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Tea split with the most recent Butiki order. I gave it only 3 minutes, to try and keep the base tea from overtaking the white chocolate flavouring (if that’s a possibility, I’m not sure).
I’m not overly fond of the aroma from the bag – it smells artificial, though I suppose white chocolate is artificial to begin with… Aroma from the steeped cup is similar. The flavour, however, is more enjoyable – I’m definitely not getting the full effect of the base tea (as I fail to with all the PTA blends), and it’s softened quite a bit by a noticeable but rather mild creaminess. It doesn’t particularly taste like white chocolate to me, although something creamy and more chocolatey actually is starting to emerge in the after-aftertaste, and it’s rather pleasant. I’m not sure I want to be drinking a tea for the flavour that doesn’t show up in your mouth until 5-10 seconds post-sip! (But it’s kind of interesting, regardless).
Won’t be a blend I’m going to miss once it’s gone (if it’s not already), and I’m happy enough to have split the bag and be sampling some out so I don’t have as much to drink.
Butiki really is a great company for straight black teas and this is no exception. It is slightly astringent but mostly it is malty and sweet with notes of caramel and fruits. Great, as to be expected, but at the same time, not better than any of the straight blacks I already have in quantity so though I am super thankful to Inkling for the taste of this that I got before its gone, I am not heartbroken I won’t be having it again. 183.
Free tea with the last joint Butiki order! This counts as an immediate sipdown (yay!) because there’s probably only enough for a cup’s worth for each person in on the order.
Anyhow, this is a tea I hadn’t tried, which is exciting! Wasn’t sure what to expect (except maybe, a super dark liquor), and was bad and defied the recommendations, opting to go with my standard 1.5tsp/2min route instead of 1tsp/2.5min. The result is lighter than I had expected, being only the regular colour of black tea (dark reddish brown). The aroma is quite nice, all fragrant and sweet – sweet hay, perhaps? Flavourwise, it’s perhaps a bit overly strong (ok Stacy, you win this time! :P) and certainly has a powerful presence, verging on astringency but not into the realm of unpleasantness. Specifically, it tastes like the sort of black tea I’m not overly fond of… like bagged Lipton/Tetley. Obviously higher quality and lacking bitterness, but the same flavour profile. To be honest, it comes off a bit like mold to me, but when I say that, I’m referring to the flavour profile as a whole, not just this specific tea. Just not a profile I’m fond of, and would typically add milk/sugar, which would erase any weirdness.
Overall, I maybe brewed this a bit too strong, but I doubt proper brewing would change my opinion on it. Just not a black for me!
I was very hesitant to try this because I’ve never cared much for cantaloupe (although I absolutely adore honeydew). I know…that doesn’t make a ton of sense. With that being said, I think the reason why I was able to love this one was because it is a sort of general melon flavor that is lacking the weirdness that I don’t like in cantaloupe. The cream softened it up, too. Very good.
On a side note, this tea tasting experience was extra special to me because I got to share this with my grandma on Thanksgiving morning. She’s never had loose leaf tea and seemed to enjoy watching me go through the steeping process. It’s a really nice memory I’ll keep as long as I live.
ETA: Thanks to Ost for this sample! (I was so happy writing about my grandma that I totally forgot I hadn’t already given credit where credit was due!) I really appreciate the chance to try it since you know I wouldn’t have purchased it for myself!
Flavors: Cream, Melon
So “sweat” is a flavored listed on this tea and thank goodness I am not tasting that. I am actually not too put off by the oolong in this blend despite its strong, floral presence. It is nicely complimented by the fresh, sweet red apple flavoring and the smooth caramel candy-like flavor. At times, I get just a hint of caramel that reminds me of the Butterscotch and Hazelnut Mocha Candies flavoring but it is fleeting and I find myself wanting more. Still, the caramel and apple both make an appearance in the cup and that makes for an enjoyable drink. Thank you Inkling for sending some my way :)
Tasting note #1,500!! whoa. And I WAS able to make 10/10 sipdowns before this tasting note. I wanted a great tea for #1,500 so I thought I’d give this one a try from my recent order. I wasn’t going to order this one but as I was making my choices, this one kept calling to me… it sounded like a lovely blend if done right and it is BETTER than I could have expected!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 min after boiling // 4 min
First, it’s a gorgeous blend with lovely red and purple flowers added. Next, the steeped cup of tea actually smells plummy so you know the flavor will be spot on. And it IS. Oh my gosh, the perfect levels of plum and cheesecake in this very dark leafed oolong but very light brew. It’s juicy, sweet, spot on plum with hints of cheesecake. I don’t think I’ve ever had this type of oolong before but it’s a good one. I think I steeped it perfectly.
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 4 min
Another lovely plumy cup. The flavor has diminished a little bit, but not drastically enough to make a second steep not worth it. I love taking the tiniest sips to savor this one and I will certainly savor the rest of the pouch I bought! Glad I ended up buying a little of this one. A little pricey for me, but worth it!
Wow, Swedish Chef, you fell asleep at the stovetop. I was sorting through my Butiki teas and couldn’t find this one anywhere. Then, I realized that I drank this without ever writing about it. Probably because I was all whimperingly nervous and scared that I could never do this tea justice or something, so I kept hopelessly crying in my lutfisk and procrastinating.
Very unhelpful note to passersby who wonder what this tea was all about (was, how sad) but clearly my tardiness with providing a more qualitative description is a sign that it was indeed good. Great. Fantastic even.
Exit stage left.
Classic me, drinking nearly the entire pouch of tea yet not writing about it until I’m already on the last cup. I was excited about this one because as most people know, I’m ever so slightly obsessed with coconut, and banana chips are addictive as hell. Oh, and Assam? My favourite black tea. So ideally, this should be a winner.
Yet somehow I’m not that excited about it? The coconut is nice, but rather faint. I think the main problem is that my palate isn’t finding that these flavours mesh well together. Something doesn’t fit. It kind of reminds me of Foxy Roxy’s, but man, that one just works. It’s packed full of flavour and there’s a harmony there that this one is lacking.
Come to think of it, the coconut in this reminds me of the coconut that David’s uses in blends like Stormy Night, which I’m not really crazy over. Maybe that’s another subconscious issue I’m having with this.
I mean, it’s good, but there are so many better Butiki blends out there, IMHO. This just makes me want to grab a cup of Foxy Roxy’s!
Of all the new teas Stacy has come out with recently, this is the one I was most excited to try. The dry leaf is beautiful with slightly rolled dark oolong leaves, freeze-dried raspberries, and lots of big chunks of cashew. It has a strong fruity, nutty scent. Steeped, I get a nice buttery texture with a very natural sweet raspberry flavor. I don’t taste the cashew as much as I was hoping to, but I love the raspberry/oolong combination! I also love how well this re-steeps. The raspberry flavor is milder, but still present, and the floral oolong base starts to come through a little more. All in all, a lovely treat!
Flavors: Floral, Nutty, Raspberry
I think I need to add more leaf to my basket next time. I feel I didn’t manage to coax out the full flavors of this today.
I can detect cream, and the hint of something floral twisting around in the flavors, but not as much white chocolate as I want. StIll, I can feel the potential. I will play with this some more.
Yum yum yum!! An absolutely perfect evening treat!! I’ve been drinking this the last few nights with a touch of milk and a teaspoon of rock sugar and wowie talk about satisfying my sweet tooth! This tastes similar to raspberry truffle but with a slight waffle aftertaste and little to no caffeine!! Call me obsessed but I’ve already bought another bag for when this one runs out
Wow, this is amazing. Well worth all of the stellar reviews. I am sad that once what I have is gone, it will be the end. I have never in my life tasted a cantaloupe tea…but this tastes very strongly of it, and cream. It is dessert in a cup and I love it. Plus, it is great hot and if it cools down it is juicy and refreshing iced as well.
Whoa. This tea is INTENSE. Dry, it smells a little smoky but mostly just earthy. I rinsed it briefly and it smelled like actual burning. I was a little dubious, I admit. The rinse water was like ashtray.
1st steep, 30 seconds: Hello smoke. I can taste almost nothing else. I enjoyed it and sipped until I realized it was so pungent I was bordering on a headache. Never fear though, I already realized what awesomeness could come of cooking with this stuff, and I put a container aside. 30 seconds was clearly too much for me.
2nd steep, 15s: Smoke, but also lots of other deep scents like wood and sweetness coming out. I think a candle needs to be made of this. But upon tasting it, decided it was still too smoky to drink a whole cup, so I added it to the container to make pasta with later.
3d steep, 15s: Ah yes, now I can taste more than just the smoke, though it is still present. It is a bit sweeter, and a lot woodier.
4th steep, 15s: Very similar to the last steep, but less smoke.
5th steep, 30s: I think it is safe to resume longer steeping times. Now this tastes like most oolongs would on first or second steeping. Also, shockingly, the leaves seem to have barely unfurled. Even if I only taste a few sips of every infusion, I am really determined to see how far I can stretch this.
6th steep, 30s: Also delicious, but sadly I am tapped. I steeped the rest for 5 minutes to make the remaining water to boil pasta in for pasta salad. I also cooked my mushrooms in the first steep and it was delicious. It added a meaty flavor that made it seem like I cooked them in beef stock. The leaves were still mostly unfurled and crunchy to the touch. Very impressive.
Overall, a bit too smoky for my taste. But, I do really enjoy the later steeps. Now I know I need to reserve the first few steeps as cooking liquid to make the most out of it, and drink the rest happily.
Uh oh, it’s a pu-erh. Thanks for the sample, Stacy! This will be quite the adventure for me since I’m normally not a fan.
Although I’m still not a fan, I’d say it was the best one I’ve had to date (with the exception of Chicago Garden’s Sticky Rice Pu-erh). This smells heavier on the camphor than it actually tastes. Granted, I didn’t steep it for long so that probably played a huge role in that.
It’s something I would never buy but it’s nice to revisit this type of flavour profile to check on my tastes in tea.
I thought this was a black tea base instead of oolong. I’m really glad I read the brewing instructions before pouring boiling water over the leaves! Anyway, the dry leaf aroma is certainly pumpkin-y. I’m looking forward to trying this one!
First sip sans additions…velvety, creamy, pumpkin dream tea! YUM! Why did I only buy one ounce of this? And of course it’s already sold out. :( Boo! I added a little Truvia to the rest of the cup and now this is the perfect pumpkin tea. Perfect, I tell you! Better than any other pumpkin drink I’ve had. And that’s saying something because I’ve tried a lot of different pumpkin drinks looking for the best one. Well, the search is over! At least for as long as this ounce holds out. :P
I really like how played up the vanilla is in this tea. I think that’s what takes it from great to stellar. The spices are blended well and complement the main flavor by mostly staying in the background. Pumpkin, cream, and vanilla are in the forefront. Mmm, sooo yummy! I will enjoy every last little bit of this tea. Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!
Flavors: Cream, Pumpkin, Vanilla