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Mmmmmm… this is a lovely Butiki tea to end my evening with! I’m just on the 2nd of my two planned Supernatural episodes, drinking this, and knitting some silly mitts for my poor cold kid.
Then I’ll start my GoT Winter is Coming scarf! :D
I found out today that I was the lucky winner of the Butiki contest! I’m so stoked. I picked the blue bird jar because I’m a sucker for birds, and now I’m drinking Butiki tea to celebrate! I’ve only got one cup of this left, and one cup of Caramel Vanilla Assam and then I’m totally cleaned out until my order arrives. That’ll be… odd.
This is such a nice dessert tea and is definitely perking me up this afternoon. I have no idea how Stacy created such an authentic tasting eggnog flavor without the use of dairy but I’m so glad. It seems a bit rich and decadent!
I’m feeling blah today and wanted a treat. This is doing nicely.
I decided this morning that today would be Green Tea Day for me :)
Green tea lovers, why haven’t you tried this one?? It is SO GOOD! Super sweet and buttery like creamy corn with a nice green tang. Perfect.
I’m not sure whether my tastes are changing for good, or whether it’s just because I’ve been ill, but I think I might be starting to enjoy plain teas a lot more than the flavoured ones I used to adore. There’s something about flavoured tea that just seems to have stopped appealing to me. Whereas once upon a time I would have chosen a flavoured tea without hesitation, these days it’s teas like this one that are more likely to jump out at me.
As oolongs go, I could really start to like this one. I was very hesitant about trying it, because oolongs haven’t generally been my thing, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. I like the fresh, delicate flavour this tea has. I’ve one more cup left, and it’ll be sadly missed when it’s gone. I think it’s highly likely that this one will make it on to my repurchase list, though, so hopefully I won’t be bereft for too long.
Enjoyed a cup of this tonight in all it’s sweet vanilla smoothness
I think this is the last new tea I’m going to try tonight – I’m getting increasingly more sleepy and after thing one I think I’d rather stick to something familiar that I know will be comforting.
Honestly, I’ve never had plum pudding and haven’t the faintest idea what it should taste like – but this seemed like too interesting of a tea idea to pass up when I put in my order, and I’ve had nothing but success with the oolongs I’ve tried (I got a lot of the oolong blends – five in total) so I’m sure even though I have no comparison basis this will be great regardless.
Dry, the leaf smells absolutely exquisite. There is something oddly familiar and homey about the smell, but I can’t for the life of me place what. I can smell the spices – specifically the allspice, but it seems to be pretty well balanced with the fruit in the blend as well so I’m not worried about a spice overload. It’s definitely an interesting smell.
For steeping, I used 1 tsp. for 8 oz. steeped in about 70 degree celsius water for four minutes. The smell of the tea is pretty different: it actually strongly reminds me of another blend I’ve recently had but I’m having a hard time racking my brain to figure out which one. It was another blend with lots of kick from spices in it, though…
Taste wise, I am getting a bready type of cake taste from this, but only when I take larger sips. The spices are coming through pretty heavily for me, even though in the tea description it says they were light on the spice. I also get the orange peel relatively strongly too – which is something else that is supposedly light. The two more main notes I feel I’m supposed to be getting (plum and rum) are not terribly strong and I feel like I’m sort of grasping at them. It’s the same idea with the bready/cakeyness: I’m pretty much only getting a taste of it when I take large sips (closer to a gulp, really).
Although, I’m finding as this cools I’m getting slightly stronger notes of plum, rum, and cakeyness – and milder spice. Still basically the opposite of what I was anticipating, though. Really, it’s NOT a bad cup of tea, but I do think it’s my least favourite I’ve tried so far and I’m not immediately sold on this being one I’d need to keep stocked.
I think I need to try it a few more times so I can wrap my head around it – I’m really quite undecided at this point.
Made this one as a cold brew today. Brewed for just under 12 hours.
I was disappointed in this one as a cold brew. It pretty much just tastes like cold brewed rooibos to me. There is a very slight sweetness to it, but it is not necessarily mango. Oh well, you never know until you try.
I saved a tiny bit of this tea for my husband. He tried it last night and said it reminded him of sushi. How is my husband so smart? This tea does have a briny, seaweed taste to it!
This would be a sad sipdown if I didn`t have the premium assam, because it is even better. I really enjoyed this tea. On to better and brighter assams!
Drinking this unsweetened this afternoon. SUPER TASTY and I do think I’m getting some spiciness from the hops, too :)
I’m considering making this one into a tea syrup for tea sodas tonight. Or maybe Ruby Pie…or With Open Eyes! Oh I can’t decide!!
This week is really chaotic. I’m taking a nice break now to enjoy this phenomenal tea. I love it so much! I’m not sure how well it will be received, maybe it’s just me that loves it but I really feel like both Kenya and India have just been producing some amazing white teas lately. I’m not really a white tea drinker. I usually only have white tea when friends are over and I can brew it in a nice glass vessel of some kind, often when we are playing poker. Our poker friends really love our White Whisper and it gives a nice little buzz when we are up all night playing cards. This tea is just different. While it’s still on the lighter side, it has really rich and sweet caramel notes. It also has some malt, sweet potato and the standard white hay notes. I prefer to brew this one with boiling water since it adds to the malt flavor. Overleafing can cover some of the rich caramel so I tend to measure this one out. This has now become my go to tea. I’m starting to reach for it a little more than the Premium Taiwanese Assam though I think they are fairly equally yummy but in different ways. This tea is a substitute for our Royal Golden Safari, even though that is a black tea. Unfortunately, our photo for this tea is too dark, it really is more golden in color but unfortunately our camera broke and we are waiting on some parts. So in order to get this up in time for the sale I had to use my cell phone. Terrible, I know.
Blarg, I’m noticing my writing skills have gone way down since I’ve only had 4 hours of sleep. Tonight will be nice since its date night. The hubby and I will be enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers and binge watching all the shows we put off since we have both been so busy with work. I think we have multiple Ultimate Fighters, Walking Dead, Marvel, and maybe 1 American Horror Story. Lately, I feel like watching Walking Dead is more of a chore. I think after season 1, I just never enjoy watching it but I keep watching it to see if it gets better. The hubby still loves it though. The whole farm season was pretty awful in my opinion.
From the Great Canadian TTB.
The dry tea smelled just like your basic rose scented tea.
The brewed tea, however, is lovely. Rose is the predominant flavour, however it is not perfume/chemical tasting. The white tea is very light and provides a mellow base, it is just slightly on the vegetal side, maybe hay tasting. There is a creamy texture and taste to the tea. I would say the champagne notes are very subtle but they are there. I think I would better describe this tea as roses an cream. It is very gently sweet. I am getting a very quick and slight tinge of metallic in the aftertaste but it is not bad tasting. The rose flavour lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. I feel like I just freshened my breath with rose water.
Nightmares and work stress woke me up this morning. Blergh.
This tea remains sweet, mellow, and just a delight to sip on in a morning where I need to simutaniously calm down and wake up.
Its always hard to go back to work after a holiday. Sigh. Well, it must be done.
I brewed this up this evening as a low-caffeine option, and made sure to consume it at least three hours before going to bed so I wouldn’t be getting up to go to the bathroom all night. we’ll pretend I didn’t enjoy a gigantic glass of candy cane egg nog about an hour later, though!
This tea was my first Butiki love, and it rarely (if ever) lets me down. A consistent, lightly delicious cup all the time. And the authentic taste of cantaloupe never fails to amaze me. Mr. Keychange asked me what i was drinking, and I replied that it was this tea, but that I suspected he wouldn’t like it, as it was a white tea, and he already thinks that “so much tea smells so much better than it tastes” (which is often true for me too, actually). I was feeling rather generous though, so I pushed the cup towards him and urged him to have a sip. and he really, really liked it. He said he could imagine biting into a fresh piece of cantaloupe, complete with all the juicy goodness oozing all over the place, and couldn’t believe its taste could be captured so perfectly in a tea! I felt a bit envious of him, because I remember feeling so floored myself the first time I’d tried this tea, but am ultimately so happy to have been able to share that with him and watch him have the same amazed reaction I had. So, needless to say, I’ll be sharing the rest of my supply with him, and will be ordering more. With the exception of this morning’s Darjeeling (which is a breakfast staple in general), it’s been a summer tea kind of day!
I ordered some of this in my Butiki order yesterday, since the description and reviews made it sound very tasty (especially at this time of year). Went to dig through my box of samples for something new to try, and lo and behold, I apparently got a sample of this at some point and had completely forgotten about it! I steeped it up, and mmmm, I am so glad I have more on the way!
I have no idea what unflavoured guayusa tastes like, but whatever it is, it melds beautifully with the apple and spices. Yum.
Backlog and sample sipdown, except not really, since I ordered some more of this yesterday since I really enjoyed it.
Sweet, mapley, and nutty. I’ll have to remember to try this with a hint of sugar, too, but it’s still amazing on its own.
Thanks for the sample with my order, Stacy!
The long, fuzzy needles are so cool looking. I agree with tigress_al that this is a very light tasting tea. On the first steep, I picked up floral and green bean notes. It doesn’t taste weak per se, but it’s too light for my taste. The second steep is better for me – thicker mouthfeel, stronger green bean note that I’m strangely enjoying. I think I might just prefer more robust flavor in my straight teas – perhaps a longer initial steep would have been good.
1.5 tbsp for 375 ml
Straw-like black tea taste in forefront. Strawberry and graham cracker flavours mingle at end the sip. A bit bitter at the end of the cup.
Thanks Sil for sharing with me!
0.5 tbsp for 200ml
Extremely mineral tasting- I felt like I was drinking a carbonated beverage. The strawberry is mild in flavour, more apparent in the aroma. The ginger is very faint. There is a baked-goods note; like a pastry on the roof of my mouth in the aftertaste. As the tea cools the strawberry flavour becomes a bit more punchy.
Thanks to Sil for letting me try some!
Sipdown of this glorious tea but hey, I have another 2 oz. on the way so whatevz!
Unrelated, but I just wasted like 1.5 hours working on a Harney & Sons mock order and for some reason this time it kept giving me $35+ for shipping on a $40 order even though according to the site, an order under $50 = $15 shipping to Canada. Sigh.