One thousandth tasting note!!!
I wanted to be intentional about which tea I chose for this note. After much consideration, I decided to go with a Butiki because this company was so instrumental in my growth as a tea drinker. Butiki is really how I came to appreciate what a truly great flavored tea can be, and also was my introduction to a number of straight teas that I hadn’t seen elsewhere at that point in my learning. If it wasn’t already evening, I probably would have gone with the Maple Pecan Oolong, which is my all-time favorite Butiki blend; I have yet to taste a maple blend that quite matches it. Sadly, my stash of Coffee Ice Cream is long gone, so that wasn’t an option for an herbal. But I do still have some of this lavender chamomile and it’s quite respectable. In many ways it reflects what made Stacy’s teas great to begin with: high quality base ingredients, blended well. This is a simple blend – just lavender and chamomile – but it’s still better than a lot of similar ones because a) both of those ingredients are good quality and b) they are blended in a good proportion such that neither overpowers the other. Through her artistry, Stacy taught me to appreciate the craft of tea blending. I’ll be forever grateful for that, and for Steepster – both for introducing me to Butiki and for generally being one of the better corners of the internet, where I can come talk about my quirky hobby with like-minded folks.