116 Tasting Notes

96

Okay, this is THE quintessential melon tea. I’m so lucky (and sad) to have gotten the last 1/2 ounce.

It’s juicy and succulent. Melon is SPOT ON cantaloupe, in my opinion. The white tea provides a nice backdrop of hay, honeysuckle, and sweet cream. It has a long and smooth finish. The creaminess intensifies over time. It’s fresh, sweet, floral, fruity perfection. I’m in love. I’m going to have a hard time hoarding this one when all I want to do is drink all of it all at once, right now. Damn!

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Cream, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Hay, Honeysuckle, Melon, Sweet

Stephanie

RIP best melon tea ever

Stephanie

Don’t hoard it so long that it goes bad…I’m afraid I might accidentally do that with some of my fave Butiki

kimquat

RIP. I did that with a few blends from Verdant, and I rued the day. It’s going to be so hard with my Butiki teas. ):

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This is certainly an interesting blend. I’m not quite sure what to think of it.

The front of each sip hits my tongue with a damp earthy flavor, quickly followed by dark, charcoal-like smoke. It develops a roasted tone before easing into a concoction of coffee and cream. The smoothness of the coffee notes intensifies over time. The long aftertaste is a mixture of sweet, creamy latte and woodsmoke. As I continue sipping the earthiness slips into the background. It’s overpowered by strong notes of wood and a touch of leather. (I’ve noticed this with a few other puerhs.) There’s a drying quality to it. It’s not thick, or heavy. It’s relatively light on the tongue, though the coffee flavors stick to the inside of your mouth. I’m thinking this tea might benefit from a dash of milk or cream.

There’s a reason smokers like to drink coffee with cigarettes. It’s a good blend. Still, the combination of flavors in my mouth makes me feel like I need to go brush my teeth. Not because it doesn’t taste good! But because the coffee/smoke combo does NOT make for good breath. Lol.

What a wonderfully creative idea for tea. Thank you Stacy. (:

Flavors: Coffee, Cream, Creamy, Earth, Leather, Roasted, Smoke, Wood

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100

Upping my rating yet again because this is chocolatey perfection.

PERFECTION.

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90

I love spice, chocolate, and tea, and this is an exceptional combination of the three.

The (distinctly) Taiwanese tea offers sweet, floral honey notes. It’s smooth and delicate. The chili doesn’t really register as “hot”. It’s more of a slight warmth, a tingle in the back of your throat. Enough to titillate. The chocolate isn’t a very prominent flavor, admittedly. It’s more of an undertone; the dark complement to the light black tea. It pairs very nicely with the chili heat and doesn’t leave me wanting more. Creamy, melty, sweet. Mmm. (I think more chocolate would make it unbalanced…I’ll just make a stronger cup if I want more flavor!) I really love this blend. Just wonderful.

Method:
2tsp/10oz
boiling
4min

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Spices, Sweet

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92
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
116 tasting notes

Method:
~3tsp/10oz
pre-boiling
First steep: 3min 30sec
Second steep: 4min

This is every bit as good as I remember. Light, natural banana and coconut flavors. Extremely smooth. Fruity, malty assam. A lingering creamy flavor with caramel undertones. I love this tea. So glad I got another ounce before it ran out…It will be missed once it’s gone.

Flavors: Banana, Caramel, Coconut, Cream, Fruity, Smooth

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92
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
116 tasting notes

Whoa. Best flavored rooibos I’ve EVER had, hands down. I’m SO SO SO tempted to say “BEST MELON FLAVORED TEA EVER”, but I haven’t had Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream since I got into white teas. It’s the only other one that could come close. I’m going to hold my tongue until then.

And I’m going to drink this every night.

Holy crap this is amazing.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon, Sweet

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
116 tasting notes

Method:
2.5tsp/10oz
boiling
4min

I was surprised at the smoothness of this tea, given the amount of time steeped and the water temp. (I avoid using boiling water with anything but pu-erh.) It’s thick, juicy, malty, and has some fruity citrus-like tones. There’s a drying, wine-like quality to it as well. It’s surprisingly mellow. None of the flavors are overwhelming or in your face…They’re all pretty well balanced with each other. There’s a little honey sweetness, a touch of caramel, and if I try very hard I can pick out some floral notes underneath it all. What I’m not picking up on is earth, cocoa, mushroom, or raisin. Not even close. If anything it reads to me as more “mineral” than “damp earth”, but that’s only because it leaves a vaguely metallic taste in my mouth long after I’ve swallowed the tea. Like how you can taste iron, when you lick a spot of blood from a paper cut? Like that, except toned WAY down. It’s on the same spectrum. But it’s definitely not mushroom. It’s bright and chipper, malty and fruity and sweet. It’s a good no-fuss breakfast tea, which is what I’ll certainly be drinking it as! (Seriously, still impressed by how smooth it was.) I prefer my dark, heavy, sweet potato-caramel-malt breakfast teas…but I’ll make do. This one just didn’t strike the right chord with me.

Flavors: Caramel, Citrus, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Muscatel, Wood

Stephanie

Dang I loved this one!

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drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
116 tasting notes

(Brewed to my own specifications.)
Method:
2.5tsp/10oz
pre-boiling
2min 30sec

Wow, this is really something lovely. It’s dark and rich while maintaining a lightness in body. It’s malty, but not heavy. Each sip begins with a strong and somewhat bitter cocoa flavor. There are undertones of damp leaves, wet earth, wood. It then smoothly transitions into a springy, plummy fruitiness. There’s something like raisins there. But there’s also tang. Following quickly behind are notes of honey, baked bread, and butter. The flavors are thick and coat the lining of your tongue. After, I notice those flavors receding as floral, somewhat vegetal notes take their place. These I presume come from the Giddapahar. I haven’t tried any of the teas on their own, so it’s difficult to say. A touch of bitterness rests on my tongue, along with nuttiness, and that light floral finish. I’m impressed. It’s been a while since I’ve had a tea so complex. It took a lot of concentration and discernment to be able to pull every flavor apart. I’m out of practice! I would love to have this tea in the morning. After consideration, I believe it would best be saved for slow, reflective mornings…and mornings with someone special. It’s a special tea, for special mornings.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Bitter, Butter, Cocoa, Floral, Honey, Malt, Nutty, Plums, Raisins, Smooth, Tangy, Vegetal, Wet Earth, Wet Wood

Butiki Teas

Awesome, glad you are enjoying it! I came up with this one as a sort of cohesive chaos.

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83

The tea base has a light hay-like flavor to it. It’s also buttery, and floral-vegetal like only a white tea could be. It actually reminds me a little of honeysuckle flowers. It’s delicate. It’s light. It also manages to be savory, somehow! The irish cream flavor is present as an undercurrent, and only noticed after the initial sip. I feel like I’m tasting the tea more than the flavoring…or rather, the flavoring serves to enhance the same qualities in the tea. The overall effect is one that’s creamy, sweet, buttery, and floral. It doesn’t taste quite like sugar cookies but it’s enough to remind me of them. And call me crazy, but the aftertaste that lingers is one that makes me think of soybeans. Soybeans! Interesting. When I started my cup, I was wholly unimpressed, but the more I sip the more I take a liking to it. The flavors intensify and the aftertaste is lush and lovely.

Method:
~175F
2tsp/10oz
3min 30sec

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Creamy, Floral, Hay, Honeysuckle, Smooth, Soybean, Sweet

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87

I accidentally ordered two pouches of this, and I’m glad because it’s darned good! The flavors at the forefront are tangy plum and hints of brandy. It has a distinctly dark “purple” taste that I can’t explain. There is a little bitterness, but rather than detracting from the tea, I think it adds to it by calling to mind the slight bitterness of plum skins when you bite into them. Mmmm. There’s a soft, creamy finish to each sip—THAT’s where the cheesecake really is. It’s more in the mouthfeel than the taste.

Overall it’s sweet, fruity, creamy, and spot-on with the plum flavoring. I’m so glad I put in this order.

Flavors: Brandy, Creamy, Fruity, Plums, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Veronica

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Cheri

This one was I just wasn’t sure about ordering, but now that I’ve read a few reviews, I’m disappointed in myself for not trying it. Ah well.

kimquat

I’d be more than happy to send you some! I have more on the way already. Couldn’t help myself. :)

Cheri

Wow! Two pouches of this and more on the way! You really do like this one. If I try this one, I’ll probably just be disappointed that I didn’t order any, so don’t worry about it. Thanks for the offer, though!

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I have been drinking tea all of my life, but I have only been drinking loose leaf since 2013. It has been a journey! I’m amazed at how much my tastes have changed just over the past year. I have met such lovely, sweet individuals on Steepster and am so glad to have become a part of this community.

My cupboard is reflective of the teas I have on-hand. (Though, of course, not quantities.) I’m always up for swaps so if you want to trade teas just send me a message!

I love, love love pure black teas. Definitely my favorite. I also quite enjoy white teas, puerh, and darker/roasted oolongs. Matcha is a secret love that I neglect too often. I try to stay away from flavored teas, but I do enjoy a well crafted blend. I drink dessert teas on occasion—usually when I’m craving something sweet. It’s a mood-driven decision. Things I (usually) don’t like: green oolongs, rooibos, artificially flavored teas, straight greens.

Rating System
90+ The very best! Teas that I always need in my cupboard!
85-89 Teas that I enjoy immensely and will try to keep around.
80-84 Makes a very pleasing cup. I will enjoy drinking them, but won’t necessarily try to keep around. (There are exceptions.)
70-79 Decent, but could be better.
60-69 Mediocre.
40-59 Gross. I might still try to finish the cup.
39 & under Undrinkable. I probably dumped this cup. Depending on the specific rating, I probably threw the rest of the tea out as well. It’s basically me saying “I hate it” with varying intensity and inflection.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:
-Whispering Pines Tea Co.
-Verdant Tea
-Mandala Tea
-Butiki Teas

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