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79
drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
96 tasting notes

Thanks Stephanie for the sample!

Oh, Creamy Eggnog.. How deceiving you are.. The smells of vanilla and creamy goodness are apparent in the dry leaf. I steeped about 1tbsp in 16oz of 180 degree water for 4 minutes. Even the brewed tea looks like a nice browned butter color.

Wait. What’s this? It smells like.. buttered green beans! Not your every day buttered green beans, but the fancy ones that get made on Thanksgiving with the REAL salted butter, not that fake crap. It still smells creamy and buttery with a hint of vanilla.

The taste is smooth and creamy and buttery… with.. you guessed it.. the taste of buttered green beans! There’s nothing wrong with this tea – it’s actually pretty good and I enjoyed it. I just wish it was called “Buttered Green Beans” instead of “Creamy Eggnog!”

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Green Beans, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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81
drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
1206 tasting notes

Ooof. Work this morning was a bit of a disaster. We had a fill, who ran too long, didn’t even get to the subject, and was generally a mess.
Ugh. At least I’m done.
How am I drinking this down so fast? How are all my Butiki blends all vanishing like that? Argh!
This was a lovely blend to have tried, I liked it a bunch. I’m sad I’ll not have anymore!
Sipdown.

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81
drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
1206 tasting notes

I don’t know what came over me this morning, but an unflavored tea seemed to be the thing to drink.
I had a combination of excitement and trepidation, as I had heard a great deal about this tea. Trepidation unfounded, as this was lovely
This was gorgeous, light and delicious. The flavors could have come across as heavy and solid and unforgiving as a block of solid tea. This has got a lightness to it, which makes the flavors glow.
I think a slice of lemon would do well. I’ll try that next!

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Thanks Stephanie for this sample. This tea smells great, unfortunately, I also discovered that I don’t like guayusa :( I just couldn’t get over the taste and ended up pouring out the tea. I’ll refrain from rating this one since it’s not the tea’s fault.

Stephanie

Can’t win them all! Hurray for swaps for finding these things out :)

Cheri

I agree; swaps are great for figuring out what you like and don’t like without breaking the bank or ending up with a ton you don’t like.

TeaNTees

I love guayusa! Funny how we end up finding out we don’t care for certain teas from swaping.

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82

I thought it was almost time to go home like an hour ago, so it’s been decided that I need a cup of this, liquid joy, to distract me while I wait out the rest of my day..

It’s so good and I will miss it.
(I’m not convinced that guayasa really wakes me up but maybe I’m just immune to everything. I mean, lbr, I drank a full cup of coffee and then napped on the couch like 5 minutes after on the weekend…)

Stephanie

I’m having Good Morning Sunshine today :)

Fjellrev

Haha I’m totally immune to caffeine. It’s all about drinking for pleasure.

Cavocorax

Woah! That’s interesting!

CrowKettle

Coffee naps have saved me a few times now, during my undergrad. :)

Indigobloom

I tried it once with coffee, a few times with tea unintetionally. Its a different sort of nap that’s for sure!

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1882 tasting notes

With milk today!

Totally over steeped but I don’t caaaare! It’s delicious and getting me going.

I have to sand down the spackle I applied yesterday, wipe it all down, and slap on some primer. I’ve been SO SLOW with redoing my bathroom and the landlordy people are all, “Can you give us back the spackle? And the paint? And the rollers?” Never mind that they never gave me any sand paper or primer or putty knives or anything like that. Just paint, roller, tray, putty. Hmm..

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I have no energy anymore for renovation type projects, so I totally applaud you! YAY for new bathrooms! :D
(and, Praline Horizon is amazing….)

OMGsrsly

I have no energy for it either but I wanted a good job done so I’m doing it myself. I’m just repainting, but the paint is completely lifting because they didn’t use primer. lol. Much eye rolling here.

Sil

we finally finished the kitchen/couunter tops and tiles… so nice.

OMGsrsly

Yay!!!

I’m thinking of finding new kitchen cabinets on Craigslist and telling them I’m redoing my kitchen. Haha. New sink and faucet too. That would be so nice.

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1882 tasting notes

Hmm…

I had this tea this morning plain, because I didn’t have any milk and I wasn’t feeling coconut milk in it. Although it smelled great, I really didn’t care for it.

So, a second steep now that I’m home. With milks. It’s delicious. Hearty dessert in a cup. Yum!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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88
drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
240 tasting notes

I have been surprised by white teas as of late! I have been so “eh’d” out by white peony and bai hao that I thought I would be sworn off them altogether. Not so with white teas coming from Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Kenya! Which really surprises me.
This is like the malty, caramel-y, and sweet potato-y Rara Willow White that I have had from Nepali Tea Traders. Or should I say that that tea is like White Rhino? I don’t want to get into the chicken-or-the-egg debate, but both teas are quite comparable. I wasn’t able to get this tea while Butiki was still (alive?) but if anyone is looking for a substitute, look to NTT for their whites. This a great “I want black tea but all my brewing vessels are dirty except my glass gaiwan and I don’t want to burn myself” tea. It’s rich and thick with very nice bread and potato notes. There is a bit of classically hay and floral top notes of a white, but the dominant flavor is the malt. Ah, this is a nice tea! Thanks once again Roswell Strange for the generous sample!

Flavors: Hay, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

cookies

Agreed. I thought I didn’t like whites until I tried some fantastic ones from India & Kenya.

Butiki Teas

Have you tried the Glenburn Estate’s Silver Needle? It’s one of my favorites. So very flavorful. I’m a big fan of Indian & Kenyan white teas.

TheLastDodo

I have! I think I like Silver Needles from Kenya better. Something about the punchier floral and smoothness. Nepal makes all of my favorites though :P

The Tea Snob

i Agree Butiki Teas

Butiki Teas

The white teas from Kenya are certainly interesting. The white needles we used to sell had a strong corn nut flavor. I do love Kenya white teas but to me the Indian white teas are a bit more sweeter and fruitier which draws me to them just a little bit more.

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73

Smelled so good while brewing, and mostly lived up to the smell. I wish there had been a touch more of the cashew flavor. Perhaps with sweetener, it might peek out a bit more.

I think all of my Butiki reviews are going to end up being short, since I don’t want to think too much about them or I’ll risk feeling super depressed that I can’t ever get them again…

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94

One of the best guayusas ever, period.
This tea had the sweetness that I wanted with a creaminess that was subtle enough to not disrupt the green guayusa taste. If there was a downside to this tea it would be that it is no longer available.

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74
drank Winter Fire by Butiki Teas
150 tasting notes

Butii’s fruity guayusa was s good that I decided to try this out… interesting experience, but I prefer the sweeter tasting guayusa to this spicy version- I am sure others would really enjoy it though.

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79

Ooooo! This was notably NOT orange but VERY tangerine! Yay for that! And the creamsicle part really hit its mark as well. This is lovely. I’ll miss it once I’m out :(

Fjellrev

Damnit, I wish mine would taste like that. Maybe I screwed up on ratios.

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80

This may have been the most colorful tea I have ever had!
I really enjoyed it’s taste; for me it was more of a creamy flower taste, whatever that means…
I had high expectations because this tea sold out a few times based off of my observation of Butiki’s store but when I ended up trying it I realized that it wasn’t my kind of tea. This tea was still nice, but it didn’t provide the taste I was looking for when I looked at it or smelled it

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

When I ordered from Butiki I thought that I got an extra amount of this tea because of its packaging size, but I didn’t. This tea was twisted up and curved all around which made it beautiful looking. The taste was a mild green tea taste and I really enjoyed sipping this during spring :)

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank 1989 Suncha Blend by Butiki Teas
875 tasting notes

My tea of the morning, steeped western style.

Earthy, sweet and a bit camphorous. I’ll need to pay closer attention next time.

Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Ah really nice. Lovely, authentic melon smell and flavour that started off more watermelon honeydew but transitioned to cantaloupe, with a slight earthy, warm white tea base. Very enjoyable. Thank you Janelle for the sample. :)

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Earth, Hay, Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93
drank Farewell, Butiki by Butiki Teas
1648 tasting notes

Now I can post my guesses for the Mystery tea from the mystery box!
looks like oolong Scent: Strong tangerine, fruit punch (but should be berry?) , something nutty maybe two: cashew or hazelnut?

Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps. // 25 min after boiling // no rinse // 3 min
I thought I was finding the scent of mostly tangerine, but the flavor seems like mostly pineapple. I can’t even taste anything berry or nutty, but I’m pretty sure there should be a fruit punch theme happening. It’s sweet and syrupy. I can’t tell what the oolong tastes like, but it seems like it’s mostly buttery. The pineapple flavor could be from the oolong itself, but it does seem like the pineapple flavoring I’ve tried from Butiki before. If I had to guess the number of flavors, I’d guess some odd fruits I’m probably not aware of the flavor of, that could fit with fruit punch.. maybe starfruit. There might be mango due to the syrupy quality.

Steep #2 // 7 min after boiling // 2 min
Another cup that tastes the same. It’s almost a shame to hide such a nice oolong in all of these flavors, but the flavors are GOOD. Tropical, sweet, natural with this oolong that probably has a pineapple flavor.

Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min
This is a very consistent blend. The flavors are exactly the same for all three steeps. So delicious. My official guess:
Fu Shou Shan oolong
1. Orange or Tangerine
2.Pineapple
3. Raspberry
4. Sugar
5. I thought I could tell there was something nutty in the dry blend, but I can’t taste it at all, but I’m guessing it’s either cashew, walnut or hazelnut.

ACTUAL FLAVORS:
1. Base Tea-Fu Shou Shan
2. Waffle flavoring
3. Tangerine Flavoring
4. Cashew Flavoring
5. Strawberry Flavoring
6. Maple Flavoring

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77

I’m so appreciative to all the people who have sent me Butiki samples, since I never actually got to place an order myself. I believe this one was from Kaylee, though it’s hard to keep track, as I’ve repackaged a lot of the samples I’ve received.

The dry leaf is so pretty. I love the contrast between the silvery green white tea and the bright, crumbly red of the strawberries. Just lovely. The smell of the dry leaf is pretty intensely strawberry and coconut.

Steeped, the sweet strawberry coconut notes become almost cloying and perfumey. The taste also has these notes, but it’s a much more delicate, smooth expression of strawberry and coconut, that mingles nicely with the hay and faintly vegetal notes of the white tea. The finish is quite sweet strawberry. The coconut gives this a lot of body and a bit of an oily mouth feel.

The flavour of this is really lovely, though the smell is a bit much for me. This sample is a sipdown and I’m okay with it being gone.

Flavors: Coconut, Hay, Perfume, Strawberry, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mike

Haha, sounds a lot better than Canal Street in Manhattan!! :P

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86

Uhhhhhhhhhh…crap.

The first time I had this I wasn’t loving it, something about the flavour combo struck me as odd.

BUT, I’ve since had it again and resteeped, and reached the conclusion that I LOVE it. I should add that it makes sense for me to love it, because I’m a huge marmalade freak. My husband makes fun of me because whenever we go out for breakfast I steal marmalade packets, haha. He says that’s one of my ‘old lady traits’. As if no one under the age of 60 likes marmalade!? PFFT.

I don’t eat much toast at home, otherwise I’d likely have a fridge full of different marmalade brands.

Anyway, the flavour combo is just perfect. Nutty and sweet from the toffee and orangey but not in a fake or overwhelming way.

HELLO OUT THERE! IF YOU HAVE THIS AND HATE IT, SWAP WITH ME! :)

I don’t have much left :(

Sil

NOOOOOOOOOOOO if you have it, give it to MEEEEEEEE

whatshesaid

Noooooooooo, MEEEEEEEEEE!!!

OMGsrsly

(I steal marmalade packets too…)

Roswell Strange

My favourite marmalade is actually a lemon one :) It’s super expensive and in the natural source section of the store I work in, so I really stretch it out to make it last :p

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I’m giving this another shot this early afternoon and still can’t seem to get the tangerine/orange creamsicle notes that others are getting. To me, it’s like pure guayusa. :(

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Hmm, it’s a shame that it took me around 8-9 months just to try this. Therefore, I won’t be rating it because right now, all I’m tasting is the base and nothing more. No tangerine, no creaminess. I’m not sure if it’s due to age or what. I’m going to have to have some of Killers Vanilla that I purchased around the same time to see if something happened with that one too, since I absolutely love it, have had it fresh, and would help me figure more out about this blend.

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90

This was my first aged Oolong!
Everything about this tea was faint and subtle: smell, liquor, and taste.
While it was a wonderful tea, I just wanted something that was more distinguishable as something that sets it apart from other teas- in this case being an aged oolong from 1991.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
483 tasting notes

I received some of this from donkeytiara in our swap. Thank you!

Yum. I had a rough nights sleep last night and I was already starting to think about what tea I would try this morning. I read a tasting note about keemun yesterday so thought I would give one of these a go. I am glad I did. This cup did not disappoint. This is a very light and fruity keemun, maybe peaches/bananas? It is very smooth and almost a hint of spice? mixed in. I can’t quite put a finger on the flavor at the beginning of the sip. It doesn’t have as much base as some of my current favorite keemuns, but it is a great cup. Thank you for sharing donkeytiara.

donkeytiara

…i agree…it’s almost a summer keemun, which seems a bit of an oxymoron!

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55
drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
875 tasting notes

All I really got from this was a whole lot of chamomile and a hint of lemongrass. Pleasant but not at all what I was expecting from a tisane called Citrus Dream.

Glad to have tried it though!

Flavors: Flowers, Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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