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I love spice, chocolate, and tea, and this is an exceptional combination of the three.
The (distinctly) Taiwanese tea offers sweet, floral honey notes. It’s smooth and delicate. The chili doesn’t really register as “hot”. It’s more of a slight warmth, a tingle in the back of your throat. Enough to titillate. The chocolate isn’t a very prominent flavor, admittedly. It’s more of an undertone; the dark complement to the light black tea. It pairs very nicely with the chili heat and doesn’t leave me wanting more. Creamy, melty, sweet. Mmm. (I think more chocolate would make it unbalanced…I’ll just make a stronger cup if I want more flavor!) I really love this blend. Just wonderful.
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Spices, Sweet
Banana is a hard flavor to get right in tea, but Stacy pulls it off well. This tea has a very natural and lightly sweet banana flavor that develops mid-sip and then fades as it is overtaken by a lingering smoky aftertaste. I like it, but I wish I could taste the maple flavoring, which isn’t coming through for me at all. Though I don’t usually sweeten my tea, I may just have to experiment with adding a bit of maple syrup to this one!
Flavors: banana, Smoke
I tried this tonight for the first time and honestly, it’s just not my favorite. I found it basically just tasted like tea. No white chocolate flavoring to be found anywhere. In a blind taste test, I would never have guessed what this was. At least the base was nice, if not slightly astringent. It had honey notes and a sweet, generic fruitiness along with hints of breadiness. However, with that said, I used a tea bag to brew this cup and it was quite full so I think I’ll postpone my rating until I have tried this brewed in a filter where the leaves have more space to spread out and move around.
I treated myself to my first infusion of this tea, earlier, to build myself up for the trip to the dentist. I’d only ever really smelled the bag briefly, without looking inside in great detail, so I’d forgotten this was a white-tea-base and assumed, because of the fairly strong flavours in the name, it would be a black! I was really surprised to see Butiki’s lovely Bai Mu Dan come tumbling into my infuser-basket!
It also put me at ease, big time. It smelled absolutely wonderful and I have very positive experience with Butiki’s BMD. So, I set about brewing, as per Stacy’s instructions, and made my breakfast.
I was certainly impressed – the smell of the tea seemed to capture everything in the name – that warmth of cinnamon, sweetness of vanilla and, er…, squash of squash!
On the palette, much the same, though the squash flavour was admittedly much weaker. The normal flavour of the BMD did come across kinda squash-like, though, so I didn’t mind so much. And it was really delicious to drink. I think I’ll really enjoy the rest of my little bag of this.
Flavors: Butternut Squash, Cinnamon, Vanilla
This tea is special and amazing. I’m sooooo glad I tried it before I lost my chance. Anyway, this is such a naturally sweet tea. It has a brightness to it while maintaining a strong taste of honey. The tea is still kind of vegetable, which adds a pleasant roundness to the cup.
I brewed this western style, but I’m going to gung fu brew it sometime this week. I’m so excited to try it that way, as it is truly great even brewed western style.
Anyway, I love this tea.
I believe this was one that came free with one of the group orders we did, and then just kind of got split up between the people in the order?
I made mine yesterday morning to drink on the ride to work; I saw in the description this is recommended as a breakfast blend and my morning tea to work is as close to a breakfast tea as I usually get; so that seemed like a good match. Definitely debated drinking this with milk, especially after reading Kittenna’s review, but ultimately went with a straight mug.
Sipping on it, all I could think with this blend was that it was very bready tasting with lots of cinnamon notes, and maybe even nutmeg? I’ve reread Stacy’s description for this tea and I can see that I was probably experiencing the “Spice” and “Biscuit” notes she described; but I think I missed out on the other things she’s made note of.
I don’t know – this was nice, but not overly complex or layered in my opinion. Overall I suppose I’d probably just call it somewhat average. Part of me is relieved by that; I don’t have to worry about getting more. If that’s even still an option for this one; I don’t know if it’s sold out yet. I have enough leaf left for a very small cup; but I’m going to pass it on to a coworker named Nathan. I’ve been sharing tea with him for a while now; he’s a bit of a tea snob in his own right (he literally wont drink anything but tea), though his main interest is Chai.
So far his favourite tea I’ve shared with him has been Latkes and Applesauce, coincidentally also from Butiki. I think he’ll appreciate this one though!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Dry leaf: Lime Jell-o to a T. a hint of fresh heavy cream.
Liquor color: Just like the photograph, light yellow-green
Leaves: Dry – large grey-green flat leaves. Wet – spring green with a silky sheen
Notes: Blimey, this is limey! The dry nose smelled so very much like the lime jell-o I ate in waves as a kid. Sipping on the tea brought jiggly, wiggly cubes of fluorescent green to my mind. I think I steeped it at a too low temperature, not much was able to be gotten from the first brew, aside from overwhelming lime. The second time I steeped it I got a much more mellow lime flavor with a creamy hint towards the end. The tea is quite sweet in it’s own right, I dare not add anything more. It brings back memories of ‘frog eye’ salad my mom used to make. It was a strange concoction of cool whip, a dry packet of lime jell-o, and cottage cheese. Sounds like absolute trash to me now, but I ate it by the mouthful as a child.
Even so this nostalgia-inducing beverage is a bit startling to me. Whether or not that is a good thing, I will never know.
The lime is strong in this one, but not in a tart/sour way. The marshmallow shows up as a sweetness to mellow the lime flavor. All together it creates a lime candy sort of taste and smell. For me, personally, I find myself wanting a little more marshmallow and a little less lime, though I can see this being a favorite among lime lovers. At the end of the day, it is really quite nice but not something I need around forever (thank goodness too because I can’t really get more much longer).
Thanks to Janelle for this sample.
The name of this sounds so delicious and intriguing, but I’m sadly not getting much of the description in the taste or smell. There’s a hint of hops and vanilla and a lingering tartness at the back of my tongue on the finish, which I guess could be rhubarb, so it’s not inaccurate, but it’s not exciting me either, and I’m not sure I’d pick out those flavours if I weren’t prompted.
A touch of sugar and letting the cup cool improved it a little bit but not a lot.
I’m glad I got to try this but this is not for me.
Flavors: Hops, Tart, Vanilla
Adding another review. I’ve drunk quite a bit of this tea, and it holds up well to resteeping – and I use a large mug, so that’s always good. I decided to try making some to put in a travel mug. I usually find that my teas aren’t as good this way, but this tea held up well, and it was almost like drinking coffee. I did use a a mug wasn’t used recently for coffee, so I didn’t actually have lingering coffee flavors leak in. It’s just further proof that the tea really does capture those flavors well.
I do find more and more that the smell of the tea reminds me of an ash tray, but I don’t like this tea any less. xD
I bought this tea after I learned about it in the Butiki thread. I am so happy with it. I got it in the mail today and immediately put it in a tin. I only have three tins right now… It has a strong Pu Ehr smell. It’s very earthy, and kind of reminds me of the smell of tobacco, though I don’t smoke. I just remember smelling flavored pipe tobacco once in a head shop. It’s very strong, but in a good way, and you can smell the coffee notes under the smoke.
I rinsed the tea in the tea bag that I put it in, so I don’t know if I did it right, but the tea doesn’t have an overwhelming earthy taste. I like how the creamy notes really shine through. I haven’t sweetened it, but it has a nice sweet taste as is. I think I’ll sweeten it when I brew it a second time, but I really love this tea as is. I’m so sad that I can’t buy more in the future. I would probably have to buy more in the next day or two if I want to get more, and I do need to conserve money. It could be sold out for all I know. I just got this tea in the mail and I need more.
It does have this cigarette taste like second-hand smoke, or like how a frequent smoker’s clothes smell. I don’t know how I feel about that. It’s distinct from the creamy taste, and kind of lingers as the last thing you taste with every sip. I don’t hate it. The creaminess, though. It’s so good, I could cry tears of happiness. I’m going to make more.
Flavors: Coffee, Cream, Smoke
Funny, this one.
I am a hater of all things lime flavoured. (Actual lime, no prob) I’m the one who picks around the lemon and lime skittles, or starbursts or whatever the candy may be, leaving behind a bag full of yellow and green rejects.
So the fact that I bought this is kind of hilarious. I was definitely swayed by the marshmallow, and by the fact that I was riding high on the promising wave of new Butiki Teas!
It’s very limey. The marshmallow sweetness was definitely noticeable too, it softened up the lime and was tasty. Neither flavour overwhelmed the base. But not tasty enough to make me love lime.
I think someone who enjoyed lime would LOVE this tea. It’s very flavourful and seems accurate to me. But I’m not on the lime bandwagon, which is why after trying one cup, this one is going to end up in the stash sale thread :)
If i was rating based on personal taste, I’d give this like a 65, because I don’t love lime. But seeing as how it’s a lime tea, it’s a great blend so if i was going to rate it based on flavorfulness and accuracy and execution, it would deserve an 85 for sure.
My Butiki order arrived today and I went straight for this tea because it smells AH-mazing. And, I am happy to report, it delivers on taste too. Their is definitely a cake element and the praline stays with you long after the sip but the strawberry has a touch of tartness that really adds a layer to this tea. It reminds me of Ruby Pie in a way, which is good as I don’t have much of that beloved tea left. Now I wish I grabbed more of this one because I am really enjoying it.
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Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Strawberry
This tea is a very heavy tea, meaning you don’t get much by weight, but I’ve had it a couple of times and it’s very nice. It even stood up in my timolino. You can taste both the raspberry and the cashew, although the raspberry is not that prominent. It’s very buttery, like nut butter, not real butter…makes your tongue feel like it has silky nut butter on it. :) The raspberry has a bit of tartness, not like hibiscus tart, but raspberry tart. I can also see how people might call it floral. As with most of Stacy’s blends, the flavoring is distinct, but not overpowering. I’m going to miss Stacy’s blends.
Strawberry is the dominant flavor here. You can see the chocolate chips in the blend but in flavor they are on the back burner. there is a slight espresso note too. It is good. I believe this is another one they are out of.
Brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.
Yes, this is good.
Sipped on this last night while I rested my sleepy, aching bones, and finished the last of a pair of paintings I made as a thank you to a friend for sending me a DVD of Parks and Recreation, after some ruffians absconded with my copy when they broke into the old house a few months back. So happy to have the gang back in my life.
Why isn’t eggnog such a readily available thing in shops in the UK, I wonder? It really is a shame, as it’s one of my most beloved winter flavours. To that end, I was really grateful to see that Stacy was still doing an eggnog tea, and even more grateful when my little bag of it turned up at my door. It’s got a bit of buttery green taste and a lovely, creamy mouthfeel, with that lovely sweet eggnoggy flavour, and just as much nutmeg as there should be. It’s even pleasant when you nod off while watching River Cottage and the last half of your cuppa’s gone cold by the time you wake up. Good.
What a wonderful little tea to start the day! This is another tea, one of the many, many teas in fact, that we acquired from Butiki tea. The dried leaves are dark, tightly rolled balls. This is another one of those teas in which those little darling leaf-hoppers do their business and chew on the leaves. The tea tree releases polyphenols in order to assist in repair. These compounds are responsible for the unique taste of these teas.
There is a strong ‘oolong’ scent from the dried leaves. It reminds me ever so slightly of the wild mountain black. The mouth feel is silky smooth with an ever so subtle astringent finish. The taste is damn good. There are definitely honey notes. That predominates. It’s almost brown sugary. Slight hints of apple and roasty toastiness, and of course very floral. But not in a ‘your grandmothers potpourri’ kind of way.
I like this tea. I’m four infusions in and the flavours has still not abated. I brewed it, 5 sec rinse, 10, 15, 25, 35. The brewed leaves have an almost acrid artificial smell to them which I dislike, but this is a minor contention and only worth noting in passing.
Flavors: Apple, Candy, Floral, Honey, Orchids
I love a good lime tea and I especially love the combination of lime and something creamy. This blend smells quite strongly of lime and just a hint of something sugary.
Sipping… Everything in this blend works so well together! From the white tea base to the lime and marshmallow… they’re just perfect together. The marshmallow softly hugs the lime, but doesn’t take over. I’m so glad that BOTH the lime and the marshmallow can be detected especially because marshmallow can be hidden a lot of the time! The white tea base is a great choice since it sits quietly in the background lending just a hint of smoothness. Yum!
This is really good. The pineapple was strong, and there was a very natural tasting sweetness from the cream. I was honestly surprised that I couldn’t taste the cilantro more, and a little disappointed by that. I LOVE cilantro. It does offer an herb aftertaste, a bit of a sharpness, that was really pleasant.