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Made a pot of this one about a week or so ago?

It was the rhubarb that had me interested in this one, back when Stacy was blending new things to finish off teas/ingredients and such. I remember being on a hardcore rhubarb kick at that point.

And, I also thought it was really cool that the base tea in this is older than me; I don’t think I’ll ever get over that fascination of having teas older than me. On that train of thought, I’ve got an aged oolong on route to me right now from Camellia Sinensis, and it’s from 1963 – old enough to be my mother! So stoked!

The dry smell of this tea very strawberry; distinctly Butiki strawberry – like what’s used in Ruby Pie or Red Queen Cupcake. It’s not my favourite strawberry flavor in the world but it’s solid, and I’ll miss tasting it when I’m out of blends that used it – it’s got a very particular taste.

The taste is quite interesting; the base is very earthy in a loamy way, but has rusty, metallic notes to it as well. It provides a solid foundation for the lighter, more fun fruit flavors that comprise the top notes. The top notes were very playful, with the strawberry tasting a shade tarter than expected and creating a lovely sweet and sour flavor. The rhubarb definitely could have been stronger though. That was the element of this blend I was most looking forward to and it really only cropped up in the tail of the sip when the strawberry was waning.

There definitely didn’t seem to be a cheesecake component to me; not even in a ‘creamy’ sort of less defined way – but that’s alright, I didn’t miss the flavor and I thought that there was enough going on with what was present. Overall, the juxtaposition of the vibrant, juicy berry notes and the grounded Pu’Erh gave this blend a “13 going on 30” vibe. I’m excited to further explore this one.

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From the Not my Cup TTB. Vegetal, marine and bitter. It is worse than David’s Silk Dragon which I didn’t think was possible.

Flavors: Bitter, Marine, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
37 tasting notes

Sip-down!
I’ve been up today since 9 and since I’m writing a lot currently I’ve been neglecting this loose leaf bukti tea. But since I’m such a blockhead and keep hot water at the ready for speeding up my mr.coffee I just did a pour over onto these mi Xian and let it steep in the yo xing gai wan for three minutes. I then decided to procrastinate my project just to write about dat, sorry for this then , the infusion is pretty pretty dark, almost like xiaoshing fish sauce, yeah! So anyways hey there, very Puckery and slightly sour tea, that’s really inoffensive to my palette even with the incorrect brew times, mm, perhaps I should try this at a quicker brew brew speed? Keep surrenderin 2 tea and make it serendiptea’z! Peace

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The dry leaf aroma is a lemon icing dream. The brewed leaf aroma is even better! I wouldn’t think that’d be possible. The flavor is deliciously lemony but missing that sweetness I get in the aroma. I added a little Truvia and there it is! Now this tastes exactly like iced lemon pound cake! YUM! This tea is perfect! There isn’t a single thing about it I don’t love.

And now I’m going to cry because the measly 1 oz I have of it is all that’s left in this world. Why WHY did Butiki Teas have to close??! Excuse me while I go ball my eyes out. wails and sobs Okay, I’m back.

This tea is so delicious and mouth watering. The flavors are masterfully blended to complement each other and the base perfectly. The white tea is a beautiful, high quality, fuzzy silver needle. It tastes like a ray of sunshine beaming into a lemon orchard frosted with fluffs of sweetness. This is pure ecstasy in your mouth. I will shed quite a few tears when my meager stash of it is depleted. That will be a sad, sad day indeed. But today, today is filled with sunshine!

Flavors: Cake, Flowers, Frosting, Lemon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

I’m in the mood for something black or dark after dinner so I chose this tea.

The leaves are a beautiful combination of silver, red, and brown shades in little cute, squiggly pieces. Dry and wooden in scent.

This tastes as dry and wooden as it smells, but at the same time it’s slightly sour and slightly floral without being sweet. It’s not too thick in strength which makes it rather refreshing. The after taste is sour and wooden but it lightens to leave a musty, earth tone.

It’s quite nice but not one of my favourites in terms of Darjeeling, nice for every day but not for special occasions. At least not for me. May try this iced shortly and see what the difference is.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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90

Oh my word, has it really been two months since I last wrote? :o Many apologies! During that time I was studying for a Driving Theory Test which I have now passed and in honesty I went to a bit of a dark place and had to lift myself back up. I drank tea but did not feel like doing much of anything, I’m sure some of you will understand. It’s behind me now and I’ve had my time to recover.

Today I have had approx four mugs of this which includes a re-steep. It’s been helping me get through my day very nicely, a random pick this morning after breakfast. The leaves are beautiful, brown that turns green in the water and smells lightly of brown sugar and dry wood.

Flavour has been incredible all day, remaining consistently sweet, earthy, wooden and with a slight sour hint in the after taste. Not enough to be malty but almost, more sour wood but fairly thick.

I think this is one of the nicest Bai Mu Dan that I have tried, even with the re-steep it’s delicious!

Will work on a new KittyLovesTea blog entry featuring an award winning Canton Tea Black so stay tuned for that. Also keep an eye open for more SororiTea Sisters posts :D Will be working on one in a day or two.

Oh and ps – I’m listening to Spotify as I just joined and must say I’m loving this song at the moment, if you like rock/metal then check it out.

Red Is The New Black – Funeral For A Friend
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Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 7 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
looseTman

We missed you! Very glad you’re feeling better!

KittyLovesTea

Thank you looseTman :)

looseTman

You’re welcome!

mrmopar

Welcome Back!! :)

KittyLovesTea

Thank you mrmopar :)

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drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
473 tasting notes

Grape oolong sounds like an interesting tea. I was glad to obtain a bit of this to try out. The grape flavor and oolong are both rather weak. While the sipping on this one is nice, it does lack some taste to it that is desired.

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
447 tasting notes

Sipdown!

We hardly knew each other (I just had a sample) but this tea rocked my Thursday.

Sweet Caramel Apple Goodness.

Stephanie

yeah, this one was hella good

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
447 tasting notes

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Hmm, tried this for I guess the first time last night, and wasn’t a big fan. A bit astringent, and not flavourful/chocolatey enough. The second infusion, which I drank tonight, was a bit better, so it’s entirely possible that the amazing Hello Sweetie just made this one pale in comparison. I’ll reserve a rating until I try it again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75

Sipdown (111)!

Steepster chat is so damn distracting! But, I’ve gotta leave for the bank in like 30 minutes, so gonna focus on actually finishing this note that I’ve been staring at for the last twenty or so minutes…

I finished this one off in a timolino on the day before my friends Billie and Dylan’s wedding day. I almost felt like I was being untrue to the nature of this tea having it so late at night; the grapefruit was really strong, and it’s just really ingrained in me that grapefruit, and grapefruit teas, are things meant for morning and breakfast. The brown sugar notes didn’t help either.

I crashed at Billie’s place that night, along with almost all of the bridal party. Dylan crashed at the Maid of Honor’s house along with all of the Groomsmen. It was my first night there where there wasn’t any drinking at all (I mean, other than like tea and pop and stuff). It almost felt like I was being disrespectful to the house. Seriously, it’s just such a party house…

But everyone had their game faces on, so to speak. Billie is a hairdresser, and a damn good one so much of the night was her putting the bridal party’s hair up in curlers, and pedicures and stuff like that. I wasn’t actually a part of the bridal party (and just am not that kind of girl anyway) so I wasn’t involved in the process, but it was really entertaining to watch. The wedding colours were black, white and red so everyone get shimmery red nail like the Ruby Slippers in Wizard of Oz. Except for Billie, who had these ethereal low luster super sheer pink type nails that made her look stunning.

Once everyone’s hair was up and the nails were dry is was just this kind of casual girl’s party type thing – chips, pop and a comedy and then we all turned in around midnight so we were well rested for the big day…

This was a very delicious, solid travel tea though; not that it matters anyway now. This is a sipdown, and with Butiki shut down I’m probably not going to have the chance to try it again. Still, I had it during a pretty memorable day so I know that it’s going to be unforgettable, not because of the solid taste but because of the pleasant associations I’ll now have.

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75

I don’t work until late this afternoon today, so I’m enjoying having time to write a few reviews and even drink an early morning cup of tea! This sample comes from TheLastDodo, and I’ve been dying to try it since getting it but I haven’t had much of a chance to sit down and really properly drink and review it until today. Unless you count hangover days; but I don’t like to waste good tea on bad hangovers…

I can’t get over the look of the dry leaf; I never actually had Crimson Horizon (the base) and this is the first tea I’ve had with this sort of “pellet” shaped leaf. It reminds me of the little food pellets that my little sister has to feed her pet frog Miracles with…

The taste is far from frog food though, thankfully. The grapefruit is really distinct; definitely takes up a lot of the top notes. I recognize the flavour quite clearly from Boomstick. It’s really good; and validates the decision to have this as a breakfast tea today. It’s a bit bitter, not totally unexpected from grapefruit but paired with the almost equally distinct taste of brown sugar it works well. The body of the sip has some nice maltier notes from the base tea and some lighter molasses notes, and the finish is a cross between burnt sugar and really sweet brown sugar.

I’m kind of missing the ‘custard’ element of Creme Brulee; to me that’s a pretty integral part of Creme Brulee flavour but I think otherwise this pretty perfectly conveys exactly what it’s meant to. I’ll have fun finishing it off! I have enough leaf left for one more cup and I’m definitely leaning towards a cup with milk – I think that might help partly feel the hole from where the custard flavour should be.

Today’s word of the day is…

Hebetude, which is “The state of being dull : lethargy”.

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Made this today with some sugar, then had to leave the house to run some errands. I’m not normally a fan of cold tea, but this one isn’t bad! Although it is very earthy, even with the addition of sugar, and I don’t get much tangerine or cream out of it. Oh well. Still a nice pick me up.

Flavors: Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Not a fan TTb. You really have to be a fan of smoky teas in order to enjoy this one. And I am not a fan so I can only say that all I taste is smoke. Actually I feel like I am sipping on a campfire. It tastes exactly like the smoke that follows you around a campfire and makes your eyes water and throat burn. I can’t finish this…. Campfires do not belong in my mouth…

treadlightly

Ok, I wanted to try this from the box but now that I’ve read this, no.

Skysamurai

Not a Lapsang Souchong fan either? hehe yea I definitely think out of all teaas this one is definitely a required taste and then some.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
595 tasting notes

I’ve been meaning to try this tea for a long time. Today is the day! The brewed tea aroma is herbal. I can definitely smell the marshmallow root, which I believe is the base for this tea. First sip is a little lackluster. It just tastes like sweet marshmallow root. I’m going to add a bit of Truvia to see if I can coax out more cake flavor, although I suppose that risks making it too sweet.

It is very sweet now. I can imagine this tastes like white cake, but let’s be honest. I don’t think tea can taste like cake. A lot of what makes cake, well, cake is the airy fluffy buttery texture. Tea simply can’t replicate that. This is probably as close as it gets. The more I sip it, the more I notice resemblances to cake. This is good but not remarkably good. I have to say after all the rave reviews, I’m a little underwhelmed. I think my expectations were too high.

If I moderate my expectations, this is an enjoyable tea. I love that it’s caffeine free. It will satisfy my sweet tooth cravings on those days when all I want to do is stuff my face with cake. In that respect, this is a great alternative to the real deal. Now I’m off to celebrate because today is a big day! It’s my baby’s 4 month birthday!

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ysaurella

happy mini 4 monthday to your little girl :) she is very cute

ashmanra

Adorable!

Nichole

Too cute!!

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67

Dang… with Butiki being gone it’s always something to look forward to have one of their teas, but this was just not a tea for me. The taste was a bit off in regards to portion of oolong, for some reason this seemed to have a more bold flavor than an oolong would have such as a light black tea. However, as for the taste, I’m unsure what this was suppose to taste like. I drank through 16ounces of it with multiple steeps, but just… not feeling it so much.

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Not a fan TTB. On a layover and its raining outside. So I’m just going to drink tea and watch anime.

Vegetal notes mainly but also grass and some marine notes. I feel like there isn’t much to say about this one.

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86

So happy I got a few grams of this from someone :)
Butiki’s guayusa teas are at the top of my list, if only they still were produced… now I’m on a long journey to finding a substitute :/

This one is quite nice and I got to resteep it without the loss of flavor :)

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82

Not entirely sure I’d actually tried this tea before… but it’s pretty darn good. Loving the combination of the butterscotch with raspberry – it’s reminding me quite a bit of a raspberry butter tart I split with my boyfriend over the weekend. (We ate a half dozen butter tarts. So delicious.) I’m not really picking up on the hazelnut, but it’s probably just contributing a nuttiness that I can’t distinguish.

The only downside to this tea (other than it being completely unavailable) is that I’m not overly keen on raspberry flavouring, so I kind of wish it was paired with something like sour cherry, maybe even strawberry. But it’s still quite delicious.

Oh, also, the base tea is not overly noticeable here.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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