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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
22 tasting notes

Ahhhhh!!!!!!!! This is REALLY nice.

Super creamy coconut and banana with a really lovely, malty base. Sweet but not cloying, and just really well balanced overall. I went into this knowing it was discontinued, but if it wasn’t this would definitely be going on the wishlist.

Thanks a bunch to MissB for sharing this with me!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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(Preface to be deleted later). I participated in this year’s Secret Pumpkin and Beorhthraefn sent me 22 samples. Some I won’t review because traveling in baggies hurts some teas.

Steeped three times: 3 minutes, 5, 8.

Taken without milk or sugar. This mostly smelled and tasted malty, although there were dark fruit notes in the third infusion. Ordinary, every day cup of Assam.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
1527 tasting notes

This was a surprisingly speedy sipdown, considering that I wasn’t all that sold on my first cup. I actually started to enjoy this one quite a lot after my third attempt – it’s not so intense with a shorter brew time and a slightly heavier hand with the milk. I found myself appreciating the strength in the end, because it’s kept me awake these last few afternoons. I’ve increased my rating a little to reflect the more successful time with this one during later steeps.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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65
drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
1527 tasting notes

Wow, this is strong. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my first cup, and then wandered off for a few minutes while it brewed. I came back to it and added a splash of milk, not really sure what to expect. The initial sip nearly knocked me over – this one is SO, SO malty it’s almost thick. It makes my mouth feel kind of furry and icky, if I’m honest. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a tea as malty as this one before. There are other flavours, too – baked bread, prominently, and it’s also kind of earthy and woody. It’s rich, though. Maybe too rich for me. Even though I had lunch recently, I feel like this one’s making me feel a little queasy. Definitely not a tea to drink on an empty stomach, for me at least! On the plus side, it is keeping me awake. Given that it’s Friday, and the end of a horribly busy 6-day week, I really need something to keep me conscious this afternoon. I’m not getting out of bed tomorrow, and that is a FACT.

Not sure about this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Courtney

I know what you mean. This one is intense. I understeep it a bit hah.

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90
drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
387 tasting notes

Okay, so I have to be honest and admit that I have no idea what a tamarind actually is. That being said, I love this tea! It’s naturally sweet and smooth and fruity (the fruit flavor seems citrusy to me, but I may be wrong) and one of those teas where the flavoring mingles so perfectly with the base that you can’t imagine it any other way. There’s just something special about Butiki’s blends…I’m going to be so sad when I finish mine off for good!

Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Honey, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
1416 tasting notes

Haven’t a clue what this is, haven’t a clue what the story is, no idea about anything really. Other than, of course. OMGsrlsy gave this to me on a dark and stormy night in downtown Vancouver, as if we were dealing (gasp) drugs! The horrors.

Package had someone else’s name on it (sorry James), with the instructions to steep for one minute. Really?! It’s a… gosh words, come to me now… the kind of tea that looks like coffee grounds, and of course the word escapes me. Anyway. Butiki’s Premium Chai has the same base (I think), and I luuuuuv’s me that tea. So, I’m in. Let’s try it. Just enough for 12 oz.

I steep it for one minute, and I’m confused. It doesn’t taste like much of anything. It smells a touch fruity though… so I’m in, I steep it a bit longer.

Steeped a bit longer (another 3-4 minutes) I get a bit of… licorice? something fruity still, and, no, that’s black licorice. Isn’t it? Jeepers. I can’t tell. I’m also eating salted chocolate and feel like a truck hit me since about 9pm last night, so, you know, really professional review here and all folks.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Haven’t tried this, but I think I recall this being a CTC. That chocolate sounds yummy and I hope you feel better soon!

OMGsrsly

It’s a really badly scribbled “Jones” actually. Hahaha. :) It’s just… fruity I think. I really like the base tea – Crimson Horizon.

MissB

Haha! Really? Cuz there’s a last name listed, too.. I thought maybe it was that it’s coffee flavored, and that was what I didn’t catch initially in the flavor.

Sil

was that my scribbling? if so..oopsy if not.. YAAAY! haha

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
2193 tasting notes

Yum.

Thank you, Sil.

Edit: Did no one else get this tea other than Sil and Kittenna?!

Indigobloom

Looks like Kittenna had some. Must have been before I got there!

Plunkybug

Never even heard of it.

keychange

Haven’t heard of this either!

MissB

Not I.

OMGsrsly

Oh wait. Read the note before you post. This one was not a thanks MissB one. But still if you’d like to try I’ll give you the rest of the sample. Hahaha.

OMGsrsly

I’ve had more of this today. Yum yum yum.

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drank Spiced Nog by Butiki Teas
717 tasting notes

Sipdown…I think this came from Delirium Frogs? I was happy to try another Butiki Tea…and I seem to recall this one being compared to the one that came in the Amoda Christmas box a few years ago. I can’t recall how this compares, but I think it is pretty similar.

I think this one had a nice balance of green tea, with cream and spice. I will say that I did not like it as much as it got cooler. It became a little more bland. I’m really happy to have tried this.

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
879 tasting notes

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Huh. This is a puerh? I totally forgot about that.

This is really nice. My sample from MissB (Thank you!!) had a LOT of mint leaves in it, and I’m not the hugest fan of mint… but it works really well in this tea. It’s smooth and creamy and quite dark. I added some milk to it, and it’s really nice.

I wouldn’t ever want more than a sample, because of the mint, but I’m super glad I felt minty today and decided to try it!

In other news, I’m cooking for the week with what’s in my house… so far I have Tikil Gomen and rice. Soon I will have bread-like substance (if it turns out, gluten free bread is fickle) flavoured with cardamom and garlic. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

This can’t have come from me – I’ve never had it, much less heard of it! (But gosh golly, I sure would if I had!) Sounds lovely, and totally up my alley.

OMGsrsly

Oh no. Shoot I have to look at my samples now. That might have been FOR you but I drank it. :(

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80

I drank this one a couple of times over the weekend. Now that I’ve finished off my flavoured Butiki blends, I’ve pulled out the straights and started working on those. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. I defied the recommendation and added a splash of milk, simply because that’s how I prefer my tea first thing. It’s plenty strong enough to stand up to a dash of milk, anyway, so no harm done.

I found this one to be a pretty unique breakfast blend. I usually expect blends containing assam to be predominantly sweet and malty – it’s a characteristic that just seems to dominate. Not so here, which is really no bad thing – it’s refreshing to taste something a little different! Shiva’s Breakfast starts out a little sweet and chocolatey, but it has a strong citrus flavour in the mid-sip which is also a little bitter in the way of grapefruit or bergamot. The end of the sip reveals the flavour of what I can only describe as green wood – a little sappy and chlorophyll like, with slight floral hints.

I think this tea really makes the most of its component blends. They work together very well, with the strongest characteristic of each contributing something to the whole. No one tea or flavour dominates, so it’s actually a pretty complex taste experience – certainly different from an “ordinary” breakfast blend! I’ll probably save this one a little simply because it’s so unique – I’m not sure where I’ll find another tea like this one I’m finished with my bag.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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drank Baked Ali Shan by Butiki Teas
636 tasting notes

I am slowly making it through my rose infected Butiki teas to see which ones are drinkable and which ones just need to be pitched :(. This one has been slightly infected, but however it was affected still tastes nice. I have no idea of the tea I am drinking tastes anything like it use to, but it is decent. SIlky, floral, green oolongy. It is a very smooth tea. I enjoyed this tea all day long. I just kept steeping and steeping the leaves.

Evol Ving Ness

How did they become rose infected?

TeaTiff

I bought a bunch of Butiki teas before they went out of business, but at the time I was pregnant with my son and not drinking tea. When the teas arrived I stashed the box away and forgot about it for awhile. I had ordered several different teas including the Champagne & Rose Cream. This tea infected the rest with its strong smell.

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drank Fu Shou Shan by Butiki Teas
99 tasting notes

I reopened my bag of this oolong today, as I was really craving a vegetal, green oolong whilst I was revising anatomy. Though this didn’t turn out to be the vegetal tea (I think, really, I’d confused it with a Tieguanyin or Li/Ali Shan jade oolong) I’d confused it with, it was still really delicious.

Anyway, this tea was lovely! Refreshing and floral, with definite fruity notes. I’m only four or five steeps in, so this’ll deffo go on for a good bit longer, but it hasn’t let me down yet! I’m on to steeps of around 45 seconds, so I’m guessing I’ll get another three, maybe four infusions.

(Incidentally, I think I’ll use more leaf next time. The first steep, post-rinse, was surprisingly mild. No steep since then has been overly strong, either.)

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
Red Fennekin

I carried this session on today and it someone seemed to work better :S Maybe this is just one of those oolongs that peaks in steeps 3-8. I did them a little cooler, but all for quite long steeps, and it was delicious! Much fuller, sweet, green-“oolong” flavour :D

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86

This was the first time having this tea chilled and it is way better this way. The lime shines through a little more and the blackberries seem juicier. I will certainly drink it like this from now on!

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86

I am not really the biggest fan of guayusa, but I needed the caffeine boost this morning after being up lots in the night with babe :|. Blackberry generally isn’t my favourite berry either but I knew Butiki would do a good job, so I wanted to try it. The guayusa is the most prominent flavour here, followed by juicy blackberries. The lime was lost somewhere in this cup but it was still good. And it gave me the caffeine I needed!

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
614 tasting notes

Wheat-like aroma with hints in the flavour. Clean vegetal tone. Hint of malty sweetness at the back of the throat. Flavour is a bit weak for my liking- I may try to infuse at boiling in the future.

Rating: 74

Flavors: Malt, Sweet, Vegetal, Wheat

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
OMGsrsly

I steep this one for 3 minutes. Haha. It does work at boiling, but it’s better with milk IMO at that temperature.

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91

Having a cup of tea before bed. Smells just like a mocha latte. Perfect!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

so jealous of people who can drink caffeine at night!

Rasseru

yeah right. im one of those people whos brain finally decides to turn on when the lights go out

CharlotteZero

I slept so well, too… :-D

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90

I loved this. I am not drinking my multi steepable tea as quickly as it is usually medium caffeine, and I am only home during times I want high or low caffeine on weekdays, but I got into this over the weekend. It is fruity and sweet and overall a lot of yum. I will be a bit sad when it runs out.

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

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