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Mmm, smoke and blueberries. I’ll drink that.

Maybe I’ll sniff it incessantly too… Um, I’m a sucker for smokey smells.

We can be friends.

Flavors: Blueberry, Smoke

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Buttery golden, mild, and comforting. I wish it were a touch more assertive.

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
713 tasting notes

I got a sample of this somewhere along the line, but I’m not sure from who at this point. I tried it before, but don’t remember what I thought of it. I’m getting a slight bitter taste and maybe a little malt hidden behind that. As it cools the flavors merge and mellow a little. There is something fruity hidden in the aftertaste. A grapefruit flavor? With a hint of cherry? I’m so confused! LOL!

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Butiki Teas
149 tasting notes

Sipdown! (39/371)

Another of my samples from MissB, I am really getting through them! This is a lovely breakfast tea. It’s thick and malty, and smells wonderfully bready while it’s steeping. It’s not too sweet for a morning tea, rather strong and almost savoury. With some skimmed milk, this is pretty much my idea of an ideal breakfast tea.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
1842 tasting notes

Argh, this tea is a pain in the arse to measure. I ended up just dumping some in my cup and eyeballing it to see if it was the right amount. It still smells lovely and lemony despite the tea’s age. It tastes lemony as well but it doesn’t taste like straight-up dried lemon peel but more a sweet lemon cream. It’s mixed with the delicate hay-like flavours of the base with a hint of nuttiness. Age has dulled the flavour a bit, I think, but if you exercised your imagination a bit you could see how it tastes akin to a lemon macaron.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Sipdown (137)!

Drinking 52Tea’s Blackberry & Cream Shou Mei definitely put me in a blackberry mood, and that brought about this somewhat unfortunate sipdown. Truly, this will be a tea that’s dearly missed.

It was interesting drinking those two teas so close to each other, though! The blackberry flavouring was pretty similar/comparable, which really made the difference in base choice very apparent. The white base for Blackberries and Cream was light, and airy but the black by comparison was much richer with a deeper flavour. 52Tea’s blend was coquettish in nature, but Blackberry Cordial? Oooh, Blackberry Cordial was sultry and seductive…

Flavors: Blackberry, Honey, Malt

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Thank you to Kittenna for passing this one along! Echoing past thoughts of mine that it’s truly amazing to still be trying new to me Butiki blends!

I had mixed expectations: I ADORE blackberries but when they’re bad they’re really bad and I actually have had blackberry cordial before and I wasn’t so much a fan. I thought it tasted a little like cough syrup, to be frank.

- One Resteep
- Absolutely LOVELY tea; literally no complaints
- Strikes a really harmonious balance between base and flavour
- Tastes like really lovely/sweet/fruity blackberry jam
- And has a SUPER distinct honey note
- With very light malt notes and caramel notes
- Absolutely INCREDIBLE flavour!!!

It makes sense to me I really loved this: I’m 95% sure I’ve had the base tea on its own before and I think I quite liked it. Plus, how could I doubt Stacy’s ability to flavour things? Of COURSE it’s a great blackberry flavour. Why wouldn’t it be?

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This made me sneeze when I opened the packet. A dusty tea, it seems.
And wow is it ever spicy! in a good way. Adding half a tsp of sugar really brings out the chocolate note as well.
I love how rich and creamy it is without adding any milk. I guess the chocolate chips helped there. The spice vs chocolate level is just perfect.
I’m really glad I was able to try this. To be honest, this is what I wish the David’s tea version could live up to.

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Yup, this is awesome.

I had a ton of doubts about this tea. First, the dry leaf reaks of perfume that my grandmother used to wear. However nice that scent may have been I don’t think it belongs in my teapot. Second, I’m not a big white tea drinker, and third this is flavored, so it’s usually not up my alley. Regardless, I grabbed my glassware and got to brewing. The steeped liquor tastes so damn good. The flavor begins with a light coconut and moves into a light citrus tone with honey. I can pick up some banana in the background along with a smooth floral note. The brew finishes with a tanged hay taste and dryness that cleans the palette. This is perfect for just before bed as a light dessert tea. I’m really surprised that I like this, and I’m really glad to have tried this.

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Floral, Flowers, Hay, Honey, Sweet, Vanilla

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Love when that happens.


hahah total surprise xD

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drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
52 tasting notes

juicy, and even a little soapy, but not in a bad way. mild flavor.

Flavors: Grapefruit

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This is a super drinkable and fairly mild green. I’m mostly getting spinach, but it’s much subtler than in, say, your typical sencha. I’d never had straight Bi Luo Chun prior to receiving this in my mystery box when Butiki was closing down, but it’s definitely something I’ll seek out in the future once I’ve finished my current stash.

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Wow hasn’t life gotten away from me recently!

I’m sitting here surrounded by random stuff as I get my house ready to be packed up and moved across the country again with very little notice. I’m trying to do this as my husband is away from work, I’ve just come back from an extended and unexpected international trip and with us both heading to Canada on Saturday for a visa run…. oh, all while still being expected by my employer to keep up with my normal work load… rant over…

I don’t even want to start to actually admit how much tea I ‘m actually starting to realize I have because of the packing and moving process BUT one of the best benefits of this exercise is I’m start to find things you didn’t think you had anymore, like this tea!

So I’m sitting here, taking a break from inventorying my life with a cup of tea and the Republican debate.. I need some ‘comic’ relief at this point. This tea has aged remarkably well!! No waffle notes anymore but there is some serious almond and maple syrup going on in this cup and that makes me super happy!! A touch of milk makes this feel like a decadent creamy breakfast treat, just at supper time!!

Maddy Barone

Wow, after reading about your life and job situation, I should quit complaining about mine! Moving is such a pain. Hope all goes well for you.


Almost sipped this one today. I should soon! Good luck on moving!

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I like this tea a lot! It did have a creamy, light lemon fragrance and flavor. I would definitely buy it again.

Flavors: Cream, Lemon

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my second last untried Butiki blends, I think. Yes, I know it’s been a year… but pu-erh gets better with time, right? Anyway, I think I’d put off trying this one because I suspected I wouldn’t like it—it came in my mystery box and certainly wasn’t something I would’ve chosen for myself, not being a huge fan of either smokey teas or Butiki’s coffee flavoring. And it does smell overwhelmingly smoky, both dry and while steeping. The taste, thankfully, is much lighter. There’s still quite a bit of smoke, but it’s not overpowering, and the pu-erh base comes through nicely. What I’m not getting is the coffee, but that’s very likely due to the tea’s age (and probably not a great loss, given my above comments about coffee flavoring). This isn’t a standout for me, but it’s quite drinkable. Still, I think I may try to rehome it—I’m moving to London (!!!) later this year and have way more tea than I’ll be able to either sip down by then or take with me, so much as it pains me to part with teas I enjoy I think I’ll be trying to do a stash sale of some sort soon.

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A sample from the lovely Courtney.

I feel terrible that it took me this long to try this tea. I usually shy away from straight teas, preferring blends, but I really like this one. It reminds me of the tea they serve in Chinese restaurants but richer and completely lacking in astringency. Bonus, this was the perfect accompianment to some blueberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies (had after shoveling snow, so the calories don’t count, right?).

I really enjoyed this and may have to seek out some unflavored oolongs in the future. Thank you, Courtney!

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Sipdown (121)!

Nah; not into this cold brew. It tastes like bad Tang, if Tang came in lime flavour. Point is, it’s got a funky “cheap juice crystal” vibe. Overall, this was decent but not nearly as good as many of the other white blends I got the fortune to try from Butiki.

That’s probably for the best.


What a weird thing to read about a Butiki tea. You always expect perfection :P

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This is a queued tasting note.

This cold brew is an improvement upon the quite sour/tart hot cup I last had but the lime is still only semi-sweet and relatively pithy and the base is lacking any real contribution. I wish I could taste more of, well, anything. However it’s certainly not bad.

It just isn’t “punchy” either.

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Tea comes from Kittenna!

I was SO tempted to spike this with rum the first time I made this, but ultimately decided it’d be best to try it plain before making any major alterations.Also, it amazes me I’m still trying ‘new’ Butiki blends. Truly, Butiki is a company that just keeps giving…

- This was VERY lime flavoured, and had a sour tinge
- Also a hint of orange
- Quite pithy
- I would’ve liked to see the flavour more well rounded
- And sweeter over sour…
- But I realize flavour may have faded over time
- And I’m not trying this at ‘optimal’ freshness…

Flavors: Citrus, Lime, Sour, Tart

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drank Boomstick by Butiki Teas
1842 tasting notes

I got this more for the name than anything else, as I have quite a few citrus teas kicking around in my cupboard in various incarnations. Army of Darkness was a classic movie from my childhood so there might be a teensy bit of nostalgia involved. ;)

The combination of citrus flavours is interesting and they mix quite well with the robust, slightly cocoa-y flavoured black tea base. The interesting part is that it’s not just an amorphous citrus flavour, I can distinctly taste orange, grapefruit, mandarin, etc. in each sip. Still it seems to me that something called "Boomstick’ should have a bit more fire to it.

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

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Siopdown 6 of 2016. A sample. Received 3/2014 – Finished 1/2016.

This is an old sample that was not stored well. It is a sweet warm cup this morning. It brewed up light with hints of vanilla.

I have spent way too much time reading discussions the past few days on here. As entertaining as it has been I really hope things get back to a more “normal” state soon.


heh “normal”…maybe someday :)

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
147 tasting notes

I fished a nearly-empty 1/2 oz bag of this from the bottom of one of my boxes of tea yesterday. I’ll be sad to see it go, but at this point I have far too much tea for someone in my current situation (still working out life details/strongly considering getting a terminal degree and therefore need a considerable amount of flexibility/mobility since it’ll be a while before I settle down somewhere permanently— having, uh, 10+ kilograms of tea doesn’t really help with the mobility) so I’m trying to let go of my hoarding tendencies and just drink things without worrying that I’ll miss it or whatever it is that makes me want to hoard tea.

Honestly, the main note I’m getting from this in these early steeps is something like raisins and dates. It’s a little dry in the aftertaste. I’m really not getting any hints of cocoa or chocolate, but then again the water I’m using is considerably cooler than what I’d normally use— waiting for my water heater to boil so I’m using the hot water in my thermos at the moment. Will update if the flavour changes in future steeps with hot water.

This is surprisingly more energising than I expected. I was going after a comfort tea when I went tea-box-diving. I might have to revisit the boxes once I’m finished with this.

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This is lightly vegetal, with hints of fruit (cherry?)—it reminds me a bit of sakura sencha, even. There’s just a hint of smoke in the background to mix things up, too. This is a really nice tea, and I’ll be sad when I use up my stash. If anyone knows of another tea like this one, I’d love to know.

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I was afraid this might end up being a big cup of blandness considering how long I’ve had most of my Butiki collection, but after checking my order history it looks like I’ve only had this one for a year. Which is still not great, but better than it could be.

It didn’t smell all that strong while steeping (1.5 tsp, ~250ml of 90C water), but sipping revealed fruity, hay-like, and pleasantly musty flavors, and I started noticing some floral notes as it cooled. It had a lingering aftertaste of berries which I enjoyed, though I’m not sure whether that was entirely from the tea or if the apple-rosemary scone I was munching on had anything to do with it.

I’ve never properly gotten into Darjeelings, but I really liked this one! It reminded me of some kind of oolong, which certainly didn’t hurt.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Hay

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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