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Had tummy problems again tonight and decided to go with this one. The flavor might have faded from when I first bought it, but it still tastes nice, somewhat surprisingly even when hot! No rating since I didn’t try it when it was fresh.

Flavors: Cream, Root Beer, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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What a wonderful blend this is! Where the breakfast blends I’ve been drinking lately are blunt force objects, this one is a positive symphony of flavors, each perfectly in tune with the other. There’s a lot going on—malt, honey, cocoa, stone fruit, that perfect hit of astringency—but it works. And I suppose it’s no wonder, given that it contains two of my favorite straight blacks: the inimitable PTA and luscious Giddapahar Darjeeling. Teas like this are the reason I still miss Butiki. If I could get my hands on more, it’d be a definite restock; as it is, I’m going to savor my last few cups on long, slow weekend mornings like this one.

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75

Last untried Butiki tea. Unfortunately; it wasn’t really a winner. All I could really taste was the base, though the dry leaf smelled like blueberry candy. It could be because of the tea’s age, but I recall having similar experiences with the Butiki puers I tried fresh. Maybe I’m just sensitive to the smoke flavor? In any case, I’m going to try to find a new home for this one when I get around to posting my stash sale.

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79

I can really taste the dark chocolate and raspberry in this tea and they mingle wonderfully together. I can’t taste the waffle at all. I definitely over-steeped it which made it bitter but the flavours are still good. Next time I’m going to add a little honey to amp up the sweetness.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry

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drank Pistachio Horizon by Butiki Teas
1843 tasting notes

Sipdown. This was a super-robust tea that I drank more for its caffeine powers in the morning than for any flavouring (which I felt kind of got lost in the strength of the base). I used the last bit to make Barmbrack, an Irish bread/cake. So delicious!

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drank Pistachio Horizon by Butiki Teas
1843 tasting notes

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92

This tea is very delicious and clearly one of my all time favorites.
It is my daughter’s favorite tea as well, we love the aftertaste especially.

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82

Mmm, smoke and blueberries. I’ll drink that.

Maybe I’ll sniff it incessantly too… Um, I’m a sucker for smokey smells.

We can be friends.

Flavors: Blueberry, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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84

Buttery golden, mild, and comforting. I wish it were a touch more assertive.

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
716 tasting notes

I got a sample of this somewhere along the line, but I’m not sure from who at this point. I tried it before, but don’t remember what I thought of it. I’m getting a slight bitter taste and maybe a little malt hidden behind that. As it cools the flavors merge and mellow a little. There is something fruity hidden in the aftertaste. A grapefruit flavor? With a hint of cherry? I’m so confused! LOL!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Butiki Teas
149 tasting notes

Sipdown! (39/371)

Another of my samples from MissB, I am really getting through them! This is a lovely breakfast tea. It’s thick and malty, and smells wonderfully bready while it’s steeping. It’s not too sweet for a morning tea, rather strong and almost savoury. With some skimmed milk, this is pretty much my idea of an ideal breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
1843 tasting notes

Argh, this tea is a pain in the arse to measure. I ended up just dumping some in my cup and eyeballing it to see if it was the right amount. It still smells lovely and lemony despite the tea’s age. It tastes lemony as well but it doesn’t taste like straight-up dried lemon peel but more a sweet lemon cream. It’s mixed with the delicate hay-like flavours of the base with a hint of nuttiness. Age has dulled the flavour a bit, I think, but if you exercised your imagination a bit you could see how it tastes akin to a lemon macaron.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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92

Sipdown (137)!

Drinking 52Tea’s Blackberry & Cream Shou Mei definitely put me in a blackberry mood, and that brought about this somewhat unfortunate sipdown. Truly, this will be a tea that’s dearly missed.

It was interesting drinking those two teas so close to each other, though! The blackberry flavouring was pretty similar/comparable, which really made the difference in base choice very apparent. The white base for Blackberries and Cream was light, and airy but the black by comparison was much richer with a deeper flavour. 52Tea’s blend was coquettish in nature, but Blackberry Cordial? Oooh, Blackberry Cordial was sultry and seductive…

Flavors: Blackberry, Honey, Malt

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92

Thank you to Kittenna for passing this one along! Echoing past thoughts of mine that it’s truly amazing to still be trying new to me Butiki blends!

I had mixed expectations: I ADORE blackberries but when they’re bad they’re really bad and I actually have had blackberry cordial before and I wasn’t so much a fan. I thought it tasted a little like cough syrup, to be frank.

- One Resteep
- Absolutely LOVELY tea; literally no complaints
- Strikes a really harmonious balance between base and flavour
- Tastes like really lovely/sweet/fruity blackberry jam
- And has a SUPER distinct honey note
- With very light malt notes and caramel notes
- Absolutely INCREDIBLE flavour!!!

It makes sense to me I really loved this: I’m 95% sure I’ve had the base tea on its own before and I think I quite liked it. Plus, how could I doubt Stacy’s ability to flavour things? Of COURSE it’s a great blackberry flavour. Why wouldn’t it be?

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81

This made me sneeze when I opened the packet. A dusty tea, it seems.
And wow is it ever spicy! in a good way. Adding half a tsp of sugar really brings out the chocolate note as well.
I love how rich and creamy it is without adding any milk. I guess the chocolate chips helped there. The spice vs chocolate level is just perfect.
I’m really glad I was able to try this. To be honest, this is what I wish the David’s tea version could live up to.

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92

Yup, this is awesome.

I had a ton of doubts about this tea. First, the dry leaf reaks of perfume that my grandmother used to wear. However nice that scent may have been I don’t think it belongs in my teapot. Second, I’m not a big white tea drinker, and third this is flavored, so it’s usually not up my alley. Regardless, I grabbed my glassware and got to brewing. The steeped liquor tastes so damn good. The flavor begins with a light coconut and moves into a light citrus tone with honey. I can pick up some banana in the background along with a smooth floral note. The brew finishes with a tanged hay taste and dryness that cleans the palette. This is perfect for just before bed as a light dessert tea. I’m really surprised that I like this, and I’m really glad to have tried this.

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Floral, Flowers, Hay, Honey, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Love when that happens.

Haveteawilltravel

hahah total surprise xD

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drank Grapefruit Dragon by Butiki Teas
52 tasting notes

juicy, and even a little soapy, but not in a bad way. mild flavor.

Flavors: Grapefruit

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87

This is a super drinkable and fairly mild green. I’m mostly getting spinach, but it’s much subtler than in, say, your typical sencha. I’d never had straight Bi Luo Chun prior to receiving this in my mystery box when Butiki was closing down, but it’s definitely something I’ll seek out in the future once I’ve finished my current stash.

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Wow hasn’t life gotten away from me recently!

I’m sitting here surrounded by random stuff as I get my house ready to be packed up and moved across the country again with very little notice. I’m trying to do this as my husband is away from work, I’ve just come back from an extended and unexpected international trip and with us both heading to Canada on Saturday for a visa run…. oh, all while still being expected by my employer to keep up with my normal work load… rant over…

I don’t even want to start to actually admit how much tea I ‘m actually starting to realize I have because of the packing and moving process BUT one of the best benefits of this exercise is I’m start to find things you didn’t think you had anymore, like this tea!

So I’m sitting here, taking a break from inventorying my life with a cup of tea and the Republican debate.. I need some ‘comic’ relief at this point. This tea has aged remarkably well!! No waffle notes anymore but there is some serious almond and maple syrup going on in this cup and that makes me super happy!! A touch of milk makes this feel like a decadent creamy breakfast treat, just at supper time!!

Maddy Barone

Wow, after reading about your life and job situation, I should quit complaining about mine! Moving is such a pain. Hope all goes well for you.

tea-sipper

Almost sipped this one today. I should soon! Good luck on moving!

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