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91

The last one of the Butiki order. There is mostly a malty scent, with some citrus notes. It has a sweet flavour, and is a bit more malty. A nice evening cup while I watch Doctor Who.

I wanted to try other Indian black teas, since I’m so used to assam. Now I have two, and one of them is a decaf even. In the future, I must look for other new black teas… for science.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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94

I’m still not really sure what purple oolong is exactly, somebody please explain. Anyway, this smells so like plums. It’s fabulous really. Which I had a plum to compare. The flavour is plum, I get some brandy. There is also some creamy notes, but mostly it’s a good fruit tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

While still Camellia sinensis, purple tea is a new varietal that is propagated by grafting and cutting as opposed to seeding. This particular varietal is known as TRFK 306/1 and is rich in anthocyanin (a flavonoid), which pigments the leaves a purplish color. Purple tea was primarily developed for tea health products and is rich in antioxidants. Malvidin, Pelargonidin and Delphinidin are prominent in purple tea. The purple species has been in development for 25 years in Kenya and is more resistant to frost, disease, drought, and pests. So basically, it is a new varietal that can be processed any way in order to make it into a green, oolong, black tea, etc.

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94

I wanted to get something from Butiki, and try other Indian black teas, so I got this. It has a nice sweet, and slightly nutty scent. The flavour is sweet, with a mild, but certainly present walnut taste. Overall, it makes for a good afternoon tea.

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet, Walnut

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Wow. I didn’t expect this tea to have a fruity flavor, but there is some type of sweetness I can taste….I like it a lot. A mild but full flavored black tea with an intriguing and pleasant taste.

Flavors: Apple Candy, Caramel, Tea

Preparation
3 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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88

Tasting note 400! Woo! Last week, I made my first Butiki order, and Stacy send this as a sample. I had a couple cups while waiting for the peach pie to bake (it turned into a cobbler hybrid somehow). The scent was mostly stonefruits, especially peach, and some notes of pecans. There is a lot of peachy in the flavour as well, a bit malty, and nuts. If I ever made a peach pecan pie, it might taste like this. It is also my first Nilgiri tea.

Flavors: Peach, Pecan, Stonefruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kaylee

I just realized that I have no idea what the difference is between pie and cobbler. Google is not being helpful. :-/ Is the difference in the kind of dough used?

Lariel of Lórien

Usually cobbler is a filling covered with biscuit or batter, where as pie is a filling in a pastry dough which makes a crust.

Kaylee

Ohhhh. Thanks!

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95

Tea of the morning, and the final sample from my last Butiki order. I came close to buying a whole bag of this, but in the end I couldn’t decide between this and Dinjoye Estate. I’ve tried a sample of the Dinjoye before, so I figured I’d also try a sample of this and then decide in time for my next order. I love assam, so I fear it may not be that simple. Perhaps both are required.

Anyway, the tea. I followed the recommended parameters and gave this 3.5 minutes in boiling water. It’s delicious – absolutely all of the things I love about assam in one cup! It’s very malty, so much so that it’s almost thick tasting and sort of chewy. The initial sip is quite savoury, but a strong underlying sweetness emerges in the aftertaste. It’s very, very smooth, with not a hint of astringency. It’s also strong in flavour — even with milk this was an excellent wake up kick! There are tiny, tiny hints of cocoa and bread, but they’re not prominent. That’s fine with me, though, because there are other teas that have those characteristics in spades if that’s what I’m looking for. I love this one for it’s wonderful sweet, strong, overwhelming maltiness. I can see it being a definite purchase.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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I have a song to dedicate to this tea… or that maybe the tea should dedicate to ME.

“You wanted more… more than I could handle… more than I could offer…”

I thought this was going to be amazing, a smooth, chocolately flavor mixed with tart raspberries, almost like candy in a cup.

But then it turned out to be just somewhat watery, strong on the black tea flavor, light on the chocolate-raspberry, which really just felt more like an accent or an aftertaste.

Now I do enjoy it – having a tea with a raspberry-chocolate aftertaste is lovely. But I would advise you to lower your expectations… expect a black tea, and come out with a fruity-chocolate flavor after your sip.

I tried it hot – will see what it’s like cold.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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78
drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
140 tasting notes

Cameron B was awesomesauce to send some my way to give me a chance at Take 2. This time, as per Cheri’s advice, I added some sugar, a little less than a teaspoon. The marshmallow disappears, and the sugar makes the tea sweeter and taste a little of vanilla frosting. I’ve increased the rating only a little bit – this one’s alright. And I think I’d prefer it without sugar.

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

That’s interesting that you thought it made the marshmallow disappear. I thought that it brought it out a touch more, but really strengthened what I thought of as the cakey-ness. I really use just a little bit of sugar. Like maybe a quarter to a half teaspoon, too. Shrug. It’s one of those teas I don’t think is for everyone.

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78
drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
140 tasting notes

From the Lewis and Clark TTB.

The dry leaf is so colorful and pretty, and smells really good, like ice cream cake! So I had high expectations for the taste. It wasn’t what I expected: not much cake-ness, only just a hint of “icing” beneath the base herbs. I didn’t feel like adding any sugar – I’ve never drunk marshmallow leaf or calendula before and was intrigued by how they tasted.

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

This tea reminds me of chamomile. :P

Cheri

I normally don’t add sugar, but just the barest touch (less than .25t) made this really taste like cake. It was amazing.

KiwiDelight

If this ever crosses my path again I will definitely try it with sugar.

Cameron B.

I can send you some whenever you’d like. :)

KiwiDelight

Ooooooooo let’s swap again!! :D

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85

Got this as a sample &…whoa. It’ll be on my next order for sure. The butterscotch is strong but blends so well with everything else. I put too much creamer in, but I don’t care. This is sinful.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85
drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
77 tasting notes

Ooo this is nice. The flavors are light, subtle and not at all artificial. The rhubarb tastes really fresh and I agree with others that it tastes a bit like a lambic. Next time I will have to add some sugar to make it even more tasty.

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91
drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
161 tasting notes

This tea was good. The brewed tea had a beautiful golden color. There was only a touch of bitterness in the early steepings then none. There were definite notes of plums and honey.

I really liked this tea, a lot. I will eventually want to order it but not right away.

I brewed this tea five times in a 180ml teapot with 6g leaf and 190 degree water. I steeped it for 15 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. There were probably three more steepings to this tea, it wasn’t played out but I am at my caffeine limit for the night.

Flavors: Honey, Plums

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 180 OZ / 5323 ML

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88
drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
533 tasting notes

Oh, this is so yummy! I love caramel apples especially during this time of the year and this tea really captures one in a cup! There is a really nice balance between the caramel flavor, apple and the oolong. Everything tastes so fresh, too.

I love that the oolong adds to the buttery caramel flavor, but it also gives off the slightest floral note. The caramel is not at all artificial tasting and remains sweet, rich and creamy. As for the apple.. it really shines towards the end with just a hint of tart skin. The caramel, apple and oolong seem made for each other and they just work so well in this blend. What is most impressive is the flavor isn’t covered up by the oolong. You really do taste all of the elements of this blend with each sip.

I think this is definitely going to be on my repurchase list. I have a feeling that it would become one of those teas that I would need to be in the mood for, but it certainly is satisfying.

Stephanie

It’s perfect, this tea!

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90

From the Lewis and Clark TTB.

If you ever want an unusual tea to try, put this on your list: a Japanese pu’erh! It’s strange, but the good kind of strange. It smells like whole wheat bread. The liquor full-bodied and thick. Besides sweet earth, there is a black coffee note. It kind of tastes like watered-down coffee – here me out first! – but because of the thick texture it feels wonderful in the mouth. Sticky, yummy aftertaste coffee and then bread sticks an sesame seeds.

madametj

ohhhh this sounds yummy. Is there any left??

KiwiDelight

2-3 servings :]

Stephanie

LOVE this one. I got toasty rice notes.

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This totally tastes how it promises and it’s really totally good, except I’m not big on hazelnut unless they’re in that one candy, whose name escapes me. But, OMG. Yes. Butterscotch and haelnut. NAILED IT.

Dustin

Sounds really good! I love hazelnut.

Stephanie

I was shocked how much I liked this one!!

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84
drank Shiva's Breakfast by Butiki Teas
4942 tasting notes

breakfast tea with the best tea sister evaaar! I got to try this one out, which is great since it’s on my list of things to order from Stacy, and this let me try it first. I sadly mostly just remember that this was smooth, and delicious. It was the right blend of ceylon and darjeeling for me – neither one overpowering the other. on the whole, a great accompaniment to delicious terri made breakfast!

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100
drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
1006 tasting notes

I’ve liked the Taiwanese black teas I’ve tried so far, and I’ve been getting along quite well with Butiki’s leafhopper teas also. On the strength of these, I requested a sample of this one with my last Butiki order. I’m drinking it at work today, and it is DE-LIC-IOUS. I followed the recommended parameters, and gave this one 3.5 minutes in boiling water. The liquor is a golden brown, and smells sweet and malty.

To taste, it’s wonderfully bready. I’m talking fresh baked bread right out of the oven. It’s also highly malty, with all the sweetness that entails, with a note of caramel in the smoothness of the aftertaste. I can also pick up on the oak and plum notes mentioned in the description — they add a slightly savoury twist to an otherwise sweet cup, and end each sip beautifully, lingering a little on the palate. The star flavour here for me, though, is the initial hit of bread. It’s so clear and intense, it’s actually making me feel hungry! Definitely one I’ll be picking up with my next Butiki order!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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100

I requested this as a sample with one of my most recent Butiki orders. To be fair, I probably should have gone with a whole bag (because I knew I’d probably love it). Maybe I was hoping to give myself an excuse to place another Butiki order? Hmm. I wonder whether that was it. Anyway, I rather like guayusa, particularly for work mornings as the high caffeine helps to get me started. I generally need all the help I can get waking up!

I almost followed the recommended parameters for this one — I used boiling water, but only left it 5 minutes rather than 6. I pretty much always under do my guayusas on time, because I don’t like the earthy base to come through too much and either cause astringency or overpower the flavouring. 5 minutes is fine for this one to my tastes.

I can definitely taste blackberry – it’s very juicy and fruity, and wonderfully sweet; not at all tart or sour as actual blackberries sometimes can be. I can also taste the guayusa peeking out a little bit — it’s earthy and a little “green” tasting (but in a good way, like wet forest, rather than composty). I don’t mind being able to taste it a little, as it actually works well as a counterpoint to the sweet blackberry. I can’t really detect any lime, which is a shame, but the blackberry is such a great, clear flavour that I don’t really mind.

I’m a fan of Butiki’s guayusa blends. My favourites so far have been The Killer’s Vanilla and Good Morning Sunshine. It’s hard to say where this one sits on the scale — about equal with the other two, I think. Perhaps it’s time for a repurchase?!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90

Thank you Sarsonator for this sample. This is good stuff. I was just about to add sugar to it when something made me change my mind. It doesn’t need it. It had definite notes of honey, plums, and apricots. It was very tasty. I did not notice any discernible fall off of flavor even in the sixth steeping. It was mildly strong but not overpowering. I definitely noticed an unusual effect from the tea, I was slightly buzzed but not tea drunk. This was very nice. This is a tea that has some Qi to it, many don’t.

I brewed this six times in a 125ml Gaiwan with 175 degree water and 4g leaf. I brewed it for 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. There was no need for lengthy steepings. If I hadn’t been planning on more tea later I might have steeped it a couple more times. The spent leaves had a discernible aroma that I would describe as honey like.

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Plums

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
Sarsonator

Glad you liked this one, A! :)

mrmopar

Allan you should try the 1989 Suncha blend and the 2009 Banchang from Butiki both are excellent.

Sarsonator

OMG mrmo! You just reminded me that I haven’t tried mine yet!

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62
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
1991 tasting notes

Sipdown (120)!

Ok, this is a little sweeter/more mango flavoured then last time. I’m thinking it’s a combination of my slightly overleafing and steeping an extra two minutes that help pushed this one further to a more flavourful, and therefore enjoyable, point.

I actually let this one get cold, and it was a bit better that way. If I had any more I’d probably be trying it next as a cold brew – but as is I’m out, and this didn’t impress me enough to want more of it so I shall leave that avenue unexplored and just be content with the two cups I had.

Thanks again, Cameron B.

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62
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
1991 tasting notes

Thanks Cameron B. for the pretty generous sample! I’ll get a few cups out of it.

Honestly, this one hasn’t really been on my radar as far as Butiki blends goes; mostly ‘cause I’m really finicky about mangoes – but why pass on an opportunity to try something a little out of my comfort zone that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Honestly, I’m not getting a lot out of this. The majority of what I taste is the rooibos base; it’s really standing out to me. The mango, primarily, is just adding extra sweetness to the rooibos. There’s not a whole lot distinct about it; but I can taste it more clearly on the very tail end of the sip and in the aftertaste. I’m actually enjoying the mango I can taste; I wish there was more of it!

And that’s really about it. Sorry Stacy, this one isn’t my thing and surprisingly it’s not because of the mango like I thought it’d be. I will play around with the rest of the sample though, to see if I can bring out that flavour any more.

PS. All you people with “normal bedtimes” are missing out! Steepster chat has been a blast tonight with Lariel and Starfevre. Lots of interesting topics of conversation tonight – both related and unrelated to tea.

Starfevre

It did make work this morning reeeeeally interesting. In a bad way.

Roswell Strange

Oh no D: Hopefully you survived it in one piece, though.

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Drank a sample of this. A bright rose is the first thing I tasted, with the cream being more subtle. I can’t discern any champagne flavors in here since I’m not familiar with them, but that is fine with me since this tea tastes great regardless. Halfway through the cup I added a bit of sugar and it made the flavors explode (moreso than with adding sugar to other teas); the rose was now very sweet and at the same time the cream was more forward and full-bodied. The tea came across to my pallete as kinda confusing, probably because I wasn’t familiar with what champagne flavors should taste like. But I definitely enjoyed it and will plan to give it another try with my next order.

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