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I’m sure I have reviewed this one before. Odd. I think Steepster has eaten some of my notes because there are other teas I have made notes on that didn’t show on later steeps.
Anyway, this is a good tea. It is smooth for a black, with no bitterness or astringency. There are light cocoa and raisin notes to me, with a bit of sweetness. It’s really a nice straight black tea. This is one that I can have without milk…though I did sweeten a little.
Thanks to CrowKettle for letting me try this little bit of gold. It’s really tasty.
Casey’s stomach was unsettled last night, so I decided to make this because it has some ginger in it. I don’t know if ginger has actually been proven to work at helping people’s stomachs or if it’s BS, but I also figured this would be less harsh on his stomach than the black teas we usually drink in the evenings, anyway.
I am bumping up the rating because I liked it much more than the first time I had it. I think it was the fact that I didn’t smell the wet leaves this time. The wet leaves smell very vegetal and smelling them makes those aromas stick out to me.
There’s something about this tea that’s not sitting right with me – which is frustrating, because I want to love it. Something in the hops part of the brew that I’m missing. I’ve had peach beer (albeit it’s been a very long time) and I remember it as something very different than.. this. I wanted juicy peach with a slight beer reminder, and I’m getting strong bitter beer with only hints of peach waaaay back there in the background.
Did I steep it incorrectly? Am I doing something else wrong? Will have to try again.
Ok, so here I am, back at this tea again today. I seem to be fascinated by it. Again, steeping (briefly) in the cup, and on the first taste (with honey and milk) there was a surprise of asparagus-y note, but then it faded into the cup and I swear this is one of the smoothest cups of Kenyan tea I’ve ever drank. I’m rescinding my “malty” tag from yesterday….it’s mostly wonderful yeasty bread notes in this tea. I’ll be using this for another cup or two (something I never do), hoping that the caffeine was all in the first cup and I can continue on without wreaking havoc on doctor’s orders of 1 cup of caffeine a day (fast heart rate)….. thank you Butiki for the wonderfulness in this cup.
Flavors: Asparagus, Baked Bread
I bought some of this tea hoping that it would resemble the first version of pumpkin milkshake. Even though I wasn’t crazy about version 1.0, it definitely grew on me and I wanted to buy more. The scent of this tea is of creamy pumpkin and spice. I do smell a lot of cinnamon in the dry leaf, but after it’s steeped, the pumpkin definitely comes out more.
The start of the sip is creamy pumpkin, very reminiscent of version 1.0. It is abruptly put to an end by the most unpleasant bitterness. It seems that every cup I’ve had has turned out this way and I’ve brewed as recommended, adjusted temperatures & steep times. I wish that the blend weren’t altered because it was so much more delicious with the other base.
I believe I have two guayusa teas in my cupboard right now: this one and The Killer’s Vanilla (also by Butiki). Recently, my husband asked for something really caffeinated. I thought guayusa would do the trick, so I gave him both aforementioned blends to smell the dry aroma. He assertively chose this one. He’s so right. This tea is just so much better than The Killer’s Vanilla (IMO obviously). This tea is apple-y and yummy and not too earthy from the base. Don’t be afraid to overleaf it as it ages. I used 1.5 tsp but it could have benefited from a little extra since it’s now over a year old.
On a completely different and random note…have any of you seen a chiropractor for wellness care?
I had two adjustments in February and my third appointment is later today. I don’t know how I feel about it. There appears to be very little scientific evidence to prove its benefits in wellness care. And by very little, I mean virtually none. I asked her to send me some, and all her links were about benefits for people with back or neck pain. The one article she sent me that wasn’t for back pain made completely unfounded statements based on case studies involving one patient that ultimately amount to anecdotal “potential impacts.” I feel like the entire idea of keeping your spine perfectly aligned when you’re only being adjusted once a month is absurd. I feel and hear my back pop all the time. How much of a benefit am I really getting if my spine is perfectly aligned for only an hour? I don’t know. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but I think I’m leaning towards not continuing it. It’s hard to justify the cost when I don’t see an apparent value in it. I also strongly, wholeheartedly disagree with some of the stuff my chiropractor told me (in regards to lifestyle, exercise, and nutrition choices). I’m really a very healthy person. Much healthier than the average American. I’m not saying I don’t have anywhere to improve, but some of her suggestions were just plain wrong from my research and experience.
Oh great, and now I just Googled one of the supplements she advised that I take and it turns out it can decrease the effect of antibiotics, which might explain why I’m STILL recovering from Strep throat after being on them for 6 days. Sigh. That’s not her fault, but it does kind of feel like the last nail in the coffin. Does anyone have any chiropractor stories to tell me?
The first sip of this tea (with milk and honey) gave me that asparagus taste that other reviewers mentioned….. it hit after the other flavors of the tea left. But my second sip didn’t bring the asparagus…it brought more of the bread….which makes me happy. (this is starting to sound like willy wonka’s gum that is a whole meal that bloats Violet Beauregard up like a blueberry! Salad and bread so far!) 3rd sip and I’m having trouble finding the asparagus…thank gourd. I think this is a great bready-tasing tea in general. It was frightening to see how quickly the water darkened in my teacup in just 1 minute 30 seconds, but apparently the depth of a tea’s flavor doesn’t equate to how long it steeps. (can you tell I’m a newbie?) After reading the other reviews, I thought I’d go dump the bag in the lunchroom at work even before I tried it, (scavengers/carrion) but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to recommend that if you don’t like asparagus, drink this tea with milk and a touch of honey… it’s bready and lovely without all the carbs!
Flavors: Asparagus, Baked Bread, Malt
All right, after sickness, weekends and snow days, we are back on track with the cupboard chronology. Well, sort of; I’m going to have to skip the next one because it is an herbal and at home, but I will try to remember to drink it tonight. I suppose this one is kind of an herbal too, but not the type you drink at night!
I have come to the conclusion that I am not the hugest fan of guayusa, but I can at least enjoy it when flavored with citrus and cream, as in this blend. Hope this will give me a jolt of energy… plenty of stuff to do today!
When I’m feeling under the weather or otherwise particularly sorry for myself, I reach for what I call “the big guns”, and this tea is one of them. As I tossed in my sleep last night, I realized in that semi-conscious way that you do that my knees were hurting. I woke up this morning and my knees were indeed hurting, along with my elbows and fingers. And as is typical for pretty much everyone I know with any medical issue whatsoever, no one knows what’s wrong because “it all looks fine”. Oh ok then, I’ll just eff off and admit that i’m making the whole thing up. Need some drama in my life, ya know? things get a bit dull without joint pain.
Haha sorry. I feel I complain far more than is appropriate in tasting notes. This tea was as delicious as always, and made me feel as though I was drinking a liquefied funnel cake drizzled in confectioners’ sugar. Add strawberry and you really would have the entire funnel cake experience. And although I might go so far as to say this tea doesn’t “need” guar, I always add some (along with some cream) to really emphasize the tea’s natural and unique sweetness (seriously, I’ve never tasted a sweet tea with this type of sweetness—must be the leaf hoppers!)
I’m enjoying my cup of this at a much hotter temperature today. My first cup of this had cooled down a pretty fair bit the first time I had it (dang burned fingers distracting me) so that’s what my impression was based off. It’s nice knowing the flavour is still awesome hot though – I agree with Courtney that low maintenance teas are the best teas: no wait to to steep and no wait time to drink (other than waiting just long enough I don’t burns my mouth).
I want to share this with Robyn, because I think she’d love it too – but I only have one more cup left and I’d like to hoard it for myself. Tea drinker problems.
I maybe let this one steep for a little too long. I decided to finish it off as a cold brew and just get it out of the way. I meant to strain it last night before bed but forgot it was cold brewing at all and left it to steep all night while I slept. So, in total it cold brewed for 26 hours.
…And it’s a little strong. Seriously, the rhubarb is creamy but man does it cut. It has a very strong and nearly overwhelming taste quality accompanied by a very strong presence of hops. I’m going to “blame” the strong hops on the fact there was a whole bunch of it at the bottom of the bag, though.
So overall? Decent enough finish to this blend – but intense. I’m happy I discovered it’s better cold brewed because that made it easier to finish off and it feels good to have one more Butiki blend I don’t want restocked cleared out of my cupboard.
Still liking this one today.. a favorite of the green variety so far for me. I had forgotten I had wanted to try this one with some milk or cream this time, but still good without. I think the flavors blend so well with the green that I don’t notice the base so much.
So tempted to go buy an ounce of this since it’s a green that I like. I’m hoping to slowly encourage my taste buds to be more fond of greens… but not sure if I like it “that” much.
I have enough for one more small cup, and if I haven’t decided by then, I will have to see if there is any left & decide from there. If I do grab an ounce, I might be tempted to try the nutmeg cream as well since I saw so many good reviews of it too.
Flavors: Cream, Nuts
I received this as a free sample with my Butiki order…. the sample was a bit scant (just 3/4 teaspoon but the website wouldn’t let me enter a fraction.), and sadly, I don’t think I got to taste this tea with the vigor that it is intended to bring. It has a balanced malty flavor that I prefer in tea, and now that I look at the description, it is explained….it’s a kenyan tea. I am a low-astringency gal that likes her tea strong, but I was surprised that a 3 minute steep (to hopefully make up for the weensie sample) didn’t bring out a ton of astringency. I might like this tea very much if I had more to try!
So delicious. I don’t think I shook it up enough tho, the licorice is a little weak this morning while the chai part is a bit stronger. Still, it’s really good (and doesn’t have that super sweet licorice aftertaste, which is the part of licorice tea I can’t deal with). I might want to steep it a little hotter next time, too. I know this one takes boiling.
Drinking it with a little brown sugar and some almond milk, because a coworker phoned early this morning and I seriously levitated out of bed to rush to my computer to finish setting things up for a meeting.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Licorice
I don’t think rhubarb likes me very much. :(
It makes my throat scratchy. I know there’s hibiscus in this as well so I’m not about to blame the sharp metallic taste on it, but…the scratchy throat thing is off putting. It’s a shame, because the dry leaf scent of strawberry is so fresh and tantalizing, and the bunny graham crackers are cute and do give a good pastry note to the steeped tea. Rhubarb and hibiscus just are not playing nice today.
I will try it cold brewed to see if that will take the edge off it (though hibiscus may not do well with an extended steep) but otherwise I will likely send this along to someone who wants it.
First time I’m having it iced, I think.
I prefer my root beer flat, with lots of ice cream. Honestly, that’s the only thing that’s missing… the root beer bits that freeze onto the edges of the vanilla ice cream scoops. Mmm…
(6 oz, 6 min, then ice and cold water added to bring to 14 oz)