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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Organic Bancha by Butiki Teas
2880 tasting notes

Backlog.

Shouldn’t have had this for the first time in a travel mug. But I did. It was fine, kind of toasty, but that really wasn’t the best environment for it, and I knew that. I just didn’t have all that many options at the time, haha. So, more details to follow in future tasting notes. I think I will like it, though.

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Cold brewed a bit of this for work today! And man, did I ever need that caffeine boost today. Sundays are a shitshow for brunch places, and with the weather being so stupid and perfect, I was going full-tilt for over 10 hours. I really think that the only thing that kept me going was the jet fuel tea latte I made early that day and a quart and a skosh of this wonderful, delicious, uplifting brew.
I love the bright and grassy, bold and brassy guyausa in this blend. It never gets astringent or bitter, no matter how long you brew it. I have to get my usual mate to the exact amounts, or I will have an undrinkable bitter brew. The creamy, dreamy notes and the tangerine hug each other in a smooth, refreshing embrace throughout the infusion. I made it a little on the light side, but I think that was really what I needed.

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Thanks again for the sale, TheLastDodo! I was dying to try this one! I love Butiki’s banana teas, add walnut and butterscotch on a lovely oolong…. then say it tastes like banana cream pie? I’m there! I only have two teaspoons of this one so I went with one tsp instead of 1 1/2 but made SURE to not fill the mug all the way. I imagine the flavor would be even better than this glorious cup then, with an extra half tsp! The banana and walnut fragrance is definitely there even before I take a sip. Wow this is so so good. The flavors almost overpower the oolong itself, but I don’t mind. The second steep has noticeable peach undertones. The third is nuttier. I’d expect the flavors to diminish a little with subsequent steeps, but not with a Butiki tea! I know the oolong is very nice on its own anyway. I wish I had more than a teaspoon left!
Steep #1 // 18 minutes after boiling // 1 tsp // 4 minute steep
Steep #2 // 7 min a.b. // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4-5 min

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
6059 tasting notes

I tried this one yesterday, mostly to decide whether or not i should send this off to a tea friend who would prefer it. I’m still torn and it’ll take a few cups to really decide BUT if there are folks out there who ADORE this, they should speak up, as i may be willing to send it out. This is a really strong tea from stacy. if you can manage to steep it for about a minute it’s not too much…1.5 and it gets close to needing milk and sugar lol

OMGsrsly

ADORE. I’m having praline horizon this morning. 3 minutes, with milk. :P

Sil

good ‘cause it was you i was thinking of sending my bag to if i don’t love it after a couple attempts

OMGsrsly

:D I have something special for you too!

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I’m incredibly late to the party on this tea. I never ordered this one from Butiki because back then I sometimes struggled with darjeeling when it was too green/wood tasting…..I thought the other teas would take away from the strength of the assam and honestly, at that point in my tea education I didn’t really know what a nilgiri was. Well, sitting here with the first sip in my mouth, I taste why many loved this blend.

The assam gives this blend a nice solid malty base note, but instead of the usual stone fruit mid note that comes with assam, the darjeeling and nilgiri blend together to bring the flavor profile to the center of the cup. There is certainly citrus and a touch of floral woodsiness…like the faint smell in a forest when the trees are in bloom (I’m thinking specifically dogwoods). My beloved stone fruit note is still here as well, joined by these other notes that the blend brings…..
This is not a hearty breakfast blend by my palate. This is the one that I’d reach for (if I had any more!) on a cloying summer morning when my usual assam just seemed too heavy. It’s more “fruit and yogurt” than “scone”…but one can’t live on scones alone…. (lord knows I’ve tried!) :)

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Green Wood, Malt, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
beelicious

Great tasting note! You make this sound so delicious that I need to go make myself a cup right now!!

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Happy Spring! Yesterday, I went to a gem show and read in a garden. Some of the trees stared to blossom, and there were some lovely Spring flowers.

This smells really nice, like nuts and honey. Maybe a bit of pistachio nougat as well. There is a nice, sweet flavour. The nut taste comes out nicely. Now I wish I tried the original.

Flavors: Honey, Nuts

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This little tea sample came from CrowKettle. It was a cute little package. :) Anyway, I opted to have this one last night, and I opted to have it without sugar. I’ve been working on some of the lighter straight teas without additives. So with this one, I did pick up more on the hay notes, but less of the honey that I read about. I did get a thick mouthfeel though. This was not my favorite white tea to drink, but that may have changed if I had added just a bit of sweetness from organic raw cane sugar.

Overall, this was a nice white tea, but not a fave. I’d still recommend to others though, even it if was not right for me.

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drank Fu Shou Shan by Butiki Teas
1666 tasting notes

This was one from the mystery box. Two ounces of this one leaves it pretty pricy! I didn’t really want to follow Butiki’s brewing instructions with this one since I’m used to using boiling water/ short steep times on oolongs these days. But I’ll try it their way and then my way another day. Should I mention I’ve been using a Finum basket I bought from Butiki! I love having two brew baskets so I can leave tea in both and not worry about cramming a second tea in one of the infusers that only holds a teaspoon. Before it was tough to figure out a second tea to have because it needed room for more than one teaspoon.

Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 25 min after boiling // 3 min steep
The dry leaves have a very fresh sweet scent to them. The flavor to me is very light, like I should have steeped it my way. At least I didn’t make it bitter! The flavor is a little milky, fruity, fresh, buttery, floral — not savory as much. Not as magical as I thought, considering the price.

Steep #2 // 7 min after boiling // 2 min
This cup certainly wasn’t ruined with these parameters, but it doesn’t seem like it was steeped perfectly. There was a hint of too-hot-temp flavor. But otherwise it’s more butter. Seems to be bordering on savory. I wish there was more depth to this one.

Steep #3 // just boiled // 2-3 min
This cup wasn’t ruined either, less oversteeped flavor than the last cup unless you count a little bit of a tanginess. Very tasty, almost addicting. Very buttery, just like the color of the cup. I think this one could keep going for many steeps. It’s a great oolong but not my favorite. If I knew the exact parameters to use for my tastes, it might help. I’ll try it again soon!

Edited to add: Another steep session: Tried again with one teaspoon, and it turned out much different, though I can’t say how. Also very consistent three steeps. There wasn’t any oversteeped flavor, even at boiling.
1 tsp // rinse // pretty close to boiling each time // 1 min // 1 1/2 min // 3 min

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drank Baked Ali Shan by Butiki Teas
1666 tasting notes

Another from the mystery box! I’m trying to steep all three oolongs from the mystery box the same. Even though this should be a baked oolong, the leaf color doesn’t look much different than the Fu Shou Shan.

Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 25 minutes after boiling // rinse // 3 min steep
The flavor doesn’t seem overly roasty, maybe just a little bit more savory. Very buttery, again not much different from the Fu Shou Shan. The flavor might be a little more stronger, a little more salty, briny, brothy but that is probably due to the baked quality. It’s very tasty. Now that I think about it, both oolongs are almost like those buttery creamed corn green teas.

Steep #2 // 7 min after boiling // 2 min
This cup is actually very tough to describe because it’s entirely different. I’ve never tasted an oolong like this before… it’s so unique! There is no chance that there was any flavor contamination from anything else. There definitely isn’t any oversteeped leaves/bitter flavor. The closest thing I can describe the flavor to is marzipan or those chocolates that are filled with roman nougat, but the tea doesn’t have the chocolate flavor. So there are hints of cherry and nuttiness. Either way I was noticing almond. Maybe even a desserty coconut, which just shocked me when I realized it. Note to self: This oolong is perfect steeped like this. A third steep happened… forgot to write about it!

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I’m drinking this while watching “Teen Titans Go!” with my daughter. :)
First off, I love how Stacy came up with all these interesting flavours using this amazing puerh as a base…
It’s smoky and complex without being off. I can sometimes not love smoky teas, but the smoky hint in these Butiki final blends has been really enjoyable to me.
The scent after steeping was blueberry sweetness…like blueberry pie filling.
What surprised me was the first sip! It has a tangy quality that’s really awesome… and my tongue is somehow tingly like I’m drinking champagne… and I have no idea how that’s happening, but it’s just fantastic.
Another “How’d she do that!?” Stacy blend. :))

Flavors: Blueberry, Champagne, Smoke, Tangy

OMGsrsly

How are you steeping this? I have a BUNCH of the base tea and will try gongfu, but western is just sometimes easier. :)

Dexter

I haven’t had any champagne tea, but I’ve had a few “soda pop” teas that felt like that on the tongue – you could feel the bubbles even though there weren’t any – I agree “how’d they do that?” :)

Sil

i brewed this one western according to stacy’s instructions

OMGsrsly

The instructions on my packet say gongfu. Haha. That’s why I was asking. I’ll try the 2:30 at 200F that’s recommended for this tea.

Sil

haha oopsy

DeliriumsFrogs

Yeah, I did what Sil said, as far as western brewing.
I do have one from Stacy that says gongfu recommended, but still has the steeping times like you would for Western style. I’m not quite sure what to do with that one….

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
107 tasting notes

I had the rest of my sample of this tea on Friday.. It’s still very calming and I enjoyed the sipdown of Buttered Green Beans.. I mean.. Creamy Eggnog :)

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
107 tasting notes

Thanks Stephanie for the sample!

Oh, Creamy Eggnog.. How deceiving you are.. The smells of vanilla and creamy goodness are apparent in the dry leaf. I steeped about 1tbsp in 16oz of 180 degree water for 4 minutes. Even the brewed tea looks like a nice browned butter color.

Wait. What’s this? It smells like.. buttered green beans! Not your every day buttered green beans, but the fancy ones that get made on Thanksgiving with the REAL salted butter, not that fake crap. It still smells creamy and buttery with a hint of vanilla.

The taste is smooth and creamy and buttery… with.. you guessed it.. the taste of buttered green beans! There’s nothing wrong with this tea – it’s actually pretty good and I enjoyed it. I just wish it was called “Buttered Green Beans” instead of “Creamy Eggnog!”

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Green Beans, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
1210 tasting notes

Ooof. Work this morning was a bit of a disaster. We had a fill, who ran too long, didn’t even get to the subject, and was generally a mess.
Ugh. At least I’m done.
How am I drinking this down so fast? How are all my Butiki blends all vanishing like that? Argh!
This was a lovely blend to have tried, I liked it a bunch. I’m sad I’ll not have anymore!
Sipdown.

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drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
1210 tasting notes

I don’t know what came over me this morning, but an unflavored tea seemed to be the thing to drink.
I had a combination of excitement and trepidation, as I had heard a great deal about this tea. Trepidation unfounded, as this was lovely
This was gorgeous, light and delicious. The flavors could have come across as heavy and solid and unforgiving as a block of solid tea. This has got a lightness to it, which makes the flavors glow.
I think a slice of lemon would do well. I’ll try that next!

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Thanks Stephanie for this sample. This tea smells great, unfortunately, I also discovered that I don’t like guayusa :( I just couldn’t get over the taste and ended up pouring out the tea. I’ll refrain from rating this one since it’s not the tea’s fault.

Stephanie

Can’t win them all! Hurray for swaps for finding these things out :)

Cheri

I agree; swaps are great for figuring out what you like and don’t like without breaking the bank or ending up with a ton you don’t like.

TeaNTees

I love guayusa! Funny how we end up finding out we don’t care for certain teas from swaping.

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I thought it was almost time to go home like an hour ago, so it’s been decided that I need a cup of this, liquid joy, to distract me while I wait out the rest of my day..

It’s so good and I will miss it.
(I’m not convinced that guayasa really wakes me up but maybe I’m just immune to everything. I mean, lbr, I drank a full cup of coffee and then napped on the couch like 5 minutes after on the weekend…)

Stephanie

I’m having Good Morning Sunshine today :)

Fjellrev

Haha I’m totally immune to caffeine. It’s all about drinking for pleasure.

Cavocorax

Woah! That’s interesting!

CrowKettle

Coffee naps have saved me a few times now, during my undergrad. :)

Indigobloom

I tried it once with coffee, a few times with tea unintetionally. Its a different sort of nap that’s for sure!

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1883 tasting notes

With milk today!

Totally over steeped but I don’t caaaare! It’s delicious and getting me going.

I have to sand down the spackle I applied yesterday, wipe it all down, and slap on some primer. I’ve been SO SLOW with redoing my bathroom and the landlordy people are all, “Can you give us back the spackle? And the paint? And the rollers?” Never mind that they never gave me any sand paper or primer or putty knives or anything like that. Just paint, roller, tray, putty. Hmm..

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I have no energy anymore for renovation type projects, so I totally applaud you! YAY for new bathrooms! :D
(and, Praline Horizon is amazing….)

OMGsrsly

I have no energy for it either but I wanted a good job done so I’m doing it myself. I’m just repainting, but the paint is completely lifting because they didn’t use primer. lol. Much eye rolling here.

Sil

we finally finished the kitchen/couunter tops and tiles… so nice.

OMGsrsly

Yay!!!

I’m thinking of finding new kitchen cabinets on Craigslist and telling them I’m redoing my kitchen. Haha. New sink and faucet too. That would be so nice.

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1883 tasting notes

Hmm…

I had this tea this morning plain, because I didn’t have any milk and I wasn’t feeling coconut milk in it. Although it smelled great, I really didn’t care for it.

So, a second steep now that I’m home. With milks. It’s delicious. Hearty dessert in a cup. Yum!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
247 tasting notes

I have been surprised by white teas as of late! I have been so “eh’d” out by white peony and bai hao that I thought I would be sworn off them altogether. Not so with white teas coming from Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Kenya! Which really surprises me.
This is like the malty, caramel-y, and sweet potato-y Rara Willow White that I have had from Nepali Tea Traders. Or should I say that that tea is like White Rhino? I don’t want to get into the chicken-or-the-egg debate, but both teas are quite comparable. I wasn’t able to get this tea while Butiki was still (alive?) but if anyone is looking for a substitute, look to NTT for their whites. This a great “I want black tea but all my brewing vessels are dirty except my glass gaiwan and I don’t want to burn myself” tea. It’s rich and thick with very nice bread and potato notes. There is a bit of classically hay and floral top notes of a white, but the dominant flavor is the malt. Ah, this is a nice tea! Thanks once again Roswell Strange for the generous sample!

Flavors: Hay, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

cookies

Agreed. I thought I didn’t like whites until I tried some fantastic ones from India & Kenya.

Butiki Teas

Have you tried the Glenburn Estate’s Silver Needle? It’s one of my favorites. So very flavorful. I’m a big fan of Indian & Kenyan white teas.

TheLastDodo

I have! I think I like Silver Needles from Kenya better. Something about the punchier floral and smoothness. Nepal makes all of my favorites though :P

The Tea Snob

i Agree Butiki Teas

Butiki Teas

The white teas from Kenya are certainly interesting. The white needles we used to sell had a strong corn nut flavor. I do love Kenya white teas but to me the Indian white teas are a bit more sweeter and fruitier which draws me to them just a little bit more.

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Smelled so good while brewing, and mostly lived up to the smell. I wish there had been a touch more of the cashew flavor. Perhaps with sweetener, it might peek out a bit more.

I think all of my Butiki reviews are going to end up being short, since I don’t want to think too much about them or I’ll risk feeling super depressed that I can’t ever get them again…

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One of the best guayusas ever, period.
This tea had the sweetness that I wanted with a creaminess that was subtle enough to not disrupt the green guayusa taste. If there was a downside to this tea it would be that it is no longer available.

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drank Winter Fire by Butiki Teas
154 tasting notes

Butii’s fruity guayusa was s good that I decided to try this out… interesting experience, but I prefer the sweeter tasting guayusa to this spicy version- I am sure others would really enjoy it though.

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Ooooo! This was notably NOT orange but VERY tangerine! Yay for that! And the creamsicle part really hit its mark as well. This is lovely. I’ll miss it once I’m out :(

Fjellrev

Damnit, I wish mine would taste like that. Maybe I screwed up on ratios.

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