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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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!
I bought a half ounce of this one from Butiki but I also received a little from TheLastDodo’s sale – thank you! I tried this a while ago with one flat teaspoon for 2 1/2 minutes but it didn’t seem to turn out flavorful enough for me. This time I went with a heaping teaspoon for three minutes, and even waiting a few minutes after boiling, the flavor was much more present. It’s a very tangy plum! But I think the flavor is aided by the black tea base. The base usually tastes like tomato to me, but it might be adding that extra tangy plum flavor this time. With the nutty undertones, this tea is pretty darn good. The second steep loses a bit of flavor, which is a shame, but the first cup is great. Another blend of Butiki magic (though I must say, not as genius as the Plum Brandy Cheesecake blend.) Note to self: steep it like the first steep next time.
Steep #1 // heaping tsp // 7 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
Another amazing fruit/nut tea from Stacy…she does this type of flavor combo SO well! The raspberry is definitely the predominant flavor in this one, but I’m also picking up on the hazelnut. I don’t really notice the butterscotch; maybe that would come out more if I added sugar? Anyway, it’s a delicious tea and I’m so glad I was able to get my hands on an ounce of it. I’ll enjoy every last cup! Thanks, QueenofTarts!
Flavors: Hazelnut, Raspberry
Hmm, I seem to have not awesome luck with Butiki teas. I’m not sure if this aged poorly or got contaminated (doubtful), but steeping, all this smelled like was white pepper and savoury broth, and on the palate, I’m getting predominantly pepper with a hint of that tanginess that grapefruit has. If I didn’t have grapefruit on the brain I probably wouldn’t have associated that tang with it.
Thank you Janelle for the sample. I have one cup left and I think I’ll probably pass it along to someone else.
Flavors: Broth, Peppercorn, Tangy
I haven’t had many flavored puerhs, but I’ve really enjoyed the other ones I’ve tried (RoT’s Coconut Puerh and Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Puerh.) This one was okay, but I think it would have been better with a different base. I didn’t taste the cheesecake element at all, but the strawberry flavor definitely came through along with a hint of tartness that did remind me of rhubarb. However, the earthiness of the base seemed to throw the whole thing off-balance a bit. It was still a good tea, but definitely not the best that I’ve tried from Butiki. Thank you to The Cookie Lady for the sample!
Flavors: Earth, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Tart
I was so excited to try this Butiki classic, thanks to The Cookie Lady! This is another winner: light and sweet with a lovely buttery vanilla flavor. As an added bonus, the dry leaf is GORGEOUS with lots of fluffy green leaves and colorful flower petals. One more reason to miss Butiki…
Flavors: Butter, Marshmallow, Sweet, Vanilla
So very good! I picked this up from a fellow Steepster and I am loving it. Its got a very rich and creamy flavor to it with just the right amount of sweetness added in with the apricot. Add in a bit of honey and I’m in heaven! I could easily drink this everyday. Sad this was just a sample. Just fantastic!
Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Fruity, Honey, Sweet