I recently placed a fairly sizable order with Butiki largely based on reviews on this site. As an aside, the Butiki folks are wonderful. I corresponded with them a bit via email and they offered excellent customer service and follow-up on my order. The order was fulfilled, shipped, and delivered very quickly.
I got my order from them in the mail today and decided to try this tea, thinking a maple pecan oolong would warm the soul on a wintry day.
I was right, and WOW the taste of this tea was wonderful. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe how good it was. It was definitely a When Harry Met Sally “I’ll have what she’s having!” type experience. (Those that have seen When Harry Met Sally know what I’m talking about. Those that haven’t should go watch it, preferably with a cup of Maple Pecan Oolong.)
The flavor was exactly the ideal of what I imagined it’d taste like. The maple and pecan flavors are very rich without being over-the-top decadent. Just the right amount of sweetness: yes, it’s definitely there, but it’s not an overwhelming, POW! in-your-face type sweetness.
I’m still learning about the vocabulary of reviewing teas, and so just learning to pay attention to things like mouthfeel, but I would say this tea is very smooth.
I steeped it per the instructions on the bag: 170 degrees at 4 minutes.
The only reason I didn’t rate this a 100 is because the subsequent steeps (on the third one now) are a little weaker than the first, whereas some other teas I’ve had still taste roughly the same on the third or fourth steep. I did do the second and third steeps at 4 minutes though, like the first, so in future I’ll try adding more steep times to subsequent steeps.
Bottom line: If you read the title of “Maple Pecan Oolong,” and think, “Ooo, that might be something I’d like,” go get this tea, you won’t be disappointed.