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First tea of my massive Black Friday Butiki order! This reminds me of Butiki’s Ruby Pie, although I think I slightly prefer the new blend. The dry leaf smells very sweet and fruity, but once steeped the aroma mellows. The flavor is fairly light, with some pleasant tartness – probably the rhubarb flavoring. The base is delightfully smooth, and surprisingly light for a Keemun. I don’t taste anything I can identify as hops, which is no bad thing as far as I’m concerned. I’ve tried one other tea with hops (not from Butiki) and found the flavor too assertively herbal – aggressively herbal, even – for my liking. I’m not picking up on the vanilla either, although there is a light sweetness that might be coming from that element of the blend (and probably also the safflower? I’ve always wondered what role that plays in blends…). This is very nice, if not a standout for me, and I’m pleased to know that hops in tea don’t necessarily have to be a dealbreaker!

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Safflower isn’t very sweet. If you would like to try brewwing it on its own, if you order from us again remind me and we can add a sample of safflower for you.

The hops in this tea is very mild, somewhat spicy flavor which is vastly different from say the Cascade hops used in our PeachHoppiTea which is a very strong grapefruit flavor.

greenteafairy

Oh, interesting – I always thought it was sweet for some reason. What does it taste like?

Beer is not my favorite, honestly (although I’l happily drink it), and I usually get the weird/bitter notes from the hops there too so I think it’s just me – I actually bought this tea mostly to share with someone less hops-averse, and am pleasantly surprised at how much I’m enjoying it myself!

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greenteafairy-I haven’t tasted it in a while but I remember it being somewhat bitter. Safflower is something that we add to enhance the appearance more than flavor.

I love beer but I am not a fan of IPAs or anything really hoppy or ones that have aggressive bitter hops. I tend to drink stouts, Belgiums, and Trappists.

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Safflower isn’t very sweet. If you would like to try brewwing it on its own, if you order from us again remind me and we can add a sample of safflower for you.

The hops in this tea is very mild, somewhat spicy flavor which is vastly different from say the Cascade hops used in our PeachHoppiTea which is a very strong grapefruit flavor.

greenteafairy

Oh, interesting – I always thought it was sweet for some reason. What does it taste like?

Beer is not my favorite, honestly (although I’l happily drink it), and I usually get the weird/bitter notes from the hops there too so I think it’s just me – I actually bought this tea mostly to share with someone less hops-averse, and am pleasantly surprised at how much I’m enjoying it myself!

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greenteafairy-I haven’t tasted it in a while but I remember it being somewhat bitter. Safflower is something that we add to enhance the appearance more than flavor.

I love beer but I am not a fan of IPAs or anything really hoppy or ones that have aggressive bitter hops. I tend to drink stouts, Belgiums, and Trappists.

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