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It seems I was having a day of favourites.
This was as good as ever today. Yum.
Well, hello there! You’re the deliciousness that obliterated all other smells coming from all the various tea swaps, packages and gifts I’ve had on my desk the past few days. Creamy, perfect coconut. Even before steeping, I knew I’d LOVE this tea.
And truly, it is perfect. JustJames, I adore you, and now even more so for working with Stacy to create this amazingness. Thank you so much for the generous sample.
To me, this tastes like buttery coconut in a cup. It’s so buttery, I’m actually massaging it into my lips as a moisturizer right now. I feel decadent, it is lovely and sweet and slightly vegetal, and there’s zero sugar needed. As it cools, I get more of a real coconut flavor as well as the tea itself, however it’s still lovely and evolving by the minute.
For the record: add me to the list of folks who would also buy this in larger quantities, should it be made available to the public for sale.
SWEET COCONUTTY GOODNESS! Oh man oh man, I loves me some coconut, and this tea takes the cake. The banana and assam, too…its just perfect! It tastes like super creamy toasted coconut pudding, with banana toffee crunch. Or maybe a buttery toasted coconut pound cake with banana cream pudding trifle. drool I would totally buy this one, for the record. I think I prefer it to everyone’s beloved caramel vanilla assam!
I am drinking it straight this time, but with the rest of my sample I’m definitely going to try adding cream and sugar. I bet it will be heavenly! Thanks for the sample JustJames and thanks for creating this blend Stacy! :D
Ok, so writing this tasting note just after finishing my last sip, just so that it’s all fresh in my mind.
I’m so excited to finally be tearing into the package just James sent me; I do what a lot of you do, and “save” my good or excitement-worthy teas for when I’m not stressed out, able to give them my attention, or am feeling celebratory. I really need to stop doing that though, come to think of it. so many teas just sit there, waiting for “the right moment” and that’s not right, yo.
So this was probably the tea i was excited for the most. In the bag, I could smell the sweet toffee, as well as the buttery creamy scent that is slightly reminiscent of Butiki’s caramel vanilla. But of course, they use the same base, and the creamy wonderfulness is Stacy’s signature anyway, so I ought not be surprised.
I tossed some cream and sugar into a cup, and set to work. I brewed for about three and a half minutes, and lifted the basket out and inhaled. The scent was spot on: I could still smell the toffee and butteriness, and if I inhaled deeply enough, a trace of coconut. And then it was just love at first sip and then some. The buttery taste of creamy caramel or assam is there, along with the sweet toffee. And as others described it, the banana makes an appearance but is by no means dominant (but I love banana, so I’ll take what I can get). You know it’s a tea you’ll want again and again when you hesitantly take your last sip because you know there isn’t too too much left. Thank you, thank you, thank you JustJames for this incredibly generous sample. And Stacy, please please say that you’ll be making this available? What will it take to convince you to do it? Please?
Sigh. Another sipdown (84). And unless Stacy decides to release this as a permanent blend, I may never have it again.
I drank it after watching the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who. It seemed like the appropriate time to finish this off. And without spoiling anything, I will say that I am happy with the episode and the tea. Both do well multiple times. (And now I can scour the net for reactions/reviews and madcap theories!)
sipdown! looks like i could PROBABLY get to 140 this weekend which would put me 10 under my sipdown black friday goal – giving me nearly 3 weeks to get my cupboard down to a point where when i get my black friday orders, i’ll still be under 150. At least that’s the plan anyway.
I am a fan of this one. I can see how this would work well with hot chocolate…mostly i just really like this one. I only wish the banana flavour was a teeeeeny bit stronger. I almost stole some banana chips from foxy roxy haha but i didn’t. Thanks a bunch for sharing james! totally delicious! i also like that the resteeps are pretty tasty too!
Stacy, James : BRAVO – Well done, congrats – what a delicious cup !
I think this blend can directly join the Butiki Teas official card but of course it’s up to Stacy.
I’ve been happy to see the puerh has been replaced by the Premium Taiwanese Assam, I love the tea base.
Of course a caramelized coconut is hitting me first then seconded by banana. Praline is not so evident to me. What a shock ! ouch what a match but all these flavours are pairing so well together it’s a real greedy pleasure to drink my mug.
I don’t think this is a tea I would drink too often because it may push me to go to the cupboard and take one or 2 cookies for a decadent afternoon break ! Be careful !
Thank you so much justjames for sharing some of your custom blend with me
justjames sent me a sample of this since i’m trying to try all the butiki teas! :) I am NOT a fan of coconut. You know what i am a fan of though? this tea! This is coconut and caramel and banana…but the banana is subtle…hiding in the sip until about halfway through and then it’s like BAM! haha I am really enjoying this one. I’ve got some more to play with so i’ll be enjoying that. I would likely purchase this is it was available as a standard tea, though given the coconut, i couldn’t drink it all the time. Thanks SO much for sharing this with me justjames Love the DR Who reference as well! :)
Thank you JustJames for sharing this with me. I definitely see why people have spoken so fondly of this. The coconut is the flavor I first noticed. However, as I continue to sip away I notice the other flavors too like the toffee and vanilla. Unfortunately, I realized I underleafed this (about 1.5 tsp in 12 oz.) so the flavors are not as prominent as I thought they were going to be but this is still so delicious! Thank you so much JustJames for sharing such an amazing blend.
OMG. I don’t know what I did to deserve a surprise sample of this from JustJames but…. OMG. Will… will this be for sale? Please?
I love that the base is PTA, and I can definitely taste the coconut, toffee and caramel. It’s like a more complicated and grown-up Caramel Vanilla Assam. I would stock up on this IN A HEARTBEAT.
It’s buttery, and light, and the flavours are dancing on my tongue. :) Even as it cools to room temperature, it tastes amazing!
Bonus points for the Doctor Who reference. I have to say, I wasn’t immediately impressed by River when we met her with 10, until the end of Forest of the Dead. She just seemed too cocky and bold, and what was she to MY Doctor? :P But she just got better and better. So, now I’m scouring youtube for fanvids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGmc5Rr-2_I and if that’s not sad enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9UiErrKHJo
Thanks again for the sample!
OH WOW! chocolate lovers of the world unite: try this as a base for your cocoa. Omigod. truly unreal.
This came in a surprise package sent to me from JustJames – thank you so much for sharing with me!
I remembered reading the note on this blend, but I couldn’t remember what was in it except for banana. I intentionally did not look it up just to see what flavours I would discover. I could see in the blend the coconut, so I was kind of expecting a cream pie type of flavour. What I actually got was cookies. The banana flavour is quite prominent – but it’s good; it tastes like real bananas. The coconut lends a nice creaminess to the tea. I am also getting a touch of acidity.
Despite the pralines eluding me the first time around, I found this delicious. I have enough leaves for another cup, and so another chance to enjoy this blend.
Again, thank you so much JustJames for the sample. This was really good!
I had this in the morning and it was delicious. One of these days i’ll try three friends again but i’m pretty sure i’ll still enjoy two friends more :)
i love this tea…. go figure, it was made for me! but it’s not just the blend i love…. it was the whole process.
stacy is brilliant. we all know that, but working with her one on one that is absolutely reinforced. we tried tons of combinations. we were all over the map! she listened to every idea i had and added in her experience, what did we get? a delightfully NOT tropical coconut/baked banana praline invention that makes me feel like i’m eating dessert even though i have very proudly (and honestly!!!) been off sugar for 2 weeks now.
the banana level is deep, very reminiscent of when i make baked bananas with butter, lemon juice and a pinch of brown sugar. the hint of lemon is there, i swear. the coconut is beautifully balanced by the banana and praline. not to mention the taiwanese assam! i love that the blend has a brilliant tea to back it!
if you have dreams of tea i cannot recommend stacy lim highly enough. the person, the process and the result. she even allowed for my particular fondness of cream and sweetener (formerly known as sugar, lol). it’s great with, without. hell, it’s just great.
thank you so much stacy…. i have sent a bunch of it out, though only two know it’s coming, lol!
of course it gets 100%! oh, and in case you need the reference that stacy and i geeked out over: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-q3_XoS2T8 …. believe you me, there were many, MANY discussions about dr. who tea names!
Mmm. Travel mug-ful of this on Saturday, and a re-steep tonight, which unfortunately isn’t super awesome (probably because I left it sitting too long).
Sipdown #6 of the day!
Once upon a time Sil sent me a sample of this, & I liked it so I bought some for my very own. This is the last of it!
This tea combines the richness of premium Taiwanese Assam with a bold thick dose of chocolate & the brightness juiciness of oranges!
This is one of Sil’s custom blends, and a tasty one at that!
First cup: 2 Tsp x 3 min, unsweetened.
Re-Steep: 5 Min with a little Maple Syrup…oh yeah!
1 tbsp for 248 ml
Creamy melon flavour. Very well balanced with the vegetal spinach-y flavour of the dragonwell.
Thank you to Kittenna for sharing this with me!
On the other hand…. this tea is an exception to the “don’t buy in large quantities” rule. Although I think 2 oz. at a time is sufficient. This tea is so frigging delicious, chocolatey-orangey mouthwateringly good. I wish I hadn’t been so sleepy while at my boyfriend’s place on Sunday… I forgot to bring my infuser home :( So sadly, only got one cup out of it this time.
I’ve got some backlogging to do…yes i do! It’s been a busy couple of week. Had this one a couple of days ago and it’s still as delicious and wonderful. I love this version from Stacy and as long as she’ll keep making it, i’ll keep it in my cupboard :)
The was sent to me from IndigoBloom via Sil, thanks girls!
This is also a sipdown, uh….298 I think.
A rather unusual blend of Cilantro, White tea, & Mango with a pinch of Hibiscus, the vision of Indigo. And a lovely vision it is!
Ahhhh, so good. I always get at least 3 infusions out of these leaves – the flavour lingers forever! It’s so amazingly delicious.
I’m taking a cup of this, & a cup of the Naughty Vicar (The London Tearoom) to the bubble bath. I’ve been taking short showers lately, I miss my bubbles. Nothing like a sweet cup of tea to soak with, & 2 cups are even better than one.
I already took a sip, & this is the best cup of this yet, just right. Maybe it’s because I actually followed the steeping parameters? LOL.
How on earth is my rating only 91? Bump!! I absolutely love this tea… I’m finding it to be one that I’m frequently craving, and have to restrict myself from drinking so that I don’t need to order more before the end of the summer. Such an amazing tea, and I always get three infusions from it :)