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Oh wow! Thank you for the sample of this with my order, Stacy. Now I know what I’ve been misssing!
No wonder everyone goes gaga over this one. So much going on here. It was love at first sip! :)
This also explains why the Caramel Vanilla Assam and Hello Sweetie are so popular as well! I might have to do a side by side some day of this and Laoshan black so I can pick a favorite black tea. SO GOOD! :D
Tea #27 from HHTTB2
Let’s talk a minute about Wisconsin. You know, the state with the highest percentage of binge drinkers in the US. There’s also over 130 breweries just kind of chilling here. We’re not alcoholics , we’re professionals.
So, a beer-inspired tea is right up my alley and I’ve been dancing around the idea of trying this one for a while. I was really excited when it popped up in the tea box.
Once steeped, the tea has a primary bready/baked smell with juicy peaches. Like a peach oatmeal or unsweetened peach tarts. As far as taste goes, this is a very good peach tea! The Cascade hops definitely adds a slightly bitter herbaceous note with citrus accents that really pairs well with the peach. The peach is juicy, ripe and real peach tasting. And the base does have a malty quality, while still being quite light (but not thin). It becomes sweeter and juicier as the cup cools, as well. The aftertaste is mostly peach, with just a hint of lingering hops.
I really would like to make this into a tea syrup and make a fizzy beverage out of this!
Hmmm…I swear I thought I posted about this one this morning, but I guess I never hit the ‘post’ button. Anyway, no new observations about this tea, it is a nice bold breakfast blend, & I’ve commented on it numerous times. Thanks Stacy!
I received this sample from OMGsrsly – thank you very much (I’m sorry for what is to come – I do appreciate the opportunity).
I keep trying to like Butiki teas. Haven’t had any for quite awhile, and was hoping that my tastes have become refined enough to appreciate these teas. This is a tea I should just adore. Fruit flavored white, this should be right up my alley.
I still don’t get it. I measured really careful as per instructions on the tea page 2 tsp/cup. Set the kettle for 85C and the timer for 4.5 minutes.
This is bitter, grassy, with just the barest hint of watermelon way in the back – would not have said watermelon if I didn’t know what it was. I’m sorry this bad – really bad. I put in a bit of sugar trying to offset the bitter and bring out more of the fruit. Now I just have sweet, bitter, non existent watermelon. I know most of you just love this tea, and I would love to love it. I don’t and I don’t understand why.
Yum. This is so good, even without additions. It is silky and malty and wonderful. Why didn’t I order more of this?
Oolong #4. And another sipdown.
This one is really good, but another tea I probably wouldn’t restock, just because I don’t reach for much other than black teas and herbals.
It’s welch’s grape juice. As tea. With some green and floral oolong notes. I really like this one. Green oolongs are definitely a better flavour for me than the roasted ones.
And I just realized that I haven’t had anything but painkillers and tea today, so I’m going to wait until my food is ready before I make any more tea. Wow.
Another fabulous new tea! I have been loving anything with tart rhubarb lately, and the vanilla bean pairs perfectly with it here. I might be inspired to make homemade vanilla rhubarb tea infused jam next summer! If I am tasting the hops at all, they are pretty subtle. There is a pleasant subtle bitterness that I think might be them peeking out. I had my homebrewing husband taste the tea and he couldn’t detect the hops at all shrug. I’m thinking this would be a kickass iced tea.
I vote for Amarillo hops in the next beer tea blend! They are my favorite. Anyone a fan of Gumballhead beer by Three Floyds? I guess it is made in Indiana so probably not available all over the country. Beer import laws state to state are so screwy and weird. shrug
Backlog, from before this tea was in the Steepster DB!
Yowza, the smell is everything you want it to be both dry and steeping. I’m only guessing and knowing me I’ll be wrong, but I think this has mallow in it maybe (?) as it has the same luscious cake-y smell that’s a huge part of my obsession with the (sadly discontinued for now :( ) Birthday Cake. Drooooling. Once again it’s abruptly cold as a witch’s tit (is that too racy for Steepster? Ack) tonight—says it’s going to feel like 7F, I’m shivering by the window (the best place to get a wireless signal in our apartment) and worried about the feral cat in our foyer (I fed her extra today, she’s in her roughneck home and I put a thick blanket over the top of it…still…). Got horrifying news this morning that R’s grandmother’s home burned down (his sister has been occupying it, long story there) with the dog in it (… seriously, there are no words), R gets evaluated at work this week, and tomorrow begins the insanity that is Thanksgiving week. Teas I’ve been mega excited about seem the thing right now (also, I want to know if I like the teas Stacy sent as samples before the Black Friday sale!).
This is exactly what I was expecting from a Butiki tea called Irish Cream Cheesecake—dreamy smell, subtle but uncanny flavor, good mouthfeel (and that hug in a cup any good tea can provide in a time of dark cold weather and stress!). G’ah, the smell. Oh so good. I could be imagining it but you even get the liquor aspect in the finished cup. The cheesecake tang is the subtlest component, coming out mid and late sip alongside the black tea flavor, but it’s great and dead-on too. What’s neat about this one is it feels like it’d work well as a morning tea, not just a dessert one, because there is true yummy strong black tea flavor, not just the cream and cake (though there’s that too, in spades, and nothing that feels artificial or cloying). As someone who just had chocolate pie for breakfast, I approve of a tea you can drink for breakfast that feels like a dessert treat at the same time! I think I will definitely be ordering more of this. It’s perfect when it’s freezing cold first thing in the morning and you need something to comfort you and tastes rich, sends that signal to the body that you’re putting on padding to stay warm.
Man, that smell. You think you’ll get saturated in it and stop being able to appreciate it, but then it wafts up when half the cup’s gone and your heart lights up all over again.
This is one that I asked specifically for when swapping with Scheherazade and I’m ever so pleased that she shared some with me. I’ve been very excited about this one. I tend to like nutty flavoured teas it seems. I had that hazelnut brittle that grew on me, and presently the almond flavoured tea that I have is very nice too. This isn’t something that I’ve really been conscious about before but nuts appear to attract me. This is rather strange, really, because I don’t much like eating nuts on their own. If they’re in food or cakes or something, I like them just fine. It’s a texture thing. A nut on its own feels to me like chewing on wood. And I never ever seem to be able to quite finish chewing. I have this same experience with raw carrot as well if it isn’t cut into smaller pieces.
And of course the maple did as well due to my well-known gravitation towards things that smell remotely like caramel.
(I think we can conclude here that, basically, I like sweeties.)
It smells very lovely of maple and also a good deal of nuts. It reminds me of hard caramel sweeties or brittle. Melted sugar. I’m a little concerned that it might be sickeningly sweet, but I believe the nuts might temper that.
Actually the very first flavour I get when sipping is that of the base oolong! It’s wood-y and roasted just how I prefer them. Following that is an even more wood-y flavour of nuts and then finally the maple on the aftertaste, mostly. I was expecting this to be totally the other way around. What a peculiar thing.
I thought I would enjoy it, and by being completely backwards it has actually managed to be even more enjoyable. What a lovely tea!
Oooh, first tasting note!
This tea exemplifies everything I love about Butiki teas. The delicious darjeeling base tea is wonderfully malty, nutty and very present within the blend. The flavorings taste totally natural and well balanced. It is almost like I added a shot of Irish cream to the tea, but without the alcohol tang. Also, I think the addition of marshmallow leaf is just perfect. Lovely and creamy and wonderful for breakfast today!
Having this this morning before I go for a massage while banana bread bakes in the oven and the cats pace back and forth chirping at birds and begging for attention… all is right with the world. :)
Malty, honey, smooth, juicy goodness.
Glad I’m planning to get more of this… I’m close to a sipdown on it! I only hope I’m not waiting too long to order and it won’t be out of stock.
This is a resteep, and it’s just as lovely as the first cup was. I think I could spend a whole week just drinking just this yummy lychee tea, but then it’d be all gone and I’d be sad. So, I’m gonna continue sipping at this while I watch season nine of Supernatural and then I’m gonna pace myself with this one and instead of making another cup maybe I’ll try something new. I’m so close to being caught up, though!
I was afraid this was going to happen! Dangit, why does this tea have to be so good! I love good Puerh and this one has such a malty sweet toasty ricey goodness about it. Irresistible! Putting this one on my re-order list. Sadly my cupboard is exploding so no new orders for a while. I will have to savor what I’ve got of this one :)
This tea was delicious sans additions this morning. Nice and simple, but the pumpkin was almost too subtle.
I made a Butiki order today and would have ordered more of this, but I now have tonnes of pumpkin milkshake. But maybe I need both! Comparison coming soon!
From the Great Canadian TTB.
This was smells of spicey mango rooibos.
The taste is strongly rooibos. There is a slight medicinal quality to the rooibos but not too bad. There is definitely a mango flavour. But I also find there is quite a spicey taste to this. Kind of peppery but not quite. The more the tea cools, the spice becomes more distinctively cardamom. I am also finding vegetal and floral undertones as well. I tried it with and without brown rock sugar, but I found the sugar did not make much difference in taste. Pre sugar, it was a bit flat, but I found the sugar didn’t add too much sweetness to the tea.
What a beautiful, unusual tea!
I’ve got two tea gift bags and a swap package sitting next to me, so whatever it is I’m smelling is delicious – and likely something other than the tea I’m drinking. ;)
Huge green leaves, chunks of what look like potato and something else? are in this blend. Steeped, it was a very, very light color, which surprised me – I actually opened up the Breville to make sure the tea had steeped properly. It did.
I can taste the tea foremost (lovely!), the applesauce, and something very latke-ish. It’s comforting, sweet and full, like biting into a potato almost, although I find there’s little taste there the few times I have eaten a raw potato, so it’s more the mouthfeel I’m comparing it to than anything. I added sweetener only because I’m a huge applesauce fan, and because we used to make our latkes like they were applesauce with latkes instead of the other way around.
Interesting note, of only semi-relation to the tea: I was raised with little to no religious instruction or guidance. I knew there was a story there, however my parents both passed before I really was able to get any sort of fleshed out details, and asking the family members left was… puzzling and, well, met with negative reactions. We celebrated Christmas and Easter, occasionally went to midnight mass (my Dad was Italian Catholic, my Mom, Dutch), and then for a few years we attended these amazing get-togethers at what I think was UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, where we made dreidels, ate latkes and listened to people sing in Hebrew. It was magical and a whole lot of fun.
Fast forward to a few years ago when I’m in Seattle attending film school, and I meet a Jewish man that I end up writing a rom-com with. It’s Friday night Shabbat, and as he joins me in the ceremony, I start crying. Quietly. I realize, in that moment, I am Jewish, and that this is something I’ve done many times before, yet had zero idea why, or even when. I kept quiet, wiped my tears, and went on with the evening.
Later, I received confirmation that yes, my Mother’s mother was Jewish and therefore I am as well. Long story short, a great uncle of mine along with my grandfather, published Mein Kampf in Dutch to avert the authorities from realizing they were Jewish. I have a cousin in her 80s in Amsterdam who still runs the bookstore and art shop where this all went down. I should note that this all occurred before my Mom was born – the beauty of having a family so large there’s a generation that divides them.
Anyway. This tea is an emotional one for me, for many of the reasons listed above. I am thankful to all of you who chose to read this novel of a tealog, to Stacy for making it, and for the opportunity to share these details (for the first time in public) here. Chag Sameach!
I’ve been enjoying this all day. Moreso, knowing that I’ve got 2oz more on it’s way so I don’t have to hoard it. This may be my favourite Butiki tea. (Aside from Hello Sweetie!)
Time to bump the rating up!
I wrote an exam this morning, and I had a few hours that I could spare away from studying to clean and get groceries and book appointments. I can’t wait until my life slows down just a tad.
Anyway, this is a sipdown! In preparation for my new Butiki order that will be en route soon enough! I am enjoying this with some delicious smørrebrød before heading back to school for extra lab time.
I hope all my American tea friends had a lovely Thanksgiving!
Just taking a minute to relax before I plunge back into the craziness of Black Friday. This morning I had to go to get blood work done for my annual physical. I’m so glad I finally got that done because I dread it for months before I go. One time I went to have blood drawn and it was such a horrific experience which left me covered in bruises and a little mentally scarred. Because of that I now can pass out while having blood drawn, so I have to wait for a special recliner and an experienced lab person. Luckily, I did not pass out this time. Yay! No cold sweat either. Only had my heart rate elevated just a little and a bit of fast nervous talking. Go me.
This Black Friday sale is insane! At this level we may surpass last year’s sales in a few hours, and we still have more than 3 days left. We have already run out of Vanilla Carrot Cake and there are a few other teas that are in danger of running out. I love the insanity of these 4 days and at the same time, I’m a little terrified that we will have all sorts of issues of running out of teas and whatnot.
I love this tea! If I could drink only one tea for the rest of my life, this would be it. The caramel and cocoa notes are just perfect right now and since I brewed it a little extra strong, the maltiness is coming out nicely. Yum. Perfect tea for my mood right now. Next I think I’m going for the White Rhino. That is just a real caramel-y tea.
This one is a resteep.
I’m finding the resteep to be really good (and I’m so happy I can get a second cup out of the leaf). There are some different flavour notes at play, though. With the second steep I’m getting much more pronounced creamy notes and a mellower (less zest/lemon rind) lemon taste, which is actually kinda strengthening the creamy lemon pie filling flavour.
A downside, the tea liquor seems to feel thinner and less creamy (even though the taste is creamier). However, I still think I MIGHT prefer the second steep more.
Urggg. I’m having a seriously hard time fighting the urge to place another Butiki order (that’d be the second today, and third within the last seven days). I’d also love to place orders with TeaCupany, Harney & Sons, and a few more places. Problem is that I had a $150 tea budget from last paycheck and have now spent just about $300 on tea over the last few weeks. I’m crying inside. At least it IS money that I have – I’m not yet spending outside of my means.
It’s easing my pain a little knowing I have a $100 grocery card on the way from my parents as an early Christmas gift – and that I get paid again on Dec. 3rd (right after Cyber Monday sales, though!). But in order to compensate for the over spending, I think all my paycheck will likely be going straight into savings for rent.
With the exception of swaps, and tea tins for my new teas, I think I’m probably on tea buying hiatus until after Christmas when I go back to Regina to visit family (and you know I’m gonna have to shop at the local places I missed out on when I was living there).
I had this for breakfast with an actual banana. Banana overload! :D
Best banana bread flavored tea!
I had a lovely cup of this today – i really need to try stacys other steeping parameters since i always brew it for 4 mins. I quite like this one (for an oolong) and find the more i drink it, the more it grows on me. Looking forward to placing my other orders with stacy tomorrow heh