366 Tasting Notes
This was a nice mint chocolate tea. I like mint chocolate teas, and I tend to prefer ones with white chocolate as opposed to dark chocolate, but this one was a nice version as is. I think the marshmallow root really went a long way to keep the taste nice and light. Initially, I was concerned because it tasted way to sharp and minty for my tastes. However, as the mint cooled, the flavours mellowed and the quieter notes of chocolate and a bit of creaminess started to shine.
Chocolate mint is always an easy sell with me, but this was a particularly nice rendition!
Had this yesterday during a marathon game of Dominion with the boy. It was good, not phenomenal like the first time though. I think I might have oversteeped it a little and not tossed in enough sugar maybe?
Whatever happened, it was still nice and heavy on the berries, but there was an almost burnt astringency on the end note that I was not a fan of. Funnily enough, the same thing happens to me with Fantasy Island when I am not watching it closely, I think the base tea might be a little fickle in these teas.
I will have to try it again soon and really keep an eye on it.
This was amazing, seriously amazing. One of my favourites from the bunch. I accidentally forgot it steeping, the fiance and I are babysitting for the weekend so between the cats, the kitten, and the six year old I have my hands fairly full. However, to my amazement, when I got to it, the tea was just fine. No bitterness, just pure, unadulterated cantaloupe. I could drink this all day and not get tired of it.
I can not believe how authentic the cantaloupe tastes. Everything just blends together so nicely and tastes so natural. I don’t even need any sweetener.
This is a major winner in my books and may need a permanent home on my shelf!
No we are back in comfortable territory with me! I love raspberries, I love chocolate, I am all for combining these loves with a bit of sugar. I love how much raspberry I get from this tea. Initially, I taste almost exclusively raspberry, but then the dark chocolate and the tea notes start to show up. It is like a liquid dark chocolate truffle. Once again with Butiki, the base is super smooth with zero astringency. It is nice anchor, though, for all the other flavours going on.
I think this epitomizes a dessert tea. Sweet, but not too sweet, satisfying, and sophisticated enough to keep you coming back to try it again. It is a super blend, one I am so glad I got to try!
Flavors: Berries, Chocolate
This was such an interesting tea. Sometimes, you can try something and not really love the taste, while still appreciating that it is a really well done blend. That was the case with me and this tea for sure. I love peach, I don’t love beer. Turns out I am iffy on the malty peach plan in general. However, that being said, I love the creativity of combining peach and hops and, if you are a beer or malt fan, the flavours really work together. I find that I prefer my peaches a little fruitier and crisper, but this is a superb earthy peach and a really creative tea. I love that it is earthy, without being astringent and, like all the Butiki teas I have tried, just bursting with flavour.
This may not be my favourite tea, but it is a great tea and it is really worth a try to see how tea and hops can come together!
Flavors: Malt, Peach
Wow! What a winner! This was another awesome blend by Butiki. Again, I love the clarity of the flavours. The chocolate, orange, and marshmallow all blend beautifully with the black tea base. With just a little bit of sugar, I can convince myself I am partaking in a divine dark chocolate bar! I was particularly impressed because, with the strength of the black base, even the fiance enjoyed this tea and he not usually an orange or chocolate fiend. I feel like I am drinking a sophisticated, grown up, chocolate orange tea!
I am blown away by how wonderful these teas have been thus far. Experimenting with them is truly going to be a blast this weekend!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Orange Zest
My Butiki order arrived!! This weekend is going to be such fun! This was the first tea I tried and I must admit I am very impressed! I am generally not a huge ginger fan, but I found the ginger in this to be muted and very pleasant. The strawberry and base tea took center stage, and they complimented each other beautifully!
The tea was delicate but the flavours shone clear and crisp. I was really, really impressed with the clarity of the notes. I could pick out the strawberry, the base, and the hints of ginger.
I am really, really impressed with this tea and I look forward to trying the other Butiki offerings I ordered!
I am a huge fan of the cacao teas, but I didn’t love this one. I got spice, but not vanilla per se. It was truly a strange sipping experience to say the least. I gave it my usual cacao treatment, bit of sugar, long steep and I should get the hot chocolate I am looking for. I had worried from the scent of the husks that this was not going to be a hit, and I was right in this case. There is a smoothness I might call vanilla, maybe. But it is not the milky, vanilla chocolate taste I wanted. I did not enjoy the flavours in this at all. I can tell that this is well blended and the tea performs beautifully, but it is just not a flavour I personally like. Full marks to herbal infusions for their inventive cacao teas (I love, love, love every other variety), but I think this is one tea that will need to find a different cupboard. One where it can be properly appreciated for the unique blend it is.
This was a pleasant surprise! I liked the smell, but was a little concerned about the taste brewed up. I tossed in a pinch of sugar and, like magic, I had an amazing cup of tea! The berries all play nicely together and the black base works to anchor them together without the least bit of astringency. After a long (long) day at school, this was the perfect cup to unwind with. I am super impressed and look forward to trying this more often!
I am surprised how much I like these fruit and berry based blacks. I also thought that black tea was more the home of toffee, spices, and chocolate, but it is such a versatile base tea. The fruits bring out its sweeter nature and I find it has just enough strength to anchor them together in an overall blend of flavours. I have learned to be open minded with teas. Just because it doesn’t immediately strike me as a great idea, it might still work really well!