100

Wowwwww, this is delicious! Definitely glad I ordered some (shoulda got my free ounce of this instead of Strawberry Oolong!) It reminds me quite a bit of Laoshan Black, in that it’s very malty and chocolatey, but there’s quite a fruitiness to it as well. I had this in the Timolino, so I need to write a more detailed tasting note later, but this is definitely a winner for me. And the leaves are crazy huge, thin, wiry, unbroken. Fabulous!

I’m drinking the second infusion right now. It’s heading towards astringent in spite of only a 3-minutes infusion, but it’s still good. I’m sure it would be better re-steeped immediately instead of sitting all day.

Rating tentatively placed, but may increase upon proper evaluation.

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Sil

Mmmmmmmm I love this one

Donna A

I love this one. I read your post and went to make some only to discover they I only had one teaspoon left, and I just put in an order to Butiki earlier this week without realizing I was almost out. Oh well. Next time! This may be my favorite Assam. I re-steeped immediately and it was very nice.

Kittenna

Donna A – Oh no! I can see this being a staple for me!!

Initially I was kind of expecting this to be quite similar to Laoshan Black, but although they so share the chocolatey, malty flavours, this one is definitely more nuanced and fruity. Different enough to want to keep both on hand and alternate!

Indigobloom

Oh man this sounds SO good

Sil

Indigo….you haven’t tried it yet? For shame! If I have any left when we meet up ill kick a sample your way.

Indigobloom

Nope, I need to reduce my cupboard before making a large order and didn’t see any sample sizes on the website so no Butiki for me :(
but if you’re willing to share, I’d be uber grateful!!

Sil

I am always more than happy to share butiki teas with the world! Lol

Indigobloom

YAY!! I hope the Kally order arrives sooooon

Sil

Not yet…..hoping mid this week. Then we can meet up and I can give you a bunch of stuff lol. Della terra, butiki, Kally tea etc….

Indigobloom

HAPPY DANCE
Geez, I am so impatient today. this whole waiting business is driving me nuts

Donna A

Indigobloom, the owner of Butiki, Stacy, is really nice and helpful on the phone. For people on Steepster, for any order, she’ll be generous with free samples, and will ask which one’s you’d like to try. I have several favorites from Butiki, including this one.

Sil

Paul- the two are similar and yet different. Both well with having in your cupboard at the same time.

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Sil

Mmmmmmmm I love this one

Donna A

I love this one. I read your post and went to make some only to discover they I only had one teaspoon left, and I just put in an order to Butiki earlier this week without realizing I was almost out. Oh well. Next time! This may be my favorite Assam. I re-steeped immediately and it was very nice.

Kittenna

Donna A – Oh no! I can see this being a staple for me!!

Initially I was kind of expecting this to be quite similar to Laoshan Black, but although they so share the chocolatey, malty flavours, this one is definitely more nuanced and fruity. Different enough to want to keep both on hand and alternate!

Indigobloom

Oh man this sounds SO good

Sil

Indigo….you haven’t tried it yet? For shame! If I have any left when we meet up ill kick a sample your way.

Indigobloom

Nope, I need to reduce my cupboard before making a large order and didn’t see any sample sizes on the website so no Butiki for me :(
but if you’re willing to share, I’d be uber grateful!!

Sil

I am always more than happy to share butiki teas with the world! Lol

Indigobloom

YAY!! I hope the Kally order arrives sooooon

Sil

Not yet…..hoping mid this week. Then we can meet up and I can give you a bunch of stuff lol. Della terra, butiki, Kally tea etc….

Indigobloom

HAPPY DANCE
Geez, I am so impatient today. this whole waiting business is driving me nuts

Donna A

Indigobloom, the owner of Butiki, Stacy, is really nice and helpful on the phone. For people on Steepster, for any order, she’ll be generous with free samples, and will ask which one’s you’d like to try. I have several favorites from Butiki, including this one.

Sil

Paul- the two are similar and yet different. Both well with having in your cupboard at the same time.

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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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