I should definitely be sleeping after my shift but…I got my Butiki order and my Teavivre one so I couldn’t just NOT try something.

And I am not going to lie, I bought this based on someone’s description of this being like stewed prunes. I love stewed prunes – my mom used lemon instead of orange slices, and no cinnamon (though when I told her about a cinnamon stick addition she was intrigued), but it was always so good!

I don’t think I get prunes here, though, but that’s okay. I get more of the plum, followed by a sweet cakey note, which makes sense because that’s what this tea is named for. The smoothness of the oolong base runs along the bottom of the sip, reminding me that this is, in fact, a tea. A really great one, too!

As it cools it stays predominately fruity – I get kind of a tang moreso than a distinct citrus flavor. And it does reveal some astringence, but I’m too impressed with the flavor to care. This was my first Butiki tea and I am soooo impressed – I can’t wait to try some more!

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

and so it begins…Stacy’s got her hooks in you now :)

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "


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