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Caramel Vanilla Assam

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 288 ml

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  • “So last week I placed a Butiki order. Then I saw TastyBrew's review of this tea & there was a conversation somewhere in the discussion boards about it too, & it was like: I must have this! I'm...” Read full tasting note
    Terri HarpLady 2483 tasting notes
  • “ I have no idea what happened this morning, but this is in the running for the most perfect cup of tea ever made. It was oozing, overflowing, positively dripping with caramel vanilla goodness, and...” Read full tasting note
    keychange 416 tasting notes
  • “My Butiki order should be in on Wednesday, so I'm drinking this down today. Now I've only got one Butiki tea in my cupboard! :O I'm drinking this, looking at job ads, and watching Supernatural!...” Read full tasting note
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  • “You know when you're sure there's a sip down and then evethough you drink giant mugs of tea, there just isn't enough to actually sip down? So now I have enough left for a single "normal" cup of...” Read full tasting note
    Silaena 4026 tasting notes

From Butiki Teas

Caramel Vanilla Assam pairs our Premium Taiwanese Assam with rich caramel and soft vanilla. The caramel and vanilla notes meld with the tea and almost taste as though they are naturally part of the Assam. Cacao, raisin, and citrus notes can also be detected in this smooth and malty tea. Add a little sugar for a decadent caramel vanilla dessert.

Ingredients: Premium Taiwanese Assam, Organic Calendula, Organic Lotus Stamens, Organic Pure Ground Vanilla Beans (no fillers), Organic Natural Flavoring (vegan)

Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes
Recommended Amount: 2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)

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195 Tasting Notes

2483 tasting notes

So last week I placed a Butiki order. Then I saw TastyBrew’s review of this tea & there was a conversation somewhere in the discussion boards about it too, & it was like: I must have this! I’m salivating already!
One of the awesome things about STACY is that she actually participates regularly on Steepster, & it was SO EASY to have her add an oz of this. I am SO GLAD I did! Because OH MY GOD, it is DELICIOUS!
Ms Theresa, whispering “shhhhh, little terri, use your inside voice”
LT “Sorry, it’s just SO YUMMY!!!”

So, I’ll confess, as soon as I opened the box yesterday I opened this tea & breathed in. The smell of the dry tea freaked me out a little, it’s very buttery, WAY buttery, almost too buttery smelling, & cream-like too. It’s SO rich smelling! I was a little nervous…

BUT I brewed it, & this afternoon I brewed another cup, & it is the best tasting caramel tea I’ve ever tasted. Unbelievably delicious. Also, I love vanilla, but haven’t been all that excited about any of the vanilla teas I’ve tried. Even vanilla comoro didn’t quite deliver what I was hoping for, although brewed double strength it’s not bad. I think the last time I had that, I said that I wished I could add caramel flavor to it.

My wish came true in this tea! The Assam is assertive enough to give the cup depth, the Vanilla & Caramel are so perfectly balanced but also strong enough to really be tasted. As far as I’m concerned, Stacy is the Mistress of the Arts & this is the quintessential Caramel Vanilla tea! It even re-steeps rather well! We love you Stacy! You Rock!

BTW, TastyBrew’s review of this tea is so perfect, that I’m just rambling!


Yay!!! I’m so glad you like it too! It’s sooooo good!



Terri HarpLady

The paltry oz I ordered is NOT gonna cut it!
“Please, sir, I want some more…”


Yeah, I had her put some aside for me after I had my first cup. 1oz definitely not gonna cut it! I went huge and got 4oz. That way I won’t feel like I have to save it for special occasions. I don’t have that kind of will power.


oh thank god. it’s this one. I wasn’t sure that it was this one when you mentioned it earlier. Pretty sure i get 1.5oz of the 2 we jointly ordered


Yep, you get 1.5/2 :P I figured I’d be conservative and pick up more later :D


conservative! pshaw! go big or go home! which is where i wish i could be. YAY for more problems!

Terri HarpLady

little terri throwing a tantrum: “I want MOAR!!!”

Butiki Teas

Terri-So glad you are enjoying this! I never know how a tea will be received until it is reviewed a few times on here. I just had a cup as I was writing up the tea description. Yums! This will be up on our website in a few hours.


Leave it to Stacy to create a dreamy caramel vanilla tea. :)

Rachel J

Ordered some! Can’t wait!

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416 tasting notes

I have no idea what happened this morning, but this is in the running for the most perfect cup of tea ever made. It was oozing, overflowing, positively dripping with caramel vanilla goodness, and had a thick, buttery quality underlying the whole composition that made me want to snap my tongue greedily against the roof of my mouth. I also steeped for only three minutes and not four, and perhaps that’s where the magic happened? I should have known better than to doubt Stacy’s steeping instructions.

A computer guru is coming to try and remedy my computer problems this morning, and you know what else I’m going to get him to do? tell me who this recent tea box is from and help me identify each tea! someone sent me a box! I’ll find out who it is soon enough, but just in case it was you, and you used frilly-edged paper for labels, identify yourself at once! :)


I hope they get your computer all fixed up.


I hope so too!


I hope your tech person gets everything sorted out, and that he/she can also identify your tea. And this tea sounds delicious!

Sami Kelsh

Oooh, everything is so exciting! That tea sounds LUSH and fixed computer and a box of tea! Wonderful times!


Yes! I feel very lucky. And hopefully a fixed computer very soon!


Yay for perfect cups!!! I get that with this tea sometimes – no idea what makes it so unbelievably good some times and ‘just’ really good other times.


That’s it! it’s always awesome, but sometimes it’s just out of this world!


Oh, I think that was me who sent you the package…

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1392 tasting notes

My Butiki order should be in on Wednesday, so I’m drinking this down today. Now I’ve only got one Butiki tea in my cupboard! :O

I’m drinking this, looking at job ads, and watching Supernatural! This season (3) has Ruby in it, and so far I really like her. I also can’t wait to get to the end to see how they resolve everything.

Later I’m going to pack up some teas for Sil. Not sure when or how but I’m planning to see her before Christmas to do a tea swap!

Oh, also I really wish Steepster had a way to compare two people’s ratings – it’d be a lot easier finding teas Sil hasn’t tried if I could just hit a compare button. :P


Except Sil has tried teas that haven’t even been made :)


I agree with the compare button, or at least something easier other than scrolling through pages and pages!


I’m so jealous you have this in your cupboard right now. Mine has yet to ship but I’m so looking forward to it!


it is the only caramel on the planet i can taste….. stacy is magic.

Terri HarpLady

Mine arrived on Friday. Haven’t had a cup yet, but I will!


I love this one. I wish there was also a notes section so I could look up who sent me the teas, and any alternate or supplemental steeping notes.

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4026 tasting notes

You know when you’re sure there’s a sip down and then evethough you drink giant mugs of tea, there just isn’t enough to actually sip down? So now I have enough left for a single “normal” cup of this tea. I’m ok with that as there is a large butiki order planned in my near future. It’s actually part of the reason I’m trying to figure out which teas I’m very nearly done with to sipthem down and make room for them to come back OR be replaced with other butiki teas.

This one is very nearly always going to be a restock. I love the blending of the caramel, vanilla and Assam. Stacy pretty much rocks my world, even the blends I don’t love as much are always expertly crafted and have their merits :)


It’s hard to decide what to order from Butiki, isn’t it?
I got this one in my new order. I’m not a fan of blacks, but this gets such good reviews I decided to try it. Maybe I’ll take the plunge this morning.


Infused – some of Stacy’s black teas are amazing even for my friends who don’t like black teas.


I love this one. Undecided if I like it more than the regular Taiwanese Assam or not so I keep ordering both. :P


I actually like the straight black better but since every day I bring a straight tea and a flavoured to work in my travel mugs, this works well having it around haha


I tried it an hour ago, and am afraid I’m not a fan. Maybe I need to sweeten it? I’ll try again, but I think it’s going to be a case of “It’s not you, it’s me…”


Not every tea is a win for everyone haha which is a good thing :)

Terri HarpLady

infused, if you tend to sweeten, I would because that will really bring out the caramel & vanilla. I like this straight, but I also like it sweet. Just saying :)

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357 tasting notes

Not gonna lie. I’m feeling pretty special right now. It was an amazing day. Weather peaked out around 78. Unheard of and record breaking for Portland in March. After so much rain and gray weather it’s so much fun to see all the people suddenly emerge from hibernation and fill the streets and parks with nothing but laughter and smiles.

After an impromptu bbq at a friends and a few of my other favorite beverage, I got home to find my Butiki order had arrived already. The primary purpose (other than trying some more amazing teas) was for me to sample a few teas that may serve as the base for a custom hops tea that stacy is making for me. But the only tea I had my eye on tonight was the Caramel Vanilla Assam tea. Despite the late hour and my rule about no black tea after 5ish, I couldn’t resist.

This is brand new blend that she wrote about on FB and I asked her to include it in my order. And man am I glad I did. Cause seriously, I love when you have insanely high expectations for something, and not only does it meet your expectations, but blows it out.

This is no ordinary caramel flavored tea. In fact, it doesn’t even taste like caramel flavor. It tastes like if you were to plant a tea plant in a butter caramel and then water it with only vanilla and see what grew. Its as though caramel is actually a part of the tea. I couldn’t separate out the tea flavor from the caramel flavor. Like how the chocolate flavor is just part of LB, not added, but just a part of it. That’s how the caramel flavor is in this tea. It’s not an in your face flavor, but not subtle either.

In case you can’t tell yet, I friggin love this tea. Totally straight. No sugar/honey or cream. It reminds me so much of those individually wrapped in wax paper vanilla butter caramels you can get when you’re checking out in fancy grocery stores.

This is hands down my favorite caramel tea. Thanks for letting me try this Stacy! Please don’t ever stop making it!!!!

Update I had this again this morning and added some sugar per Stacy’s suggestion. The caramel flavor is even more pronounced. I think I prefer it straight though. Either way it’s super good.


That sounds AMAZING!!



Butiki Teas

I’m so glad you are enjoying it! I wasn’t sure how this would be received. I recommend trying it with just a tiny bit of sugar. Its really decadent that way.


I thought about adding some sugar, but just loved it as is. I’ll throw a few rocks in there tomorrow. Because I will be having this again tomorrow :-)

Terri HarpLady

This is the sample I want in my order!

Marcel Duchamp

yum, sounds like a good blend to me :-)

Butiki Teas

Yay, glad you are enjoying it that much! I’d love to hear what you think about it with a little bit of sugar.

Terri-I’ve already written it on your invoice. It’s the same base as the orange chocolate so, I thought you might like to try it.

Terri HarpLady

awesome! Yay!


NOOOOOOO why did you have to review this before I place my order. Now I want 2 oz. of this one too. Is it absurd to order 6 oz. total of PTA/PTA-based teas?!


great review, sure I’ll order some !

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, Stacy, that sounds so good I think I want an oz also.
Better find something else to give me a sample of :)


Gah. I thought I was done ordering tea for awhile. I need to make myself write tasting notes on my desktop and just save them and stay off this site for awhile!!!


Stacy – when do you plan to offer it online? It’s still in the preliminary review stage, huh?

Butiki Teas

Tealizzy-The tea itself is completely done. It should be up on our website next week if I can get some time in to do a photo shoot, otherwise everything else is ready. It’s order-able now for anyone who doesn’t want to wait.


Thanks Stacy. I’ll wait until its up, to help me spread out my orders ;)

Butiki Teas

Tealizzy-Great :)


Oh my gooooodnessssss, I HAVE to have this! I have to have it! Premium Taiwanese Assam is my favorite tea, and you’ve made me so excited to try this flavored one out! :D

I want to at least wait for my upcoming Butiki order to arrive though first. I ordered a couple teas I haven’t tried, and it’s entirely possible I’ll want more, so I’ll have to hold off.

Is this tea a limited time thing, or is it something that’ll stick around? Not sure if I need to panic order this, or if I have time to wait for my current order to arrive. xD

Butiki Teas

Chizakura-This is something that is sticking around. We may be out of it for a week or two but after that it should be available in full stock. I’m really low on one ingredient that makes up this tea and its not expected arrive for 2-3 weeks. We ran through the first batch before it hit the website and I’m already half way through this batch. I might borrow some of the ingredient that was reserved for a custom blend to make a third batch but I’m not sure yet. You definitely don’t need to panic order this since it will be in full stock within a month.


Aw okay, thanks :) That’s what I was hoping for, but I was worried, as you could see. xD

Alright, I’ll be patient and wait for my current parcel to arrive then, thanks. :D

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The first tea of the new year! Everyone in my house is still asleep. Most of my guests from the party stayed over, so as not to drive on the dangerous roads. And now its 10:30, and everyone is conked out still. Thats alright, I get a quiet moment of serenity in the new year!
I had quite a decision this morning. The first tea of the New Year. Well, it had to be a good one, one of my favorites, to ring in the new year. This was it.
As always, warm and cozy heaven in a cup. It just makes me feel snug and happy, and I sipped it in a beautiful antique cup, and sat at my table, and was happy.
A good start to the new year. The only downside is that this was my last little bit of this! Never fear. It wont be gone for long. I know it.
Now, to prepare for when they do wake up, and want breakfast.


You sound like a great host! Letting everyone sleep in, making breakfast, etc.


Here’s to serenity, however it comes to you.

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464 tasting notes

Last cup of the day! I drank this tea to ward off the ice cream cravings I kept getting tonight. Sweet and delicious as usual- It really did the trick.


lol, i do the same! works pretty well too…


It doed work well! If only I could find a tea that works as well on my chocolate cravings!

Short Sorceress

I think I’ll have to try that, I’ve been craving ice cream all week and it is getting incredibly hard to resist.

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2221 tasting notes

Trying this a second time (I had misplaced it briefly! The horror!) – my first attempt was not as good as I’d hoped, so fingers crossed #2 is better.

I think that overall, this tea isn’t quite what I was hoping for it to be. Yes, the base is amazing, and there’s no astringency. Yes, I can taste the caramel, though not a great deal of vanilla. Yes, the tea tastes good. But, I think I’d rather just have plain PTA over this blend. Or alternately, Two Friends, which is pretty much the most perfect flavoured tea ever. I’m not sure whether it’s just that I want more obvious caramelly/vanilla, or that the raisiny notes are poking out where they don’t quite fit for me. I mean, I’m not going to have any issues drinking the rest of this. And I’m certainly going to enjoy it. But I think my cupboard staples will just be Two Friends and unflavoured PTA, and I’ll leave this for those who will enjoy it more :)

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1162 tasting notes

I drank this this morning in a very fancy tea cup. It was delicious. Nothing added, although a little sweetness wouldn’t be out of place.

This tea is so delicious. It’s tempting to make an order just to get more of this one, but I’ve promised myself that I won’t order until I’ve tried everything and made a list of deliciousness to buy. :)

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i got 2 ounces in my order and i’m already through one, lol.


I just got 1/2 oz, and I only have one cup left. :( It’s SO GOOD.


oh dear, LOL!


At least it’s on sale ATM? :)


HOW DO I MISS THESE THINGS??? wait, wait….. i have to wait til august. (cleansing breath in and out)


AAH! Not fair. I now have to plan for a 7-ish day hiking trip, so my next tea purchase has been pushed to the side in favour of some new gear that will make my hiking life easier. :/ (Although… tea could be very very important on the trail…)


what if you are stranded in a tree hiding out from a bear? you would need tea…. just an enabling thought to get you through the day, lol.


Peppermint Patty is also on sale!!!


I’m already planning on mining a (hopefully) hilarious reaction from my mom by carrying a (plastic) bottle of olive oil and some premeasured mixes so I can make pancakes and fry-bread for a couple different meals. Should be fun. ;)

I wonder if I could convince them we need to stop for hot lunches, just so I can make more tea?


ROFL. i dare you. then take a picture of their faces and post it to the group (that we should begin) named ‘tea shockers’!


They actually drink a lot of loose leaf tea. :) Mom’s already said she’s bringing loose tea and a strainer! I’ve just never done a hike like this with them, so I don’t know how they do lunches. Snack on trail? Stop and picnic? Who knows.

The hardest part is deciding which tea I should bring for each meal planned. ;)


i did that when i went in for surgery. i justified beforehand that ’it’s tea, it doesn’t take up much space’, committed to myself that i could not fill a suitcase and then chose my favourites (in case everything went to hell and i needed comfort) and some new ones i hadn’t tried.

as for meals… follow pippin and merri’s example? lol.


Yeah, Breakfast, 2nd Breakfast, 11sies. I’d love to do that, full on. I think I’ll have to eat a lot while walking though. Apparently the hike is 10k per day, and can average 1k per hour. Yikes! That’s a long, slow day.

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447 tasting notes

Almost like drinking Caramilk, although never as sweet and cloying. My favourite thing about this one is the hot caramel smell that attaches itself to the cup. I’ve found it’s a good tea to smother most dessert cravings.

I tried adding soy milk to it a couple days back and that completely diluted everything. Maybe a longer steep time would’ve helped, but I don’t feel like playing around anymore when I know I’ve got a good thing going already.

I love the assam base for this blend; I may actually like the assam more on it’s own than here. It’s going on my “must haves” list for fall, though. This tea, a warm fireplace, a textbook, and a chilly night sounds pretty fine to me.

Edit: I’m finally starting to like this tea in it’s own right and not just for its assam base. Being generous with the two teaspoon serving, and stirring after steeping, takes this tea up a notch for me. I normally hate adding sugar to my tea but this is one of the few exceptions where I actually don’t mind.

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agreed, it buries dessert angst.


Oh yeah, the textbook would have ruined that experience. I seriously can’t wait to get my Butiki stuff from the group order, more than anything, to try this one!


Caramilk!! That’s my favourite chocolate bar! I was thinking of making a Butiki order but now I will have to try this tea!


JustJames, yes, this tea was very effective for that until I saw the spun sugar image link in your note. Then I wanted both the tea AND the dessert. :P

This is no substitute for a real Caramilk bar but it does remind me of why I love them, and why I’m going to buy a big bag full of them in October or November.


I really like this one, but I know what you mean. You can’t underleaf it or it doesn’t taste right.


I can’t wait either. I don’t think I got any of this in the order though, but perhaps I should have.

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