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Tasting note 400! Woo! Last week, I made my first Butiki order, and Stacy send this as a sample. I had a couple cups while waiting for the peach pie to bake (it turned into a cobbler hybrid somehow). The scent was mostly stonefruits, especially peach, and some notes of pecans. There is a lot of peachy in the flavour as well, a bit malty, and nuts. If I ever made a peach pecan pie, it might taste like this. It is also my first Nilgiri tea.
Flavors: Peach, Pecan, Stonefruits
Tea of the morning, and the final sample from my last Butiki order. I came close to buying a whole bag of this, but in the end I couldn’t decide between this and Dinjoye Estate. I’ve tried a sample of the Dinjoye before, so I figured I’d also try a sample of this and then decide in time for my next order. I love assam, so I fear it may not be that simple. Perhaps both are required.
Anyway, the tea. I followed the recommended parameters and gave this 3.5 minutes in boiling water. It’s delicious – absolutely all of the things I love about assam in one cup! It’s very malty, so much so that it’s almost thick tasting and sort of chewy. The initial sip is quite savoury, but a strong underlying sweetness emerges in the aftertaste. It’s very, very smooth, with not a hint of astringency. It’s also strong in flavour — even with milk this was an excellent wake up kick! There are tiny, tiny hints of cocoa and bread, but they’re not prominent. That’s fine with me, though, because there are other teas that have those characteristics in spades if that’s what I’m looking for. I love this one for it’s wonderful sweet, strong, overwhelming maltiness. I can see it being a definite purchase.
I have a song to dedicate to this tea… or that maybe the tea should dedicate to ME.
“You wanted more… more than I could handle… more than I could offer…”
I thought this was going to be amazing, a smooth, chocolately flavor mixed with tart raspberries, almost like candy in a cup.
But then it turned out to be just somewhat watery, strong on the black tea flavor, light on the chocolate-raspberry, which really just felt more like an accent or an aftertaste.
Now I do enjoy it – having a tea with a raspberry-chocolate aftertaste is lovely. But I would advise you to lower your expectations… expect a black tea, and come out with a fruity-chocolate flavor after your sip.
I tried it hot – will see what it’s like cold.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, Tea
From the Lewis and Clark TTB.
The dry leaf is so colorful and pretty, and smells really good, like ice cream cake! So I had high expectations for the taste. It wasn’t what I expected: not much cake-ness, only just a hint of “icing” beneath the base herbs. I didn’t feel like adding any sugar – I’ve never drunk marshmallow leaf or calendula before and was intrigued by how they tasted.
This tea was good. The brewed tea had a beautiful golden color. There was only a touch of bitterness in the early steepings then none. There were definite notes of plums and honey.
I really liked this tea, a lot. I will eventually want to order it but not right away.
I brewed this tea five times in a 180ml teapot with 6g leaf and 190 degree water. I steeped it for 15 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. There were probably three more steepings to this tea, it wasn’t played out but I am at my caffeine limit for the night.
Flavors: Honey, Plums
Oh, this is so yummy! I love caramel apples especially during this time of the year and this tea really captures one in a cup! There is a really nice balance between the caramel flavor, apple and the oolong. Everything tastes so fresh, too.
I love that the oolong adds to the buttery caramel flavor, but it also gives off the slightest floral note. The caramel is not at all artificial tasting and remains sweet, rich and creamy. As for the apple.. it really shines towards the end with just a hint of tart skin. The caramel, apple and oolong seem made for each other and they just work so well in this blend. What is most impressive is the flavor isn’t covered up by the oolong. You really do taste all of the elements of this blend with each sip.
I think this is definitely going to be on my repurchase list. I have a feeling that it would become one of those teas that I would need to be in the mood for, but it certainly is satisfying.
From the Lewis and Clark TTB.
If you ever want an unusual tea to try, put this on your list: a Japanese pu’erh! It’s strange, but the good kind of strange. It smells like whole wheat bread. The liquor full-bodied and thick. Besides sweet earth, there is a black coffee note. It kind of tastes like watered-down coffee – here me out first! – but because of the thick texture it feels wonderful in the mouth. Sticky, yummy aftertaste coffee and then bread sticks an sesame seeds.
breakfast tea with the best tea sister evaaar! I got to try this one out, which is great since it’s on my list of things to order from Stacy, and this let me try it first. I sadly mostly just remember that this was smooth, and delicious. It was the right blend of ceylon and darjeeling for me – neither one overpowering the other. on the whole, a great accompaniment to delicious terri made breakfast!
I’ve liked the Taiwanese black teas I’ve tried so far, and I’ve been getting along quite well with Butiki’s leafhopper teas also. On the strength of these, I requested a sample of this one with my last Butiki order. I’m drinking it at work today, and it is DE-LIC-IOUS. I followed the recommended parameters, and gave this one 3.5 minutes in boiling water. The liquor is a golden brown, and smells sweet and malty.
To taste, it’s wonderfully bready. I’m talking fresh baked bread right out of the oven. It’s also highly malty, with all the sweetness that entails, with a note of caramel in the smoothness of the aftertaste. I can also pick up on the oak and plum notes mentioned in the description — they add a slightly savoury twist to an otherwise sweet cup, and end each sip beautifully, lingering a little on the palate. The star flavour here for me, though, is the initial hit of bread. It’s so clear and intense, it’s actually making me feel hungry! Definitely one I’ll be picking up with my next Butiki order!
I requested this as a sample with one of my most recent Butiki orders. To be fair, I probably should have gone with a whole bag (because I knew I’d probably love it). Maybe I was hoping to give myself an excuse to place another Butiki order? Hmm. I wonder whether that was it. Anyway, I rather like guayusa, particularly for work mornings as the high caffeine helps to get me started. I generally need all the help I can get waking up!
I almost followed the recommended parameters for this one — I used boiling water, but only left it 5 minutes rather than 6. I pretty much always under do my guayusas on time, because I don’t like the earthy base to come through too much and either cause astringency or overpower the flavouring. 5 minutes is fine for this one to my tastes.
I can definitely taste blackberry – it’s very juicy and fruity, and wonderfully sweet; not at all tart or sour as actual blackberries sometimes can be. I can also taste the guayusa peeking out a little bit — it’s earthy and a little “green” tasting (but in a good way, like wet forest, rather than composty). I don’t mind being able to taste it a little, as it actually works well as a counterpoint to the sweet blackberry. I can’t really detect any lime, which is a shame, but the blackberry is such a great, clear flavour that I don’t really mind.
I’m a fan of Butiki’s guayusa blends. My favourites so far have been The Killer’s Vanilla and Good Morning Sunshine. It’s hard to say where this one sits on the scale — about equal with the other two, I think. Perhaps it’s time for a repurchase?!
Thank you Sarsonator for this sample. This is good stuff. I was just about to add sugar to it when something made me change my mind. It doesn’t need it. It had definite notes of honey, plums, and apricots. It was very tasty. I did not notice any discernible fall off of flavor even in the sixth steeping. It was mildly strong but not overpowering. I definitely noticed an unusual effect from the tea, I was slightly buzzed but not tea drunk. This was very nice. This is a tea that has some Qi to it, many don’t.
I brewed this six times in a 125ml Gaiwan with 175 degree water and 4g leaf. I brewed it for 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. There was no need for lengthy steepings. If I hadn’t been planning on more tea later I might have steeped it a couple more times. The spent leaves had a discernible aroma that I would describe as honey like.
Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Plums
Ok, this is a little sweeter/more mango flavoured then last time. I’m thinking it’s a combination of my slightly overleafing and steeping an extra two minutes that help pushed this one further to a more flavourful, and therefore enjoyable, point.
I actually let this one get cold, and it was a bit better that way. If I had any more I’d probably be trying it next as a cold brew – but as is I’m out, and this didn’t impress me enough to want more of it so I shall leave that avenue unexplored and just be content with the two cups I had.
Thanks again, Cameron B.
Thanks Cameron B. for the pretty generous sample! I’ll get a few cups out of it.
Honestly, this one hasn’t really been on my radar as far as Butiki blends goes; mostly ‘cause I’m really finicky about mangoes – but why pass on an opportunity to try something a little out of my comfort zone that I wouldn’t have otherwise.
Honestly, I’m not getting a lot out of this. The majority of what I taste is the rooibos base; it’s really standing out to me. The mango, primarily, is just adding extra sweetness to the rooibos. There’s not a whole lot distinct about it; but I can taste it more clearly on the very tail end of the sip and in the aftertaste. I’m actually enjoying the mango I can taste; I wish there was more of it!
And that’s really about it. Sorry Stacy, this one isn’t my thing and surprisingly it’s not because of the mango like I thought it’d be. I will play around with the rest of the sample though, to see if I can bring out that flavour any more.
PS. All you people with “normal bedtimes” are missing out! Steepster chat has been a blast tonight with Lariel and Starfevre. Lots of interesting topics of conversation tonight – both related and unrelated to tea.
Drank a sample of this. A bright rose is the first thing I tasted, with the cream being more subtle. I can’t discern any champagne flavors in here since I’m not familiar with them, but that is fine with me since this tea tastes great regardless. Halfway through the cup I added a bit of sugar and it made the flavors explode (moreso than with adding sugar to other teas); the rose was now very sweet and at the same time the cream was more forward and full-bodied. The tea came across to my pallete as kinda confusing, probably because I wasn’t familiar with what champagne flavors should taste like. But I definitely enjoyed it and will plan to give it another try with my next order.
Sad Sipdown (126)!
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample of this beauty! As soon as I heard it announced, I knew I had to try it. Firstly, it uses White Rhino as the base, and I just love that tea. It’s white tea for black tea drinkers! Secondly, butterscotch!? Yes please! I love sweet things so obviously I love butterscotch. And then the other flavours here are just the cherry on top! Mmm!
Dry; this is so rich smelling! Sure, that smell is like 99% butterscotch instead of the “other stuff” but it’s mouth watering and captivating. Delicious! Steeped up, there’s no difference: after I took my first sip I was practically drooling.
You can definitely taste the White Rhino base, even with the extra flavouring that is very robust and captivating; and I love that because the base is beautiful on its own too (which is why I stock it) – and like Stacy says in the tea description, the base and flavours do blend really seamlessly. And speaking of those “extra flavours”; butterscotch. All the butterscotch. All of it. It’s captivating, and accurate, and delicious! We sell those little butterscotch candies (you know the ones; with the yellow/gold clear wrapping) at work and this totally captures the essence of that. But then you have this really nice mocha flavour layered under stand that ties together with the butterscotch but makes the whole thing feel more “fancy” or “elite”, in a way. Add to that the natural malt notes and cream from White Rhino and the resulting brew is complex and layered in addition to delicious.
So this is right back on to my wishlist; I don’t know when my next Butiki order will be (it’s not a priority at this point), but whenever it is I know that this will be included. I have a pretty good range of Butiki teas, and just White Butiki teas in general (Watermelon Xylophone, Doke Silver Needle, White Rhino, French Lemon Macaron), stocked up and this will totally have a place among them. 100%.
Although quick note, I didn’t actually pick up on the Hazlenut in this but honestly I didn’t feel like anything was missing…
Flavors: Butter, Butterscotch, Cream, Honey, Malt, Mocha, Vanilla
I got this sample from Stephanie, because I wanted to try more Butiki teas.
This smells nice, a bit herbal… but mostly like a creamy black tea. The flavour makes me think of an Irish Breakfast blend if I added a lot of cream to it. Overall, I like the creamy black tea, but I’m not really getting much cheesecake.
Flavors: Creamy, Irish Cream
This is a fun tea. Love the cantaloupe flavor and the creamy note. I probably should have shared this one with my daughter since cantaloupe is one of her favorite foods, but I was selfish and kept both servings for myself. I regret nothing!
September Sipdowns: 15
Just tried a cup sample of this. This tea doesn’t remind me of something bright or refreshing, but rather something very smooth and relaxing. Though there seem to be a lot of flavors and notes going on in this tea, I enjoyed being able to clearly realize each one of them despite the fact that they are relatively similar types of flavors. Coconut, banana, and cream are the most immediate flavors in this tea, with a subtle flowery vanilla playing in the background and perhaps even a quiet nuttiness at times. I did not add any sugar to this (like I do with 80% of my teas) and it had enough flavor and sweetness to stand on its own. I will probably order some of this with my next Butiki shipment, at the very least so I can try it cold-brewed or to see how it tastes with some sugar. I just hope they have it in stock at that time, since it is a “Limited Edition” after all! This is a perfect tea for anyone who likes that tropical ‘Pina-Colada’ type of taste and also wants something exceedingly smooth and comforting.