Kenya Obsidian

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Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Kenyan Obsidian originates from the Mount Kenya tea region in Kangaita, Kenya. Tea is grown at 5,000 to 7,000 feet above sea level in this region, where the soil is rich with minerals. This complex tea has mahogany, apricot, biscuit, malt, spice, and roasted notes. Grapefruit notes appear towards the end of each sip and linger. We highly recommend our Kenya Obsidian as a breakfast tea or iced tea.

Ingredients: Kenya Black Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 2 minutes 30 seconds
Recommended Amount: 1 level teaspoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)

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701 tasting notes

The studying is never-ending. I’ve not had coffee since Halloween. Enter Kenyan black tea.

This one is surprisingly creamy, while still the typical deep, dark Kenyan black. Quite enjoyable. A nice boost to get me through the next few hours.


Good luck with the studying!

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2606 tasting notes

Free tea with the last joint Butiki order! This counts as an immediate sipdown (yay!) because there’s probably only enough for a cup’s worth for each person in on the order.

Anyhow, this is a tea I hadn’t tried, which is exciting! Wasn’t sure what to expect (except maybe, a super dark liquor), and was bad and defied the recommendations, opting to go with my standard 1.5tsp/2min route instead of 1tsp/2.5min. The result is lighter than I had expected, being only the regular colour of black tea (dark reddish brown). The aroma is quite nice, all fragrant and sweet – sweet hay, perhaps? Flavourwise, it’s perhaps a bit overly strong (ok Stacy, you win this time! :P) and certainly has a powerful presence, verging on astringency but not into the realm of unpleasantness. Specifically, it tastes like the sort of black tea I’m not overly fond of… like bagged Lipton/Tetley. Obviously higher quality and lacking bitterness, but the same flavour profile. To be honest, it comes off a bit like mold to me, but when I say that, I’m referring to the flavour profile as a whole, not just this specific tea. Just not a profile I’m fond of, and would typically add milk/sugar, which would erase any weirdness.

Overall, I maybe brewed this a bit too strong, but I doubt proper brewing would change my opinion on it. Just not a black for me!

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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556 tasting notes

This came to me as a freebie with my order! Thanks Stacy!

Artichoke! I think I taste artichoke at the start of the sip. I get a bit of malt at the end of the sip. The first few sips had a little bite, but it mellowed out quickly. The aftertaste is interesting too in a way I can’t describe. This is the type of tea that I go crazy for with cream and sugar. I feel like I’m disrespecting the tea a little by doing that, but… I’m going to do it anyway. And you can’t stop me. I did it! And it’s delicious. Creamy artichoke! And buttery. I do love artichoke. I have had so much tea this morning that I think it’s making me a little loopy!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
aisling of tea

I love a good tea high!


Wow. 7 different Butiki teas reviewed in a row on my dashboard :) By 5 different people.


^Who knew closing shop would be so good for business and hype?! I’m about to make a second “last” order!

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993 tasting notes

Free with my last Butiki order!

Very nice solid black. Super malty and bready. Nomnomnom…

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5367 tasting notes

had a go at this one this morning. I’m struggling to get ready to leave the house, mostly because i don’t want to. So i pulled this one out of the cupboard, hoping it would have enough bite to it, to get me going. Turns out, this is a decent black, with a little brightness to it…not sure how else to describe it. I can see this turning bitter fairly easily if over steeped. It was exactly what i needed to get going this morning, but in the grand scheme of things, i prefer other teas from stacy :)

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1700 tasting notes

Hmmm. I think there is something in the Kenyan teas which I do not really care for. This tea is ok, but malty/strong in a way that I’m not crazy about. Good to know! I’m happy I split this with Sil! (142)


…and that is why joint orders make me happy


Yes! I can’t believe how well I’ve been doing for orders though! It’s ALMOST been a month.


awesome! :)


on that note..uh you have a bunch of teas here to pick up hahahaha


I still just want to order for the sake of ordering though. Had to resist WP even though I still have plenty! :P /0\


What…. wait? What? :O
LOL. Thank you.


But I have NOTHING for you. Unless you want to try Sleeping Bear? Or some other WP?

Sil i care. sharing is caring :) and yes i’d love to try that, but i’ll also be buying it in september because brendan and the teafairy made me :)


Hahahhaha. <3

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1523 tasting notes

A sample from Butiki! I love Kenyan teas, so if Butiki is offering it, it must be a good one. The leaves here are small but not CTC small. Sadly, the only flavor I’m getting yet again is tomato soup. Kenyan teas don’t usually taste like tomato soup! Many of the samples from Butiki did… I’m wondering if it’s a tea within the pouch of samples that could be changing the flavors? Nothing in my experience could do that though. Maybe one of my infusers is doing it? But other teas taste fine in that infuser. It’s like tea torture only being able to taste the tomato soup of these teas, and I’m kind of sick of mentioning it. I also had another assam to see if it tastes the same and it had the same delicious flavor as before, so I don’t know. My taste buds are destroying these teas.
Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 or 4 min

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208 tasting notes

This is a nice basic black tea. It has a deep, malty flavor that reminds me quite a bit of Assam, with some undertones of dried apricot. I can’t say I picked up on any grapefruit—that bit of the official description had me intrigued—but it makes for a solid morning cup nonetheless.

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19 tasting notes

Love this one. Rich, strong, sweet, and complex. This tea definitely shines with a longer brewing time. I tried 2:30 for my first cup and didn’t really get much, but I did 3:45 this morning got so many delicious flavors! Lovely.

Flavors: Pumpkin, spice, fruit, malt, and honey.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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