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Thank you to Marzipan for supplying me with this wonderful brew!
I bought under the premises of amazement and experience. I came into the “interweb tea loop” a little late to fully experience this companies products. I heard ravings from near and far about this company, and once I decided to check them out, they had already been closed. I was distraught over the news and to the thought of me not being able to experience their products. Luckily, I had a tea friend come to my rescue! I find it incredibly amazing that even after a company closes and shuts down their tea is still circulated around and raved about. I am a Darjeeling lover and saw this and knew that I needed to swoop.
Anyways, onward to the review of this merchandise miracle. I opened this small black bag to peek inside at my discovery. The small leaves are a variety of browns and ambers with little green shards. The scent of these dried leaves is something amazing. I always love Darjeeling tea most for their aroma. I am hit with the light atmosphere of a vineyard. I can hint at white grapes, ivy, and stone fruit. I dropped these valley scented leaves into my Tetsubin and began my steeping. The vineyard scent carried outwards and developed into a more grassy tone. The aroma inside my tea room was of late summer when everything had begun drying and becoming hot. I poured the golden liquor into my glassware. The initial sip is one that is sweet and succulent. The light honey notes blend with a “farmlike” sensation. It has a strong undertone of dried Ivy. I have enjoyed this tea and will be using it as my everyday black. I’m happy to have experienced it, i’m glad that I can do my part to keep the company living on.
Flavors: Hot hay, White Grapes
Another sample from Kaylee! I’ve been really into white tea blends lately, so I was so excited to try this one. I’m really wishing I’d been able to snag some of this before Stacy closed up shop, because it’s lovely: light and creamy with soft coconut and strawberry flavors that mingle into a sweet, fruity treat. Delicious!
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Strawberry, Sweet
Captain’s Personal Log-
My replicator seems only capable of making hot earl grey. While fortunate when we had a visiting Captain, not my preferred beverage. And there is only so much raktajino I can drink. Then I found this on a recent Shore Leave. Scent- I get some malt, and baked bread. The flavour is similar, with a hint of spice.
My First Officer says there are apricots, and I get some as the tea cools. Will have to make sure the Mess Hall has some on hand before our next mission.
Flavors: Apricot, Baked Bread, Malt, Spices
Another from the mystery box! Really I wouldn’t mind trying every Butiki tea, but this one seems similar to the Pumpkin Cider. Though I must admit the pumpkin spice flavor works better here with the pu-erh than with the Sansia black. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Butiki pu-erh except for the Japanese pu-erh. I was worried I would rinse the flavor away, but the flavor stays consistent throughout all three steeps. The base seems delicious enough, the leaves are bigger, so they might have less flavor than the pu-erh I love (tiny tiny leaves). I must admit I like the finely chopped pu-erh (probably lower quality) that results in a deep coffee cup. The mug stays deep red through these steeps. The pumpkin spice flavoring isn’t my favorite… not really pumpkin to me. It’s surprising how it tastes so much like cinnamon though. A nice squashy flavor would have been awesome. There also isn’t very much cream flavor either. An enjoyable tea but not Butiki special.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps // 6 min after boiling // rinse // 2 1/2 min
Steep #2 // few min a.b. // 3 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4-5 min
I’ve drank this a few times without logging it, I think that’s because though I enjoyed it, it wasn’t a super STAND OUT type of tea.
The flavours are tasty, the cinnamon is the sort I enjoy in tea, natural – not a fake hot candy heart sort of taste.
The cinnamon, vanilla and squash notes all work well together. It wasn’t super squashy. I kind of thought it might have more of a hearty sweet potato sort of feel to it, but it’s a very light note.
I think I would have preferred something heavier in terms of the squash. But nonetheless I will enjoy what I have left of this tea!
Kaylee was kind enough to send me a sample of this one in our recent swap. Sadly, I think it may have been contaminated by one of the other teas I requested, because I’m not getting pralines from this at all…just lots of strong, malty black base tea with a hint of unexpected banana flavor. Not going to leave a rating since I suspect contamination. I doubt this would have really been a favorite for me anyway…Crimson Horizon is just a bit too overbearing for my tastes!
Flavors: Bitter, Malt
This was one I received in the Butiki mystery box! This note won’t be a long one… I sipped this one a couple days ago. The flavor was very light for a Darjeeling but tasty. It didn’t have much of that Darjeeling muscatel but it was VERY fruity, though I can’t say which type of fruit exactly. I’d say this one tastes only fruity to me. Maybe it was grown around fruit trees? It doesn’t really get very astringent. The description instructions say to use one tablespoon but the package instructions say to use 1 1/2 teaspoons… so I went with two teaspoons! I wish I had more to say on this one. It’s definitely a likeable light Darjeeling.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 25 minutes after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // 20 min a.b. // 3-4 min
I had the second steep of this for my breakfast tea today. I added rice milk on a whim. The smokiness was much more prominent this time than it was when I had the first steep unadulterated yesterday. As it cooled, the smoke mellowed out and the sweet creaminess of the rice milk played up the banana flavor. I have not decided yet whether I prefer this with rice milk or straight…
I decided to get a little creative and mix the last of my Mariage Freres Rouge Bourbon with some of Butiki’s Root Beer Barrels. I used about 1.5 tsps of each blend in 8oz of boiling water, steeped for 7 minutes. I’m digging the result. The Root Beer Barrels is definitely dominant. The Bourbon is adding a nice creaminess, though. Adding rice milk brings out the vanilla a bit. The root beer flavor still hits first, but it’s mellower. The creamy vanilla-ness lingers for a while after the sip. I like how well these blends work together! This is a sipdown of the Bourbon, which was really enjoyable both on its own and in combination with other blends, a cinnamon stick, or lavender & mint.
Thanks to Dustin for the Bourbon and rosebudmelissa for the Root Beer Barrels! I’m cross-posting, so apologies for the redundancy on your dashboards.
I stole VariaTEAS ‘s idea of making this as a latte. I used rice milk. It was good, but I think I prefer it plain. The added creaminess and sweetness is a bit much. I don’t really like root beer floats, so it’s not surprising that I am not excited by a root beer tea latte. Thanks to rosebudmelissa for sending me some of this! I still have enough leaf left for two plain cups so I am happy.
Flavors: Candy, Root Beer
From the Overboard TTB.
Ergh. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just not to my taste? It’s like a sweet ish, but predominately sour… something over a dark base. If you didn’t tell me it was pu erh, I would have assumed it was a very dark black tea. To be fair, I have no clue what rhubarb is supposed to taste like (it looks like red celery stick!), but I guess I had high expectations because it’s Butiki. I didn’t order this myself and was glad to try it, but it was nice for the experience. Just not my cup of tea. At least there’s no lingering aftertaste.
So, I decided to try more teas this weekend. (Along with playing more Harvest Moon.) There is a light pumpkin scent, and bit of spice. Not sure if there is cinnamon in this, but my subconscious thinks there should be. The flavour is nicely pumpkin as well. It even has that slightly tangy taste that apple cider has. Good for the season of ‘almost Spring’.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pumpkin
I’ve been drinking this for most of the past week, at work – as I left my little metal infuser basket in the Hospice, I’ve only really been able to do grandpa-style (and related) brews. After such a great experience of making Verdant’s Dragonwell like this, I figured Butiki’s would be fine too.
Of course, it was! This Dragonwell may not have been as intense as the Verdant one I had (though that is quite likely to be because of the age/storage of my bag, as opposed to the sealed, new-harvest sample from Verdant), it was really delicious and made for a great work-drink! Plus, it was really refreshing.
Good times :D
I was so happy to see the mystery tea was oolong – I think out of all tea, oolong is my favorite. To me it has the widest flavor profile range, and I actually enjoy all stops along that range. I also love white tea, but do not think it has the same flavor possibilities. This is definitely fruity, floral, sweet, and nutty. All things I like. Together, something I enjoy, but not something I can’t live without. Which is good, given once it is gone, it is gone.
Weirrrrrrrrrrrrd……….. I’m like 97% sure I’ve reviewed this before, but it’s not showing up. STEEPSTER Y U EAT MY NOTES!?
I’ve had this one at work for awhile now, it’s one of my special happy place teas. Most of which are Butiki, admittedly.
It’s really a great blend of flavours. I love the smell and the taste and the fact that I only have MAYBE 2 cups max left makes me sad.
Whoa, this stuff is intense! I followed Stacy’s direction and only steeped it for 1 minute, but I still got a STRONG hit-you-in-the-face malty brew. The pistachio flavor is definitely present as well, but for me it’s mostly coming through in the aftertaste. I don’t usually add milk to flavored teas, but I think I will be trying that with this one. It’s definitely a good morning wake-up brew, but as far as pistachio-flavored teas go, I prefer Pistachio Ice Cream.
Flavors: Malt, Nuts
Root beer teas as lattes is just right. Thank you rosebudmelissa for the sample which promptly got dumped in my steeper for tonight’s dessert treat. The cup was so creamy and had an amazing root beer flavor. Plus, the milk subdued the honeybush making the flavoring stand out that much more. A great tea for the evening!