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90
drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
367 tasting notes

Okay, so I have to be honest and admit that I have no idea what a tamarind actually is. That being said, I love this tea! It’s naturally sweet and smooth and fruity (the fruit flavor seems citrusy to me, but I may be wrong) and one of those teas where the flavoring mingles so perfectly with the base that you can’t imagine it any other way. There’s just something special about Butiki’s blends…I’m going to be so sad when I finish mine off for good!

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Honey, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
1400 tasting notes

Haven’t a clue what this is, haven’t a clue what the story is, no idea about anything really. Other than, of course. OMGsrlsy gave this to me on a dark and stormy night in downtown Vancouver, as if we were dealing (gasp) drugs! The horrors.

Package had someone else’s name on it (sorry James), with the instructions to steep for one minute. Really?! It’s a… gosh words, come to me now… the kind of tea that looks like coffee grounds, and of course the word escapes me. Anyway. Butiki’s Premium Chai has the same base (I think), and I luuuuuv’s me that tea. So, I’m in. Let’s try it. Just enough for 12 oz.

I steep it for one minute, and I’m confused. It doesn’t taste like much of anything. It smells a touch fruity though… so I’m in, I steep it a bit longer.

Steeped a bit longer (another 3-4 minutes) I get a bit of… licorice? something fruity still, and, no, that’s black licorice. Isn’t it? Jeepers. I can’t tell. I’m also eating salted chocolate and feel like a truck hit me since about 9pm last night, so, you know, really professional review here and all folks.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Haven’t tried this, but I think I recall this being a CTC. That chocolate sounds yummy and I hope you feel better soon!

OMGsrsly

It’s a really badly scribbled “Jones” actually. Hahaha. :) It’s just… fruity I think. I really like the base tea – Crimson Horizon.

MissB

Haha! Really? Cuz there’s a last name listed, too.. I thought maybe it was that it’s coffee flavored, and that was what I didn’t catch initially in the flavor.

Sil

was that my scribbling? if so..oopsy if not.. YAAAY! haha

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
2163 tasting notes

Yum.

Thank you, Sil.

Edit: Did no one else get this tea other than Sil and Kittenna?!

Indigobloom

Looks like Kittenna had some. Must have been before I got there!

Plunkybug

Never even heard of it.

keychange

Haven’t heard of this either!

MissB

Not I.

OMGsrsly

Oh wait. Read the note before you post. This one was not a thanks MissB one. But still if you’d like to try I’ll give you the rest of the sample. Hahaha.

OMGsrsly

I’ve had more of this today. Yum yum yum.

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80
drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
708 tasting notes

Sipdown…I think this came from Delirium Frogs? I was happy to try another Butiki Tea…and I seem to recall this one being compared to the one that came in the Amoda Christmas box a few years ago. I can’t recall how this compares, but I think it is pretty similar.

I think this one had a nice balance of green tea, with cream and spice. I will say that I did not like it as much as it got cooler. It became a little more bland. I’m really happy to have tried this.

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
879 tasting notes

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Huh. This is a puerh? I totally forgot about that.

This is really nice. My sample from MissB (Thank you!!) had a LOT of mint leaves in it, and I’m not the hugest fan of mint… but it works really well in this tea. It’s smooth and creamy and quite dark. I added some milk to it, and it’s really nice.

I wouldn’t ever want more than a sample, because of the mint, but I’m super glad I felt minty today and decided to try it!

In other news, I’m cooking for the week with what’s in my house… so far I have Tikil Gomen and rice. Soon I will have bread-like substance (if it turns out, gluten free bread is fickle) flavoured with cardamom and garlic. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

This can’t have come from me – I’ve never had it, much less heard of it! (But gosh golly, I sure would if I had!) Sounds lovely, and totally up my alley.

OMGsrsly

Oh no. Shoot I have to look at my samples now. That might have been FOR you but I drank it. :(

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80

I drank this one a couple of times over the weekend. Now that I’ve finished off my flavoured Butiki blends, I’ve pulled out the straights and started working on those. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. I defied the recommendation and added a splash of milk, simply because that’s how I prefer my tea first thing. It’s plenty strong enough to stand up to a dash of milk, anyway, so no harm done.

I found this one to be a pretty unique breakfast blend. I usually expect blends containing assam to be predominantly sweet and malty – it’s a characteristic that just seems to dominate. Not so here, which is really no bad thing – it’s refreshing to taste something a little different! Shiva’s Breakfast starts out a little sweet and chocolatey, but it has a strong citrus flavour in the mid-sip which is also a little bitter in the way of grapefruit or bergamot. The end of the sip reveals the flavour of what I can only describe as green wood – a little sappy and chlorophyll like, with slight floral hints.

I think this tea really makes the most of its component blends. They work together very well, with the strongest characteristic of each contributing something to the whole. No one tea or flavour dominates, so it’s actually a pretty complex taste experience – certainly different from an “ordinary” breakfast blend! I’ll probably save this one a little simply because it’s so unique – I’m not sure where I’ll find another tea like this one I’m finished with my bag.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank Baked Ali Shan by Butiki Teas
629 tasting notes

I am slowly making it through my rose infected Butiki teas to see which ones are drinkable and which ones just need to be pitched :(. This one has been slightly infected, but however it was affected still tastes nice. I have no idea of the tea I am drinking tastes anything like it use to, but it is decent. SIlky, floral, green oolongy. It is a very smooth tea. I enjoyed this tea all day long. I just kept steeping and steeping the leaves.

Evol Ving Ness

How did they become rose infected?

TeaTiff

I bought a bunch of Butiki teas before they went out of business, but at the time I was pregnant with my son and not drinking tea. When the teas arrived I stashed the box away and forgot about it for awhile. I had ordered several different teas including the Champagne & Rose Cream. This tea infected the rest with its strong smell.

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90
drank Fu Shou Shan by Butiki Teas
99 tasting notes

I reopened my bag of this oolong today, as I was really craving a vegetal, green oolong whilst I was revising anatomy. Though this didn’t turn out to be the vegetal tea (I think, really, I’d confused it with a Tieguanyin or Li/Ali Shan jade oolong) I’d confused it with, it was still really delicious.

Anyway, this tea was lovely! Refreshing and floral, with definite fruity notes. I’m only four or five steeps in, so this’ll deffo go on for a good bit longer, but it hasn’t let me down yet! I’m on to steeps of around 45 seconds, so I’m guessing I’ll get another three, maybe four infusions.

(Incidentally, I think I’ll use more leaf next time. The first steep, post-rinse, was surprisingly mild. No steep since then has been overly strong, either.)

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Red Fennekin

I carried this session on today and it someone seemed to work better :S Maybe this is just one of those oolongs that peaks in steeps 3-8. I did them a little cooler, but all for quite long steeps, and it was delicious! Much fuller, sweet, green-“oolong” flavour :D

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88

I am not really the biggest fan of guayusa, but I needed the caffeine boost this morning after being up lots in the night with babe :|. Blackberry generally isn’t my favourite berry either but I knew Butiki would do a good job, so I wanted to try it. The guayusa is the most prominent flavour here, followed by juicy blackberries. The lime was lost somewhere in this cup but it was still good. And it gave me the caffeine I needed!

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
601 tasting notes

Wheat-like aroma with hints in the flavour. Clean vegetal tone. Hint of malty sweetness at the back of the throat. Flavour is a bit weak for my liking- I may try to infuse at boiling in the future.

Rating: 74

Flavors: Malt, Sweet, Vegetal, Wheat

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
OMGsrsly

I steep this one for 3 minutes. Haha. It does work at boiling, but it’s better with milk IMO at that temperature.

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91

Having a cup of tea before bed. Smells just like a mocha latte. Perfect!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

so jealous of people who can drink caffeine at night!

Rasseru

yeah right. im one of those people whos brain finally decides to turn on when the lights go out

CharlotteZero

I slept so well, too… :-D

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90

I loved this. I am not drinking my multi steepable tea as quickly as it is usually medium caffeine, and I am only home during times I want high or low caffeine on weekdays, but I got into this over the weekend. It is fruity and sweet and overall a lot of yum. I will be a bit sad when it runs out.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

I don’t normally drink straight greens but I was still in that “must try all Butiki teas” mode. This was pretty good, pretty much what I expected…for it to be vegetal. I also got notes of corn and malt which was kind of an odd combination. Like others have mentioned, I noticed that the leaf was fairly broken up.

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95
drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
978 tasting notes

I thought that I had reviewed this tea before…weird, I guess Steepster ate my note.
This tea is so delicate. The oolong is buttery and floral and the grape is on the background. It isn’t too sweet or artificial tasting. This is really nice and almost “airy” if that makes sense.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Fjellrev

I never tried this one but I could definitely see an oolong being able to pull off an airy note. :)

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78

How can it be Monday again already? Anyone else notice how quickly the weekends seem to disappear? The good news I guess, is the older I get, the faster the weekdays seem to fly as well… Its an unusually cool morning here in Southern California, we’re actually expecting our first winter storm of the season to hit today and tomorrow which hopefully translates into some rain here where I am. This tea seemed perfect this morning due to the cooler change but its definitely seen better days! The flavor is starting to fade and although still tasty its not quite as good as I remember it. Another one to add to the sipdown pile to enjoy before it becomes flavorless.

Fjellrev

I still don’t know what happened to October. It went by so fast!

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I woke up at 6 today since I went to bed super early last night and that dratted time change happened. I’ve been puttering around, getting things done in the apartment before I head out to the mall to run some errands. Sadly, the mall doesn’t open until 11. Yeah. It’s like half my day will be over by that point.

Anyways, I went through my teas again last night and (gasp) threw some out that were old and icky. Set some aside to send to my brother. Put a couple out to taste again before I get rid of them.

This is one I had totally forgot I had. And it’s so good. I made it and sipped on it while I set up a chicken and wild rice soup in my slow cooker. I think I have 1 or 2 cups left, and I should really go ahead and drink them. The other teas are straight blacks, so they’ll be fine for a while if I throw them into a tin to protect them a little more from the air.

I used this recipe, but with more of everything since my slow cooker is ginormous. http://pinchofyum.com/crockpot-chicken-wild-rice-soup I’ll also use tapioca or sweet rice flour to make the thickener. And I’ll get some almond or cashew milk today to make it creamy.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

You early riser, you!

OMGsrsly

Going to bed at something like 8pm really does wonders for getting up early. Haha.

Fjellrev

I wish I could do that! I have to get up at 6-6:30 tomorrow and dread it. Ugh.

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. I have to be at work by 7:30 tomorrow morning, which is going to be soooo painful. But there’s an online meeting and if I do the meeting at home I don’t get in until 10 or later.

Fjellrev

That’s brutal. :/

OMGsrsly

Well, kinda yeah. But if I get a Real Job instead of a Make Your Own Hours Job, I’ll need to be at work around 8am every day anyways. So I’m going to try my best to do that every day!

Fjellrev

That’s a good habit to get into now, for sure. I need to do that since I’d also need to be at work for 8am if I get this job. Did they let you know when they were going to get back to you?

OMGsrsly

Yes. About 2 weeks as the interviewer was going on vacation. So we’ll see. :)

Fjellrev

That’s nice that they gave you a time frame. I hope you get it! But it’s kind of funny how long the hiring process takes, eh?

OMGsrsly

Government jobs are THE WORST. I’ve applied for 2 now and the wait is 3-4 months minimum. UGH.

Fjellrev

Ugh, good to know. I applied to this one in mid-September, along with some Alberta government positions, which I haven’t heard from (and assumed by now, would be a no go), but I guess you never know when you’re going to get a call.

OMGsrsly

I’ve applied for Federal stuff, and it takes FOREVER. I’d imagine Provincial gov’ts would be similar.

Fjellrev

Makes me wonder what the turnover rates are for these types of jobs. Granted, when it takes that long, I doubt anyone who is lucky enough to land one would walk away that soon. But still. Nuts.

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90

This is a nice, light, butterscotch tea with a touch of sweetness. I didn’t really pick up on any mocha or hazelnut, but that’s ok. This is certainly not a robust tea by any means. It is a nice light treat for the afternoon though.

CelticBrew

Sounds quite pleasant!

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