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I’d never tried a Japanese pu’erh before, so this was something I got sent in a swap. It has a somewhat earthy scent, along with fruit. Maybe… plums. The flavour kinda dark and malty, with some hints of fruit. Since I brewed it in a steeper I’d used for a mint tea, I get some mint as well. Overall, it’s different… but good.
Just tried a sample of this. It is a pretty unique combination of flavors for a tea, and the flavors seem pretty spot-on. The flavor of a typical applesauce is very different from that of a normal apple flavor, and this tea matches the sauce flavor very well. I’m not sure if this will become a favorite since I was only able to try 1 cup of it, but I could definitely see it growing on me if I were to order more. If you are a fan of the equivalent Hanukkah food dish (which I am both assuming exists and that this tea is modeled after) then I 100% recommend this tea. If not, I still recommend giving it a try due to its uniqueness.
I’ve been curious about this tea for awhile now. I asked for some in a recent swap with Stephanie and she sent it nicely wrapped in aluminum foil to hold in the scent. Thanks, Stephanie!
It smelled like the kind of flavor that would be delicious iced, so that’s what I did and it tastes delicious! So refreshing! I get a lot of blackberry, maybe a hint of lime, and the base tastes a lot like a black tea to me, but lighter in flavor. I didn’t add any sugar. This could definitely be a favorite iced tea, but I bet it would also be good hot with a scone. Yum!
Sad Sipdown (125)!
Great thanks to VariaTEA for sending me a sample of this limited edition blend; I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a chance to try it since I don’t have plans for a Butiki order any time soon and this one definitely caught my interest. Ordering just one or two teas typically isn’t worthwhile though.
Let me just say that based on the dry smell alone, I knew that this was going to be amazing. The dry smell pretty well perfectly captured coconut and flowers and bananas and the combination just screamed fresh and tropical. Damn this is gonna be good!
And hell yeah it was! This was so rich and full of flavour! I picked out vibrant, full of life notes of ripe bananas, coconut, marzipan, flowers, vanilla, cream, and sort of lemony (but not lemon – something a little more exotic/out of the ordinary) notes. That last fruit component didn’t really read to me as pineapple though, like some people are noting. I can see how this was based on/inspired by perfume because it does have that very fragrant and feminine quality to it, enhanced by the floral aspects of this one. However, that doesn’t mean that this tastes like perfume. In fact, it very well balances the floral aspects with sweet tropical fruit notes. I can see myself sitting on an island drinking this one – especially iced.
I don’t know if I’ll be putting in a Butiki order before this one disappears, but if I happen to I’m definitely going to be picking more of this one up. I’d really, really like the chance to get to have it again because I’m nothing short of impressed. This is complex and fun, and really different in a great way. Probably the “tea highlight” of the day.
Flavors: banana, Coconut, Cream, Flowers, Honey, Lemon, Marzipan, Ocean Breeze, Orchid, Rose, Tropical, Vanilla
I got this as a sample from the lovely Courtney ages ago and I’m just getting around to it now. Sorry, Courtney!
Steeped, this has a lovely orange color that’s really reminding me of fall. I don’t get caramel or vanilla in the initial sip, but this tea has an excellent sweet/creamy aftertaste that just lingers. Mmmmmm.
Got this on a whim and I was pleasantly surprised. I was a bit leery since I don’t like overly floral teas, but for me this was floral scent-wise but not overpowering in taste.
I get a bit of flowers, the almond, and the coconut in a sip. Not really tasting the pineapple; I get more of a lemony taste.
My absolute favorite white teas is still Cantaloupe & Cream, but this is a nice change of pace.
Lewis & Clarke TTB
First off, I have little to no experience with Darjeelings. I know they’re Indian and the word most used to describe them is “muscatel”, but I think I’ve only tried one ever? Hah. So I was happy to see this in the box! The leaves actually remind me of bai mudan in that they’re varying sizes and colors with some silvery buds. Dry scent is musty hay, which also makes me think of white tea, hah! The directions called for a tablespoon of leaf, but I didn’t want to use that much since there’s not a ton in the package, so I just used less water for my cup and used 2 teaspoons.
Hmm… The brewed aroma definitely reminds me of a lighter black tea. There are pastry or light bread notes along with fruitiness and honey. Oooh, this is interesting! It definitely has elements of white tea – it’s very creamy and grainy. But then it also has dark dried fruit notes, similar to a black tea. Yum! I can definitely see a comparison to wine from the fruitiness, and it’s somewhat astringent which I think is common for Darjeelings? I actually like this one a lot! Thanks Stacy! :)
Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Muscatel
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! This is not one I would have thought to try without you sending it to me; but I’m glad it made me venture out of my comfort zone a little. These are the notes I jotted down when I drank it:
- Prepared in my timolino
- Mild “Puckering” Sourness/hibby
- Notes of Pine/Other vaguely “tree like” flavours
- Mellow berry notes and mild ginger
- Pretty good “one shot” cup
- Last few sips left my mouth VERY dry
So to conclude, I’d definitely be open to drinking it again but I highly doubt I’d order it. Not when there are so many other fantastic Butiki blends to choose from, anyway.
Lewis & Clarke TTB
I’m really happy that the Butiki teas in this box are all unflavored ones that I haven’t tried. Awesome! These leaves are not curled into snails like I would expect, they’re loosely twisted. They’re very dark green in color, with some silvery bits. Their scent is quite mild, but a combination of vegetal and hay notes.
The brewed aroma is very spinachy and reminds me of a strong sencha or gyokuro. This is a very mild tea, and the flavors are lovely. It’s mostly vegetal, a combination of steamed spinach and butternut squash. Quite sweet and creamy and lovely! I find it quite similar to Laoshan Green, which I also like. Thanks to Stacy for providing this tea, I like it a lot. :)
Flavors: Butternut Squash, Creamy, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal
I made this one quickly when I was home and it didn’t turn as well as it could’ve, so now that I’m back across the country, I’m trying again.
This steep was much better. All the elements are subtle, yet apparent. The espresso is not overwhelming, which was my main concern. And the strawberry and dark chocolate are evenly taste-able with the espresso.
Definitely a tasty tea.
I bought this from Ost in her stash sale, thanks dear! I can’t help myself when it comes to Taiwanese black teas, or Butiki teas in general. The leaves of this tea are much smaller than the other Taiwanese teas I’ve had from Stacy, I imagine because this one is a different varietal (not Assam?). They do have a similar look – jet black and twisty. Dry scent is sweet and fruity, maybe plums along with other dried fruits.
Whoa, when brewed this tea smells very dark and fruity with a touch of molasses. The taste is also mostly fruit to me, but in a dark and syrupy concentrated way. I can definitely taste plums/prunes along with some other dried fruits. The fruit is accented by a mixture of deep, rich molasses and a bit of lighter honey with a little bit of a floral note. I can taste a slight yeasty tang that reminds me of sourdough bread, and it definitely adds a bit of interest.
Overall, this is a nice enough tea, but I think it’s my least favorite of Stacy’s Taiwanese blacks so far.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Dried Fruit, Floral, Honey, Molasses, Plums
I bought this one during Stacy’s birthday sale, and it’s been sitting in my cupboard, waiting to be tried, ever since. Now that I’ve reached my cupboard goal of under 100 teas, I’ve been going a bit crazy with drinking Butiki teas for the past couple of days… :P Butterscotch is one of my absolute favorite flavors, so this one was a no-brainer when I was making my order. The White Rhino buds are huge and beautiful, half golden and half dark. There are also a lot of flower petals mixed in, I assume for visual interest? Dry scent is very sweet and candylike, primarily butterscotch but I can smell a hint of mocha too. I imagine Stacy giggling with mischievous glee when writing some of these instructions… “level teaspoons” for this tea… not exactly possible. :P I just kind of guestimated what two teaspoons would look like.
Yum! Brewed, this tea smells very similar to the butterscotch disc candies that I love so much. I can also smell the hazelnut and a bit of coffee. I must say, the flavor was much lighter than I was expecting, since I had heard White Rhino described as somewhere between white and black teas. The butterscotch is definitely the main attraction, and it’s perfectly dead-on for butterscotch candies. The texture is very creamy and smooth, and I attribute that to the nuttiness from the hazelnut flavor. I must say, I don’t really detect any coffee or chocolate, but I definitely don’t miss it. The base tea itself is rather silent as well, though I do catch a bit of grain and I’m sure it contributes to the creamy texture.
I can imagine this being delicious and decadent with a bit of sugar or even a bit of soy milk, but I’m currently trying to abstain from adding things to tea. Still delicious au naturel!
On a side note, this is my 400th tasting note! Woo!
Flavors: Butterscotch, Creamy, Grain, Hazelnut, Nutty
So now that I’m under 100 teas, I seem to be going on a Butiki rampage without even noticing it… This is a much-beloved tea that I hadn’t tried yet so I figured I should get it over with and see whether it lives up to the hype! The leaves are the lovely creepy tree branch variety – large, long, and twisty, and jet black. The dry scent is sweet in an almost caramel way with some honey and a bit of stonefruit or something similar. I wish there was a weight parameter for this tea, as it’s extremely hard to measure in teaspoons. I think I may have overleafed but it’s hard to tell having never tried it before…
The brewed aroma still has those strong sugary caramel notes, along with sweet potato and a bit of dark fruitiness. Happily for me, I can also taste caramelized brown sugar and a bit of caramel, especially in the end of the sip and aftertaste. Yums! This is a very rich tea, with nice dark dried fruit flavor along with some molasses-like richness. There is a point in the sip where it’s almost bitter but not quite, I’m not sure if this is from overleafing or just part of the dark cocoa flavor that’s also present.
Overall, this is tasty but I’m not convinced that it warrants its high rating. I definitely enjoyed the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black much more. Ah well, to each her own. :)
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Cocoa, Dried Fruit, Malt, Molasses, Raisins
I have so much tea in my cupboard, but this is all I want to drink!
Strong malty teas are my absolute fave and what got me into tea initially. They are my home <3
Sadly, I drank this cup up so fast that I forgot to note down any details. Again.
But hey that means I really, truly, undeniably enjoyed it :P
Cantaloupe & Cream is a winner. I luckily picked it up as my second free sample from Butiki.
Brewed with exacting precision, I heated water to precisely 180 degrees Farenheit; poured said heated water into a measuring cup; measured exactly 8oz of piping hot (180 degrees Farenheit, mind you!) water into my Perfect Tea Maker. The results were extraordinary: the tea tasted exactly like melons! Huge, juicy tracts of …err- melons!
From the bouquet alone, notes of tree-sap and bug-juice alight upon the heavy tone of cantaloupey-honeydewey-melony madness. Madness. Why, in sooth, such a tea transports me to happier times of lincoln and green. Merry it would be time join a happy band and form an outlawed rebel guerrilla army, do you not think it so?
No, I’d rather just sing! And such a sweet tune Cantaloupe & Cream sings. A merry melody of melons mashed upon another merely making me mad for another cuppa. The first cup was a delight. The second one too. And the third, it was a pleasure as well. But the fourth-one! That fourth one stayed up.
That doesn’t make very much sense. Madness. Back to the tea, however, there is a certain…special…somethin’ about it that completes the experience. The heart-warming, time-traveling aroma is not let down by the taste, and although sweet, it does not overpower and actually rounds off with a comforting tart sensation through the aftertaste. Keep in mind that this is how it might taste hot:
I can’t wait to ice it. Gets down on one knee
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Honeydew, Melon
Oh yum! I only got a tiny pouch of this, but rest assured I will definitely buy more at some point. It’s minty, it’s chocolatey, it’s just like a peppermint patty!
I’ve had similar herbals that I always wished were more like this one, but always fell short in one way or another. Usually with the addition of artificial ingredients or some other unnecessary additive. or coconut.
I digress. If I had more in my cupboard at the moment this might just become a nighttime ritual for awhile. Sighs. One day! :D
Tea of the morning. Having this one again because it’s just that delicious. I’ll admit that I’m sad this is a sipdown, but I’m really glad I got to try it. Once my cupboard is under control I’ll definitely pick up more of this.
September Sipdowns: 17