work i HAD to get done today, i managed to do on sunday while testing. So for once, the work isn’t piling up..much.
I’m up for a bit to get some food before i go back to sleep and i opted for a few cups of non black teas. I tend to want things other than my usual black bold cups when i’m sick. So i pulled this one out and it was perfect for today. Delicious strawberry ginger…
I’m back in the office today. The roads are still kind of ridiculous. We don’t normally get winter weather this early in the season! grumpy
I must be in the mood for nutty teas today, I brought this one for the morning and banana walnut treat for the afternoon. A bright and warm spot in my day :)
Fiance is catching up to me in his True Blood watching, so we can watch the must current two seasons together. It’s like my guiltiest of guilty pleasure shows ever. Anybody read the books, and are they worth it? I’m not typically into paranormal romance stuff, so do they veer too far that way? (Like more than the show?)
On a tea note, though. This is so creamy, and such a solid version of a pretty classic flavor combination. I’ve gotten really picky about my chocolate flavors in tea, and this one is definitely very good. I’ll miss you, Peppermint Patty.
(I totally thought of her http://bit.ly/J4XlBi as I typed that last sentence).
Stacy sent this as a sample with one of my previous Butiki orders. Thanks!
This tea is quite nice. The first steep is heavily spinachy, with a touch of sweetness and a smooth, buttery mouthfeel. There’s a pleasant apricot note that comes out at the end of the sip. Citrus notes really pop out in the second steep, leaving a minty fresh aftertaste. I didn’t feel up to a third steep, but I suspect this tea would take it well.
This tea should win a trophy for creativity and originality. It manages to combine savoury and sweet…without tasting weird!
Such an unusual blend, yet it works so well! Potato and tea, who would have thought?
And you can really taste it, there are so many of those cute little white potato dices. They really bring a broth quality to this succulent green tea beverage. Don’t know why, but I think chicken noodles when I drink it, and I might try just that one day, add some shredded leftover chicken breast and cook some noodles in it, would be fabulous!
Love, love the cinnamon in it, so delicate and it really brings the savoury and sweet notes together. I had ordered 2oz of it last spring and I completely forgot about it. But it still tastes as fresh as brand new.
I drank it this morning while eating my weekly peanut butter toasts (I «indulge» in peanut butter once a week, and by «indulge» I mean I transform into a real glutton and eat almost half a jar on that morning, lol!) Do you know potato candies? They are made out of a soft rolled potato mixture with peanut butter layers. Well, I promise you, having peanut butter with this tea tastes almost exactly like those candies (minus the sugar load, naturally).
What a treat this is, possibly one of my favourite flavoured tea of all time!!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this tea tonight with some vanilla almond milk
On the weekends I like to indulge in some of my favourite teas.
Well, this is certainly up towards the top of my list. I might need to increase the rating even. Today it seemed extra creamy somehow. Deliciously refreshing as well. As much as I didn’t really enjoy this tea hot when I ordered it, I definitely enjoy it hot now!
Based on the description I had really high hopes for this tea, but something must have gone awry. I was expecting sweet creaminess but instead I got something that tasted like harsh tap water from a house with old pipes. I gave up after two steeps.
I fully acknowledge that I probably screwed this up myself – I noticed the other day that the water from our taps has taken on a strange odor, and in the last month I’ve begun using a Brita pitcher for my kettle. Is there anything else I could have done wrong? I really hate that I’m giving one of Stacy’s teas such a bad review!
This is more for me than anything. I tried this tonight. Steeped about 45 seconds.
So not for me. (Self, do not get tempted by this tea in the future!)
Sadly it’s way too green and vegetal, verging on bitter grass. I see why the note says to not oversteep it!
Made this earlier today and it was tasty. Roasty (but a lighter roasted flavor) and kinda almost nutty. And fruity, which was nice. Added just a bare smidge of sugar which made it delicious (for me at least because I can’t seem to have a tea without sugar in it yet. But I’m working on it.) No astringency that I can tell, or just a little bit if I think about it.
I wasn’t able to finish it because I had to go help my Mom bring her Christmas stuff down from the attic. But when I got back home, though it was stone cold, it was still drinkable. But I definitely prefer it hot.
I also gave steeping the leaves another shot. About 175* for 6 min with just a little more than 8oz (Originally I had measured 2 tsp-ish for 12oz of water). I vaguely remember that the first time I had made this, the second steep wasn’t really drinkable (to me) and that I poured it out. This time it was definitely drinkable. Overall a bit more toned down from the first steep, with more of an emphasis on the roasty-ness and now with a woody note to it. But it’s definitely drinkable.
Actually I may just be moving this to my ‘occasionally reorder’ list rather than have it on my ‘finish off’ list, I’m enjoying it alot more than I did the first time.
I am bumping up the rating of this tea to 100 because it is just so freakin good! It gets better everytime I have it. It is now my favourite tea. I only have one cup worth left! I should have made an order on black Friday but I felt guilty spending more money on tea when I have so many Christmas presents to buy! I guess I’ll have to rely on my foxy roxy’s banana walnut treat and pumpkin crème brulee until I feel like I can afford another order :(
This is another tea I love that I always forget to reach for.
Smooth buttery dragonwell, freeze dried strawberries, delicate toffee, a little warmth from the ginger. Mmm. I’m not sure I really taste the pieces separately, especially with no sugar added, but it’s just a delightful party in my mouth. :D
Soooo, my last experience with this tea was, um, memorable, to say the least. One might also call it completely horrifying, but the tea itself was not in any way responsible for that. Let me tell it from the beginning.
I didn’t have all that much left of this tea, and it had been a while, so I pulled it out and steeped myself some. I noticed some weird looking white things in the strainer, but I didn’t think anything of it at the time. After a few sips, I decided to look up the ingredients online, and when I found nothing that might fit the description of what I saw, I opened the tin back up to get a look at the dry leaf.
What I found there still gives me the heebie-jeebies.
THERE WERE BUGS IN MY TEA. THOSE WHITE THINGS WERE LARVA. AND I HAD DRUNK SOME.
I proceeded to have myself a nice little flip out, clamp the lid back on the tin, run outside, and dump it in the grass on the other side of the carport. Then the rest of what I had brewed went down the drain. I have no idea how they got in there, since it was in a sealed tin, just like all the rest of my teas, so I then had to go check every single other tea that was on the shelf with that one. And then all the others, just for good measure and peace of mind. It was the only one that had been infected. And it’s not like I just got it, so I can’t assume these bugs were in it when I got it. The only thing I can think of is that at one point when the tin was open, one bug got in and had itself a nice time, and… little bugs. shudders
Backlog: Had this one while on holiday about a month ago, and as I was writing up my tasting note for Good Morning Sunshine, I realized that I never did it for this one.
I had a very long day and travel for the trip…I got up at the same time I always do for work, and did almost a full day, leaving a few hours early so that I could catch my ferry sailing to Seattle at 5pm. Once I got to Seattle, about 8pm, I took the train from downtown to the airport (about an hour long) and did all the normal stuff for my flight, which didn’t leave til close to midnight. I arrived at almost 7am in Detroit, and caught my flight to Providence, RI. Between these two flights, I amasses probably 3-4 hours of sleep, max. I had sort of rested on my 3 hour ferry sailing to Seattle, but I never fell asleep on the boat, but I was fortunate to have the whole row to myself on both legs of my flight so I was able to lie down and snooze some.
I got into Providence, saw my best friend, and they (she and her hubby) bought me some coffee, cuz who wants to sleep when you’re seeing your best friend for the first time in person? Not this girl. Spent the day with her, had some more coffee, and tea in the evening, before crashing.
The next morning we went out fro breakfast, and then they dropped me off at the train station so I could head to Brooklyn (via Penn Station) to meet up with my husband and see my brother for a few days before heading out to Long Island for Long Island Who (Doctor Who convention). In the train station, there was a cafe, and I got some water and made this tea, for the first time on the trip. I’m not sure why I had waited so long…perhaps because I had a second wind or something the previous day. But you know what?
It was perfect. It was the right time, and it was relaxing and energizing at the same time for my 3-4 hour train ride to NYC. I was relaxed, yet energized when I got to the station and met up with my husband and brother, so I think it was just perfect.
Now for the taste, since really, that’s what this is all about, not my whole trip and what led me to drink it. I found it was not overpoweringly minty or herbal or anything. Having had the GMS now, I can now properly identify the guayusa taste. I can’t say it is my favourite, but it is quite tolerable. As I stated in my other review, I’d be interested in sampling the others before deciding if I want to buy any of them. I’m definitely up for trying more, just to get my feelers out…
Thank you Stacy for this sample!
I love TGYs and of course, this one was delicious. Very green and floral with that sweet buttery note. I am getting very subtle fruity notes as well. This might be in an order one of these days….I have just recently placed 2 fairly large orders with Butiki and I am already thinking about the next one…sheesh!
I opened the package and this smells exactly like my husband’s morning grape fruit juice. I love citrus in tea and so I bought this thinking it would be a good twist to green tea. This did not disappoint. The taste is much more subtle than the smell, but a good subtle. A hint of sweet and the green tea flavor still comes through. This will be a great bedtime tea for me.
This is my second tasting of this tea. The first time I rushed it a bit and didn’t get a chance to fully enjoy it, but right away it hit me as a tea I could drink over and over again. The second try did not change that. I picked up the cup and the first thing I thought was, hmm this taste a little bit like there is cinnamon in here. Other words I would use to describe this tea are, sweet, honey, smooth, buttery.