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90

I love spice, chocolate, and tea, and this is an exceptional combination of the three.

The (distinctly) Taiwanese tea offers sweet, floral honey notes. It’s smooth and delicate. The chili doesn’t really register as “hot”. It’s more of a slight warmth, a tingle in the back of your throat. Enough to titillate. The chocolate isn’t a very prominent flavor, admittedly. It’s more of an undertone; the dark complement to the light black tea. It pairs very nicely with the chili heat and doesn’t leave me wanting more. Creamy, melty, sweet. Mmm. (I think more chocolate would make it unbalanced…I’ll just make a stronger cup if I want more flavor!) I really love this blend. Just wonderful.

Method:
2tsp/10oz
boiling
4min

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Spices, Sweet

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75

Banana is a hard flavor to get right in tea, but Stacy pulls it off well. This tea has a very natural and lightly sweet banana flavor that develops mid-sip and then fades as it is overtaken by a lingering smoky aftertaste. I like it, but I wish I could taste the maple flavoring, which isn’t coming through for me at all. Though I don’t usually sweeten my tea, I may just have to experiment with adding a bit of maple syrup to this one!

Flavors: banana, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
2163 tasting notes

I tried this tonight for the first time and honestly, it’s just not my favorite. I found it basically just tasted like tea. No white chocolate flavoring to be found anywhere. In a blind taste test, I would never have guessed what this was. At least the base was nice, if not slightly astringent. It had honey notes and a sweet, generic fruitiness along with hints of breadiness. However, with that said, I used a tea bag to brew this cup and it was quite full so I think I’ll postpone my rating until I have tried this brewed in a filter where the leaves have more space to spread out and move around.

Kittenna

Not my fave either.

whatshesaid

I haven’t tried it yet either, strangely enough. Of all the Butiki teas I’ve ordered lately, the only ones I’m a little MEH about would be the chocolate flavoured ones…..I think that’s because I’ve realized that I’m not keen on chocolate flavoured anything.

I did enjoy the chocolate raspberry decaf one, but I guess seeing as how I haven’t even TRIED this yet, I’m probably not as thrilled about it.

whatshesaid

………….So I guess maybe I should stop buying chocolate flavoured tea….

Inkling

Yeah, I didn’t get much of the flavor on this one either. My guess is that white chocolate is such a mild flavor, it just can’t compete with such a strong base.

VariaTEA

I’m glad its not just me. I still want to try it in a filter to see if I can coax out a bit more but if all else fails, I can always just drink it for the base.

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90

I treated myself to my first infusion of this tea, earlier, to build myself up for the trip to the dentist. I’d only ever really smelled the bag briefly, without looking inside in great detail, so I’d forgotten this was a white-tea-base and assumed, because of the fairly strong flavours in the name, it would be a black! I was really surprised to see Butiki’s lovely Bai Mu Dan come tumbling into my infuser-basket!

It also put me at ease, big time. It smelled absolutely wonderful and I have very positive experience with Butiki’s BMD. So, I set about brewing, as per Stacy’s instructions, and made my breakfast.

I was certainly impressed – the smell of the tea seemed to capture everything in the name – that warmth of cinnamon, sweetness of vanilla and, er…, squash of squash!

On the palette, much the same, though the squash flavour was admittedly much weaker. The normal flavour of the BMD did come across kinda squash-like, though, so I didn’t mind so much. And it was really delicious to drink. I think I’ll really enjoy the rest of my little bag of this.

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Cinnamon, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
DeliriumsFrogs

This sounds soooo good! I hope your dental appointment went well!

Red Fennekin

Yeah, it was really good :D

My appointment was bit of a disaster, sadly T_T They screwed up my filling, which has now fallen out, so I’m now experiencing pretty intense toothache (whereas I was pain-free before!!). Gonna go back tomorrow to see if they can fix it…

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m glad they’re getting you right back in tomorrow…but tooth pain is absolutely NO fun. I feel so bad for you! (I get major anxiety over tooth pain and dental appointments..).
And to have pain now, where it was painless before must be incredibly aggravating. grrr…

Red Fennekin

Indeed… Thanks for your support, though :-)

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98
drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
44 tasting notes

This tea is special and amazing. I’m sooooo glad I tried it before I lost my chance. Anyway, this is such a naturally sweet tea. It has a brightness to it while maintaining a strong taste of honey. The tea is still kind of vegetable, which adds a pleasant roundness to the cup.

I brewed this western style, but I’m going to gung fu brew it sometime this week. I’m so excited to try it that way, as it is truly great even brewed western style.

Anyway, I love this tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

Sipdown (122)!

I believe this was one that came free with one of the group orders we did, and then just kind of got split up between the people in the order?

I made mine yesterday morning to drink on the ride to work; I saw in the description this is recommended as a breakfast blend and my morning tea to work is as close to a breakfast tea as I usually get; so that seemed like a good match. Definitely debated drinking this with milk, especially after reading Kittenna’s review, but ultimately went with a straight mug.

Sipping on it, all I could think with this blend was that it was very bready tasting with lots of cinnamon notes, and maybe even nutmeg? I’ve reread Stacy’s description for this tea and I can see that I was probably experiencing the “Spice” and “Biscuit” notes she described; but I think I missed out on the other things she’s made note of.

I don’t know – this was nice, but not overly complex or layered in my opinion. Overall I suppose I’d probably just call it somewhat average. Part of me is relieved by that; I don’t have to worry about getting more. If that’s even still an option for this one; I don’t know if it’s sold out yet. I have enough leaf left for a very small cup; but I’m going to pass it on to a coworker named Nathan. I’ve been sharing tea with him for a while now; he’s a bit of a tea snob in his own right (he literally wont drink anything but tea), though his main interest is Chai.

So far his favourite tea I’ve shared with him has been Latkes and Applesauce, coincidentally also from Butiki. I think he’ll appreciate this one though!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Kittenna

Yes, you assumed correctly. I just split between those involved, and someone got the last of the package in their box. I don’t remember who. :P I had my single cup.

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74

Dry leaf: Lime Jell-o to a T. a hint of fresh heavy cream.

Liquor color: Just like the photograph, light yellow-green

Leaves: Dry – large grey-green flat leaves. Wet – spring green with a silky sheen

Notes: Blimey, this is limey! The dry nose smelled so very much like the lime jell-o I ate in waves as a kid. Sipping on the tea brought jiggly, wiggly cubes of fluorescent green to my mind. I think I steeped it at a too low temperature, not much was able to be gotten from the first brew, aside from overwhelming lime. The second time I steeped it I got a much more mellow lime flavor with a creamy hint towards the end. The tea is quite sweet in it’s own right, I dare not add anything more. It brings back memories of ‘frog eye’ salad my mom used to make. It was a strange concoction of cool whip, a dry packet of lime jell-o, and cottage cheese. Sounds like absolute trash to me now, but I ate it by the mouthful as a child.

Even so this nostalgia-inducing beverage is a bit startling to me. Whether or not that is a good thing, I will never know.

Flavors: Lime

Preparation
2 g
Mikumofu

“Blimey, this is limey!” a great summary :D

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74
drank Lime Marshmallow by Butiki Teas
2163 tasting notes

The lime is strong in this one, but not in a tart/sour way. The marshmallow shows up as a sweetness to mellow the lime flavor. All together it creates a lime candy sort of taste and smell. For me, personally, I find myself wanting a little more marshmallow and a little less lime, though I can see this being a favorite among lime lovers. At the end of the day, it is really quite nice but not something I need around forever (thank goodness too because I can’t really get more much longer).

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60
drank Rhubarb Vanilla Ale by Butiki Teas
676 tasting notes

Thanks to Janelle for this sample.

The name of this sounds so delicious and intriguing, but I’m sadly not getting much of the description in the taste or smell. There’s a hint of hops and vanilla and a lingering tartness at the back of my tongue on the finish, which I guess could be rhubarb, so it’s not inaccurate, but it’s not exciting me either, and I’m not sure I’d pick out those flavours if I weren’t prompted.

A touch of sugar and letting the cup cool improved it a little bit but not a lot.

I’m glad I got to try this but this is not for me.

Flavors: Hops, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Adding another review. I’ve drunk quite a bit of this tea, and it holds up well to resteeping – and I use a large mug, so that’s always good. I decided to try making some to put in a travel mug. I usually find that my teas aren’t as good this way, but this tea held up well, and it was almost like drinking coffee. I did use a a mug wasn’t used recently for coffee, so I didn’t actually have lingering coffee flavors leak in. It’s just further proof that the tea really does capture those flavors well.

I do find more and more that the smell of the tea reminds me of an ash tray, but I don’t like this tea any less. xD

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90

I bought this tea after I learned about it in the Butiki thread. I am so happy with it. I got it in the mail today and immediately put it in a tin. I only have three tins right now… It has a strong Pu Ehr smell. It’s very earthy, and kind of reminds me of the smell of tobacco, though I don’t smoke. I just remember smelling flavored pipe tobacco once in a head shop. It’s very strong, but in a good way, and you can smell the coffee notes under the smoke.

I rinsed the tea in the tea bag that I put it in, so I don’t know if I did it right, but the tea doesn’t have an overwhelming earthy taste. I like how the creamy notes really shine through. I haven’t sweetened it, but it has a nice sweet taste as is. I think I’ll sweeten it when I brew it a second time, but I really love this tea as is. I’m so sad that I can’t buy more in the future. I would probably have to buy more in the next day or two if I want to get more, and I do need to conserve money. It could be sold out for all I know. I just got this tea in the mail and I need more.

It does have this cigarette taste like second-hand smoke, or like how a frequent smoker’s clothes smell. I don’t know how I feel about that. It’s distinct from the creamy taste, and kind of lingers as the last thing you taste with every sip. I don’t hate it. The creaminess, though. It’s so good, I could cry tears of happiness. I’m going to make more.

Flavors: Coffee, Cream, Smoke

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62
drank Cider Guayusa by Butiki Teas
334 tasting notes

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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69

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Funny, this one.

I am a hater of all things lime flavoured. (Actual lime, no prob) I’m the one who picks around the lemon and lime skittles, or starbursts or whatever the candy may be, leaving behind a bag full of yellow and green rejects.

So the fact that I bought this is kind of hilarious. I was definitely swayed by the marshmallow, and by the fact that I was riding high on the promising wave of new Butiki Teas!

It’s very limey. The marshmallow sweetness was definitely noticeable too, it softened up the lime and was tasty. Neither flavour overwhelmed the base. But not tasty enough to make me love lime.

I think someone who enjoyed lime would LOVE this tea. It’s very flavourful and seems accurate to me. But I’m not on the lime bandwagon, which is why after trying one cup, this one is going to end up in the stash sale thread :)

If i was rating based on personal taste, I’d give this like a 65, because I don’t love lime. But seeing as how it’s a lime tea, it’s a great blend so if i was going to rate it based on flavorfulness and accuracy and execution, it would deserve an 85 for sure.

Sil

may be interested in picking this one up off you, once i get a chance to try a sample from what cavo picked up

whatshesaid

just PM me on facebook whenever you decide :)

DeliriumsFrogs

I am the person who picks out ALL the lime skittles… they are my favs. :)
So glad I’ve got this one coming!!

Cameron B.

Lime Skittles taste WEIRD! Like Windex or something. :P

whatshesaid

haha WORD!

DeliriumsFrogs

oh my god, I love them! Seriously. I can’t get enough of them when they’re around… Then, when you pair a lime with a lemon, oh MAN! I let the candy coating melt off before I bite down, so then it’s all soft and awesome… haha

Cameron B.

DeliriumsFrogs, I will be sure to save all of my lime Skittles in a little baggie and send them to you. :P

Sil

lime skittles are awesome..

OMGsrsly

LOL! Love it, DeleriumsFrogs! I’ll have to try that for maximum enjoyment. :)

DeliriumsFrogs

See, Sil knows where it’s at. lol

Cheri

I thought they changed the green skittles to green apple flavored? Or am I remembering the wrong candy?

Sil

no they did but you can still get lime in some of the non original packages

DeliriumsFrogs

One time I bought skittles without closely reading the package, and the lime WAS apple… but, really, I should’ve noticed, because the bag was all non-traditionally coloured, but that’s what happens when you’re shopping for skittles at 10:30pm on a tuesday…
Green apple is GROSS (unless it’s a blowpop, then bring it on…)

DeliriumsFrogs

…I just googled, and you are all totally correct! They DID change the lime to green apple! At halloween, we must’ve somehow got goofy skittles, because I was totally eating lime then….
This is just wrong. How could they DO such a thing!!??

OMGsrsly

I had no idea either. I’m gonna have to hunt me down some lime skittles.

whatshesaid

Ugh, if there’s anything i hate more than lime flavoured stuff, it would be APPLE flavoured stuff!!

All of my green skittles will be reserved for all of you :P

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94

My Butiki order arrived today and I went straight for this tea because it smells AH-mazing. And, I am happy to report, it delivers on taste too. Their is definitely a cake element and the praline stays with you long after the sip but the strawberry has a touch of tartness that really adds a layer to this tea. It reminds me of Ruby Pie in a way, which is good as I don’t have much of that beloved tea left. Now I wish I grabbed more of this one because I am really enjoying it.

Sil

So jealous…mine are so far away…

VariaTEA

Soon Sil, soon.

Sil

Haha not soon enough…take a few days before its out in the mail then another 10 days…

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85

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Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is a very heavy tea, meaning you don’t get much by weight, but I’ve had it a couple of times and it’s very nice. It even stood up in my timolino. You can taste both the raspberry and the cashew, although the raspberry is not that prominent. It’s very buttery, like nut butter, not real butter…makes your tongue feel like it has silky nut butter on it. :) The raspberry has a bit of tartness, not like hibiscus tart, but raspberry tart. I can also see how people might call it floral. As with most of Stacy’s blends, the flavoring is distinct, but not overpowering. I’m going to miss Stacy’s blends.

Fjellrev

Mmm, I like the idea of a tea tasting and feeling like nut butter.

Mikumofu

Love this one!

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88
drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
451 tasting notes

Strawberry is the dominant flavor here. You can see the chocolate chips in the blend but in flavor they are on the back burner. there is a slight espresso note too. It is good. I believe this is another one they are out of.

Brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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86
drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
235 tasting notes

Yes, this is good.

Sipped on this last night while I rested my sleepy, aching bones, and finished the last of a pair of paintings I made as a thank you to a friend for sending me a DVD of Parks and Recreation, after some ruffians absconded with my copy when they broke into the old house a few months back. So happy to have the gang back in my life.

Why isn’t eggnog such a readily available thing in shops in the UK, I wonder? It really is a shame, as it’s one of my most beloved winter flavours. To that end, I was really grateful to see that Stacy was still doing an eggnog tea, and even more grateful when my little bag of it turned up at my door. It’s got a bit of buttery green taste and a lovely, creamy mouthfeel, with that lovely sweet eggnoggy flavour, and just as much nutmeg as there should be. It’s even pleasant when you nod off while watching River Cottage and the last half of your cuppa’s gone cold by the time you wake up. Good.

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
25 tasting notes

What a wonderful little tea to start the day! This is another tea, one of the many, many teas in fact, that we acquired from Butiki tea. The dried leaves are dark, tightly rolled balls. This is another one of those teas in which those little darling leaf-hoppers do their business and chew on the leaves. The tea tree releases polyphenols in order to assist in repair. These compounds are responsible for the unique taste of these teas.

There is a strong ‘oolong’ scent from the dried leaves. It reminds me ever so slightly of the wild mountain black. The mouth feel is silky smooth with an ever so subtle astringent finish. The taste is damn good. There are definitely honey notes. That predominates. It’s almost brown sugary. Slight hints of apple and roasty toastiness, and of course very floral. But not in a ‘your grandmothers potpourri’ kind of way.

I like this tea. I’m four infusions in and the flavours has still not abated. I brewed it, 5 sec rinse, 10, 15, 25, 35. The brewed leaves have an almost acrid artificial smell to them which I dislike, but this is a minor contention and only worth noting in passing.

Flavors: Apple, Candy, Floral, Honey, Orchids

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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87

I love a good lime tea and I especially love the combination of lime and something creamy. This blend smells quite strongly of lime and just a hint of something sugary.

Sipping… Everything in this blend works so well together! From the white tea base to the lime and marshmallow… they’re just perfect together. The marshmallow softly hugs the lime, but doesn’t take over. I’m so glad that BOTH the lime and the marshmallow can be detected especially because marshmallow can be hidden a lot of the time! The white tea base is a great choice since it sits quietly in the background lending just a hint of smoothness. Yum!

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1032 tasting notes

This is exactly what I was expecting and just as delicous as I had hoped :)

Sil

yaaaay

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I’m not sure how or why this works so well, but it does! OMG DELICOUS! :-O

Sil

jealous!

Butiki Teas

I’ve been stalking Steepster to see a review of this. Yay, glad you like it! I was super happy with how it turned out but curious to see if others enjoyed it too.

Roswell Strange

I was very close to getting this one because the combo of flavours is so different! Still not totally sure I made the right call ;)

Cameron B.

I do love both cantaloupe and coffee, they just sound like they would be so odd together! I’m glad it came out tasty.

Butiki Teas

Cameron B-The espresso is very light and really there just to temper the sweetness of the cantaloupe and add depth.

Stephanie

You don’t think coffee as you are drinking it, for sure.

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85

This is really good. The pineapple was strong, and there was a very natural tasting sweetness from the cream. I was honestly surprised that I couldn’t taste the cilantro more, and a little disappointed by that. I LOVE cilantro. It does offer an herb aftertaste, a bit of a sharpness, that was really pleasant.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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