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I finally got to try the legendary Foxy Roxy today, thanks to lolainred. Nobody does banana tea like Stacy! This one isn’t quite as amazing as Banana Walnut Butterscotch, in my opinion, but it’s close! It tastes like a slice of banana bread fresh from the oven…rich banana flavor with a hint of nuttiness and just a little bit of sweetness. So yummy!
Flavors: banana, Pastries, Sweet, Walnut
Finally trying this purple green tea. :) The dry leaves are quite dark, look more like black tea than anything else. Once steeped, they look a bit greener. The tea liquor is kind of a light brown, looks almost like a darker oolong or maybe a really light black tea. But then it smells and tastes very green. :) I’m getting more of a spinachy than grassy flavour, with a lovely creamy mouthfeel that makes it kind of like spinach cooked in butter. Definitely some astringency building as I get down to the bottom of the cup, a real drying sensation on the sides of my mouth, but it’s not bitter or unpleasant. It’s a pretty good, fairly robust green tea, but not the sort of thing that I crave very often.
Flavors: Butter, Spinach
This was a great way to start a TTB! I picked this to get me going for the start of my morning. The dry leaf consists of small downy golden curls. This tea is so fluffy it actually sticks together in large clumps. I grabbed a generous amount and placed it inside my mini Gawain. I washed the leaf once and let it breath. This brew carried a thick malt aroma. I brewed up a cup. This thick garnet liquor carried a strong scent of spiced rum and roasted yams. The flavor was incredible! This was such a deep and heady brew. The initial sip carried the flavors of brandy, malt, spice,and caramel. It was such a thick brew and incredibly smooth and silky. I was able to pull a few steepings out my Gawain. The next subsequent brews became sweeter and thinner. This was a great start to wonderful TTB experience!
Flavors: Brandy, Caramel, Malt, Rum
I’m sure I’ve had this before, but this is my first time rating it. I think it’s a good idea to try a “pumpkin spice” tea with a puer base, since I often find with that kind of tea the flavour just totally overwhelms the base, but this puer can hold its own. :) It’s earthy and full-bodied and maybe a bit sweet, which works well with the pumpkin spice flavour. And adding the Irish cream also a great idea, because the cream balances well against the spice, and the boozy notes balance well with the puer. Having said all that, I like this tea, but I don’t love it. I’m not sure what the problem is, maybe it’s just that I’m drinking it black and it’d be better with milk and sugar? Or maybe I’m just not a big fan of pumpkin spice in general? Anyway, I’ll probably try it a couple more times, but might need to rehome this to someone who will love it more than I do. :)
Equusfell tried to foist this sample onto me after she disastrously steeped it grandpa-style (i.e., leave it in the cup forever, no rinse) quite a while ago when she was just starting to get into tea. I was going to just drink it, and then I decided it would be perfect to use in one of our gongfu sessions to really introduce her to what puerh is all about. I’m not the biggest puerh fan, but I appreciate its subtleties and understand it as a tea, and I was really happy that the session turned out very well.
I think I probably should have done two rinses instead of one, since the first steep was still a little overbearing. It’s been a while since I’ve had a puerh, and I admit I enjoyed “walking in the woods” once again. My first thought was, tastes like a sheng. The earliest steeps had some woody notes and autumn leaves. Then suddenly some really juicy apricot with hints of vanilla came to the forefront. As steeps progressed, it became more minerally and more smokey, with hints of leather.
Overall a fun tea to have a session with, and I think it was a good introduction to the wild and crazy world of sheng.
That cupboard number is kind of disheartening, however all the increase is samples so I don’t feel as sad about it.
This sipdown was in a timolino; it was similar to what I observed steeping it at home – very light bergamot and super mild black base but somewhat differently I thought this had much stronger grapefruit notes. They were similar to the intensity I was experiencing with the tangerine last time, and the tangerine notes I got this time around were more like the grapefruit; present but more so in the background. Quite tasty!
I’m actually kind of sad that I’m out of this one; it would’ve been a pretty interesting EG to have on hand. But it’s probably for the best; I don’t crave EG too often so it’s definitely not realistic for me to have several stocked up and I’ve already got two in larger quantities right now. One of which I still need to try!
If nothing else, this definitely has me more tuned in to Grapefruit EG blends; I know that’s something a few people here on Steepster are pretty into and definitely something I’m going to be keeping an active eye out for now.
This is a queued tasting note.
Thank you VariaTEA for getting this one to me, and Kittenna for splitting it with me! It smelled so good dry, and I ended up making it yesterday morning for my breakfast tea on my day off. Mmmm! I’m pretty sure it’s Bear With Me who’s obsessed with Grapefruit EG so I’m happy to finally be getting the chance to taste an EG with grapefruit in it (you’ve gotten me super excited!), even if there are other additions too.
I actually find I’m tasting the tangerine more than anything else; it tastes exactly like the tangerine in Butiki’s Tangerine Creamsicle guayusa blend except while I really disliked the flavour in that blend I think it works perfectly here. It ties in better with the base tea, and has a lovely, mellow sweetness to it and just a touch of citrus pucker. The grapefruit notes are more in the body of the sip, and ave the faintest bit of bitterness but in a way that’s pleasant and natural for grapefruit.
The EG itself wasn’t as strong as expected and I found myself craving a little bit more from the tea. It mostly was apparent running alongside the grapefruit notes and in the aftertaste. It paired phenomenally with the grapefruit by the way; I can see why that pairing seems to be a successful one.
The base was nice but didn’t impart a whole lot of flavour; not that I necisarrily wanted it to dramatically affect the taste of the tea but it would’ve been nice if it had not have been as mild and I could have pinpointed some distinct note from it. This is a really nice breakfast tea though; I will absolutely enjoy finishing off my little bag of it!
Today’s word of the day is/was: defunct, which means “having finished the course of life or existence : dead, extinct”. How dreary…
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample!
This is one of those teas I’m simultaneously infinitely grateful I got to try and also wish I had never taken a sip of because I’m totally in love now and probably wont get a chance to have this one again.
I’ve had two of Stacy/Butiki’s Pumpkin teas prior to this: Pumpkin Milkshake 2.0 and Pumpkin Creme Brulee and while neither were bad, they weren’t super satisfying either. On the other hand, this is easily the best of all three pumpkin teas and basically everything I could want out of a pumpkin tea. It’s also probably the best tea I’ve had in general in a very, very long time.
To start, it’s got some absolutely incredible and robust pumpkin notes. My personal biggest complaint with pumpkin teas is that you can’t actually taste the pumpkin and the focus is more on the spices and that’s completely not the case here. Along with that strong ‘pumpkin innards’ flavour is some really great rich, cream flavour that to me tastes pretty accurate to Irish Cream. It creates a very thick mouthfeel and full, well rounded base flavour with wonderful supporting notes coming from the Pu’Erh base and other additional ingredients.
The Pu’Erh was earthy in a really sweet, fresh way instead of a grimey, sludgy and murky way. It crept up on having petrichor like notes – which is my favourite smell/flavour in the entire world for people who don’t already know that. And even though it didn’t quite nail it, the slight overlap was enough to basically have me drooling. There was also this really wonderful taste that reminded me of eating fresh picked, unwashed vegetables from the garden. Sweet dirt; as much as that can be a thing.
Since I don’t like the obvious and easy pairing of Pumpkin and Spices I was pretty pleased this didn’t fall into that cliche trap. I did taste some nutmeg but it made me more think, with the Irish Cream notes, of a lightly nutmeg and cinnamon dusted slice of Pumpkin pie ala mode.
So there was a lot going on with this one but it all tied together to create such an amazing cup and steamy, tasty art. I can’t believe I was stupid enough to not order this one when Stacy was closing up shop. D’oh!
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I definitely toyed with picking this one up, but I have another Coffee/Mocha Rooibos blend I usually keep stocked up so I figured that it probably wasn’t worth ordering since I didn’t anticipate it to be much different. But definitely glad it worked out and I’m getting a taste after all!
It’s been a while since I had actual coffee ice cream; and I always associate it with this cat I used to own named Peanuts. Back when I was, uhh, maybe five I was living in Moosejaw but would drive down to this small town called Eyebrow every other weekend to visit my Dad. Eyebrow’s a retirement community kind of out in the middle of nowhere; it’s population is probably like 200 people MAX; most of which are seniors. There’s an elementary school there that’s K-12 with all the students feeding in from about five other comparably sized communities in the area. All the kids are basically the children of farmers, the younger people who own/operate the few businesses in the area (a restaurant, bank, ice cream shop, and a few grocery stores spread throughout the different towns) and the teachers themselves. My grandparents and one of my Aunt’s live there, and at one point so did I.
But that’s all kind of beside the point; the point is I had a cat named Peanuts. He was the runt of the litter and never grew more than the size of a kitten. My Dad is a big fan of coffee ice cream so we always had a big tub of it, and he’d set out this teeny tiny little bowl with a scoop of coffee ice cream for the cat. Of course it made him go kind of crazy; and in hindsight it probably was terrible for him but at the time I thought it was so funny. And that’s ALWAYS what I think of whenever I see/have coffee ice cream…
Taste wise; I definitely get the coffee and a bit of slight roasty flavour but I think I might be missing the ice cream component. I do taste a little vanilla, but nothing creamy per se. It’s a little disappointing but this still tastes pretty divine. The honeybush pokes through a fair bit though so it’s definitely not for people who dislike rooibos/honeybush and the woody kind of taste. What the vanilla is reminding me of is those vanilla wafers that grandparents always seem to have on hand; when I first started drinking coffee I’d always dip those wafers into it. I also drowned it in milk, but that’s beside the point too. A few sips seemed to have a metallic tang to the aftertaste, but it wasn’t unpleasant – just a touch weird.
Definitely happy I tried this one if for no other reason but to have that bit of nostalgia. I like the Latte Macciato I keep stocked a little bit better just for the hint of chocolate it has, but this was tasty too! And definitely more different than I thought it’d be.
Backlog from last weekend.
I enjoyed this, in spite of being ‘off’ most cinnamon teas lately. I guess it was just that right sort of cinnamon that tasted good, instead of whatever is used in most DavidsTea cinnamon teas. Not sure I caught the “bread” aspect here; I didn’t really taste anything other than a warm cinnamon. It isn’t a tea I’m upset to have unavailable; I may end up passing some of this off to a new home if someone enjoys it more than me, but I am glad I ended up caving and picking it up in one of my ridiculously many Butiki orders.
Mmm, I do like Taiwanese blacks. I steeped this in a pyrex measuring cup so I could pour it into my travel tumbler. :) 3g of tea, 8oz boiling water, first steeping a little over 3min, second steeping 5min, mixed together.
Medium, bread-y maltiness. Honey sweetness. Dried fruits – raisins, prunes? Tasty. :)
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Honey, Malt
Wow, I’m getting really different flavours from this than everyone else. Interesting! I’m steeping it gongfu style, 4g of tea in a 100ml gaiwan. I did a quick rinse, then the first steeping was maybe 20-30sec (?), second was probably about 1min, third I actually timed for 2min. Water temp varied from 85-95C.
The predominant flavours I get from this are earth and apples. But like, not fresh apples, cooked ones. It’s kind of like walking through an apple orchard in the fall, after a rain, where you have the scent of wet earth and the soft apples on the ground. There’s a bit of honey sweetness in this tea, but not a lot. When I stick my nose in the cup after drinking all the tea, I get a sweet carmelized sugar scent, but I’m not getting a lot of that in the actual flavour. And I’m getting no cocoa from this whatsoever. Fascinating! I’ll have to try steeping it a few other ways, I don’t think I’ve found optimal parameters for this tea yet.
Janelle sent me a sample of this, it’s a Butiki tea that I sadly never got the chance to try when it was actually still available.
I REALLY enjoyed it. I have enough left for another cup, and it’s been awhile since I had it, so this review is basically to say that I liked this tea, which I can never get again, and you can’t get it either. But, I liked it.
It was very tasty, the flavour combo was yum.
I’ll be back with more descriptive words after Round 2, whenever that is.
One of the teas I got from CrowKettle this past weekend, and this is a winner! This is very similar to the Buttersotch Mocha Candies (pretty sure I got that wrong, or only partly right) but here the mocha is replaced but the coffee, and yet the three flavors blend together so well. The butterscotch adds a touch of sweetness to the coffee, while the pumpkin is smooth and mellows the coffee, but marrying it with a sort of warm earthiness. I do feel the coffee is the most present note, but it really isn’t in your face at all. If any of that made sense.
Of the pumpkin teas, this is probably my favourite. Can’t wait to have more!
The scent of this tea is pure creamy banana. I can’t really smell much of the oolong, but I’ll be honest and say that I’m just here for that banana and butterscotch.
Sipping… oh this makes me sad that I can’t buy more. It’s such a perfect creamy banana tea! The walnut adds a bit of coarse starchiness to the background reminding me of a banana bread. I don’t really taste the butterscotch, but I think I’m finding it in the tea’s smooth and soft character. The banana is beautiful and natural. I love the oolong base and the way it adds just a hint of that green leafy flavor to the cup. Everything blends together so well.. it’s just perfect!
I have not been on Steepster in awhile!
While I’ve been drinking tea, I just haven’t had the time to log it here. I miss reading what everyone is drinking!
Had to log this, though, because this tea is one fantastical creation… I instantly feel like I’m Tom Waits sitting with Iggy Pop in a booth at a diner, all in black and white… and it’s so comforting in such a strange way. lol
Really, this tea!
I’m not a smoker, because lung issues run in my family, but I have enjoyed cigarettes and coffee in the past…. and it’s a taste that just sticks with you forever afterwards, filed away in the ‘nostalgic tastes and smells’ cabinet of the mind.
I really do wish this was one that could be ordered again, basically because there is nothing like it out there. nothing. (and, the aftertaste is spot on. SPOT ON!)
Thanks for making this one Stacy. It’s quite special. :)
Yeahhhhh, not really a fan of this one. It’s one I got from CrowKettle in our Spring Meetup yesterday, and I requested it on name and it being Butiki. Had I actually looked at the tasting note and saw that it has smoky notes, I’d have passed, but I didn’t. And since I am so not a fan of smoky teas, I am not a fan of this one. I’m not really sure how a smoky base is part of cinnamon bread…but I know it was an attempt to use up teas and flavours near the end. There’s another serving left…I think I will share it with someone who likes smoky teas.
I’m sure this is lovely for someone that does like smoky teas, but it’s just not for me. I couldn’t finish my cup at work. :(