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The scent of this tea is pure creamy banana. I can’t really smell much of the oolong, but I’ll be honest and say that I’m just here for that banana and butterscotch.

Sipping… oh this makes me sad that I can’t buy more. It’s such a perfect creamy banana tea! The walnut adds a bit of coarse starchiness to the background reminding me of a banana bread. I don’t really taste the butterscotch, but I think I’m finding it in the tea’s smooth and soft character. The banana is beautiful and natural. I love the oolong base and the way it adds just a hint of that green leafy flavor to the cup. Everything blends together so well.. it’s just perfect!

Fjellrev

Yum! Do you like this more than Foxy Roxy’s?

QueenOfTarts

Fjellrev – They are both so delicious.. it’d be hard to pick a favorite. I haven’t had Foxy Roxy’s in a while, but this one is fitting my mood lately. Both are yummy!

Stephanie

RIP delicious Butiki banana blends :(

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I have not been on Steepster in awhile!
While I’ve been drinking tea, I just haven’t had the time to log it here. I miss reading what everyone is drinking!
Had to log this, though, because this tea is one fantastical creation… I instantly feel like I’m Tom Waits sitting with Iggy Pop in a booth at a diner, all in black and white… and it’s so comforting in such a strange way. lol
Really, this tea!
I’m not a smoker, because lung issues run in my family, but I have enjoyed cigarettes and coffee in the past…. and it’s a taste that just sticks with you forever afterwards, filed away in the ‘nostalgic tastes and smells’ cabinet of the mind.
I really do wish this was one that could be ordered again, basically because there is nothing like it out there. nothing. (and, the aftertaste is spot on. SPOT ON!)
Thanks for making this one Stacy. It’s quite special. :)

Fjellrev

Nice to see you back!

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Sad sipdown. I really liked this one.

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Yeahhhhh, not really a fan of this one. It’s one I got from CrowKettle in our Spring Meetup yesterday, and I requested it on name and it being Butiki. Had I actually looked at the tasting note and saw that it has smoky notes, I’d have passed, but I didn’t. And since I am so not a fan of smoky teas, I am not a fan of this one. I’m not really sure how a smoky base is part of cinnamon bread…but I know it was an attempt to use up teas and flavours near the end. There’s another serving left…I think I will share it with someone who likes smoky teas.

I’m sure this is lovely for someone that does like smoky teas, but it’s just not for me. I couldn’t finish my cup at work. :(

CrowKettle

I wasn’t amazed by this one, although smoky doesn’t bother me and I thought it smelled good (it’s real crime was making me crave real cinnamon buns).

Amariel

I’m thinking Bear With Me might like the rest of this. And yes, I was expecting a more desserty taste.

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Here’s yet another post from my fading memory; I apologize for the lack of details. I’ve had more exciting flavoured teas from Butiki (I didn’t get the cordial bit), but the base makes this one a real treat. Smooth and sweet.

Flavors: Blackberry, Honey

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Hello Steepster! I’m back, albeit very briefly. I’m currently having some issues and dealing with some things, at the same time trying to write my dissertation (and a million other essays) and finish my degree. Unsurprisingly, I haven’t had much time for steepster of late. I was starting to worry that if I didn’t make some time for it soon I would never come back, and that cannot happen! So I’m making a brief stop by just to check in.

I chose this tea because I haven’t written a tasting note on it yet, and had put it up on the Butiki trading post as I think it could go to a more appreciative home than my own – so many people seem to love it, but it’s just good to me. Nobody has taken it off my hands yet, so if anyone is interested you’re welcome to it.

This tea reminds me of the Mrs. Hudson Adagio custom blend from Cara McGee’s Sherlock collection, only with a much better black base (I think one of my favourites) and a more subtle almond flavouring. In my head I associate this tea with grandma type people, and it could be to do with this connection. The almond flavour is the first thing I notice, but it doesn’t last long and is replaced by the base tea, which is a lovely well-rounded black that goes very well with milk (I’m drinking it like a traditional English cuppa today). Frank isn’t one for my teas usually – he doesn’t like anything he considers to be ‘abnormal’ – but I think this is one he might enjoy. The note that lingers the most is the cinnamon, which only comes through in the aftertaste. This is definitely an enjoyable cup of tea, and maybe a good choice for brunch or when I want something that’s not too fussy, but it’s definitely a like more than a love for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
Fjellrev

Welcome back! Try to take care of yourself amidst the chaos. :)

KittyLovesTea

You have been missed Nattie! Hope you are managing to keep up with everything.

Nattie

Thank you (: life is definitely hectic right now.

KittyLovesTea

Honestly I can relate at the moment. Being busy just makes the quiet times feel more special :) Hang in there Nattie and good luck with everything!

Nattie

Thanks KittyLovesTea – that’s definitely a good way to look at it! Good luck with your stuff, too. (:

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Oh, man. I forgot to log this and I finished it weeks ago! Erm, memories.. all alone in the moonlight..ugh.

The marmalade was the most prevalent fixture, and if I over steeped or over-leafed it the bitter citrus-tang became the main (and only) feature. The pistachio was smooth, subtle, but distinct and I enjoyed picking up on it. Toffee wasn’t always a thing, but when it was it was awesome, if a tad light.

I loved the purple base; it’s a particularly dynamic “resteeper” and complimented the marmalade well. It will be missed!

Flavors: Jam, Nuts, Orange

Sil

yes… this one was delicious :(

CrowKettle

Just as I was starting to love it I ran out! It was one neat tea xD

Amariel

I’m glad Stacy liked my idea and made this one up. It was really tasty.

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78

This was a very nice start to my morning. A pleasant strawberry flavor that didn’t taste artificial over a nice oolong base. :)

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaNTees

Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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From the Sheng and Shou TTB.

Brewed with a gaiwan, gongfu method. No rinse. Steeping times: 10, 10, 20, 20, 30, 30, 35, 60, 120.

Dry leaf aroma smells of white sugar. The wet leaf aroma also smells sweetly, and has notes of hay and (somewhere in there, lingering at the end, mostly after the first infusion) mint.

The color of the liquor is pretty in a white porcelain cup – green-ish orange, then more orange-y as the session goes on. This sheng is smooth. It begins with a thickness that eventually thins out. Starts off as clear, then a lot fuzzies from leaf float around in the Pyrex cup, starting with the fourth infusion. There are consistent flavors that pop out all at once: dry hay, green peppers, fruit (especially apricot, noted by Stacy from Butiki), and musk. Sluggish qi. Made me feel tired-tipsy.

Stephanie

I love love love this one :D

KiwiDelight

I appreciated it, but I didn’t get an “aw yissssss”. I’m getting so much better at tasting sheng though.

Did you stock up? :P

Stephanie

Yep, I bought the last 400g cake :P

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drank Pumpkin Irish Cream by Butiki Teas
2368 tasting notes

Confession time! I didn’t know this was pu’erh when I requested it from rosebudmelissa and had I know that, I probably would have passed but since I asked for it, I have to at least give it a try.

Thankfully, the smell is far more delicious creamy pumpkin as opposed to earthy pu’erh. Luckily that seems to hold true. This is far more pumpkin than pu’erh. The base does give the tea am overall thickness that lends nicely to the notion of a creamy pumpkin tea while not impeding the flavor. The pumpkin itself comes through as rich thanks to the delicate balance of spices. The one component I am not really getting is the Irish cream. It is a sort of creamy tea but had I not known it was meant to be Irish cream, I would have just attributed that to the pumpkin.

Anyways, thank you rosebudmelissa for the chance to try something new!

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drank White Chocolate by Butiki Teas
355 tasting notes

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drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
2067 tasting notes

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drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
2067 tasting notes

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drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
2067 tasting notes

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drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
2067 tasting notes

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drank Kamba Berry by Butiki Teas
2067 tasting notes

Right after I bought this tea I tried a cup of it hot, it was so tart I struggled to finish my cup. I must not have noticed that it has hibiscus in it when I ordered it (I’m not a fan at all.) Not wanting to give up on it, I saved it for warmer weather in hopes it would make a better iced tea. I’m glad I didn’t trade it away, because as an iced tea this is perfect. Instead of being overwhelmingly tart it tastes like fresh berries. Adding a little bit of rock sugar only improved the flavor. I’m sad I won’t be able to order more of this for summer, it’s a great tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
677 tasting notes

OMG NOM NOM NOM!

I really love this tea and have been waiting for it for a long time. And I finally have it, and I love it! Love love love!! I always liked Tamarind Pop, but found it was a little muted or understated…but here, with the gui fei base instead of black, the tamarind flavour really shines! There is a sweet honey caramel fruit with a lithe juicy tartness. It’s PERFECT!

If anyone has some of this that they do not like, I will buy it off of you, or trade for it. Yes, I like this that much! I have an ounce of this, minus what my friend and her daughter tried before sending, and it is not enough! I will cry when this is gone.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Aww! I only have 1 or 2 tsp left, and I’m saving it for summer. I want iced tamarind oolong.

Amariel

Oh no! I know you liked it. I’d never take it from someone who likes it. But anyone who wants to unload it on someone else, I would gladly take it. ;)

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drank Boomstick by Butiki Teas
677 tasting notes

This is a nice earl grey, with a little extra citrus kick from the tangerine and grapefruit. It went well with milk too. I didn’t find the bergamot too strong, so that was nice. I enjoyed this. I’m debating how I want to use the rest of my sample from my friend. Hot again? Cold steep? I’m leaning to cold steep, but I have said that a lot lately, and somehow feel like I often say that, but then wind up with it hot again.

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Well, I tried to follow the steeping directions, but must have way overleafed this. My friend sent me some to try as part of a joint order, and this was part of it. It said 1 tbsp per 8 oz, and the sample was a little more than that. But I also had a 12 oz travel mug, so I used the whole thing. Unfortunately, all I got was bitter espresso. I should have followed my gut and used half the sample. I feel like, if that had come out under leafed, I could have still brewed the remaining amount, in less water. But no, I used the whole thing and botched it up. Maybe I’ll come across it again and give it another shot.

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This was sent to me by my friend, because she really liked this, in addition to the other stuff she sent. Either I brewed it wrong, or something, but I didn’t get much out of this one. It was pleasant, but I didn’t really pick up the rum, and the fruit was just sort or there. I am saving the rest for a cold brew for a nice warm day. It sure is a pretty tea. I’m glad she sent it, and how my remaining sample works out better.

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First time I’ve tried this since buying it during the close of Butiki madness. I have 2 words to describe this tea (which I added some liquid stevia to, since I like most of my teas that way):

Strawberry Quik

That’s exactly what it tastes and feels like. It FEELS like flavored milk, and I know I didn’t put any in. Instead of buying an overpriced soda while my son plays dodgeball at the rec center, I made a thermos of this tea and brought it with me. It was such a great idea!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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