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This is my second last untried Butiki blends, I think. Yes, I know it’s been a year… but pu-erh gets better with time, right? Anyway, I think I’d put off trying this one because I suspected I wouldn’t like it—it came in my mystery box and certainly wasn’t something I would’ve chosen for myself, not being a huge fan of either smokey teas or Butiki’s coffee flavoring. And it does smell overwhelmingly smoky, both dry and while steeping. The taste, thankfully, is much lighter. There’s still quite a bit of smoke, but it’s not overpowering, and the pu-erh base comes through nicely. What I’m not getting is the coffee, but that’s very likely due to the tea’s age (and probably not a great loss, given my above comments about coffee flavoring). This isn’t a standout for me, but it’s quite drinkable. Still, I think I may try to rehome it—I’m moving to London (!!!) later this year and have way more tea than I’ll be able to either sip down by then or take with me, so much as it pains me to part with teas I enjoy I think I’ll be trying to do a stash sale of some sort soon.
A sample from the lovely Courtney.
I feel terrible that it took me this long to try this tea. I usually shy away from straight teas, preferring blends, but I really like this one. It reminds me of the tea they serve in Chinese restaurants but richer and completely lacking in astringency. Bonus, this was the perfect accompianment to some blueberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies (had after shoveling snow, so the calories don’t count, right?).
I really enjoyed this and may have to seek out some unflavored oolongs in the future. Thank you, Courtney!
Nah; not into this cold brew. It tastes like bad Tang, if Tang came in lime flavour. Point is, it’s got a funky “cheap juice crystal” vibe. Overall, this was decent but not nearly as good as many of the other white blends I got the fortune to try from Butiki.
That’s probably for the best.
This is a queued tasting note.
This cold brew is an improvement upon the quite sour/tart hot cup I last had but the lime is still only semi-sweet and relatively pithy and the base is lacking any real contribution. I wish I could taste more of, well, anything. However it’s certainly not bad.
It just isn’t “punchy” either.
Tea comes from Kittenna!
I was SO tempted to spike this with rum the first time I made this, but ultimately decided it’d be best to try it plain before making any major alterations.Also, it amazes me I’m still trying ‘new’ Butiki blends. Truly, Butiki is a company that just keeps giving…
- This was VERY lime flavoured, and had a sour tinge
- Also a hint of orange
- Quite pithy
- I would’ve liked to see the flavour more well rounded
- And sweeter over sour…
- But I realize flavour may have faded over time
- And I’m not trying this at ‘optimal’ freshness…
Flavors: Citrus, Lime, Sour, Tart
I got this more for the name than anything else, as I have quite a few citrus teas kicking around in my cupboard in various incarnations. Army of Darkness was a classic movie from my childhood so there might be a teensy bit of nostalgia involved. ;)
The combination of citrus flavours is interesting and they mix quite well with the robust, slightly cocoa-y flavoured black tea base. The interesting part is that it’s not just an amorphous citrus flavour, I can distinctly taste orange, grapefruit, mandarin, etc. in each sip. Still it seems to me that something called "Boomstick’ should have a bit more fire to it.
Siopdown 6 of 2016. A sample. Received 3/2014 – Finished 1/2016.
This is an old sample that was not stored well. It is a sweet warm cup this morning. It brewed up light with hints of vanilla.
I have spent way too much time reading discussions the past few days on here. As entertaining as it has been I really hope things get back to a more “normal” state soon.
I fished a nearly-empty 1/2 oz bag of this from the bottom of one of my boxes of tea yesterday. I’ll be sad to see it go, but at this point I have far too much tea for someone in my current situation (still working out life details/strongly considering getting a terminal degree and therefore need a considerable amount of flexibility/mobility since it’ll be a while before I settle down somewhere permanently— having, uh, 10+ kilograms of tea doesn’t really help with the mobility) so I’m trying to let go of my hoarding tendencies and just drink things without worrying that I’ll miss it or whatever it is that makes me want to hoard tea.
Honestly, the main note I’m getting from this in these early steeps is something like raisins and dates. It’s a little dry in the aftertaste. I’m really not getting any hints of cocoa or chocolate, but then again the water I’m using is considerably cooler than what I’d normally use— waiting for my water heater to boil so I’m using the hot water in my thermos at the moment. Will update if the flavour changes in future steeps with hot water.
This is surprisingly more energising than I expected. I was going after a comfort tea when I went tea-box-diving. I might have to revisit the boxes once I’m finished with this.
I was afraid this might end up being a big cup of blandness considering how long I’ve had most of my Butiki collection, but after checking my order history it looks like I’ve only had this one for a year. Which is still not great, but better than it could be.
It didn’t smell all that strong while steeping (1.5 tsp, ~250ml of 90C water), but sipping revealed fruity, hay-like, and pleasantly musty flavors, and I started noticing some floral notes as it cooled. It had a lingering aftertaste of berries which I enjoyed, though I’m not sure whether that was entirely from the tea or if the apple-rosemary scone I was munching on had anything to do with it.
I’ve never properly gotten into Darjeelings, but I really liked this one! It reminded me of some kind of oolong, which certainly didn’t hurt.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Hay
My last untried Butiki. I went with the recommended parameters for this one – 2tsp of leaf in slightly cooled water for 3.5 minutes. The resulting liquor is a medium golden brown, with the scent of wood, damp leaf and dried fruit that I typically associate with darjeeling. The leaves are pretty – dark brown with silver tips.
To taste, I initially picked up notes of tree bark and cedar wood, both resulting in quite a “dry” flavour. There’s a touch of nuttiness in the mid-sip, and a lemon-like freshness in the aftertaste. It comes across as quite sharp, although there is a light maltiness that contrasts with this. As it cools, I’m finding it quite drying on the palate and a little astringent. Not awfully so, but enough that it distracts from what it otherwise a flavoursome cup. Quite a strong, thick-tasting floral also becomes more prominent towards the end of the cup, meaning that this one just really isn’t ticking all the boxes for me. I have enough leaf for a few more cups, in case I’m just having a bad day with this one, but I suspect it’s probably not the darjeeling for me. Since I couldn’t get anymore even if I wanted to, that’s actually a small relief. I miss Butiki enough as it is.
I must thank the wonderful LiquidProust for this amazing little gem. I have to say this rivals Naivetea’s lychee oolong. I think that one may narrowly win out, but that may be due to my cup of this being older, I am not sure. So wonderfully lychee flavoured with the green oolong base just tying it up with a bow. Remarkable. It is unfortunate that you can no longer get such a beautiful tea. I still weep for Butiki…
Inkling and I participated in a swap and I requested a bunch of Butiki teas, because I didn’t get to try them much when the company was around. This one was my tea this morning, because I just couldn’t resist the name.
The white tea base is the main thing I tasted, but it was a very lovely base! There was also a great creaminess, but I don’t know if I can say I picked out much distinct flavor. That was likely my fault though, since I had this with a mint oreo donut, not thinking about the fact that it was likely much too overwhelming for a more delicate tea. Oops!
This week I’m going to try and work through my last few teas from Butiki and River Tea before they officially become really old. I know why I’m hoarding them, even if it doesn’t make a great deal of sense; it’s because I’m worried about them being gone. Still, there’s no help for that. I read the descriptions for each of the teas I’ve got with me, and I chose this one for my first of the afternoon. My primary motivation was the fact that this one is Taiwanese, and Premium Taiwanese Assam is still fresh and wonderful in my memory. I’m intrigued by the fact that this is described as a cross between wild Assamica and Keemun, two of my favourite black tea varieties. I followed the recommended parameters for my first cup, and gave 2 tsp of leaf approximately 3 minutes in boiling water. No additions. I’m struck by the resemblance of the leaf to PTA – thick, twisted, long, coal black leaves. One of them is SO long it wouldn’t even fit in my infuser – about 3 inches! The resulting liquor is a pale golden brown, the scent mildly fruity (stone fruit) and a little woody (cedar).
To taste, it’s totally delicious. The initial flavour is apricot, and it’s sweet and delicate with a defining malty backdrop. The mid sip bring some honey into play – both in terms of the mouthfeel, which is smooth and syrupy, and the flavour. The end of the sip and the aftertaste are a bit of a contrast – the flavour becomes drier, with deeper notes of raisin and wood. On the whole, though, it’s a light-tasting tea, and very refreshing. It’d make a great black tea for warmer summer days, but I’m not so fussy that I can’t enjoy it in the depths of winter! Another amazing tea from Butiki, always sadly missed.
This is the last sample I’ve got left from the EU TTB. I picked it out in late summer and put it to one side, thinking I’d save it for an appropriate day. Since I’m drinking wake up-warm up teas this week, I figured the time had finally come! I used the recommended 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it about 5 minutes in boiling water while I walked to the vending machine and back (popcorn, yo!) The dry leaf made me sneeze when I sniffed it (that’ll teach me), but I was struck by how much like Christmas it smells. I guess that’s the cinnamon, rather than me actually feeling festive, but who knows?
To taste, this is probably the perfect spicy tea. The initial sip is beautifully cinnamony and a little sweet, then the cayenne and chili step in and really take things up a level. There is a burn at the back of my throat, but it’s the best kind. It lingers a little, which is nice given my current on-off relationship with a cold, currently manifesting as a scratchy throat. It’s warming and delicious, sweet to begin with, then mostly savoury, with the earthiness of the guayusa underlying. It has a serious spicy kick, for sure, but it’s not overwhelming – what strikes me most is how drinkable this one is, and how well balanced the flavours. Will there ever be a spicy tea as perfect? Some days I really miss Butiki.
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!
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.