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I am certain that I didn’t catch the “about 1 tablespoon” the last time I brewed this. Whoops. So this time it is 1 TABLEspoon in 8 oz. Making it this way definitely makes the liquid seem thicker. I also believe the only taste I am getting out of it today is smoke. The back of the sip reminds me a bit of the scent of the sauna but not as much as I remember from my first cup of this. This one is growing on me and I may save a bit for when I purchase a gaiwan.
I almost got called (texted?) into work today. I said no due to the want of trying the few teas in my stash that I haven’t gotten to and in the hope of sipping some of said stash down.
The dry leaf smells a bit like camp, like a mix between the scent of a campfire and the sauna. But there is something else on top of that smell that I cannot place. I am likely doing this tea a disservice by using a gravity steeper when the directions indicate to “Gonfu brew for best results.” The only thing I get from the first few sips is smoke. It feels almost heavy in my mouth, in a nice way. It is growing on me and I think this would be great for a cooler fall day.
This brewed up lighter than I expected for a black tea. The first sips taste like the usual harsh black tea to me. After several sips, it softens up. I think I am getting floral notes.
Mmm. Thanks to greenteafairy for sending me a sample of this one. This is a tea-sad sipdown. I enjoyed this one brewed hot with a touch of brown crystal sugar. I’m not getting much hazelnut flavor, but the juicy raspberry and creamy butterscotch flavors are lovely. Nom nom nom.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Raspberry
Butiki sipdown! I wasn’t a huge fan of this one, actually. The pear tasted very artificial. Hot brewed, it was just unpleasant. But, this made for a decent cold brew. The artificial-ness was toned down and the candy sweetness was more palatable. Basically it tasted like liquid pear and jasmine hard candies, which is gross in a hot tea but decent in an iced tea on a hot day.
This was a tea I was sad to see go. I’ve been drinking this all week. I was able to get a good few gongfu steeps into my mug for this. I totally over-leafed on the very last of it, and the leftover pumpkin flakes were all over the place. The flavors were not as subdued as I thought they were going to be. The cider flavor was nice, if not a little faint, and reminded me of classic Christmas wassail. the pumpkin flakes were great, they still lent a nutty earthy pumpkin flavor that I love. This tea definitely made me wish it was fall already. It’s my favorite season of the year, and although it’s still like 108 degrees in Vegas, I can crank up the AC, put on a sweater, and a mug of this tea.
Flavors: Apple, Baked Bread, Pumpkin
I’m slowly working through the last of my Butiki teas, and it seemed like high time this one got an outing. The scent upon opening the bag is overwhelmingly lemony, with a background sweetness that totally puts me in mind of cupcakes, pastries, and macarons. It’s high-end bakery tea! As ever with Butiki, the dry leaf is absolutely gorgeous. The silver needles are very long – some up to 4cm – and a beautiful creamy pale green. They’re perfectly soft and downy, and the little pink and white puffs scattered throughout (I’m guessing these are the Amaranth and Calendula), only adds to this effect. There are a few almond slivers, too. I followed the recommended parameters and gave 2 tsp of leaf 3 minutes in water cooled to 180 degrees. The resulting liquor is a medium yellow-gold.
The flavour, as expected, is divine. It’s lemony, but in a primarily candy-like way with just a touch of sharpness. I’m thinking candied lemon peel at this point. Underlying the lemon is an intense creaminess, very reminiscent of sweetened pastry cream. The final flavour is a light almond nuttiness, very reminiscent of macarons. The white base is perfect for the delicate cream and macaron-shell notes, mildly sweet and a touch buttery without being overpowering. I’m totally and utterly happy with this one – it’s an amazing flavoured tea. It also means that I miss Butiki more than ever, but such is life.
Still working on Butiki sipdowns…
This sample comes from Stephanie and is from around Christmas! Shame on me for not getting to it more efficiently; ironically I just kept finding that it wasn’t the right time to brew it up, despite the name…
If I’ve learned anything from class though it’s that a CTC can really surprise you and even though they’re less complex/nuanced they can still have good flavor. In particular, the Kenyan CTC I tried this last week really gave me the motivation to finally try this one – which also happens to be a Kenyan CTC; so I have high hopes! About 90% of tea Kenya produces is cut, tear, curl for commercial use – and if Stacy thought this one was worthy of being sold at Butiki I need to check my snobbery at the door and give it a taste.
I think I prefer the one we tasted in class more; it was a little more fruity with very nice raisin/lemon peel notes. This isn’t bad though – it’s got a bit of a medium astringency, though it’s not very lingering so I’d call that aspect really pleasant. The flavor is mostly malt, with a little bit of a citrus-like note. Quite brassy, and full bodied. To be fair, I’m drinking it lukewarm though and I think this would be greatly improved with a higher temperature.
Reserving my rating until I get a chance to try it “properly”.
Well, Stacy said the flavored teas are past their prime, so I guess it’s time to write a tasting note for it. :/ I like putting my teas in airtight pouches though, so hopefully that will help them. I used a heaping teaspoon of these leaves that contain plenty of chocolate chips and raspberry pieces. Did I mention this is decaf? So this makes for an excellent dessert tea! However, there might be caffeine in all these chocolate chips…but they never melt enough IMO. The brew is light but the flavor is equal parts pastry/waffle, light chocolate, and sweet ripe raspberry. The raspberry reminds me of a truffle filling. Such a nice balance with the three flavors! The black tea isn’t my favorite, I’ve tried decaf teas before that tasted like full caffeine, so I’m not sure why this one must taste so mild. But it lets the flavors stand out anyway. I was also sipping Lime Marshmallow today. I have to stop hoarding my Butiki teas as much… at least until I get down to the last couple steep sessions.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping tsp // couple minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Steep #2 (next night) // just boiled // 4 min
I liked this one more than the Strawberry Cheesecake. At first, I was concerned about the aging but then, oh…..aging is a good thing for Pu-Erh. The base tea was actually really good, a really smooth pu-erh absent of odor. As for the flavoring, it does have Yankee Candle going for it…but I like this one because it’s a Fall tea. Halloween and Thanksgiving are its holidays. I do taste the Irish Cream, which I love, and it accents the pumpkin, but….I want just the Irish Cream. Pumpkin is so overused as a flavor now for Starbucks-or coffees and teas EVERYWHERE that I don’t want it anywhere near my drinks again….and I loooooove Irish Cream. Nevertheless, this tea is GOOD, and flavored amazingly. Don’t let my anti-establishment inclinations detract from the real quality of this tea. I’ll try this again with maybe sugar or something to spice it up. It’s just a shame that this company doesn’t make teas anymore…. but there are more things to life than tea and I hope that the creators of these amazing things have good lives at that.
Nichole, thank you for giving me another glimpse of Butiki!
So, I’m not rating this one because it’s a really old sample, and I don’t think it tastes the same as it used to. I totally understand why it’s called what it is. I taste all three flavors, but the cheesecake gives it a waxiness that turns the entire tea into a Yankee Candle. The Pumpkin Irish Cream also had a Yankee Candle taste…..I really don’t like Yankee candles.
I’m going to have to try this again with sugar to deload the cheesecake aspect. This wasn’t bad, but it’s not NEARLY as good as one of the oolongs I had from them, passed on from LP.
Flavors: Artificial, Cheesecake, Rhubarb, Strawberry
Wowza. It’s been a hot minute since I have last logged a tea! Too much has happened any life got in the way. Long story short, I dragged myself out of a bout of depression and just feeling so ‘stuck in the mud’ with my old managing job at a shitty breakfast joint to chase tea! Well, I suppose the tea chased me. I discovered over Instagram that Tealet was looking for a tea-savvy person, I applied (thinking it was in vain) got a Skype interview, got the job, and flew out to Vegas to learn how to sling tea, all within the course of two weeks. Toss a trip to Lake Tahoe, tea festivals, tea business meetings, and my Brother’s wedding to the mix and things got a little out of hand. I may still be unsure of where I will be from week to week, but it has been the weirdest, coolest, eye-opening experience of my short life.
Sorry for the rambles! /endrant. On to the tea! I am trying to sip down all my Butiki and test out new teas for the website. My tastebuds (and bladder, for that matter) are just going, ‘who do you think you are?’
This is much stronger on the grapefruit-y citrus than I had expected. It’s very zingy, I may have to cold-brew this to see how the tanginess applies to the tea when it is iced. Not very bergamotty (which is a word I just made up, okay?) but now that I think of it, was it supposed to be?
Bummed that I waited too long to try this. Although, the robust black tea is holding up just fine. I still have about 10g left. Better drink up!
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Grapefruit, Orange, Orange Zest
I’ll be sad when I reach the end of this tea, but thankfully that day is not today! I drank a good deal of this in April because it was one of the only 5 teas I took with me for a week long stay… then my luggage had a mishap on the way back (it melted…) and all the stuff I was able to recover sat in a corner for the past few months.
I was actually a bit confused this morning while drinking this for breakfast. For some reason I thought the name was Pumpkin Creme Brulee, but it tastes nothing like that. It took hopping on and seeing the Butiki Sipdown thread to recall the name, but as soon as I knew that it was Irish Cream, I knew that it was completely spot on, and took my time to savor the wonderfulness that is Stacy’s magic blending.
The pumpkin is light, and I want to believe that is because the tea has aged a bit… and all the pumpkin flakes had fallen out of the bag proper and was in its outer bag. But the delicate pumpkin flavor that was left was the perfect balance to the slight smokiness of the puerh. I was impressed to still have pumpkin flavor at all, since I followed the bag instructions to rinse, but it was great. If you’ve ever baked a small sweet pumpkin (those meant for pies) and couldn’t resist a spoonful of the soft warm flesh before continuing with the pie instructions, that’s what I was reminded of for the pumpkin note – a not too sweet but warm delicate pumpkin taste.
Usually I brew 60oz in the morning and that lasts me the whole work day, but that was all gone by end of lunch time today and so my afternoon tea was different.
Interesting, as my first aged Bai Hao. Savoury taste with chocolate or malty notes and a very dry wood aroma.
Hit the same spot a Yunnan Gold would, which for me isnt very often, but when it is, its the only tea which fits and it fits perfectly. Good night time tea, while snuggling up and reading a book. or to share with your partner watching a film.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Malt
Sipdown on this, my last two cups of this. It feels very complex with just the right amount of smoothness, sweetness, and subtle bite (probably from the assam base?) to balance it all out, with tastes that linger. The weight of the flavors feel very natural. Going to miss this one for sure, definitely in my top 10 Butiki Teas list.. possibly even top 5! Its teas like this that make me sad I did not get turned on to Butiki until late, but very glad that I did get the chance.. better late than never =)
Tea, the final frontier! These are the voyages of the Starship Teakettle.
So, I am back home now. After a week of drinking coffee, it’s nice to have tea again. This smells like malt and cocoa. There is a nice malty flavour as well. Watching the very first Star Trek- TNG episode. Q is pretty amusing.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt
Lovely cup of tea. Definitely get the raisin thing.
It was a nice and light, medium strength flavours and aroma with a slightly astringent aftertaste. I quite like the fact could taste the water, felt like a pure drink.
Reminded me a bit of rooibos in a great way, but with that wonderful OB almost-cinnamon thing going on.
Thanks LiquidProust for the sample!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Raisins, Rooibos
Another one from my super sweet package from DeleriumsFrog today…I will say that this may be my fave pumpkin tea from Stacy, and I was shocked to see it was a pu er base. Say what?! There was lovely cream, but it was not the same as the pumpkin milkshake…this was much richer, perhaps from the pu er base…I dunno. I do know that this was a single serving, so I am sure that this was the last of the tea that was sent, and I feel honored that I got to try this. Bittersweet that I only had one serving, but I did get a second steep out of it, so that helps. So thank you, thank you!
I’ve been sipping this from the last Butiki order(s) but haven’t written a tasting note yet. The base is the unique Doke Rolling Thunder oolong that is a great base for flavored teas as it tends to take the backseat to flavors… until it gets a bite to it. I’m sure Stacy also appreciated that this tea looks like a light maple syrup when brewed (to enhance the maple syrup quality of this waffle tea!) It’s certainly sweet enough. I definitely get the maple flavor but sadly not much almond or waffle. There are plenty of almonds in the mix though. The dry leaf definitely has maple and marzipan in the scent. I never knew what to make of this Doke though. It is light on flavor until the second steep that tends to mostly have a bitey quality, even though I definitely didn’t think I oversteeped according to Butiki’s parameters. BUT steeping closer to boiling for only two minutes results in a delicious cup without the bite, so I think it’s the four minute steep time that makes it that way. No more four minute steeps for me. Somehow the steep time matters, but the temperature doesn’t really make a difference. To all the tea hoarders out there, I don’t think this one needs two teaspoons… I’d go with less next time.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep (perfect)
Steep #2 // 50 min a.b. // 4 min steep (a little bitey)
Steep #3 // 10 min a.b. // 2 min steep (delicious again!)
Yessssss!!!!! I love this tea! This is one I was very close to getting, but ended up not getting at the very last minute, so I am super glad that this was one of the teas that Deleriums Frog sent me in our tea swap recently!
I do like lime flavoured items, though not straight lime so much, unless it is lime juice squeezed on a fish taco or something where it enhances the dish. Sweet and creamy desserty lime…sign me up! I like Lime Gelato David’s Tea and Lime Chiffon from Della Terra, so I felt I would like this too.
Right away after the initial steep, I put the filter basket with steeped leaves right into my mason jar mug and initiated a cold steep for later. I knew I wanted to try to get a second steep from the leaves, so I thought cold steep might work. I ’m having the hot steep now, though.
The dominant taste, as others have already noted, is lime. It’s not a super tart or sour lime, but it’s also not a weak lime either. The marshmallow adds a nice sweet and creamy note that is, as some have said already, a bit like candy. I’d also say it is not that far off from those lemon/lime cookies with the powder sugar that melts in your mouth. I can’t taste the base that much, but I can sense it, but I’m actually fine with this, as I like the base stepping aside to let the stronger flavours take the spotlight.
This tea is a win, and I wish I had more. There is enough for another serving, and hopefully 2-3 steeps with that. Once again, I am so happy to try this from the swap with DF.
Flavors: Cream, Lime
This tea makes me so happy! Sweet cinnamon vanilla love. Ah. So Good. I’m cold brewing the rest for tomorrow. This tea is one I could have been good friends with.
I’m counting this as Sipdown #2 since I threw the pkg away (That might be cheating a bit since I used the majority of the leaves for some cold brew love tomorrow).
Waaazz up, Peaches….that’s what this tea makes me want to say. I could tell that the sample was an older one since it was from Butiki, a company that I really wanted to try but closed before I could. Well, Liquid Proust, you’re continuing it’s memory. Thank you!
This is perhaps one of the fruitiest dark teas that I’ve had without flavoring. It almost reminds me of a Darjeeling (which is a hit or miss tea for me). Smells exactly like stoned fruit. Steep one after 20 seconds in 3 ounces of water, very peachy that includes the woodsy seed at the center. Steep two for 45 seconds ( too light for me after 30) for 3 ounces it is very nectar like, with citrus and honey. My only criticism of this tea so far is the dry mouth effect it has like other dark teas. It’s very sour…
So taste, it’s really a 90 for me, but the tart dehydrating effect makes me not want more. Impulse tells me to brew more to get the most out of this memory, but my throat wheezes “Get me some freakin’ water.”
Flavors: Citrusy, Drying, Fruity, Honey, Peach, Sour, Stonefruits, Sweet