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Today I’ve been working my way through some as-yet-untasted teas from my last Butiki order. I started off with Irish Breakfast and moved onto this tea. It’s malty, but not wildly so. There’s some honey – fortunately for me, it’s not too strong. I’m also getting some fruitiness – maybe stone fruit? When I took my first sip of this I noticed some apricot, but it’s subsided to the point where I’m not sure if I might have just imagined it. Reading other reviews, I see lots of mentions of chocolate or cocoa notes. I don’t think I would’ve picked these out on my own – the cocoa’s nothing like as strong as it is in, say, Laoshan Black – but they’re definitely present.

This strikes me as not entirely unlike Butiki’s Irish Breakfast (although that’s not pure Assam). The PTA is more refined and complex, but I think I like both about equally. Irish Breakfast’s bolder and maltier and – unsurprisingly – strikes me as a good wake-up choice, while this one’s more delicate (by Assam standards, anyway) and seems suited to a leisurely afternoon.

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Greenteafairy-Not sure if you used our directions or not but we have since come to find that 4 minutes produces a better brew than the 3 minutes listed on our package and the chocolate notes are more apparent. :)

greenteafairy

I did follow the directions, and I’ll definitely try the longer steep time for my next cup! I kind of liked the mildness of the chocolate, to be honest, but I’m curious to see how the stronger chocolate works here.

Butiki Teas

Greenteafairy-It has a little more chocolate and is a little maltier. I prefer 4 minutes and sometimes 5 minutes if I want it really strong. It’s still mild enough though.

Butiki Teas

Greenteafairy-It has a little more chocolate and is a little maltier. I prefer 4 minutes and sometimes 5 minutes if I want it really strong. It’s still mild enough though.

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Butiki Teas

Greenteafairy-Not sure if you used our directions or not but we have since come to find that 4 minutes produces a better brew than the 3 minutes listed on our package and the chocolate notes are more apparent. :)

greenteafairy

I did follow the directions, and I’ll definitely try the longer steep time for my next cup! I kind of liked the mildness of the chocolate, to be honest, but I’m curious to see how the stronger chocolate works here.

Butiki Teas

Greenteafairy-It has a little more chocolate and is a little maltier. I prefer 4 minutes and sometimes 5 minutes if I want it really strong. It’s still mild enough though.

Butiki Teas

Greenteafairy-It has a little more chocolate and is a little maltier. I prefer 4 minutes and sometimes 5 minutes if I want it really strong. It’s still mild enough though.

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Likes: greens, dark oolongs, genmaicha, fruity greens and oolongs, chai, matcha, jasmine, Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling

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