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This was sent to me by my friend, because she really liked this, in addition to the other stuff she sent. Either I brewed it wrong, or something, but I didn’t get much out of this one. It was pleasant, but I didn’t really pick up the rum, and the fruit was just sort or there. I am saving the rest for a cold brew for a nice warm day. It sure is a pretty tea. I’m glad she sent it, and how my remaining sample works out better.

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First time I’ve tried this since buying it during the close of Butiki madness. I have 2 words to describe this tea (which I added some liquid stevia to, since I like most of my teas that way):

Strawberry Quik

That’s exactly what it tastes and feels like. It FEELS like flavored milk, and I know I didn’t put any in. Instead of buying an overpriced soda while my son plays dodgeball at the rec center, I made a thermos of this tea and brought it with me. It was such a great idea!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I bought a half ounce of this one from Butiki but I also received a little from TheLastDodo’s sale – thank you! I tried this a while ago with one flat teaspoon for 2 1/2 minutes but it didn’t seem to turn out flavorful enough for me. This time I went with a heaping teaspoon for three minutes, and even waiting a few minutes after boiling, the flavor was much more present. It’s a very tangy plum! But I think the flavor is aided by the black tea base. The base usually tastes like tomato to me, but it might be adding that extra tangy plum flavor this time. With the nutty undertones, this tea is pretty darn good. The second steep loses a bit of flavor, which is a shame, but the first cup is great. Another blend of Butiki magic (though I must say, not as genius as the Plum Brandy Cheesecake blend.) Note to self: steep it like the first steep next time.
Steep #1 // heaping tsp // 7 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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90

Another amazing fruit/nut tea from Stacy…she does this type of flavor combo SO well! The raspberry is definitely the predominant flavor in this one, but I’m also picking up on the hazelnut. I don’t really notice the butterscotch; maybe that would come out more if I added sugar? Anyway, it’s a delicious tea and I’m so glad I was able to get my hands on an ounce of it. I’ll enjoy every last cup! Thanks, QueenofTarts!

Flavors: Hazelnut, Raspberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
875 tasting notes

Hmm, I seem to have not awesome luck with Butiki teas. I’m not sure if this aged poorly or got contaminated (doubtful), but steeping, all this smelled like was white pepper and savoury broth, and on the palate, I’m getting predominantly pepper with a hint of that tanginess that grapefruit has. If I didn’t have grapefruit on the brain I probably wouldn’t have associated that tang with it.

Thank you Janelle for the sample. I have one cup left and I think I’ll probably pass it along to someone else.

Flavors: Broth, Peppercorn, Tangy

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheLastDodo

That’s too bad! This was an amazing tea!

Nichole

Sad! I’m drinking this one right now and I love it!

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
309 tasting notes

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I haven’t had many flavored puerhs, but I’ve really enjoyed the other ones I’ve tried (RoT’s Coconut Puerh and Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puerh.) This one was okay, but I think it would have been better with a different base. I didn’t taste the cheesecake element at all, but the strawberry flavor definitely came through along with a hint of tartness that did remind me of rhubarb. However, the earthiness of the base seemed to throw the whole thing off-balance a bit. It was still a good tea, but definitely not the best that I’ve tried from Butiki. Thank you to The Cookie Lady for the sample!

Flavors: Earth, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
beelicious

I had the same issue… It was way too earthy and not cheesecakey enough.. Kinda glad it wasn’t just my tastebuds :)

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
260 tasting notes

I was so excited to try this Butiki classic, thanks to The Cookie Lady! This is another winner: light and sweet with a lovely buttery vanilla flavor. As an added bonus, the dry leaf is GORGEOUS with lots of fluffy green leaves and colorful flower petals. One more reason to miss Butiki…

Flavors: Butter, Marshmallow, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I will miss this one a lot.

TeaNTees

Always wanted to try this one. :( RIP Butiki

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drank Apricot Guayusa by Butiki Teas
294 tasting notes

So very good! I picked this up from a fellow Steepster and I am loving it. Its got a very rich and creamy flavor to it with just the right amount of sweetness added in with the apricot. Add in a bit of honey and I’m in heaven! I could easily drink this everyday. Sad this was just a sample. Just fantastic!

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Fruity, Honey, Sweet

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drank Watermelon Doke by Butiki Teas
497 tasting notes

I had the second steep of this blend iced. It was still sweet and watermelon-y, but the base tea had much more presence than in the first, hot steep. It was a bit grassy and drying. I liked it better the other way.

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drank Watermelon Doke by Butiki Teas
497 tasting notes

Travel mug breakfast tea. For some reason I was expecting the base to be Doke Rolling Thunder. Imagine my surprise upon finding that this is actually a white tea. I’m still not convinced that it isn’t mislabeled – this blend looks, tastes, and smells exactly like the Watermelon Xylophone. Which is to say, juicy and delicious. Drinking this, I could almost believe it’s spring despite the temperature still being wintry.

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Wow! This is fantastic! Thank you Marzipan for supplying me with this treat.

I love oolongs. I I love the sheer variety of this type of tea. This one reminds me of Blue Mountain Twirl by Davids Tea but waaaayy better! I opened the small package and took a peek at my new present. The leaves were small black, gold, and purple tendrils of roots. They varied in length and size but were beautiful. They had a distinct apricot and honey scent. I knew that it was going to be amazing! I brewed these dark tentacles in my glass gaiwan. I rinsed them once to release their essence. The aroma was sheer joy! It has a rough smoky scent, like that of black maple syrup and burnt sugar. This dark mist is then under-toned with a sweet floral quality. The initial sip was heaven! It carries a smooth mouth-feel that fully engulfed my taste buds. I could taste maple wood, tobacco, buckwheat honey, and apricot. This was an amazing tea. It has a lot of depth and complex flavors. This had the consistent sweet dark honey falvor as Blue Mountain Twirl only more intensified and these flavors lasted multiple steeps. I was able to pull seven good heavy steeps from my gaiwan. The flavors moved in a curve. They began hearty and bold and smoothed out to a neutral base only to rise up with a sweet tone.

This is a wonderful brew, and I’m sorry to hear the company has closed down. I love that , through the connections with other tea enthusiasts, I am still able to enjoy a companies product even long after they have disappeared. It just goes to show a company can live on with the right products :)

P.S. This makes Tasting note 100! I have finally reached the triple digits. Next stop. Quad digits!

https://instagram.com/p/0lX9xfzGVM/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Apricot, Burnt Sugar, Dark Wood, Maple Syrup

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Dexter

Congrats on 100!!!

Anlina

Congrats on 100!

Do you mean Blue Mountain Twirl (it came out at the same time as Yellow Gem). It’s one of my all time fave teas and your comparison makes me want to try this one, and sad that it’s discontinued.

Ost

Congrats on the 100!! :D :D :D

Sil

woot! congrats on reaching 100!

Haveteawilltravel

Thank you! Anilina that is actually what I meant. I haven’t had it for awhile, so I must have mixed up the name in my mind xD

Haveteawilltravel

I’m going to have to send you some, this was fantastic!

boychik

congrats on 100 :))))

Anlina

That would be so lovely :)

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drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
497 tasting notes

Yum! I had this with rice milk in my travel mug. Not sure if I would call the flavor white chocolate per se, but it is creamy, malty, and vaguely chocolate-y. Wonderful start to the day. Bonus points for being a black tea that doesn’t make my stomach hurt. Thanks for the swap Dustin!

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Organic Bancha by Butiki Teas
2848 tasting notes

Backlog.

Shouldn’t have had this for the first time in a travel mug. But I did. It was fine, kind of toasty, but that really wasn’t the best environment for it, and I knew that. I just didn’t have all that many options at the time, haha. So, more details to follow in future tasting notes. I think I will like it, though.

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Cold brewed a bit of this for work today! And man, did I ever need that caffeine boost today. Sundays are a shitshow for brunch places, and with the weather being so stupid and perfect, I was going full-tilt for over 10 hours. I really think that the only thing that kept me going was the jet fuel tea latte I made early that day and a quart and a skosh of this wonderful, delicious, uplifting brew.
I love the bright and grassy, bold and brassy guyausa in this blend. It never gets astringent or bitter, no matter how long you brew it. I have to get my usual mate to the exact amounts, or I will have an undrinkable bitter brew. The creamy, dreamy notes and the tangerine hug each other in a smooth, refreshing embrace throughout the infusion. I made it a little on the light side, but I think that was really what I needed.

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Thanks again for the sale, TheLastDodo! I was dying to try this one! I love Butiki’s banana teas, add walnut and butterscotch on a lovely oolong…. then say it tastes like banana cream pie? I’m there! I only have two teaspoons of this one so I went with one tsp instead of 1 1/2 but made SURE to not fill the mug all the way. I imagine the flavor would be even better than this glorious cup then, with an extra half tsp! The banana and walnut fragrance is definitely there even before I take a sip. Wow this is so so good. The flavors almost overpower the oolong itself, but I don’t mind. The second steep has noticeable peach undertones. The third is nuttier. I’d expect the flavors to diminish a little with subsequent steeps, but not with a Butiki tea! I know the oolong is very nice on its own anyway. I wish I had more than a teaspoon left!
Steep #1 // 18 minutes after boiling // 1 tsp // 4 minute steep
Steep #2 // 7 min a.b. // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4-5 min

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
6059 tasting notes

I tried this one yesterday, mostly to decide whether or not i should send this off to a tea friend who would prefer it. I’m still torn and it’ll take a few cups to really decide BUT if there are folks out there who ADORE this, they should speak up, as i may be willing to send it out. This is a really strong tea from stacy. if you can manage to steep it for about a minute it’s not too much…1.5 and it gets close to needing milk and sugar lol

OMGsrsly

ADORE. I’m having praline horizon this morning. 3 minutes, with milk. :P

Sil

good ‘cause it was you i was thinking of sending my bag to if i don’t love it after a couple attempts

OMGsrsly

:D I have something special for you too!

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I’m incredibly late to the party on this tea. I never ordered this one from Butiki because back then I sometimes struggled with darjeeling when it was too green/wood tasting…..I thought the other teas would take away from the strength of the assam and honestly, at that point in my tea education I didn’t really know what a nilgiri was. Well, sitting here with the first sip in my mouth, I taste why many loved this blend.

The assam gives this blend a nice solid malty base note, but instead of the usual stone fruit mid note that comes with assam, the darjeeling and nilgiri blend together to bring the flavor profile to the center of the cup. There is certainly citrus and a touch of floral woodsiness…like the faint smell in a forest when the trees are in bloom (I’m thinking specifically dogwoods). My beloved stone fruit note is still here as well, joined by these other notes that the blend brings…..
This is not a hearty breakfast blend by my palate. This is the one that I’d reach for (if I had any more!) on a cloying summer morning when my usual assam just seemed too heavy. It’s more “fruit and yogurt” than “scone”…but one can’t live on scones alone…. (lord knows I’ve tried!) :)

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Green Wood, Malt, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
beelicious

Great tasting note! You make this sound so delicious that I need to go make myself a cup right now!!

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Happy Spring! Yesterday, I went to a gem show and read in a garden. Some of the trees stared to blossom, and there were some lovely Spring flowers.

This smells really nice, like nuts and honey. Maybe a bit of pistachio nougat as well. There is a nice, sweet flavour. The nut taste comes out nicely. Now I wish I tried the original.

Flavors: Honey, Nuts

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This little tea sample came from CrowKettle. It was a cute little package. :) Anyway, I opted to have this one last night, and I opted to have it without sugar. I’ve been working on some of the lighter straight teas without additives. So with this one, I did pick up more on the hay notes, but less of the honey that I read about. I did get a thick mouthfeel though. This was not my favorite white tea to drink, but that may have changed if I had added just a bit of sweetness from organic raw cane sugar.

Overall, this was a nice white tea, but not a fave. I’d still recommend to others though, even it if was not right for me.

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drank Fu Shou Shan by Butiki Teas
1661 tasting notes

This was one from the mystery box. Two ounces of this one leaves it pretty pricy! I didn’t really want to follow Butiki’s brewing instructions with this one since I’m used to using boiling water/ short steep times on oolongs these days. But I’ll try it their way and then my way another day. Should I mention I’ve been using a Finum basket I bought from Butiki! I love having two brew baskets so I can leave tea in both and not worry about cramming a second tea in one of the infusers that only holds a teaspoon. Before it was tough to figure out a second tea to have because it needed room for more than one teaspoon.

Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 25 min after boiling // 3 min steep
The dry leaves have a very fresh sweet scent to them. The flavor to me is very light, like I should have steeped it my way. At least I didn’t make it bitter! The flavor is a little milky, fruity, fresh, buttery, floral — not savory as much. Not as magical as I thought, considering the price.

Steep #2 // 7 min after boiling // 2 min
This cup certainly wasn’t ruined with these parameters, but it doesn’t seem like it was steeped perfectly. There was a hint of too-hot-temp flavor. But otherwise it’s more butter. Seems to be bordering on savory. I wish there was more depth to this one.

Steep #3 // just boiled // 2-3 min
This cup wasn’t ruined either, less oversteeped flavor than the last cup unless you count a little bit of a tanginess. Very tasty, almost addicting. Very buttery, just like the color of the cup. I think this one could keep going for many steeps. It’s a great oolong but not my favorite. If I knew the exact parameters to use for my tastes, it might help. I’ll try it again soon!

Edited to add: Another steep session: Tried again with one teaspoon, and it turned out much different, though I can’t say how. Also very consistent three steeps. There wasn’t any oversteeped flavor, even at boiling.
1 tsp // rinse // pretty close to boiling each time // 1 min // 1 1/2 min // 3 min

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drank Baked Ali Shan by Butiki Teas
1661 tasting notes

Another from the mystery box! I’m trying to steep all three oolongs from the mystery box the same. Even though this should be a baked oolong, the leaf color doesn’t look much different than the Fu Shou Shan.

Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 25 minutes after boiling // rinse // 3 min steep
The flavor doesn’t seem overly roasty, maybe just a little bit more savory. Very buttery, again not much different from the Fu Shou Shan. The flavor might be a little more stronger, a little more salty, briny, brothy but that is probably due to the baked quality. It’s very tasty. Now that I think about it, both oolongs are almost like those buttery creamed corn green teas.

Steep #2 // 7 min after boiling // 2 min
This cup is actually very tough to describe because it’s entirely different. I’ve never tasted an oolong like this before… it’s so unique! There is no chance that there was any flavor contamination from anything else. There definitely isn’t any oversteeped leaves/bitter flavor. The closest thing I can describe the flavor to is marzipan or those chocolates that are filled with roman nougat, but the tea doesn’t have the chocolate flavor. So there are hints of cherry and nuttiness. Either way I was noticing almond. Maybe even a desserty coconut, which just shocked me when I realized it. Note to self: This oolong is perfect steeped like this. A third steep happened… forgot to write about it!

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