Butiki Teas-2013 Darjeelings & New Teas
This week we have been quite busy prepping new teas for our website and yesterday we added quite a bit of teas. Here are our new offerings:
Giddapahar Darjeeling Extra Special (Harvested this month)-Our Giddapahar Darjeeling Extra Special originates from the family owned Giddapahar Tea Estate near Kurseong (Kurseong translates to Land of the White Orchids) in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India. The Giddapahar Tea Estate is also known as Eagles Cliff and is situated on a mountain at an elevation of 4,800 feet. This tea utilizes Chinese tea bushes and is graded SFTGFOP1 (Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe First Flush). Sweet almond, juicy peach, and blackberry notes become immediately noticeable. Hay and jasmine notes follow with woody notes and a hint of lemon. This tea is particularly refreshing, sweet, and earthy with a touch of astringency. Please note that our recommended brewing instructions may be a little too heavy for some, so we recommend experimenting with the brewing parameters. http://www.butikiteas.com/Black.html
Thurbo Darjeeling (Harvested this month)-Our Thurbo Darjeeling originates from the Thurbo Darjeeling Tea Estate located in West Bengal in the Darjeeling District in India. The name “Thurbo” comes from the word “Tombu” which means camp. The Thurbo estate was used by the British to set up camp and invade Nepal. This estate utilizes a Chinese varietal and is situated at a 5,500 feet altitude. Our Thurbo Darjeeling is graded SFTGFOP1 (Special Finest Tippy Golden Flower Orange Pekoe-First Flush) and has notes of grass, hay, and grilled asparagus. Juicy berry, bergamot, jasmine, and spice notes can also be detected as well as some woody notes. http://www.butikiteas.com/Black.html
Organic Decaf Korakundah-Originating from the Korakundah Estate in Nilgiri, India, this black tea is grown at an elevation of 8,000 feet. The Korakundah Estate is biodynamic, pesticide free, and socially responsible. Organic Decaf Korakundah is an FOP (Flowery Orange Pekoe) grade. This tea is decaffeinated at the estate through an all-natural water decaffeination process. Pure well water is utilized to remove 99% of the caffeine content. Organic Decaf Korakundah has rich barley and citrus notes and a sweet finish. This pleasantly malty tea has a weighty mouth feel yet is mellow and smooth. http://www.butikiteas.com/Black.html
So Long, and Thanks for All the Licorice-One of our customers, Sasha, challenged us to create a unique licorice masala chai custom blend. We ended up loving her blend so much, that we decided to offer it on our website. The name of this tea is a reference to one of the owner’s favorite authors, Douglas Adams. This soothing tea features licorice; however, the spice notes are also present and linger long after the sip and meld with the licorice notes. With each sip, the licorice and spice notes seem to become stronger yet they are not overly aggressive. While this tea is fantastic plain, this blend shines with a little rice milk and sugar. http://www.butikiteas.com/Black.html
Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling-Our Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling originates from the Castleton Tea Estate in India. Located in Kurseong (Kurseong translates to Land of the White Orchids), the Castleton Tea Estate dates back to 1885 and is named after a local structure that looks like a castle. This tea is a Second Flush Darjeeling that utilizes Chinese tea bushes. Our Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling is an oolong tea with AA graded leaves and is grown at an altitude of between 4,300 feet and 6,500 feet. Rich almond, pine nut, honeysuckle, and melon notes can be detected. This lovely tea finishes with hay and floral notes. http://www.butikiteas.com/Oolong.html
Organic Honeybush-Organic Honeybush originates from South Africa. Honeybush is related to rooibos but tends to be a bit sweeter. The honeybush plant has bright yellow flowers with a scent of honey. This caffeine-free tisane is sweet and woody with a slight hint of smokiness. Notes of honey, berries, and citrus can be detected. http://www.butikiteas.com/Rooibos.html
Darjeeling Delight Sampler-Our Darjeeling Delight sampler includes 4 Darjeelings, each from a different estate. This sampler includes 1 ounce of the following Darjeelings: Giddapahar Darjeeling Extra Special (black tea, SFTGFOP-1), Glenburn Estate Darjeeling (black tea, FTGFOP-1), Thurbo Darjeeling (black tea, SFTGFOP-1), and Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling (oolong, AA 2nd Flush). SFTGFOP-1 stands for Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe-First Flush and is a grading designation. http://www.butikiteas.com/Samplers.html
At the risk of sounding ignorant, I have to ask. Is Purple Tea of Kenya actual tea (camellia sinensis) or is it a tisane like rooibos or honeybush? I’ve never heard of it.
After having done some research, it appears that this is a tea. It appears to be a relatively new variety, and rare at that.
Purple tea does come from camellia sinensis. The purple variety is propagated by grafting and cutting as opposed to seeding. The leaves of the plant have a purple-ish hue since they contain high levels of anthocyanin. Due to those high levels of anthocyanin, purple tea is expected to contain more antioxidants than other types of tea. It is a very rare tea and was first made available for sale this year.
Question: So from my understanding “purple” tea refers to the cultivar that the leaves are from rather than how the leaves were processed. Therefore this isn’t a new category of tea but rather a new variety. This being said, that means you can still have black, green, etc teas that are from the “purple” tea cultivar. Is my understanding correct? And if so how has the purple tea that you sell been processed?
Put an order in btw, I’m excited to try it.
That is correct. If my memory serves, I believe this purple tea is processed similar to an oolong. I will double check and get you an answer.
Thanks for the order! As a side note, I find that playing around with time on this tea makes a big difference. I recommend trying different times between 3-5 minutes.
The process is apparently similar to a green but has also been at least partially oxidized.
By the end of the month I will also be getting in a white hand-rolled purple tea.
Also, if anyone is interested in Kenyan teas, I am starting to expand my selection. In addition to the Purple Tea of Kenya, I also have an orthodox black tea (Kenya Kangaita) and within the week will be selling White Whisper and Rift Valley (green).
Thanks for the research and looking forward to trying them, haven’t had much Kenyan tea yet and always excited to try new stuff.
I’ve been really liking some of the Kenya stuff I’ve found recently. In the past I really didn’t find too much from Kenya that interested me.
We would LOVE to review any of your Purple teas over at Sororitea Sisters if you would like us to! :)
That’s funny, I just sent you an email mentioning our purple tea.
YOu can try this one also http://www.tealux.ca/99_oxidized_purple_oolong?category_id=0&search_string=purple#.UNCkplRk1DA
Ava-It’s not really appropriate to make sales pitches in another company’s sale thread. I wouldn’t do that to one of your threads.
I just made my order yesterday. I can’t wait to try the purple tea (and all the samples!)
Great! I hope you enjoy the tea! I highly recommend trying this tea at different steep times.
Ava-Its not really appropriate to make sales pitches in another company’s sale thread. I wouldn’t do that to one of your threads.
Glad you said something stacy…I was kind of thinking the same thing
Sil-Glad to hear you were thinking the same thing and that I’m not just crazy.
I think Steepster is a great place for vendors and tea enthusiasts to connect but as tea professionals we should be respectful of each other.
Agreed. Perhaps pop an email to Jason to have these comments deleted? This person is clearly not an active user, and I think it’s highly inappropriate as well.
Right now we have a sale going on until October 14th for the following teas: Malawi White Peony, Mango Lassi, and Cantaloupe & Cream. See below for descriptions of these teas/rooibos or check them out on our website: http://www.butikiteas.com
Also, check out our website for some of our recent additions, including: Pumpkin Creme Brulee, Raspberry Truffle, Blueberry Purple Tea, Apricot Guayusa, Floral Tea Jar, Yixing Teapot, Elephant Cast Iron Teapot, and Earthen Gaiwan.
Malawi White Peony
Malawi White Peony originates from Thyolo, a southern town in the southeast African country of Malawi. This rare and truly unique white tea has gorgeous dried leaves that range in color from chocolate to mahogany to rainforest and has a delicate floral aroma. This smooth-bodied white tea starts with light vegetal notes and has mild sweet lime and rose notes that linger. SALE!!!! Now until October 14th we will be offering this new tea for only $4.00 for half an ounce (18 cups). After the 14th the price will be $5.00 for half an ounce.
Mango Lassi (vegan)
Our exotic dessert blend combines luscious mango with a touch of spice and a hint of cream. Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and originates from South Africa. We recommend adding sugar to this rooibos. Try with our brown crystal sugar. SALE!!!! Now until October 14th we will be offering our best selling tea for only $4.00 for an ounce (12 cups). After the 14th the price will be $5.00 for an ounce.
Cantaloupe & Cream (vegan)
The sweet cream notes of our Organic Bai Mu Dan compliment the cantaloupe and cream notes. This tea starts with vegetal and floral notes that quickly develop into mouth watering cantaloupe and cream notes. Try with our Brown Crystal Sugar for a sweet dessert treat. SALE!!!! Now until October 14th we will be offering this new tea for only $4.50 for half an ounce (10 cups). After the 14th the price will be $5.50 for half an ounce.
Right now we have a 20% off sale going on until October 26th for our Raspberry Truffle: Raspberry Truffle pairs sweet raspberries with decadent chocolate. We started with a premium Organic Kundaly base and added generous amounts of raspberries and chocolate chips. This dessert tea awakens by adding just a little bit of brown crystal sugar.
We also added the Winter Bundle & Explore Kenya packages to our site.
The Winter Bundle saves 20% by combining the following teas: Winter Fire, Pumpkin Creme Brulee, Raspberry Truffle, and Premium Chai.
Explore Kenya offers 4 high quality Kenyan teas in smaller quantities to allow for sampling. The following teas are offered in this package: White Whisper, Royal Golden Safari (a personal favorite of mine), Purple Tea of Kenya, and Kenya Kangaita.
Check it out: http://www.butikiteas.com/On%20Sale.html
ON SALE: Organic Blue Nettle!!!
Organic Blue Nettle has long green leaves that are twisted together by hand. This green tea originates from the Idulgashinna Estate in Sri Lanka and is Bio Dynamic and Fair Trade. Organic Blue Nettle is a mild green tea that has light seaweed and artichoke notes. We want everyone to try our recently added Organic Blue Nettle tea, so we are offering it at 25% off until November 3rd. Now only $4.50!http://www.butikiteas.com/On%20Sale.html
ON SALE: Pumpkin Creme Brulee!!!
Cinnamon, spice, and everything nice! Our Pumpkin Creme Brulee has a premium Organic Ceylon base and combines a scrumptious pumpkin with fall spices and a touch of cream for a delicious guilt-free treat. We recommend adding brown crystal sugar to enhance the cream flavor. At Butiki Teas, we love the fall season! Therefore, we are putting our Pumpkin Creme Brulee on sale. We are taking 17% off and offering our Creme Brulee for $3.75 an ounce! Sale ends November 3rd. http://www.butikiteas.com/On%20Sale.html
NEW TEA ALERT
This week we added 4 new green teas: Organic Blue Nettle, Organic Mao Jian, Organic Idulgashinna Green, and South Korean Green. Check them out here: http://www.butikiteas.com/Green.html
UPCOMING NEW TEAS: Next week we will be adding Pistachio Ice Cream green tea & Puerh Purple Bud.
BLOG UPDATE: This week we started a new blog. Our key entry was about our Kenyan teas and had a few pics from a tea farm. Next week we will be doing a retrospective journey through the Royal Ontario Museum’s teaware pieces. http://butikiteas.blogspot.com/
ON SALE: Blueberry Purple Tea
Made with a base of Purple Tea of Kenya, this mellow tea has an earthy blueberry flavor that lingers. Add a little brown crystal sugar for an intense sweet blueberry flavor. SALE!!! Our Blueberry Purple Tea is now on sale for 20% off!!! This offer is good until November 17th. Now only $12.00 an ounce!
ON SALE: White Whisper
White Whisper’s long downy silvery green buds have a delicate buttery flavor with light floral and peach notes. This remarkable tea originates from a small scale farm in Kenya and is pesticide free. SALE!!! We want everyone to try our White Whisper, so we are offering it at 18% off until November 17th. Now only $13.50 an ounce!
*2 new teas: Wild Purple Buds Puerh & Pistachio Ice Cream now available!!!
*Reviews: The Lazy Litera"Tea", My Steeped IdentiTEA, and The Tea Review.
*Donated teas to The Tea Show raffle.
*Preview of whats to come: Documentary reviews, 2 new teas, 1 new product.