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SIpdown! Thanks so much to Stacy for including this as a sample in my last order – I knew I wouldn’t be a big fan because I dislike hops, but I have some strange desire to tryalltheteas even if I doubt I’ll like them. Anyhow, it’s not too bad, but as I suspected, I would enjoy the tea much more sans hops! I definitely tasted creamy vanilla fruitiness, but it was masked by the bitterness of the hops (which I initially attributed to oversteeping before remembering which tea I was drinking). It’s hard to really assess the tea when there’s an element in it I really don’t care for, but I feel like this is probably quite a good tea if you like ale. I’m not entirely sure if the rhubarb comes through distinctly, but again, it could be a bit masked. Anyways, satisfied my curiosity! Mission accomplished.
This sample came with my recent Butiki order. Thank you Stacy!
Rose flavored teas scares me. I have had the opportunity to try a few and they are really hit or miss. This one was a HUGE hit. I am blown away by this tea. Smooth, creamy, sweet, with a nice balance of rose. This is such a calming tea. I think this will have to be added to my next order. Thank you Stacy for the opportunity to try this one.
Another one from Stephanie that I’ve been DYING to try!!
This one is a lot less strong and perfume-y than I assumed it would be. But it was still good! Tasted a lot of lemon at first, but then the perfume-y-ness took over. Which was what I was looking forward to most!
The coconut was pretty strong too in this one. Another lovely Tea from Butiki Teas! :D Thanks for the generous sample, Stephanie! Will enjoy trying this a few more times!
Flavors: Coconut, Lemon, Perfume
Got a sample of this from Stephanie! :D
Don’t think that there was enough for the “correct” steeping amount, So I’m not sure how accurate this note is gonna be.
This one was a bit disappointing though.
It smelled and tasted a bit malty, but that was about it. There wasn’t much flavor to it. It was creamy and kinda malty.
That’s really all I got. :S
Definitely not one of the best Butiki Teas I’ve tried, but not the worse. It’s okay. Glad I got to try it!
Right, today is officially Shu Puerh day and this is my third type of the day. Looking forward to trying this beauty. I adore opening tuo cha wrappers, it’s like opening tiny tea gifts.
Flavour is mild, nice warm earthy tones with a hint of pepper and spice in the after taste. No fish or damp flavours/smells. Also getting wood and malt tones and a hint of smoke which becomes apparent after a few steeps.
Nice and smooth for the most part, enjoying this very much. A standard shu tuo cha that guarantees satisfaction, my only gripe is that it’s not unique or memorable. Though certainly for a daily Pu Erh this is perfect.
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #26
Of course a Butiki green blend has to be supreme. The creamed corn flavor with nuttiness, butter, sweetness. The first steep was somehow tastier than the second. The flavors were more distinct. Still a good cup though but the first was amazing. There isn’t much more for me to say (I should have more to say!) but it’s the perfect green. Try it!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // 25 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 18 min after boiling // 3-4 min
Stacy sent a sample of this with my last order. Thanks!
The dry leaf is just… peaceful. The leaves are a blend of white and faded green, mingled with delicate flecks of blue, pink, and white. The smell is floral and coconutty. Is that a hint of lemon? Nice.
This brews up a lovely pale gold. The scent is still floral and coconutty, but there’s a solid vanilla note that comes to the fore. The flavor is tropical. It’s a bit heavier on the coconut than I personally like. It’s oh-so-slightly fruity, but hard to pin down the exact fruit. Citrus? Mango? It’s leaving a slight film on my tongue that isn’t exactly enjoyable. Otherwise, this is quite pleasant. I got a nice second steep out of it, with the same scent, texture, and flavor profile.
Overall, this tea is very “chilling on the beach at an island resort”. It also goes well with fancy marzipan!
Selected by the ladies of the Tea Chat Room. I made a bit of a storing fail, it got left on a grape scented candle by accident. So now it smells a bit like grapes. It also has a scent of plums and malty chocolate. The flavour is plum hot cocoa. Which is pretty good.
Make sure you don’t leave samples with your candles, kids. At least it was a complimentary fruit and not ocean breeze or something.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Plums
First tea of the morning! This sample came from boychik. I’ve been wanting to try more Indian Assams, since at this point most of the ones I’ve tried have been Taiwanese. For some reason, I feel the need to systematically “figure out” different regions of tea. :P Anyway, these leaves are somewhat broken, and they’re about half golden and half dark chocolate brown. Dry scent is mild malt with a touch of sweetness. I steeped a teaspoon of leaf for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Mmm… aroma. I can smell strong malt and bread with a touch of honey, and something that makes me think “creamy”. Yum, this is a lovely tea! For some reason I’m always intimidated by the concept of Assam, as it’s generally described as strong or needing milk to mellow it. This one’s not overly strong at all! I mostly taste malt and baked bread, but there’s also a definite raisin or fig note to it that makes my mouth happy. A touch of astringency, but not enough to bother me. Also, there’s a touch of honey and some oats, especially in the aftertaste. Yums!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Fig, Honey, Malt, Oats, Raisins
So I got this in the mail and I was wondering to myself…why did I get this tea again? I don’t really have any special preference for rose-flavored tea and in fact…it didn’t sound all the appealing to me! But I think I ordered this because it seemed so out of the ordinary and it had gotten really good reviews on Steepster so I decided to give it a try. It was in fact pretty good! I’m pleasantly surprised! It wasn’t overwhelming with rose flavor even though I thought I used too many rose buds in the steeping. Instead, there’s a nice rose taste with a creamy under tone that pulls it all together. I can’t say that I can taste much white tea in it, but overall it’s a good flavor to try.
Flavors: Cream, Rose
Why yes, it is in fact drinkalltheButikiteas day, glad you asked! Second up is the delicious White Rhino. Sweet, malty, rich…. almost like a black without any of the harshness. And it’s soooo nice to stick my nose into the empty mug and sniff, because it’s gloriously fragrant.
This tea is AMAZING. I’d seen some rave reviews about it before finally picking it up during Stacy’s Birthday Bash, but was pretty skeptical given that it’s a white tea (I usually find that they greatly lack flavour). However, it sounded interesting enough to try. So glad I did – the aroma from the bag is so incredibly sweet, light, hay-y, and the tea flavour follows accordingly. Probably the best white tea I’ve ever had, and I hope it stays in stock because I desperately want more! If you’ve never had success with a white tea before, this is one I’d strongly recommend trying as it’s wonderful.
ETA: Re-steeps are incredible too. 2 additional fantastic ones; number 3 is fairly flavourless so I’ll stop there, but I’m quite impressed. Yum.
First tea of the day! This sample came from Blodeuyn. I’ve tried the regular version of Premium Taiwanese Assam, so I was interested to try this one as well. The leaves seem a bit less extreme to me, but they’re still in the creepy tree branch family. Dry scent is caramelized brown sugar, molasses, and dried fruit. I steeped the whole sample (about 2 teaspoons?) for 4 minutes at 200 degrees.
Once steeped, the tea smells of strong dark caramel and apricots with a touch of something mildly vegetal (green beans?). The taste is similar. It’s rich and malty with strong dark caramelized sugar notes along with molasses. I can also taste dried apricots and raisins/prunes. That light vegetal note is still there, adding a savoriness to balance the rich sugar and fruit. It reminds me of slow-cooked green beans. Overall, very deep and delicious with layers of flavor.
Flavors: Apricot, Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Dried Fruit, Green Beans, Malt, Molasses, Raisins
With unbelievable sized chunks of walnut and banana, this blend looks and smells completely amazing. Definitely got a banana and walnut cake thing going on. The tea base gives it a nice malty tone.
Trying a slightly different method for this, as my Gongfu teapot is already out I will be using that. Roughly 7g (considering there are many super huge chunks there too) with 200ml boiling water for a couple of minutes. I will re steep but will need to judge that after I taste it to determine times.
Flavour – warm malt tones with a little spice, a touch of nutty dryness and a lingering after taste of sweet banana. Strength is perfect and the flavours compliment each other extremely well. It’s not overtly sweet but it does have some natural sweet tones which help keep it light.
Steeping my second pot for another minute reveals a steep of equal strength and flavour. Looks like this will be good for another two or so steeps :)
Husband loves it, says he can really taste banana and walnut bread. Got a super craving for some now, will have to drink enough of this tea to suppress it.
All in all this is a wonderful blend, another to add to my favourites from Butiki.
Flavors: banana, Brown Sugar, Malt, Walnut
Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #17
Somehow I haven’t tried any of the Butiki teas in the teabox! This is one of the special ones that I have only seen Butiki selling – the long, dark, dusty, twisty leaves. The flavors are unsweetened chocolate and very bready. My note was erased so I can’t remember…. and it was also very wine like dry. I don’t know why I keep comparing tea to wine… tea is MY wine! This is very good however I love the caramel notes that even the non-caramel Taiwanese assam seems to have. This one seems like the grown up version of that. The second steep seemed to have that oversteeped woodchip flavor, but I still enjoyed it.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4- 41/2 min
This is the other sample Stacy picked out. Dry, it smelled nicely like malty chocolate. Brewed, I get more of a baked bread scent. The flavour is lighter than expected, with some fruit and sweet potato notes. It does have some baked bread as well. Now it tastes a bit like raisin bread, which I really like. Praise Yavanna!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Malt, Sweet Potatoes
Wow what a yummy tea! Very malty and similar to the irish breakfast I drank yesterday but more smooth and no astringency! I love how this goes down my throat leaving nothing behind but just deliciousness! Will become definitely one of my go to black teas from now on.
Flavors: Honey, Malt, Nutty
Oh my gosh! I love this tea.
But let me begin with some backstory. I don’t like cheesecake. Ive said as much in my last review for a cheesecake themed tea. But I didn’t like that one for other reasons besides cheesecake flavor. This tea I ordered to send in a care package to my parents but didn’t try it for myself. I got a free sample in my most recent order and since my parents already tried it and one of the other samples I definitely want to share with my grandfather, i decided to try the cheesecake for myself.
For the first time I am going to apply the term ‘hug in a cup’ to a tea. this tea. Still not getting cheesecake out if it, maybe just a little if I try to think about it – but mostly its sweet and plumy and perfect without any added sugar.
Seems i like dessert teas that don’t match my real-dessert preferences (I like chocolate but not chocolate teas, hate cheesecake but love this tea).
This tea came from NayLynn! I do like banana, but I wasn’t so sure about the walnut, as walnuts aren’t generally my favorite. But onward, for science! I must say, the black tea leaves in this tea are huge! I figured it was one of the Taiwanese teas, but saw that it’s a Keemun when I looked it up. Wow, I have to try this Keemun plain sometime! There are whole walnuts and big pieces of dried banana mixed with the leaves. Dry scent is sweet and lovely authentic banana with creamy nuttiness. I steeped 2 teaspoons for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.
Once brewed, the tea smells strongly of banana (real banana, not candy) and some other fruit that I can’t identify. I assume it’s coming from the base tea. Yum, this is very banana. There’s also a nice mildly nutty creaminess that pairs nicely with the banana. Honestly, I don’t get much from the base other than a floral note at the end. I wish I could taste it more, but I am happy with the lovely banana.
Flavors: Banana, Creamy, Floral, Nutty, Sweet
This same came from NayLynn. I haven’t tried any of Butiki’s guayusa blends, or any guayusa blend in general, but I’ve been curious about them since most of the flavor sound really good. Visually, this looks like flaky crumbled dry leaves. They’re a muted green/grey color. I confess, I was a little sad when I noticed the lavender buds mixed in, as I didn’t realize there was lavender in this one. Ah well. Steeped a teaspoon and a half of leaf for 6 minutes in boiling water.
This one is just okay for me. I don’t taste a lot of lavender, which is very good in my opinion. The lavender mostly comes off as citrusy in this blend instead of heavily floral. Mostly what I taste is the mint, but even it is quite mild. I could use more vanilla here. Overall, this is a very mild minty herbal with a few other light flavors.
Flavors: Citrus, Lavender, Mint, Vanilla