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This one is delicious, it reminded me at first of Fujian Black from WP with the chocolate notes and it has some fruity note in there too like plums :) I sipped a few small cups of it before I found my Hello Sweetie sample and then handed it off to Lance to try and he loved it too.
I’ll spend some more time with it very soon so i can write a better review.
This is my very first review, so y’all bear with me. :)
I received this free sample from Stacy today and was not sure if I would like it at all. I asked her to pick out my samples and she did a terrific job with this one!
I tasted the chocolate and strawberry the strongest.The first steep was a little disappointing, until I realized that the water wasn’t hot enough.
The second steep was AMAZING! I added a bit of brown sugar and it was the most perfect tea ever, tasted like a liquid version of my Mother’s strawberry cupcakes. YUMMY!
Sil talked me into splitting this and I’m happy I did. With a name like Steamed Purple Green, I thought it would taste a lot like spinach, and less like ‘tea’ but it’s actually balanced right in between. It’s fresh, green, and buttery but not in your face with the vegetal/spinach flavours. Interesting! I’m not a huge fan of green teas (I have 1 oz of Laoshan Green that I’ve had maybe 2 cups of in 8 months? :O) but I do like this!
Thanks for twisting my rubber arm! :)
ETA: Hey – when you guys track tea in your spreadsheets, and you have tea you bought at two separate dates, do you count that as 1 tea, or 2? I want to keep them separate because I want to accurately track my old teas, BUT I don’t want to stuff my cupboard full of ‘extra’ teas. :D
ETA-again: I decided to count each duplicate tea as a fraction (.5, .5) instead of doubling my count. So I’m actually at 185. I’ll take it! And if it’s a fraction, I’ll remember to double-check for the other one when I remove one!
This is one interesting Puer, not in a bad way at all, in a very unique way. Reading over my past notes it looks like i’ve avoided actually writing about it more than once but i think thats just because i’m not really sure how to write about it because I’ve honestly never tasted anything like it before.
I will say that it is very dark and reminiscent of coffee and its just down right delicious. It has very toasty nutty almost burnt type note to me, thats not meaning burnt up in a bad way or nasty or anything but just really deep taste that is just unlike anything i’ve had to compare it to other than relate it to almost burnt. To me it has a very high energy to it, i’m not sure of its caffeine content but it is surely an eye opener.
Perhaps it is the bold “in your face” taste of it that makes it such an eye opener i dunno but it is very “in your face” like i said but again not in a bad way at all in fact its just the opposite because it is just so pleasant that this “in your face” boldness is just wow so good instead of oh my too much.
I do really love this one and I’m gonna totally have to buy more of it very soon :)
I also did get a tad bit sad when reading the past notes but i’m ok now, I didn’t remember that this was the tea I had on the day of Moms surgery. I’m cool tho I killed that sad shit by making some Snickerdoodle cookies, Yay!!!!!!
I saw mention of them earlier and i just had no choice but to make some. This one is awesome with something sweet.
I got to go ahead and put this one up to 100 it is just that unique.
Hooray, another tea from Mandy! And this is actually a tea that I ordered in the sale, too. I love pistachios and creamy things, so it seemed like a perfect fit! The dry leaves are quite spindly and there are pieces of pistachio throughout. It smells like flavoring, with that alcoholic note that makes me go “ick”. I kind of get vanilla from it, I guess. I’ve learned so far to not really bother smelling these teas dry, as the alcohol scent overpowers everything else.
The brewed aroma is vegetal green tea, mostly spinach. There’s a little bit of vanilla scent too. This mostly tastes like green tea… I get a little bit of nuttiness, maybe some vanilla and cream in there. I would call it Green Tea Ice Cream. :P This kind of reminds me of Verdant’s Minnesota Blend in that it doesn’t taste how I would expect, it mostly tastes like a green tea with nice vanilla and nut notes. I think I will try this with more tea per cup when it arrives.
Of course, I added vanilla soymilk at the end, and of course, that makes it taste much more like ice cream! Still not necessarily pistachio though, more of a light green tea ice cream. :)
Flavors: Butternut Squash, Cream, Nuts, Spinach, Vanilla, Vegetal
Yay for Mandy! Lol… This is actually one of the teas I ordered in today’s sale, partially on a recommendaton from Sars and partially because it has marshmallow. I didn’t realize that the base tea is Zhen Qu (which I also ordered)! The leaves are super cute, curly and golden. I’m getting that same alcoholic small from this tea, which I guess is just a byproduct of the flavoring. I do smell some chocolate under it, but not much else. 3 minutes, goooo!
Brewed, it smells like those chocolate oranges that I love around the holidays! I don’t know if this is a turn-off for some people, but there is definitely an oily layer on the top of this tea, especially since I stirred the tea before taking the basket out, to make sure the chocolate chips dissolved. Doesn’t bother me much, but it’s definitely there. Yum, this tastes like chocolate oranges too! Definitely the dark chocolate variety. I’m not sure how much marshmallow I get, but there’s definitely a sweetness here and I don’t think it’s coming from that dark chocolate. This is definitely the best chocolate tea I’ve had.
…I totally added soymilk to the second half of my cup, just for kicks. Yum chocolate orange mousse! ;) So glad I ordered this one, thanks for the recommendation, Sarsy! I’m beginning to think all flavored teas benefit from some vanilla soymilk, lol. It adds creaminess without that overpowering “cream” taste that I get from using half-and-half.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Marshmallow, Orange
Another Butiki sample from Mandy! I’m not generally a huge fan of chocolate teas, but I haven’t tried one yet from Stacy so we shall see! There are chocolate chips and pieces of dehydrated strawberry mixed in with the Assam base. The leaves are quite small compared to the other black teas I’ve seen from her. It smells like strawberries, yum! Steeped 3 minutes.
The brewed aroma is strawberry and those layered chocolate wafer cookies – the ones with the really light and crisp wafers with the waffle print, and then the chocolate filling between them. I think I can smell a little espresso mixing in with the chocolate. The strawberry flavor in this reminds me of those strawberry goo-filled hard candies that are wrapped in the foil that looks like a strawberry! I find the combination of the dark chocolate and the espresso together to be a bit bitter, even with sugar added. However, the strawberry is definitely the star. I get a bit of chocolate throughout, and I only taste the espresso in the aftertaste.
Overall, this is quite tasty, but I’m glad I didn’t order it over other things. Thanks Mandy!
Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Espresso, Strawberry
I got this in a swap from Mandy! Thanks, dear! I have recently discovered a love for oxidized oolongs, and I love maple, so this is a no brainer. The dry leaves are beautiful – very large and jet black, spindly and spiky like some creepy tree’s branches. There are a couple of big pieces of pecan in mine. Dry, this smells like… alcohol. Ick. Hopefully that doesn’t continue on to the brewed aroma! I was surprised that the recommended temperature is 170 degrees, seems low for an oolong to me. But I will follow it because Stacy certainly knows her own teas better than I do! :P
Yay, the alcohol smell is gone! I definitely smell maple, and there’s a creamy nuttiness from the pecans. Underneath, I catch the scent of autumn leaves from the oolong. Well, I’m now happy about the 170 degree temperature because I get to drink it faster, hah! Honestly, I was expecting this to be stronger considering Mandy’s sample was a bit of a generous 1.5 tsp. But it is definitely delicious! The flavoring is roughly equal in strength to the base tea, so I get to taste them both, which is very nice considering I was curious about the oolong base too. It’s maple first, then I get that creamy, nutty pecan flavor toward the end of the sip. Finding this a bit astringent plain.
I added vanilla soymilk to the second half of my cup, and I think I prefer it this way. The creaminess of the milk really brings out the nutty side of the tea, but the maple is still there too, especially at the end. Yum! This is how I would most likely drink this tea if I were to buy it. Thanks Mandy!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Creamy, Maple, Nuts, Pecan
This has always been my favourite oolong from butuki… I just can’t get enough of it. Strangely, I don’t drink it that often, it’s like one of those “special ones”.
I get so many notes from it, I get confused sometimes.
It’s charred and roasted to perfection. I get chocolate, coffee, apple cider, deep caramel (now this is what I call caramel)…liquid crème brûlée.
It re-steeps forever, I loose count. You’ll get tired of this tea before it gets tired of you.
You do what you want, I’m no tea police, but it would be a shame NOT to have it gongfu style.
It’s one of those that morphs to something else from one steep to the next.
If you’ve never had an aged oolong before, I would definitely start with this one, the best in my humble opinion :-)
One last cup to say goodbye before I pass the rest along to Cavocorax. Each time I have this tea, I do really enjoy it but I just never reach for it. I know Cavo will show it the love that I don’t. The assam base adds a touch of malt that blends beautifully with rich caramel flavor and the creamy vanilla. Each component is present in its own right but they all work together perfectly to create a decadent treat.
What better way to celebrate Stacy’s birthday than a big ole cup of Birthday Cake?!?! Today I am having it iced, just to switch things up. It is light and fluffy and very creamy. Very nice indeed but to be honest, I prefer this hot as the vanilla seems to be more highlighted that way. Still I am enjoying each and every sip. Thank you Stacy for this awesome treat and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
This was refreshing iced last night when my AC was not working correctly. It even tickled my nose on the first sniff like real rootbeer sometimes does. I do prefer it hot most of the time. It has a light creamy root beery taste. I love that it is caffeine free with honeybush. When I first ordered it I was hoping my son would like it so we could share it until I realized it would not happen, he is a root beer snob and nothing will be as good as the ones he gets on special occasions.
Of course because I already placed my order I wish I got more, it was hard deciding. I was positive I knew what I was getting and I some how managed to spend 4hrs hours changing it multiple times and missed my chance for sleep.
These are so cute! I don’t know why I didn’t try them as soon as I got my Butiki order. But whatevs!
Method: 6 stars, 10 oz, 180 degrees, 5 minutes, Dr. Who Mug
Aroma: mmmmm grassy!
Flavor: This is kind of interesting. I’m not a big fan of greens, so I really don’t know why I bought these. Probably just because they are so darn cute, if we want to be honest here. And they’re certainly adorable and spiky as they steep and open a bit.
I’m surprised and impressed by the flavor. They SMELL grassy, but I don’t find the taste to be overly grassy. They taste freshly green, but mildly so. There’s a buttery feel to this tea also. I’ll be adding this to the short list of green teas that I really like!
Sipdown! Ahhh, iced wine sweet deliciousness. Still love this tea, although I must note that it’s critical to infuse it at 180F otherwise it just doesn’t taste right. At 180 though? Yum. I only gave it a five minute infusion this time, and I think I was a bit short on leaf so the flavour was light, but it was still good. Looking forward to additional infusions, assuming the leaves don’t go moldy… Darn humid basement…
Yay, another Butiki sample from Sarsonator! I’ve become very curious about oxidized oolongs since trying the Eastern Beauty from Green Terrace, and anything from Butiki is sure to be good. :D The leaves look very similar to the Eastern Beauty – they’re very dark brown/purple with some silvery spots. They seem so fragile, and are very lightweight. I found that this tea has almost no dry scent, just a little bit of hay and autumn leaves. I followed the instructions on Butiki’s website: 2 teaspoons at 195 degrees for 4 minutes.
The brewed aroma is very floral, which surprised me! There’s also some fruity sweetness, and a strong honey note. This actually tastes quite different from the Eastern Beauty that I had before. It’s much more floral, which is not generally my favorite note, but it’s not terrible here. There’s a fruit taste which I would identify as tart but sweet plums along with a deeper raisin-like flavor. The background is all autumn leaves and hay, with a richness that reminds me of molasses. And obviously there’s that honeyed sweetness (this is a leafhopper tea, after all), but honestly I was expecting it to be stronger based on the aroma.
Very good, both similar and different from the one I had previously tried! Thanks Sars!
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Floral, Hay, Honey, Molasses, Plums, Raisins
Hooray, I got my swap from Sarsonator! I’ve been (im)patiently awaiting the arrival of Lady Gaga (aka Minnesota Blend). However, I don’t believe that she has tried it yet herself, so I’m not going to make it right this second, even though I want to! I’m actually really happy this came today, because now I get to try this tea and Oriental Beauty before tomorrow’s sale so I’ll know whether I need to order them or not. Hooray for excellent timing! :)
Anyway, this tea smells amazing! Very sweet and strong coconut and banana scents, and I definitely get some cookie or pie crust too. It’s like coconut cream pie combined with that amazing banana pudding concoction that has the whipped cream and the vanilla wafer cookies!
And, of course, it tastes fantastic! I definitely still get the coconut cream pie and banana pudding mash-up dessert. There’s a cookie element here, and a little bit of toffee. The coconut flavor kind of reminds me of those chewy coconut candies that have the pink, white, and brown stripes (sorry, I have no idea what they’re called, but they’re little cubes and they’re individually wrapped). I wouldn’t call it the most “authentic” coconut, since real coconuts are much milder and not sweet, but I think it works perfectly in this blend. The banana is the same way – it’s definitely more of a banana candy flavor (reminds me of banana-flavored chews or taffy) but I love it! It’s lovely banana-coconut candy tea with toffee chip cookies and whipped cream over the top! I had mine with a bit of sugar but I bet this would be amazing with milk as well. :)
Edit: Psssst, here’s a picture of the candies! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/Sundaes-Neopolitan-Coconut-Candies.jpg
Flavors: banana, Candy, Coconut, Cookie, Cream, Toffee
This is salty and sweet and really hitting the spot today. I keep putting it off because it is a green tea and that means having to wait for the water to cool (I really miss my variable temp kettle sometimes) but when I do make it, I am always impressed. Both the potato pancakes and apple sauce are distinctive and delicious. Thank you Annie for sharing!