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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
2606 tasting notes

Wow, does this tea ever look wonderful in the bag! Huge pieces of dried raspberry, lots of chocolate… mmmmm.

Steeped, it smells like a chocolatey black tea. I’m really hoping the raspberry comes out, because I’m not getting too much in the aroma!

..oh man! This is good! I can definitely taste both raspberry and chocolate, although neither is overpowering, and I can taste a great, just slightly astringent black base supporting both flavours. It’s also almost… creamy, in a sense, which helps reduce the tiny bit of astringency. I wish I could taste a touch more raspberry, but I have to say that this is far beyond the similar chocolate/fruit flavoured blacks from DavidsTea. Really delicious. I’m not hugely into these sort of flavoured teas for the everyday, so probably won’t pick any up, but would definitely recommend this to to those who like to start off (or end) their day with a fruity, chocolatey, delicious tea.

Thanks again to Stacy for this sample!

ETA: Re-steep is very light. No astringency, but perhaps a longer infusion would be better. There are some cocoa notes and a hint of raspberry, but that’s it. Still will finish it, however.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I love the fact that Stacy doesn’t make her flavored tea’s really artificial tasting and uses lots of Organic and natural ingredients as much as she can. Make a more subtle but better tasting tea to me.

Kittenna

I agree. It didn’t come off as artificial, which perhaps was one of the reasons I liked it more. I also quite enjoy being able to taste the tea behind the flavourings!

ScottTeaMan

Aaahhhh, raspberry truffle…….now there’s a tea I’d probabbly like. :))

Butiki Teas

I’m really picky about the ingredients that go into the teas. I make sure there are no preservatives or added sugars (except the chocolate chips which have added sugar) and the flavorings have to be natural and vegan and I try to find organic ingredients when possible. It can be quite a challenge.

Kittenna

You’ve clearly been successful though! :D

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Bonnie

I love the fact that Stacy doesn’t make her flavored tea’s really artificial tasting and uses lots of Organic and natural ingredients as much as she can. Make a more subtle but better tasting tea to me.

Kittenna

I agree. It didn’t come off as artificial, which perhaps was one of the reasons I liked it more. I also quite enjoy being able to taste the tea behind the flavourings!

ScottTeaMan

Aaahhhh, raspberry truffle…….now there’s a tea I’d probabbly like. :))

Butiki Teas

I’m really picky about the ingredients that go into the teas. I make sure there are no preservatives or added sugars (except the chocolate chips which have added sugar) and the flavorings have to be natural and vegan and I try to find organic ingredients when possible. It can be quite a challenge.

Kittenna

You’ve clearly been successful though! :D

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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