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80
drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
4862 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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75

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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75

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
373 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
276 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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87
drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
373 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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80

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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95
drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
144 tasting notes

The aroma is so deliciously intoxicating! And the taste.. mm mmm a sweet, roasted, apple caramel goodness. This really is like Autumn in a cup

Flavors: Apple, Burnt Sugar, Roasted, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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83
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
373 tasting notes

Thanks to Stephanie, I finally get to try this tea. It smells like strawberries, in pie form even. I like the added graham crackers. Certainly smells like there is a pie in my tea mug. The flavour is berry, but I think I taste the hibiscus too. Makes for a good berry tea, but I’m not getting much pie… the cracker seems kinda hidden.

This seems like something that would be good iced, so I’ll try that too.

Flavors: Berry, Strawberry, Tangy, Tart

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72
drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
1676 tasting notes

Hmmm. I think there is something in the Kenyan teas which I do not really care for. This tea is ok, but malty/strong in a way that I’m not crazy about. Good to know! I’m happy I split this with Sil! (142)

Sil

…and that is why joint orders make me happy

Cavocorax

Yes! I can’t believe how well I’ve been doing for orders though! It’s ALMOST been a month.

Sil

awesome! :)

Sil

on that note..uh you have a bunch of teas here to pick up hahahaha

Cavocorax

I still just want to order for the sake of ordering though. Had to resist WP even though I still have plenty! :P /0\

Cavocorax

What…. wait? What? :O
LOL. Thank you.

Cavocorax

But I have NOTHING for you. Unless you want to try Sleeping Bear? Or some other WP?

Sil

dude..like i care. sharing is caring :) and yes i’d love to try that, but i’ll also be buying it in september because brendan and the teafairy made me :)

Cavocorax

Hahahhaha. <3

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86

A sample! I’ve been dreaming of Butiki’s White Rhino so I will probably be drinking a ton of white teas. Also, I found a song called ‘White Rhino Tea’… I forget the band now, but that was amusing. This blend sounds divine, but I think I could have used more flavor from the white tea, the lemon and the almond. I wasn’t tasting too much almond. Really, a good Bai mu Dan tea might have had enough lemon flavor in it as is. Or maybe even the White Rhino would have been a nice base, but White Rhino would be a nice base for many things. Again, not doing this tea any justice with this tasting note, as I sipped this one a couple days ago. This one doesn’t have the Butiki magic that I expect, I guess. I’m planning a Butiki order, though I really shouldn’t.. at least until after January!

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96

Is this tea the same as what I’ve heard called ‘Sun Moon Lake’ black tea? I know it’s produced from a Taiwanese Assam-variety tea plant like this tea is.

The brewed liquor is a lovely dark reddish shade, almost like a garnet and the aroma is rather fruity. The flavour is something unique – has the robustness of Assam and there is a bit of malt though I would describe the dominant flavour of the tea to be something more like cocoa with a bit of bakey-ness followed by a sweet, slightly fruity (citrus maybe?) note. It has an extremely smooth feel in the mouth and I don’t feel the need to add milk to tone down it down like I do with most Indian Assams.

Butiki Teas has a real winner here – I completely understand why this is one of the top teas on the entire site.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

Sun Moon Lake black tea can refer to a few different types of black tea. If it is just an Assam then it is TRES #8.

Jillian

Cool, thanks for clearing that up.

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1425 tasting notes

Oh yeah this is a favourite. I gave my BFF her teas tonight, and made us a pot of this to share while she cleaned the frogs and I dealt with whatever it was I was doing.

I’m drinking the second steep right now, actually.

We both really REALLY like this tea. I highly recommend it. I love the slight tartness, the strawberry, the custard. Yum.

(3 min for first steep, 4 min for the second)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Memily

… cleaned the frogs?

OMGsrsly

I am reluctantly taking care of frogs for someone right now. Reluctantly because they are so noisy.

Mercuryhime

Memily, I thought the same question. :) I wondered if it was slang for something or if maybe I’m just really ignorant about frog care.

OMGsrsly

And really it’s their habitat that gets cleaned. We don’t give the frogs tiny showers. ;)

Sil

i wanna see you give frogs tiny showers…

OMGsrsly

Maybe I should do a kickstarter. “I will make a video of me giving frogs tiny showers.”

Butiki Teas

Would totally donate to that :D

OMGsrsly

I might have to get crafting, then. They’ll need little shower stalls, scrubbies, and wee shower caps. ;) Maybe I could make as much as the Potato Salad Guy!

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1425 tasting notes

(Gluten free version!)

Sil, your tea is freaking AMAZING. OMG, it’s perfect. It tastes like rhubarb and strawberry custard. I decided to add milk this morning, but it was good without. And it’d be fab with sugar too if you lean that way.

Love it. Oh man, I don’t want to pass this on to my friend! Can I steal a portion of her birthday present?

Flavors: Custard, Rhubarb, Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
mj

You can if she won’t know about it haha

Sil

hahaha i’m so glad you liked it. I love that stacy was able to make a gluten free version of it as well :)

OMGsrsly

I totally stole some right in front of her. I filled all my sample tins with tastes of all her teas. :D She laughed at me. It was great.

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90

My first aged tea. Wow. First steep was smokey, woody with a sweetness like burnt caramel. After that the smokiness got less and less and became more like roasty/toasty. I steeped up to 5 times western style the last for 8 minutes and the leaves were still not completely unfurled! I could tell I could’ve gotten more but I had to stop and I was not feeling well. A delicious intriguing tea

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Roasted, Smoke, Toasted, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

My favourite aged oolong! Glad you enjoyed it :-)

Krystal

Me too! Looking forward to trying out the 1991 Da Ye aged oolong

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So I forgot to account for the fact that I was using a 16 oz cup instead of 8 oz so this was underleafed and a bit watered down but it’s still delicious. This is sweet and rich and has a lot of depth and definitely captures butterscotch & hazelnut mocha candies. Plus, this smells amazing!

Sil

Waaaaaant

Stephanie

It’s so good with the white rhino base, gahhh

VariaTEA

Sil, I am always happy to share :). And Stephanie, I totally agree. I was sad when I saw it was a white tea until I realized it was white rhino because I love that tea.

Roswell Strange

Want want want :3 Also side note; I get paid in two days… Are there any places I should check out for possible tea orders? My cupboard is at a really well maintained number right now so orders are a thing that could totally happen.

VariaTEA

This is in the package I am sending your way

Marzipan

RS – Green Terrace is 50% off.

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86

Lewis and Clarke TTB

I haven’t had too many Darjeelings, but I’m always surprised by how complex they are. My first steep of this was while waiting for my dad to come fix my car, and I was too stressed to notice much in this. I think I got honey and hay.

MY second steep I’m having right now, and I’m getting hay and honey, peaches and maybe a touch of molasses. And there’s a background note that almost reminds me of wine.

This is very yummy, and I’m happy Stacy sent it for the box, because it’s something I would have most likely totally overlooked otherwise!

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Muscatel, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Ooooh, now I’m excited to try this! :D

Cheri

I got this as my free birthday bash tea. I haven’t tried it yet, though. I need to. It’s always a bummer when a tea I already have is in a TTB.

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I find that I just don’t enjoy this one. Yes, it’s strong, but I don’t mind that about it… It’s the weird mineral/earth taste that I don’t like. I’ve tried it with sugar and milk and even then it’s not great, plus I don’t really want a tea that I can’t drink straight. This time I tried a 2-minute steep and it’s better, but still very… dirt and rock-like. :P

Not rating it since I don’t know jack about Assams. :D

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I purchased this one from Ost in her stash sale. The second I saw two of Butiki’s straight blacks on her list, I pounced! They just so happened to be two blacks that I hadn’t purchased but was curious about. Gotta love how that works out sometimes. :P Anyway, I decided to cheat this morning and try this tea instead of drinking one of the black teas I’m supposed to be sipping down. Naughty! The leaves look surprisingly similar to a very tippy Yunnan. There are a ton of fuzzy metallic golden buds mixed with darker leaves. Dry scent is slightly malty and sweet (I confess, I stored this in a tin that used to house a fruity tea and I don’t think I let it air out long enough, so it smells slightly fruity too). I followed the recommended instructions aside from the water temperature.

Brewed, the tea smells very strong and malty/bready with some earth notes and a bit of sweetness. Whoa, I was not ready for the taste. I don’t have any experience with Assam teas, and I’m finding this to be extremely strong and quite earthy. I think I now know what “brisk” means when describing tea. Once I got past the initial taste, I found a fruity sweetness in the second half of the sip. There’s definitely a dark cocoa flavor that almost borders on bitterness, and a little spurt of floral in the aftertaste which was rather unexpected!

Overall, I was really surprised by the strength and intensity of this tea, especially after looking at the dry leaves. But the experience was a pleasant one for me, and I feel like my tongue got more and more used to the strong earthy flavor as I kept drinking. I think in the future, I’ll try this one with sugar or milk and see how that changes it. :)

Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Earth, Floral, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
806 tasting notes

800th tasting note!!!

For some reason, this tea reminds me of fond memories from my childhood. I can’t quite put my finger on the reason, but either way, it is wonderful!
Of course, the base is perfect, and pairs perfectly with coconut. I am not usually the biggest fan of banana in tea, but here it is delicious.
I really enjoyed this tea, the mellow flavours that aren’t “in your face” but meld together well. This has a relaxing effect, but energizing at the same time.

TheTeaFairy

Woot! 800 is a wholotta notes, congrats :-)

Sil

Awesome! Grats on 800!

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So, it sounds like I might be in the minority with this tea, because I did not like this as much as everyone else seems to. Or maybe I just did something horribly wrong. Or maybe it is just my dislike of coffee!! lol
Anyway, I definitely got the strawberry and light chocolate, but I wasn’t expecting the coffee flavour to be so strong. But it is possible that it just seems so strong to me. Anyway, with some sugar it turned into a delicious strawberry, coffee cupcake with tiny chocolate sprinkles. Or that is what I am picturing.

I am not rating this for now, so I can make sure that it isn’t user error.

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