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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
2244 tasting notes

I guess this is one of the teas that I missed reviewing in the past few months. I did get a sample of it originally, with a joint order (I believe), and had two very delicious cups’ worth, so of course, I had to order 2 ounces during the recent sale.

I don’t think I like this tea quite as much as the plain PTA, but I appreciate and enjoy the caramel/coconut/banana flavours that come out with the raisiny PTA, which makes it very much like a dessert treat tea, which is perfect. I’m not drinking this right now, so can’t make very detailed observations, but it’s quite a good blend of flavours on a solid, flavourful base. Great in a travel mug, and as all teas are, even better consumed normally. Bonus points for the Doctor Who reference, of course, but I’d like the tea just as much with another name.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
2244 tasting notes

So disappointed. I brewed some up this up yesterday and drank it (review to follow), and when I came home and went to resteep, my infuser was infested with fruit flies :( :( We have a bit of a fruit fly problem at the house right now, and I forgot that since there were fruit chunks in this blend, I needed to put the infuser elsewhere (fridge, cupboard) if I wanted a re-steep… so I had to dump it. The thought of potentially boiling fruit fly larva made me gag. Luckily, I have a bag of this, so I’ll get another shot – gui fei has a lot of life in it, so I know that this should last at least a solid three infusions.

Anyhow, the review. I did try this just in a travel mug – I was desperate for a new flavour, and I still haven’t unpacked all my teas/found them since moving back in May (yes, Raritea, they’re still in the drawers of the dresser you packed for me, haha), so I decided to give this a shot. Don’t regret my decision, although I probably missed out on some flavour nuances – although I caught a hint of apple, I tasted primarily Gui Fei Oolong, and no real caramel to speak of. Of course, since I like the base, I did enjoy the tea, but I was definitely hoping for a bit more caramel apple. I wonder if this tea would work a bit better if the base was only half gui fei, and the rest maybe even PTA? Or perhaps something less dominating.

Either way, no numerical review at this point since travel mugs do not allow a fair assessment of the tea. Looking forward to the next brew of it though, and trying to coax out some more flavour!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

First time in a while I’ve actually sat down with some teas to review! Exciting! Lately, I’ve just been drinking thermoses of tea at work, and haven’t had time to review anything (although maybe I’ll make a bit of backlog progress tonight?)

Anyhow, I received the teas from Butiki’s awesome birthday sale recently, and have been waiting to try a few of them until I had some time, since I don’t think it’s fair to review such delicious/delicately flavoured teas in travel mugs. Usually, well-known and/or robust teas are reserved for that drinking format. Therefore, I’m only just getting to try this delicious-sounding tea tonight!

I wasn’t sure exactly what to anticipate from a lemon/macaron tea – creamy lemon would be my best guess (I was hoping macaroon, which would involve coconut, but no luck). Anyhow, the lemony aroma from the leaves and my cup of tea is quite powerful, but in a good way – sometimes I’ve found that citrus-flavoured teas can be a bit reminiscent of cleaning products, but thankfully that’s not the case here (of course not, this is Butiki!) I can’t really detect anything aside from lemon other than maybe a hint of creaminess. Flavourwise, it’s pretty much the same – strong lemon flavour with some creaminess to round it out. I’m not noticing any real contribution to the flavour from the almond slices in the tea – perhaps my inadvertently low infusion temperature is a bit to blame for that, as I got distracted and the water cooled about 7C more than I was intending. I’m also not noticing any particular contribution from the base tea, but I have yet to try it on its own; doing so might help me in that respect.

Overall, although this is a tasty enough tea, there’s not really enough going on in it for me. For a lemony white tea, I’m still partial to DavidsTea’s Coco Lemon Thai, which is perhaps not a fair comparison, as it has far more ingredients and therefore depth of flavour, but at this point, it’s not a re-order for me. I do have a whole bag, so will have a few more opportunities to tweak things, and maybe that will change my opinion!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

This one smells really good in the bag! I just want to keep sniffing! I can pick up the butterscotch, but the mocha and hazelnut do sort of meld together. Steeped, I definitely get more butterscotch than anything. My brew seemed a little thinner than I had hoped I’d get, though I might have under leafed it. I was hoping to get a bit more body for the white, and have the heavier butterscotch, hazelnut and mocha flavours add to the depth and richness in that way that you would want on a crisp autumn day, or a colder winter one. Something thicker that wraps around you like a hug…only less caffeine than a black would.

I do feel like if I used more leaf, I’d get that, and I’m toying with adding milk to enhance the richness. I do still find that for a white tea, it is rich and has more body than you’d expect (just not quite enough for me, unless upping the leaf helps), and I would recommend this to others.

I may readjust my rating once I have made another cup and used more leaf.

Indigobloom

Interesting! I get a LOT of mocha flavour in the cup I’m having now. Not much caramel at all

Amariel

Interesting. How much leaf did you use?

Indigobloom

How much did it say? 1 tsp right? I think I did that. I’m not home now lol

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95

Mmmmm, this is delicious and wonderfully sweet. I found that the butterscotch and the hazelnut really shine here and the mocha is in the background. This is a beautiful white, something I could really enjoy in the afternoons!

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91

Another assam from Butiki that I really enjoy…imagine that! This is, of course, malty and smooth with a little fruity hint. A delicious treat.

Flavors: Cocoa

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95

Oh. Em. Gee.

I ordered this recently, thanks to Courtney for the joint order.

I’ve been all over breakfast teas lately, I realized it’s a pleasure I look forward too. Strong black tea with a sploosh of 10% cream. So the tea has to be able to stand up to that!

I’ve been switching back and forth between H&S Queen Catherine (which I don’t really enjoy because of the smokiness) and A&D Tiger Assam, because I have massive amounts of each.

I was looking forward to trying something new this morning.

I was not disappointed.
Malty AND dark! Soooo bready, so strong and delicious.

Didn’t seem live up to a resteep but that may be because I added too much cream before tasting.

This is one I will want to restock, in massive quantities :)
Something to wake up for!

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
501 tasting notes

Another Butiki sample from the awesome Courtney!

This, unfortunately, is another one of those teas that I just don’t “get”.

I found the predominant flavour to be the roasty Gui Fei Oolong, which I did enjoy but may not repurchase. I’m not sure how much I enjoy the super roasty oolongs.

I’m not really noticing any strong apple or caramel notes. Just a faint hint. I hate when that happens, based on the other reviews I feel like there’s something wrong with my tongue.

Ah well.

More for everyone else!

Thanks again, Courtney!

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This white tea has very light pleasant notes of pineapple, coconut, and floral. Sweet, but not too sweet with a heavenly aroma. Perfect afternoon tea.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Not really sure why I thought drinking hot melon juice sounded appealing. It wasn’t. Yes, it tastes and smells exactly like a cantaloupe, but it remains something I’d rather eat cold then drink hot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
6 tasting notes

Too weak for me, and the sweet sugary confection-like flavor begins to bother me after the first few sips.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A great big thanks to Courtney for sharing a sample of this with me!

I really enjoyed it.

It seems to be a pretty complex white tea. I definitely taste the floral and coconut a nd banana aspects, with a nice sweetness as well, could be vanilla.

I wouldn’t have thought that flowers would go well with the other flavours, but of course Butiki made it work!

I would love to know which perfume this was based off of!

A nice summery cuppa. well done.

Butiki Teas

It’s based off of this perfume: http://www.luckyscent.com/product/53600/vittoria-apuana-by-profumi-del-forte. The custom blend customer sent me a small vile of it that I still hoard and save for special occasions. Normally, I can’t stand perfume and am pretty allergic to everything but this I love!

whatshesaid

Thanks for the info!! :)

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This tea is so rich and flavorful. It’s got very strong hay notes, and quite a bit of malt for a white.

Creamy, rich, tasty, filling.

It went incredibly well with that piece of shortbread.

Comfortable.

My spouse is curled up with two of the kitties. He jokingly called himself the crazy cat lady. Usually, in the evenings when we’re lounging on the couch watching TV the kitties curl up with me. I feel kinda jealous, but it’s also much easier for me to refill the tea mug.

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drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
4875 tasting notes

had a go at this one this morning. I’m struggling to get ready to leave the house, mostly because i don’t want to. So i pulled this one out of the cupboard, hoping it would have enough bite to it, to get me going. Turns out, this is a decent black, with a little brightness to it…not sure how else to describe it. I can see this turning bitter fairly easily if over steeped. It was exactly what i needed to get going this morning, but in the grand scheme of things, i prefer other teas from stacy :)

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So this is another tea from, Sarsonator! ^^
I never purchased this tea because I probably wouldn’t like it if it were overwhelmingly nutty. But Sarsonator generously offered to send me a sample of it! Because she is just freakin’ awesome like that!
I over steeped it by a few minutes on accident, so this review might not be AS accurate as it could be. But I’ll do it right when I re-steep it. :P
This one surprised me even so! I can definitely taste the walnut, but it’s not too much or anything. It goes nicely with the banana flavor. It’s not too much of either flavor. Just the perfect amount of both.
Leaves a pretty strong banana after taste though, but not anything to complain about-haha!
Another fantastic tea from Butiki! Thank you so much for the sample, Sarsonator! :D

Flavors: banana, Sweet, Walnut

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One of the samples I had forgotten that I had till a few weeks ago, so added it to my wicker box of tea in the kitchen that my Mom was tolerant enough to provide.

Generally speaking I tend to like the floral teas more often then not. Jasmine being one of the few that over all have not been crazy about. (I think? I’ll have to reread my tasting notes thru, might be at least 1 jasmine tea that I liked.)

This tea-While it isn’t bad, it’s not terribly inspiring either. It tastes like rose flavored sugar water. I don’t taste much cream, in fact the only thing I taste is rose.
Couldn’t tell you if this tastes like champagne as I’ve only had it twice in my life and the last time was years and years ago.

Anyone who reads this that is considering getting this tea, please don’t avoid getting it just because I didn’t like it, you may love it, in fact I hope you do

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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87
drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
385 tasting notes

This smells so good. There’s the caramel, apple, and the floral from the oolong. It makes for a nice, sweet tea to drink while watching Doctor Who

Thanks, Stephanie.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Floral, Sweat

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
281 tasting notes

This was perfect to drink on a rainy day like today. It is tasty hot, but also tasty as it cools. I am usually multi tasking, and I rarely drink my whole cup before it cools, so this is important to me. It is a little astringent, but not enough to put me off, and tastes like a deep fruit. Like dates (which I am also eating for breakfast). Very nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
391 tasting notes

Oh, nom, nom, nom….

Stacy, you have ALL the best Taiwanese black teas, what’s up with that????

Oh, little leafhoppers, how I love you. You little bugs, you…. Thanks for making my tea taste so sweet and scrumptious!

This is all malt and honey.

It makes my tastebuds want to party. Some fruit, but not in a PTA kind of way.

It’s creamy and yeasty like sourdough bread.

It’s a little salty and mineral, but maybe that’s coming from my tetsubin pot. I’ve been using it a lot for lately, it’s devoted to black teas only but I’m thinking of using it only for my butiki’s Taiwanese black teas, they taste fabulous in it :-)

I’m so happy I got a decent quantity of this wonderful tea.

Cause I want MORE!!!

Pic of the session:

http://instagram.com/p/sBece-Qh9X/

Ysaurella

oh no…You should not write anything about Taiwanese teas…because now I want this Sansia Black right now ! :)

Sarsonator

Sounds awesome, sweet pea!!!

Terri HarpLady

Indeed to pull this one out & start drinking it :)

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
385 tasting notes

Somebody find me this in cupcake form, please. It smells very nice… more like chocolate brewed, and like strawberries dry. There is certainly some espresso as well. The flavour is more on the chocolate side, with hints of berry, and lots of coffee. Tastes like a berry cupcake frosted with chocolate/ espresso. Mmmm….

Flavors: Chocolate, Espresso, Strawberry

Butiki Teas

This tea was based off of my favorite cupcake. This is from Chef Chloe, who won an episode of Cupcake Wars. Here is the recipe: http://chefchloe.com/sweets/chocolate-strawberry-shortcake-cupcakes.html. This is a pic of when I made the cupcakes: http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i446/butikiteas/Cupcake_zps812e6c25.jpg

Lariel

So I have to make cupcakes to go with it?

Butiki Teas

You could track down Chef Chloe and harass her until she bakes you one. :D Those cupcakes are ridiculously good. I like to add 1 teaspoon of instant espresso. Yums.

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Today is a special day. “Wet Friday”. Yet, I sit here with a cup of freshly brewed Pistachio Ice Cream on my cream white sofa in front of my TV about to start the first episode of The Wire.

Amazon is amazing. I bought the Fire TV a few weeks back and I don’t have enough good things to say about it. I don’t know how many good things it deserves, but I’ll say this: it’s great. I’ve actually been watching a lot of content on Prime – The Wire, Nathan For You, and Battlestar Galactica.

I haven’t started Battlestar Galactica yet, but I hear oh-so-positive things about it. Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, let’s talk about Nathan For You. Wow – I’ll post a sample below. It is the funniest show I have seen on TV since The Office. And I loved The Office.

A natural segue, Butiki Tea’s Pistachio Ice Cream does not live up to its billing for me. I love pistachios, and just last night I walked over to Atlanta’s own Honey Bubble and got a Pistachio-Almond bubble tea with a green tea base and lychee pearls. It tasted exactly like pistachios – moreso than just the pistachio bubble tea alone! Pistachio Ice Cream burns with a little too strong green tea/seaweed taste. Perhaps the green Mao Jian base was a little too oxidized in the batch as it borders more on an oolong-y flavor profile. The desired vanilla undertones are overpowered by a vegetal, roasted smell.

However, icing the tea is sublime. A little crazy-random-happenstance and I ended up with an iced tea version of Pistachio Ice Cream, and its creamy base bloomed. As a note, I brewed the ice tea as a pour over rather than my typical cold brew variant.

I recommend Pistachio Ice Cream as an iced tea. One day you might just want to splash in some milk, a little honey, and put some bubbles at the bottom and call it a day.

Nathan For You – http://youtu.be/Y4KrdjAPohc

Flavors: Roast nuts, Seaweed, Vegetable Broth

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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90

Nomnomnomnom
Strawberry espresso cake?! OH MAN THIS IS AMAZING.
There is a campino candy element there as well, but the espresso balances things out perfectly. Another thing I like about it is the light texture. Given the nature of coffee, it could have been made into a thicker brew, and that may have been overwhelming for me.
It has been a very long time since I felt so moved by a tea… so I am definitely a happy sipper right now! This is my first steep though. I’m already looking forward to the second one :)
Ahhh sadness. Now that it’s cooling down a bit, I find the coffee a tad too strong. Next time I shall try adding a dollop of brown sugar as suggested!

Indigobloom

I second that Stephanie! :D:D

TeaBrat

This sounds so lovely!

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, it seriously is! I’m floored, to be honest. Did not expect to adore a coffee blend haha

Sil

it’s not really a coffee blend imo… not like your typical blend that tosses in beans and goes..voila!

Indigobloom

Sil, nope. Stacy would never do that to us hahaha. The only other “coffee” blend I’ve tried was awful. Coffee puerh from David’s

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This was my free tea during the birthday bash. Definitely a good choice.

it’s kinda woodsy, maybe a little hay, a little muscatal, a little sweet. Not astringent at all. Tasty.

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