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86

Sad Butiki sipdown. Though this isn’t as strong as my usual breakfast blends, the Darjeeling—which I love—comes through nicely. There’s a hint of citrus and some very faint cocoa. This one pales in comparison to Heaven’s Trash, but nonetheless it’s a blend I would’ve liked to be able to get some more of.

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74

Thanks for another one to try from Butiki, Greenteafairy! This makes me wish I tried some of the other Butiki pu-erh blends. The flavor is definitely blueberry with hints of champagne or something unique anyway when I’m first sipping the top of the cup. The pu-erh is neither too light or too dark for the flavors but I’m not sure if I like that sheng is mixed with shu. I think I’d rather it be either/or. The pu-erh itself has a slight smoky and BBQ flavor. Though I was never really in love with the particular flavor of Butiki’s pu-erh, the blueberry flavor certainly helps. Should have added sugar.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

drpastry

This sounds so delightful!

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86

Thanks for the sale, Greenteafairy! A chance for me to try a couple more Butiki blends! I really appreciate it. This is somehow such a smooottthhh blend. Whoa. I don’t think I ever tried the Butiki Bai Mu Dan on its own but it sure is a good one. The flavoring adds even more butter flavor. It tastes like buttery sugar cookies, even without adding sugar. Creamy, scrumptious, buttery sugar cookies. The second steep let a little more of the Bai Mu Dan peak through. I don’t really know what Irish Cream Butter Crisps are, but this tea is delicious. Oh Butiki, I’ll miss you forever.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15-20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep

Kaylee

Uncanny timing. I’m literally drinking this right now and was about to write a tasting note!

tea-sipper

Oh cool! Butiki still lives. :D

TeaNTees

This sound brilliant! Alas Butiki! :.(

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I did not read the ingredients list prior to brewing up the sample someone had sent me of this tea many moons ago….

So I didn’t notice that it had guayasa in it…I was getting some sort of chamomile-like scent, not sure where that came from, but I didn’t care for it. I guess though I love the scent of vanilla+lavender, I could do without the taste.

Cool to try an old tea from my wish list, especially one that no longer exists!

PS – oh hey there. :)

Indigobloom

You’re here! welcome back :)

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Not entirely sure what to make of this one. The dry leaf is jet black, but once wet it looks like a dark green tea. I was puzzling over it while sipping it piping hot, then returned to it after it had cooled a bit. It was more palatable then, with suggestions of baked bread and apricot, but it was still harsh enough that I decided to sweeten it with a bit of agave. This took some of the edge off, but I opted to go further still and added a little splash of soymilk, which turned the liquor an unappealing grey color. It tastes quite nice this way, though – a gentler flavor with maybe some vanilla-y notes.

I’d probably use a shorter steeping time and/or cooler temperature in the future, and maybe see how it takes to icing/cold-brewing.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Had tummy problems again tonight and decided to go with this one. The flavor might have faded from when I first bought it, but it still tastes nice, somewhat surprisingly even when hot! No rating since I didn’t try it when it was fresh.

Flavors: Cream, Root Beer, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95

What a wonderful blend this is! Where the breakfast blends I’ve been drinking lately are blunt force objects, this one is a positive symphony of flavors, each perfectly in tune with the other. There’s a lot going on—malt, honey, cocoa, stone fruit, that perfect hit of astringency—but it works. And I suppose it’s no wonder, given that it contains two of my favorite straight blacks: the inimitable PTA and luscious Giddapahar Darjeeling. Teas like this are the reason I still miss Butiki. If I could get my hands on more, it’d be a definite restock; as it is, I’m going to savor my last few cups on long, slow weekend mornings like this one.

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75

Last untried Butiki tea. Unfortunately; it wasn’t really a winner. All I could really taste was the base, though the dry leaf smelled like blueberry candy. It could be because of the tea’s age, but I recall having similar experiences with the Butiki puers I tried fresh. Maybe I’m just sensitive to the smoke flavor? In any case, I’m going to try to find a new home for this one when I get around to posting my stash sale.

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79

I can really taste the dark chocolate and raspberry in this tea and they mingle wonderfully together. I can’t taste the waffle at all. I definitely over-steeped it which made it bitter but the flavours are still good. Next time I’m going to add a little honey to amp up the sweetness.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry

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drank Pistachio Horizon by Butiki Teas
1842 tasting notes

Sipdown. This was a super-robust tea that I drank more for its caffeine powers in the morning than for any flavouring (which I felt kind of got lost in the strength of the base). I used the last bit to make Barmbrack, an Irish bread/cake. So delicious!

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drank Pistachio Horizon by Butiki Teas
1842 tasting notes

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92

This tea is very delicious and clearly one of my all time favorites.
It is my daughter’s favorite tea as well, we love the aftertaste especially.

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82

Mmm, smoke and blueberries. I’ll drink that.

Maybe I’ll sniff it incessantly too… Um, I’m a sucker for smokey smells.

We can be friends.

Flavors: Blueberry, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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84

Buttery golden, mild, and comforting. I wish it were a touch more assertive.

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
710 tasting notes

I got a sample of this somewhere along the line, but I’m not sure from who at this point. I tried it before, but don’t remember what I thought of it. I’m getting a slight bitter taste and maybe a little malt hidden behind that. As it cools the flavors merge and mellow a little. There is something fruity hidden in the aftertaste. A grapefruit flavor? With a hint of cherry? I’m so confused! LOL!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Butiki Teas
148 tasting notes

Sipdown! (39/371)

Another of my samples from MissB, I am really getting through them! This is a lovely breakfast tea. It’s thick and malty, and smells wonderfully bready while it’s steeping. It’s not too sweet for a morning tea, rather strong and almost savoury. With some skimmed milk, this is pretty much my idea of an ideal breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
1842 tasting notes

Argh, this tea is a pain in the arse to measure. I ended up just dumping some in my cup and eyeballing it to see if it was the right amount. It still smells lovely and lemony despite the tea’s age. It tastes lemony as well but it doesn’t taste like straight-up dried lemon peel but more a sweet lemon cream. It’s mixed with the delicate hay-like flavours of the base with a hint of nuttiness. Age has dulled the flavour a bit, I think, but if you exercised your imagination a bit you could see how it tastes akin to a lemon macaron.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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92

Sipdown (137)!

Drinking 52Tea’s Blackberry & Cream Shou Mei definitely put me in a blackberry mood, and that brought about this somewhat unfortunate sipdown. Truly, this will be a tea that’s dearly missed.

It was interesting drinking those two teas so close to each other, though! The blackberry flavouring was pretty similar/comparable, which really made the difference in base choice very apparent. The white base for Blackberries and Cream was light, and airy but the black by comparison was much richer with a deeper flavour. 52Tea’s blend was coquettish in nature, but Blackberry Cordial? Oooh, Blackberry Cordial was sultry and seductive…

Flavors: Blackberry, Honey, Malt

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