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90

I think I am at serious risk of becoming a Butiki fangirl, but it’s well deserved.

This tea was a revelation. The FIRST white tea that I have loved! So far I have had a hard time getting much flavor out of white teas, but this tea delivered.

There was a sample of it in my order (thank you Stacy) and it was the dominant smell when I opened the box. Even the packing slip smelled like lemon. I made myself put it away until later in the day, but I kept thinking about it. Then when it became “retire to the bedroom with tea and relax” time, it was time for a rendezvous.

I probably looked a little weird, because while the water was heating up, I had to keep standing there with my nose in the infuser. It just smells heavenly. I made mine with a bit of sweetener, as is my custom (but I’m using less all the time). One thing I really liked about the tea was how it made my mouth taste. You know how sometimes you feel like you have tea breath? This was sweet and lemony. Sort of a “go kiss someone now” feeling. The lemony taste lingered long afterward too.

I saved the leaves and got a second steep out of them, and honestly I think it was better than the first one. It was sweeter and for some reason (not steep time), it was stronger. I probably could have gotten more steeps out of it but it was bedtime, and I don’t really like to keep leaves overnight. With great sadness I tossed the leaves out.

This is definitely on my short list of things to order soon!

ifjuly

butiki was one of the first shops i discovered thanks to steepster over a year ago, and goodness knows there’ve been approximately a zillion more since then, but it’s stayed one of my very favorites all this time.

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90

Let’s get one thing straight. This is not tea.

This is awesomeness in a cup. It transcends tea. You remember Diane Keaton saying that she didn’t just love him, she needed a new word, she LURVED him? Well, this needs a new word other than just tea.

This was my first experience with chocolate in tea, and I admit that I was a little leery of it. But oh my, does it ever work!

I admit, I get more chocolate and less raspberry out of the drink, but it’s still lovely. Even the last, cooled-down sips from my cup are just full of chocolatey YUM. I think it’s time for another cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 11 OZ / 325 ML
ifjuly

as far as dessert flavored teas go, chocolate raspberry’s one of my favorite flavor profiles. it’s so yummy in tea. this one’s great and i also like teajo’s raspberry chocolate bark.

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89

This is exactly what I want in a morning tea. Strong, nothing fru fru, hearty. I like the extra malt flavor.

Preparation
2 tsp 11 OZ / 325 ML

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88

It was this or White Chocolate match whisked into cold milk, and I decided I was in more of a hot tea mood tonight. Also I wanted to save the milk for some cooking tomorrow.

This is delicious though; super rich, thick, and creamy double churned vanilla icecream is what it reminds me of (and that’s with no milk added). It might not be “eggnog” but it is amazingly flavoured, and something everyone should try once. Mmm!

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90

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95

TTB&C #12

Holy Root beer! This is LOVE at first sip. I think by the time I finally getting around to putting in a Butiki order again I am going to have to take out a small loan to order all the teas that are gathering on my “wish list”.

This tea is exactly as promised. Delicious root beer and cream mixed with the warm soothing honeybush. I added a bit of sugar and a tad bit of milk. Another huge thanks to NayLynn( for including a sample of this one!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
292 tasting notes

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

what a nice Assam! has beautiful golden tips and infuses quickly since the leaves are quite small. the liquor started out as the most gorgeous golden shade of burnt sienna….then it slowly darkened into this stunning auburn shade of amber. quite red with an orange warmth to it. it was lovely to see this steep!

it reminds me a lot of Grandpa’s Anytime Tea in terms of flavor & color. this was a solid cup and had a rather smooth flavor in my opinion. but nice and full-bodied. also had that cozy graham cracker ‘essence’ floating around somewhere in the back, which most definitely came to the forefront in the second steep. in the first steep, i could have almost sworn i was getting ‘raisinette’ at the end of each sip! then again, my adulerants were brown sugar and soy milk. this tea held up very well to both and turned a lovely shade of caramel.

a very nice Assam. i might just prefer this to their Premium Taiwanese Assam, though i’m not entirely sure. will have to do a side-by-side comparison. but for anyone curious about the taste of Grandpa’s Anytime Tea, try this! ….it has the same lovely flavor and produces a most splendid color.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I absolutely love this Assam, and yes, the colour is so gorgeous! Is “burnt Sienna” on that colour chart of yours?

pyarkaaloo

Hahah! No it’s not from that crazy color chart with camelback, whole wheat & baguette ;p I remember burnt sienna from my days of yore in childhood, back when I used crayola crayons (64 count)- it was one of the colors that I remember fondly :)

glad u love this tea :D

donkeytiara

oh, now i must order….dang, it’s easy for reviews to spend my money….

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100

If tere were ever a desert tea, Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black is the one, a simplified but extrodinary taste, a sweet journey into a unique flavor of fuirts, like a raisn.
A sweeter tea best accompanied with a teaspoon of honey.

Preparation
4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Isn’t this tea just phenomenal? Yum!

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Anxi Tie Guan Yin, is for those who would appriciate living long. In my quote of Spock in my native tongue I bid you “长寿和繁荣”

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Premium Taiwanese Assam has a distinct caramel flavor almost reminiscent of that of a macchioto. A lighter, sweeter type tea best desired with more water thant tea leaf.

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81

This is a strong tea, but I find is absolutely astonishing when coupled with a touch of lavender honey. If you are in B.C., you may want to try the local farmer market and purchase this decadant lavender honey harvested in the mountains.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Oh my gosh. The carry travel mug is probably the best tea thing I own, hands down. I was afraid to brew such a good tea in it for fear of losing out on all the nuances, but the steeping basket in this thing is pretty deep, so I figured I might as well try, especially since I’m placing another Butiki order really soon anyway. So I brewed this up, tossed in a bit of milk and sugar, and have been sipping on warm, sugar drizzled waffles all morning. I even greedily got the last few sips, when typically the tea at the bottom of my mug isn’t the greatest. I love my carry mug and I love this tea.

Courtney

Ooh, what are you ordering?

Cheri

I really need to order this carry mug. You keep talking about it, and now I’m dreaming of one of my own.

keychange

@Courtney: I’m going to restock on this tea, CVA, try the new lemon one, and I’m not sure what else yet. Oh! ruby pie, of course.
@cheri: it is amazing! I love it so much.

whatshesaid

Which mug is this?

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96
drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
569 tasting notes

Having this one this morning as I work on more cue cards. Amazing, as usual. You all know how much I love this tea.

This is the last day of classes for this term, then 2 weeks of exams, then Vancouver!

keychange

Woohoo for the end of term!

Amariel

Are you and OMGsrsly gonna (try to) meet up at all in Vancouver?

CrowKettle

Good luck on your exams!

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83
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
63 tasting notes

This was the tea I was EXACTLY in the mood for today….nothing too heavy, and the pecan note was calling my name (isn’t THAT a funny picture in your head.) The more I drink this tea the more I like it. It’s beautiful in it’s subtlety….light earthy, malty nuttiness that fills the mouth but doesn’t weigh it down. I have learned that it takes my milk and sugar quite well, as long as I’m not heavy-handed. The weather has gone all summer out here in California (90 already), and this is a wonderful breakfast tea without the heaviness. nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95
drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
765 tasting notes

It has been TOO long, tamarind pop!

I am apparently in the minority on this one and really like it unsweetened. This tea is also in the minority for ME in that it is one of the few I drink unsweetened, since I prefer a little bit of sugar as a rule.

It is a combination of vanilla and caramel in taste but there is a citrusy sour note at the finish. This is true to my experiences with tamarind – I’ve used the concentrate in cooking before and the paste reminds me of what you’d scrape out of a vanilla bean, except lighter in color. The sour note is kind of astringent at the finish, but pleasantly so.

I bought some seltzer water this week so I’m thinking I should definitely make a concentrate out of this and add it to that to try the ‘pop’ part of the name. I’m foreseeing magical things happening with that.

I’m glad I found this today – it was a nice cup to start off with!

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
68 tasting notes

The Whovian geek in me wanted to love this tea so much. It’s not bad and I do recommend it, but I’m not compelled to buy more. I get mostly the black tea taste, some caramel, a little bit of coconut (smell it more than I taste it), and nice sweetness. It’s a little drying on the tongue. Smells divine dry, taste for me didn’t quite follow through on the steep. I prefer it with a touch of creamer and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

Sample sipdown! Found this one in my desk drawer at work. I think it was from BrewTEAlly Sweet ages ago!

Good stuff. So rare for me to like a vanilla tea, much less one with lavender. A testament to Stacy’s blending wizardry, I suppose! I’d re-order this one but I slightly prefer the Good Morning Sunshine for my flavored guayusa kick :)

CrowKettle

I can’t make up my mind on those two blends! I thought The Killer’s Vanilla would be good for starting off an all-nighter, while Good Morning Sunshine would keep me awake long enough to physically hand in the paper later in the afternoon.. Maybe that’s too much guayusa.

Stephanie

hahaha :)

Courtney

Blending wizardry is right.

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86
drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
447 tasting notes

Backlog from last night.

Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be more apple pieces in this blend than the last time I ordered. I thought this herbal couldn’t get any better. Please let there always be lots of fruit pieces in my cup.

My only complaint is that I always seem to run out too quickly. Very problematic when I want to drink this almost every evening. Instead, I end up partially hoarding it.

Flavors: Lemon Zest, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I didn’t shake my bag properly..the first few cups were all chamomile and the last few were all apple, heh.

Butiki Teas

CrowKettle-You might be right. We switched the recipe a little bit. We are now using dried apple rings that are free from any additives instead of the apple chunks and we also switched to raw organic Himalayan goji berries from the generic stuff.

CrowKettle

Good to know! I thought the apple pieces appeared larger than last time. I really like this switch.

I hope gravity hasn’t abandoned me and left my bag with all the chamomile at the bottom, even if I do like chamomile straight up. Regardless of the cause, I’ve enjoyed the chemistry in these recent cups. The flavour seems a little sweeter and juicier.

Butiki Teas

Glad you are enjoying the new version. I think it tastes fresher and fruitier, while still being very similar.

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I’m almost at sipdown status for this tea, and although it was absolutely my first Butiki love (I distinctly remember waking up in the middle of the night craving this), it’s tasting a bit bitter in my travel mug at work, although that’s only true for the last few sips of it—and I think that can be said about getting the bottom of the tea in many a travel mug—things just “settle” there so to speak and the last few sips often don’t mirror the rest of the tea. I was surprised at how well this one fared, especially because I’m always afraid of scent contamination with these silly silacone lids (seriously, not even denture tablets are doing the trick for me—someone help!). I also really liked that this particular brew allowed me to taste the white tea base against the cantaloupe, which is different from my past experiences with this tea.

I’m not yet sure if I’ll reorder this one right away, or wait until I’ve exhausted my love affairs with other melon teas and then come back to this with my tail between my legs.

TheTeaFairy

«waking up in the middle of the night craving this»… Lol, you know you’re addicted to tea when?

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93

I was in the mood for a green this morning, and also for the pageantry of using my gaiwan (I can only hope that someday my fingers will be graceful…. it really would be a wonderful thing. lol).
I found this tea beyond lovely. :)
Vegetal and sweet, with light sugars leaving such a lasting finish. Elements of cooked spinach and broccoli (properly prepared….not the sulfuric mess of my childhood…) mingled with sugar cane and wakame. And oh that sugar cane! Long after the final sip, the lingering sweetness remains.
I have lost count of my infusions, and I’m still loving this tea.

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
Cheri

Sounds awesome. I need some time to play with my gaiwan.

ifjuly

gaiwan sessions are the best!

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75

Backlog from the other night.

I was feeling tired and stressed earlier this week, so I decided I needed some pick-me-up teas to get me by. I decided to do this one Tuesday night as I was cramming to finish a last-minute assignment. Unfortunately I only got through about half the cup before my stomach started going weird on me. I’m not sure what happened, but I’ve been slightly sick the past few days without really being able to pinpoint what it is.

It’s still a fun tea at any rate, especially if you keep your variables low and really get to bring out the pistachio. I kind of wish it was just called “pistachio” tea rather than “pistachio ice cream.”

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85

So, I don’t usually include the teas Tre drinks as individual tasting notes unless I also drink part of them – and tonight I didn’t have any of this one, which I made for him.

I had actually asked if he wanted tea rather arbitrarily, because I didn’t expect him to say yes. When he did say yes I was a little shocked; but maybe that was the point?

He decided he wanted to try one of my two rootbeer teas; and after smelling the DT version (which apparently smells like ass), this is what he wanted. I’m including it in its own tasting note though because he actually did, rather uncharacteristically, review it.

The review went as follows:

“It reminds me of Earl Grey. Is there Earl Grey in this?”

“No.”

“Not even a little?”

“No.”

“I want to add sugar, is it ok if I add sugar?”

“Yes.”

“You don’t mean that… Also, how about bubble gum? Does it remind you of bubble gum? It tastes like bubble gum to me.”

So there you have it; Earl Grey and Bubblegum…

At least he liked it, though.

K S

Earl Grey and Bubblegum sounds delicious to me.

Sami Kelsh

Earl Grey and bubblegum actually sounds a lot like the flavours I think of when I think of root beer, to be fair. And sometimes, depending on the brewer, a hint of toothpaste.

Sami Kelsh

(And I do like a nice, creamy root beer)

OMGsrsly

Hint of toothpaste = either wintergreen, or sweet birch. Root beer brewing is fascinating.

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90
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
195 tasting notes

TTB&C #3

A wonderful vacation, followed by sick kid, and crazy week at work makes for a crazy week. So I have been trying a these wonderful teas from the TTB and making notes, just neglecting to post. So I apologize for the explosion of tasting notes here.

This tea is one I have been eyeing from Butikie for awhile., well lets be honest what tea haven’t I been eyeing from Butiki? This was one was nothing short of amazing. The base was wonderful with strong flavors of strawberry, tart ruhbarb, and a slight hint of pie crust. I loved it! I think my next cup of this will be with a touch of sugar. This one will definitely be on my next order.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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