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92

Stacy sent this to me as a sample, so it must be at least 6 months old. It’s still really good; it must have been fantastic fresh. The dry leaves are dark, long and tight, almost twig-looking. As they unfurl over multiple steeps, the leaves show themselves to be full, dark, and medium-sized. This tastes and smells almost like a black tea. The robust flavor is full of roasted, almost cocoa notes. There is a slightly drying but not unpleasant afterfeel.

After looking at the description, I think I can detect the almond, jasmine, and malt notes, but that might be imaginary. The fourth steep suddenly comes out blazing with glorious honey notes – now I know why the later steeps of the maple pecan oolong are the best! It’s the base tea shining through and complementing what’s left of the flavoring. The fifth steep is even sweeter. The sixth steep is light and sweet. A lot of that roasted, dry aspect is gone. I ultimately got eight solid steeps out of this tea Western-style. Steeps 1-6 were at about 180F, steeps 7 and 8 were about 190F. The first steep was 4 minutes long. I didn’t time subsequent steeps but they were generally between 4 and 8 minutes long. I suspect the leaf would have lasted even longer brewed gong fu style.

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79
drank Pistachio Horizon by Butiki Teas
2756 tasting notes

Not really getting the “pistachio” here, but can certainly tell that there’s some tasty flavouring. This is definitely quite a robust tea though – I would like to try it with a bit of milk of sugar, because I really think it would improve it (not that it’s not tasty otherwise!)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

The base tea is amazing with milk. :)

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drank Pumpkin Irish Cream by Butiki Teas
2756 tasting notes

Hahaha, “the unmistakable smell of Stacy’s pumpkin tea” -Sil. That is so perfectly, entirely correct. This is Stacy’s version of a pumpkin tea, with a pu’erh base. That’s really all there is to it. I wish there was more irish cream, but it’s ok as is. I did rinse this pu’erh, though next time I may try not, to see if more of the yummy flavouring stays in. It’s generally very earthy/dark, with the characteristic pumpkin flavour. Worked nicely in a travel mug, though after having had 52teas’ Pumpkin Chai in two mugs the other day, I wasn’t really feeling the pumpkin flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
5800 tasting notes

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95
drank Coconut Cream Pie by Butiki Teas
236 tasting notes

Mmm, this is lovely! It tastes EXACTLY like the name. With absolutely no additives, I’m tasting the coconut, the cream, and even (I think) a hint of graham cracker crust! My first sip had a hint of medicinal rooibos flavor in the aftertaste, but that disappeared as my cup cooled down. I’m wishing I’d purchased more of this before Butiki closed up shop…I don’t have very many good caffeine-free teas and this one is the perfect bedtime treat!

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Graham Cracker

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Coffee Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
236 tasting notes

I hated the first coffee-flavored tea I tried (David’s Cafe Mocha) so I was a bit wary of this one. I needn’t have worried, though! Stacy is pretty much incapable of blending a bad tea. This is exactly what the name promises: creamy and slightly sweet with a realistic coffee flavor that isn’t at all bitter or overpowering. This isn’t something I’d personally reach for often (just because I’m not a big coffee person) but it’s quite good!

Flavors: Coffee, Cream, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’m drinking this tea at the moment so that I can have a just for me moment. I’ve been very busy with: 1) Kickstarter stuff (seriously, unless you are exploding kittens, it’s hard work!); 2) blog stuff (getting all my reviews in place so that I can ‘retire’ and get our new sisters on board, plus getting the blog in order for them to get started); sampling/testing teas and flavorings.

Which is to say that I’ve not taken a lot of time to just sit back and enjoy a tea that is neither for a review or for me to test out for potential teas for the all-new 52Teas.

So, I decided to take a tea moment for me now and try this tea. It’s been beckoning me for a while.

And it’s good. I am not usually a big espresso fan. But it works with the melon. The espresso adds a roasty element to this, making it taste almost like roasted cantaloupe which I’ve never tried but based on my reaction to this blend, I’d say it’s probably quite delicious.

The black tea has a Oolong-like texture to it that I’m liking with the melon notes. It’s a very tasty … very unusual blend. I like.

Spencer

Oh gosh, the Exploding Kittens…

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First of all, this is one pretty tea, dry leaf and after steeping. If I wasn’t rushing around trying to clean my house today (only stopping for tea…because one must stop for tea…), I would’ve taken some photos of it for myself. I’ll have to do that next time I drink it. :)
It smells just like its name, which made me have to force myself to stop sniffing the bag and actually get to making the tea.
I love how light the liquor is… it goes right along with the delicate nature of this tea, because to me, it is delicate, and I love that. The aroma as I sip is so lovely…
Yup. This is a tea for me. :))

(and…thank goodness Stacy included two little tea tins as extras, because I managed to drop my bag of this into my dog’s water dish!!! I almost started crying, until I realized the bag had sealed itself completely, and I hadn’t lost ANY tea… I was able to transfer the contents right into the tea tin and breathe a sigh of relief…. I swear, I am the clumsiest person.)

Flavors: Floral, Nutty, Pastries, Raspberry

ifjuly

phew, good save! though i must admit it’s a little amusing imagining Shelby becoming a tea connoisseur ;)

DeliriumsFrogs

She likes coffee grounds that get dropped on the floor (if I’m really tired, I miss the garbage bin and make a mess…lol), so I’m sure she’d eat my tea… But, OMG, if that had happened with this, I think I would’ve been inconsolable. haha
(I MISSED YOU, PROFESSOR LAYTON!!!)

Butiki Teas

Is your dog’s name Shelby? I named my parents dog Shelby.

DeliriumsFrogs

Yes. Her name is Shelby. :) She’s a pit mix…but really such a mix of things that she’s more of a mutt. lol

Butiki Teas

That’s so awesome! I love pits. They are so sweet. I named my parent’s Sheltie, Shelby. He just seemed like a Shelby. :)

DeliriumsFrogs

Awww! Shelties are so adorable!! :)))

Butiki Teas

They are so cute and they know it. The second you break out a camera, they start posing.

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh my gosh… I can imagine the ‘head tilt’ dog face! ahhhh!!

Butiki Teas

For sure and every year my dad goes and gets Shelby to take a picture with Santa. He always looks so adorable. Too bad pics of me never come out that good.

DeliriumsFrogs

!!!! I just melted into a puddle. haha! That’s so sweet that your dad does that!

Butiki Teas

It’s super cute. He even has a Christmas scarf. :)

DeliriumsFrogs

You are killing me here! lol…. Seriously, I don’t think it can GET any cuter. lol (I was telling my family about your Dad’s Shelby over our breakfast this morning… haha)

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82

Let me first say that I did not try the original that this was based off of. However, this was lovely! The nutmeg was very light and the custard flavor came out stronger as the cup cooled. Really nice to have at night after dinner.

Flavors: Custard, Nutmeg, Vanilla

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95
drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
611 tasting notes

Got a sample of this one from AllanK in our swap. I didn’t know what a praline was so I never picked it up and All I heard about it from people was that it was gonna be nutty, so I passed.
That was a mistake.
I regret not buying this so much!
It’s absolutely delicious!
It’s bold and rich. The main flavor is a creamy caramel. The base tea gives it a strong malty flavor which I love! Has a tiny bit of nuttiness, but not much at all.
It’s not bitter at all, and while it’s very rich it still has a certain sweetness from the caramel flavor.
This was so much better than I thought it would be. It’s crazy good. If this were available still I’d stock up on it. Seriously so so good!
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to try this incredible tea, AllanK! Another win from Butiki!!

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Nutty, Sweet

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
1765 tasting notes

Drinking the last of this sample. That was a wonderful cuppa. I recommend it, even if it is no longer available.
Thanks for sharing, Terri HarpLady!

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73

I have some major backlogging to do!

Certainly a surprise here! I didn’t expect to like this one so much since smoky teas still seem so weird to me. But, anything Butiki must be tasted!! So, I bought it and let it sit there for a couple months untouched before finally working up the courage to try it out on a cold night. The banana was totally there and, while the maple was not something I necessarily would have picked out as actually being maple, I think it did well to keep the smokiness from becoming campfireyness :) I thought this was one I was going to end up trying once and then pawning off on others (though,since Stacy closed, nothing Butiki really has to be pawned off in this community so much as hoarded and protected with your life hahahah) . However, I will be happy to drink the rest of this on the last remaining cold evenings as spring hits :)

Flavors: banana, Smoked, Sweet

Zack S.

Hmm but if you only rated it a 73 then perhaps you would like some combination of teas from your wishlist in exchange for the rest of your Smoked Maple Banana?? Its one of my favs and I am trying to scavenge all that is left out there!! I have Earl Grey Cream by Zen, Apricot by Harney, Soho by Harney, and Lychee by Harney… or feel free to check my Cupboard and Swap Thread in the forums!

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Oh. My. Goodness. This tea is the best morning tea I have had… it’s perfect. Just enough of a kick to warrant a touch of cream, making this one killer cup of tea.
I’ve steeped this 3 times already, and I completely plan on going in for a 4th. It’s fantastic!!
It’s malty and complex, so different from what I expect to taste in a ctc.
I never got to try the Crimson Horizon on its own, but that’s ok…because this is utterly fabulous.
My Butiki box arrived today with my final teas….and it’s this combination of exultant joy (Stacy is the BEST! my box is amazing….), and a tinge of sadness…. But I’m not going to harp on that sadness, because this box of tea has made my snowed-in self sooooooo very happy. :)))
Yes. I recommend this tea. It’s glorious! :D

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Nutty

Amariel

Gah, now I really do wish I had gotten this one too.

ifjuly

i love this one too and am bummed there’s no way to restock. when i got it, it pretty much became my first-thing-out-of-bed tea until i used up the entire bag, because you’re so right, it’s perfect for that. and yeah, i love that it resteeps so well (which is kind of surprising given it’s CTC). it also amuses me how it reminds me of grape nuts. (:

DeliriumsFrogs

HAHAHA!!! I totally thought ‘grape nuts’, too!!
Yeah, the resteeping value of this is wonderful (I did the same with the grapefruit creme brulee… the base just gives and gives.. i love it). It’s gonna be a sad day when this one’s gone.

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Cold steeped in the fridge overnight, I’m really enjoying this iced! It brings out a big punch of strawberry and a nice amount of cream… I’m not sure if I really taste the Irish component of the cream but maybe that’s a good thing as I’m drinking this at 10am!! I think is will make a wonderful summer iced tea and am a little sad I only managed to nab an ounce of it during the craziness that was Butiki’s closing sale… If anyone wants to swap something for another ounce or so (or less) of this let me know :)

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80

Mmmmm!!
This tea is delicious!
I over-steeped it for a couple minutes and it didn’t turn bitter at all. It was perfectly fine! I love the bready, pastry quality to it. Gives it kinda a creamy texture. And the cinnamon in it isn’t too over-powering. It’s delicious! Great desert tea!
Thank you soo much for letting me try this one, and giving me a generous sample, The Cookie Lady!! You’re the best!! :D :D

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Cookie, Pastries, Smooth, Sweet

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drank Farewell, Butiki by Butiki Teas
5800 tasting notes

this one is..interesting. oolong. and it smells really oolongy. but brewed, not so much. i don’t want to give anything away for anyone who wants to guess on the mystery teas. This one is interesting but not quite for me haha

Kaylee

I will happily take some of it off your hands if anything in my cupboard interests you. :-)

Sil

if you loved it, would be happy to just send it your way regardless. would rather it hits a home that loves it :)

Kaylee

I haven’t tried it yet, I’m just excited about it based on the descriptions that have trickled out so far. I love oolongs and melon.

Cavocorax

Strange!
I forgot I had the second mystery tea! I should try that soon!

Kittenna

How did you get this one?! I’d love a taste if possible. I thought you were only getting the other.

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drank Pumpkin Irish Cream by Butiki Teas
5800 tasting notes

aaah the unmistakable smell of stacy’s particular pumpkin smell haha. This one is nice since i didn’t restock her other pumpkin tea, though it’s not my favourite of the last batch of stacy teas. It’ll be enjoyable to drink but i won’t be upset when it’s gone.

whatshesaid

i somehow totally missed this one :(

Kittenna

I can share. I have a decent amount, I think.

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82
drank Watermelon Lime Slushie by Butiki Teas
5800 tasting notes

mmm this one is tastier than i thought it would be. I really like stacy’s watermelon flavouring and her lime makes me happy. this IS a softer sort of blending and i like it quite a bit. I can totally see where the slushie comes from :) i’ll enjoy this one while i’ve got it!

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82
drank Chocolate Chili Truffle by Butiki Teas
5800 tasting notes

this is an interesting one from Stacy. I quite like the kick to this one and it blends nicely with the chocolate. Not my absolute favourite of her last batch of teas but i really am enjoying the spicy kick of this one. It’s not spicy like kaphaa but it’s a slow build of heat as you drink more and more of it. neat!

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drank Blackberry Cordial by Butiki Teas
5800 tasting notes

yay! comfort tea to get me through the day. Really trying hard not to push myself too much but i really want to get rid of all the extra crap in the house we keep holding on to for no reason. Today was clothes…good bye stuff i haven’t worn in a year! hopefully someone out there will be able to make use of them as they’re nice pieces, just not anything i wear anymore because of style/comfort/size etc.

sad to see this tea go but it was lovely to have. I really do love the way stacy did blackberry – the flavouring was always tasty!

OMGsrsly

I have an ever expanding pile of stuff in the middle of my living room that I’m trying to get rid of. It’s nice to clear out things that just don’t get used! (Anyone want some rollerblades?)

Sil

i’m up to 2 bags of clothes/jackets/gear and i haven’t started on the books or knick nacks

Dexter

I need to hire one of you guys to come and do that for me…. Keep saying that I’m going to do it and then never do….. Good Job!!!!!

OMGsrsly

Oh Dex. I LOVE sorting things. It’s harder to do it for myself, but it’s one reason I loved archaeology so much. Sort sort sort. Almost as good as packing for other people. :D (Ok, looking at that it might be weird, but hey.)

Leah Naomi

I try to get rid of clothes (and lately, most anything else) I haven’t worn in over a year as well. I tend to do the purge more like every 6 months when I change out the seasonal clothes, with BIG purges every few years before moving because nothing says “You don’t need all this crap” quite like a piece of clothing being not worth the weight/space of carrying it to a new location.

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76
drank Blackberry Cordial by Butiki Teas
5800 tasting notes

I had cup of this today, not much tea because i haven’t been awake for much of today. Still fighting this sick that’s going around and it’s making for an incredibly crappy unproductive staycation. grrrrr I have maybe one cup left of this which i’ll enjoy but won’t cry over once it’s gone. thanks for being fabulous Stacy!

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76
drank Blackberry Cordial by Butiki Teas
5800 tasting notes

Finally got around to trying this one tonight. I don’t hate it but i don’t LOVE it either. I’m a fan of the blackberry flavouring that Stacy uses and this one blends together nicely but it’s just not something i’d reach for again and again. Still enjoyable but happy enough to only have the half ounce to finish up :)

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85
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
47 tasting notes

First off – thank you Ost for the generous sample of this Butiki treasure!! I have been cheating on tea with coffee this past two weeks to get through midterms so when I got this in the mail today – I literally could not wait to try it, haha!
As a Doctor Who & coconut & banana fan I had been wanting to try this tea since I’ve heard of it and it did not disappoint. Mind you, I underleafed this one a bit because I want to hoard what I do have (it will be a sad, sad day when this is a sipdown) I think it gave a nice flavour!
Nice and sweet and light. A realllly lovely coconut flavour mostly with a bit of nutty/ creamy undertones. I don’t get the banana that I’ve seen noted in some tasting notes (womp womp) but that’s totally okay because this is SUCH a nice coconut tea! The hunt for a great banana tea continues!
Thanks Ost! I’ll be sad to see the rest of this go! :)

Flavors: Coconut

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

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83
drank Dark Side of the Melon by Butiki Teas
5800 tasting notes

yep! i like this one. It’s not knock your socks off and i see why some people think it’s a little light but i can get behind this, esp since i didn’t get to restock canteloupe and cream. I like stacy’s coffee/espresso flavouring so that’s a win :) now to get back to organising my cupboard lol ugh. glad i have a bit table!

Cavocorax

Oooh. I need to pick mine up!

VariaTEA

Do you want more?!?

Sil

it’s that sort of middle of the road for me. if i end up with more at some point, cool but i’m not ready to sell my first born for it if that makes sense haha

VariaTEA

I get it. I only ask because I have some and though I like it, I’m not into it enough to want so much. I would probably be happy with just a cup or two more and then I could pass along the rest.

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