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Sooo….Haven’t had much of an appetite lately…been skipping meals and what ends up happening sometimes is I get certain weird cravings late in the night. Like my smoked salmon at 1am the other night.
Another thing that you may or may not know about me is that I don’t eat junk food. I am a bit of a health freak. But….I have my weaknesses… And one of them hit hard last night. My last encounter with it was about six months ago and I did report it in a pu’erh review. I even found out then that there were fellow steepsterites suffering from the same addiction. Somehow, I feel like I need to confess whenever I succumb to it.
Forgive me Steepster for I have sinned…
Last night, 12:30am, I was just sitting pretty on the couch, doing a little bit of reading, a little bit of Steepstering. The tv was on in the background. Then it happened.
I saw someone eating mac & cheese!!!
Some of you might remember that I keep a small emergency supply of…KD mac & cheese. Yes. Guilty as charged. Now…I make a mean REAL healthy mac and cheese from scratch with tofu, avocados, red bell peppers, an yes, some cheese. But…KD has a sentimental value…I just need to eat it occasionally. And when I do…I eat the whole god damn thing!
So I got my but off the couch and I made some….I gulped it down as if there was no tomorrow.
And again, I had some pu’erh to avoid major bloating situation.
This was one of the first pu’erh I ever drank…I really like Butiki’s mini tuochas. I ordered a bunch of them a long time ago, love how handy they are and that you can keep them forever.
This mini tuocha is different from others I’ve had. You must steep it a very long time. Like 7-8 minutes after a quick rinse.
It gives a very interesting mouthfeel, it feels «chewy», you know that feeling you get in your mouth when eating raw mushrooms? Hard to explain.
It’s also sweet and smooth, rather on the light side for shou.
It’s very forest-like, damp soil, wet autumn leaves. It has a wintergreen fresh finish, just lovely.
And…it most certainly took care of my bloated tummy!
Thank you pupu for the rescue!
LOVE!! First of all can I say LOVE the name??! “Hello Sweetie…..” Ugh love. So blended this up this morning. Felt like this would be a good choice for a breakfast tea with its black tea base. It’s amazing! I didn’t add any sugar. It doesn’t need it. No milk either. It’s perfect just the way it is. The tea has obvious caramel and toffee notes. Then there’s a little coconut but not in a tropical way. Perfectly balanced. Then there’s nut. And a touch of banana on the tongue at the end. It’s glorious and probably my new perfect breakfast blend when I want something more complex. Delicious.
Nom nom nummy! I had to throw away the first cup of tea I made this morning (which shall remain unnamed) as it tasted nasty, so to get rid of that bad taste in my mouth, I made this beautiful tea!! So freaking delicious! Smooth, sweet, like tea made for royalty! I’m so happy I have a whole ounce coming to me! It will be my special treasure tea!!
These leaves are dark and a little shorter than most I’ve come across recently. They smell just like pumpkin pie! The color of the liquor is also a pumpkin color as well. Well played, Stacy :). The taste is pumpkin pie too! Yum!! It is less sweet than pumpkin pie, but I enjoy that. The flavor is also very creamy, but I don’t get that caramelized sugar taste that I associate with crème brûlée. Still, I’m not at all upset with creamy pumpkin pie tea!
Flavors: Creamy, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Pumpkin
More dark, twisty leaves! I have to say I do enjoy an oolong with rolled leaves just because it’s fun to watch them unfurl. It’s like watching a time lapse video of a plant growing :) The aroma was not very strong, but the leaves brewed up an orange-brown color of decent strength. The taste didn’t blow my mind. It was prune-ish, without being nearly as sweet as an actual prune, although it was somewhat sweet. I also thought I picked up an oak note in there. I feel like I might not be being quite fair with this oolong because I just recently tried Butiki’s oriental beauty, which was completely amazing! Now I compare all fruity oolongs to that one and the purple sunset just isn’t dynamic and flavorful.
This oolong is a long, twisty oolong with large pieces of pecans, or “pea-cans” as we say in the panhandle of Florida. Brewed, it smells very maple-y and is a light burnt orange color. The taste is all gentle maple and nuts. As someone who’s not crazy about maple (not that I dislike it at all), this tea has the right maple intensity for me. You do get to taste the oolong at the very front of the sip before the other flavors take over. It would taste exactly like a pecan praline if there was a buttery element to it. If that were the case, I’d be all over it!
Flavors: Maple Syrup, Pecan
This tea is dark green with pistachio slices. Mmmm pistachios! The smell is very nutty with a vanilla background and when brewed the liquor is extremely light green. The taste is all pistachio! There is a creamy element to it, which I quite enjoyed, although I think I would have liked just a tad more vanilla. With that addition, it would have tasted almost exactly like pistachio ice cream :)
Flavors: Cream, Nutty
Now this is a pretty tea! The leaves are dark, medium length, and twisty, but also blended with beautiful coconut shreds and some sort of fruit zest? For those who don’t know, I’m OBSESSED with coconut. It even rivals my chocolate obsession, which says something! When brewing, this tea smells of coconut(!) with an overall tropical aroma. The liquor is a warm red clay color. When sipped, the coconut comes out first (yay coconut!), followed by what tastes exactly like bananas foster. Seriously, it tastes exactly like that! Now, I am extremely picky about my banana flavors. Basically, I like bananas, but have never liked something that was banana flavored until now. The banana is overall incredibly natural tasting. The only thing holding me back from going bananas over this tea (sorry about the horrible pun; I just had to) is the transition from the coconut to the bananas foster. Just for a second, I get a hit of banana candy flavor before it transitions to real caramelized banana. Considering just how picky I am, this is a super impressive banana tea!
Flavors: Banana, Caramel, Coconut
I was very excited to try this tea, given all I’ve heard about it from my dear Steepster friends :). This tea is a total spider-leg tea! (dark, twisty, looooong leaves). It smells very tannic and brews up a burnt sienna color. The main impression I get upon the first sip is that this tea is different- I’ve never tasted another tea like it! Points for that :). The flavors that pop up are honey and raisins, with a hint of cinnamon against a malty backdrop. This is actually the first tea I’ve gotten raisin notes from. The flavors all shine quite clearly- is this a classic assam flavor profile? I’m not sure as I’ve only had a spiced masala assam.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Malt, Raisins
This tea is very attractive: large chunks of what I assume is pineapple among short, flat, green leaves that smell sweetly of cilantro. They brew up a light-greenish yellow. The taste, however, was a bit disappointing for my personal tastes. It was mostly herby (cilantro) and the pineapple was quite hard to find. I guess the lingering sweetness was contributed by the pineapple, but in a blind taste test I wouldn’t be able to identify it. I don’t like very vegetal teas, so I won’t rate this one but I do think it’s well done. The flavors just aren’t to my tastes.
Ok, time to work my way through my tasting note backlog. Yes, it’s 2am, but I knocked out 10 hours of sleep last night and am feeling great, so my natural night owl tendencies have come out to play. Plus, it’s Saturday night, so I can do whatever I want and I feel like drinking some tea :-P
This tea though. LOVE IT. Not only is it tasty as all get out, it’s just so interesting. It’s the white tea for black tea lovers ( I heard that on Steepster, although I don’t remember where, so the credit does not go to me). The leaves are just luscious; long and plump in browns, yellows, and greens. They smell citrus-y when brewing, although I did not get any citrus in the taste, and the liquor is a goldenrod yellow. So pretty :). The first sip is a mouth bomb of honey and malt dropped on your unsuspecting taste buds (mine don’t mind at all!). Once you’ve recovered, further sips bring out strong notes of bread and cream with subtle sweet potato notes floating here and there. Oh my yum, I have serious need of this tea. It will have a permanent place in my cupboard from now on! Thank you, Virginia, for sending me this sample! I discovered a new favorite :)
Flavors: Baked Bread, Creamy, Honey, Malt, Sweet Potatoes
My life has turned into a comedy of errors. Half my family is mad at me for saying something I didn’t say, and thanks to the time zone difference I won’t be able to sort it out until tomorrow. I’m actually really upset about it on multiple levels, not least of which is the fact that anyone would even believe that I said it. So…tea?
I really like this blend. The summery pineapple flavor is dead on and good for at least three steeps. Sadly, this is the last of it. sipdown. Wah.
This is my first taste of Butiki….I ordered a few 1/2 ounce bags of different flavors, and while I was most anticipating the watermelon tea, I tried this one first. It’s nice and light, perfect for my post-Saturday afternoon nap tea. I get pineapple favor, a bit of cilantro, and something else I can’t really name. Another sweet fruit note. It gets even tastier as it cools, and would probably be nice on ice.
I had to have a Butiki tea in honor of Stacy’s birthday yesterday! Happy birthday, Stacy! I hope it was a good one. Keep doing the awesome you do! I have some samples to try yet, and this is one of them. Sadly, an assam means more tomato soup for me. I really wish I would have tried these before my tastebuds changed! All assam means all tomato, all the time. There is something special here that makes it unlike other assams though but its hard to tell what that is: a flavor I haven’t noticed in any other teas. Sadly, none of those flavor notes that others have noticed for this tea are making themselves known to my tastebuds, but I feel like they once would have. It’s too bad as this one has all my favorite flavors. Otherwise, there is a little baked bread and a bite to it. I think all of these assams taste like iron to me now. Odd. It’s going to be my mission this week to try a few not-new-to-me assams and see if they are the same. I wouldn’t think this would be a good base for Butiki’s new chocolate blend, but I guess I should try that one before saying that. I should have sipped one of my favorite Butiki teas on the 25th!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
The scent of this tea is of strawberries, coffee and something a little like a cookie. As I’m sipping, I am reminded of strawberry wafer cookies. I used to love those and would eat them by the packet if I could.
The strawberry and “cookie” part of the tea is most noticeable. There is also a slight bitterness in the background that brings to mind that Orzo tea from Lupicia. I don’t taste a whole lot of chocolate, but I’m really enjoying the strawberry wafer + bitter, weak coffee notes.
This is certainly a tasty tea, I just don’t know if it qualifies as one of my favorites from Butiki. I will enjoy the rest of what I have, but am not sure if I would restock.
I received this in a swap with Cheri a while ago and am just now getting around to trying it. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because I didn’t really care for Creamy Eggnog, but surprisingly I found it to be really pleasant. I would definitely drink this again. It was definitely creamy and I get a bit of vanilla maybe? I think I like it better than creamy eggnog because it was much less eggy.
My last Butiki sample from Mandy! This is actually one of the teas I’ve been most excited to try since I discovered Stacy’s website, and I ordered it in today’s sale. It’s very light and fluffy, mostly marshmallow leaf with various colored flower petals mixed in. Smells vaguely sweet and vanilla-esque.
This actually reminds me a lot of chamomile – it has that same musty, sweet floral taste. It’s very odd, considering there’s no chamomile in this blend… There’s also vanilla there, and a bit of butter. The whole thing is quite creamy and thick in texture.
I like this a lot! I can’t get over how similar it is to chamomile… I stopped buying chamomile blends because they’re just such a pain in the ass to brew. All those little tiny pollen strand things get stuck everywhere. But this is a nice alternative to that! Hooray!
Flavors: Butter, Cake, Marshmallow, Sweet, Vanilla
This one is delicious, it reminded me at first of Fujian Black from WP with the chocolate notes and it has some fruity note in there too like plums :) I sipped a few small cups of it before I found my Hello Sweetie sample and then handed it off to Lance to try and he loved it too.
I’ll spend some more time with it very soon so i can write a better review.