Butter Truffle

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A tea creation for all “sweet teeth”. Just like licking out a dish with freshly made huller cookie dough with hints of freshly grated orange peel… it must be scooped out to the last drop. Not even adults can say no to this indescribable taste. The unusual, colorful and abundant decoration of savory and spicy ingredients makes your mouth water just by looking at it.

Ingredients: black tea (77%), pistachios, cumin, sliced almonds, coriander, pink peppercorns, flavoring.

Serving Size: 1 level tsp./6oz serving

Brew Temp: 203 to 212 degree F

Brew Time: 4 to 5 Minutes

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6770 tasting notes

Thanks for this MuppetLove!

This smells sweet and neat – dry. Once infused it diminishes a bit and smells a bit more like various nuts and not as sweet.

It’s rather smooth considering the ingredients but I’m really enjoying the pistachio and almond combo along with the cumin and peppercorns that are at a nice level of intensity (or lack there of – really).

For some reason I am thinking how awesome this would be with caramel and/or chocolate.

But it IS still nice as-is! YUM!


I have this same tea I got from a different vendor, I thought it was a little bit weird… ;-)

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561 tasting notes

I used ~1 tablespoon of dry leaf for ~375 ml of water.

I notice a complex flavour profile. I’m getting floral notes on the sip leading into a spice taste at the back of the tongue. I can detect the cumin and it compliments the flavour profile rather nicely. I am really reminded of Indian food with all of the savoury spices. I can maybe detect a hint of pistachio as well. This tea has a creamy feel to it and a definite buttery quality. I can taste the black tea flavour quite strongly in the aftertaste.

The second infusion (5 minutes and 15 seconds) looses a lot of the spice flavour. This tea would not likely do well past its second infusion.

Thank you to Ellyn for sending this to me!

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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616 tasting notes

Tea #19 from HHTTB2

The name of this tea totally made me think of of chocolate truffles filled with buttercream. Or something praline-esque.

Obviously I was not alone.

Obviously I was wrong.

So, as I was sitting here reading the ingredients while my tea was steeping, I was very much having second thoughts, and reviewing my life decisions that brought me to this point. (I jest.)

Once brewed up, this smelled mildly spicy. I definitely got cumin, coriander, and pepper from the aroma. It smells a bit like my kitchen when I’m making Aloo Gobi. There should be some cinnamon all up in here!

While the truffle mark is all sorts of confused in here. This is a really nice savory tea, with a very gentle amount of spice with notes of nuttiness. All packaged nicely with a smooth butteriness.

On second thought, this would make amazing tea-infused dark chocolate truffle coated in pistachio nuts. Oh man oh man oh man.

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I loooove aloo gobi but I wouldn’t think it if I saw “butter truffle”. Many ppl think chocolate when they hear truffle. I think of fungus but only because of work, probably.


The mushrooms crossed my mind for sure, because truffles are amazing. But butter truffle totally makes me think dessert in just about every context.


i had truffles in italian cheese the other day. this review is AWESOME!!! i’ve had a few of those moments. i think the last one was with a ‘macaron’ tea. somehow i thought ‘macaroon!’ nope. still excellent, but WRONG! =0)

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358 tasting notes

I’m a bit apprehensive about this tea, to say the least. The name sounded wonderful, and made me think of buttery, sweet cookies. Instead, the ingredients listed include cumin, coriander and pink peppercorns. The dry leaves do smell very strongly of peppery spices. The rich, buttery aroma comes out in the tea liquor, and there is also a hint of salty spices. This is by far the oddest tea I’ve ever tasted, and I can’t quite decide if I am enjoying this cup. It has a thick and buttery flavor with a spicy finish. There is a light buttery citrus aftertaste that does remind me of cookies. Adding sweetener tones down the spiciness nicely, and adding milk adds a touch of creaminess, but the milk isn’t necessary. I think I’ll finish off this cup, but that’s about it. Although I like the butteriness (this is the most buttery tea I’ve ever had!) and the hint of citrus, I’m not loving the peppery spiciness that I keep picking up. This would probably be an excellent tea for anyone who likes savory flavors.

-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves and twigs with pistachios, almonds and small red berries.
-Dry leaves smell like black tea and strong peppery spices. Tea liquor aroma is of rich butter and salty spices.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium yellow brown color.
-Thick and buttery flavor with a spicy finish. Light buttery citrus aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener. Milk optional.
-Fair tea. A very odd flavor. Buttery with a spicy note. A hint of citrus and cookies noticeable.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

I think they are trying to represent the kind of truffles that pigs help harvest for gourmet restaurants, not the wonderful sweet confections most of us would expect. :)


Ha ha Terri. Whenever I hear truffle, I always thing of the truffle fungus, which is delicious despite the name. I never think of the truffle chocolate. Usually though, it ends up being the chocolate one and I am always a bit disappointed.


One day at the restaurant we were serving a special of pork tenderloin with black truffle shavings. One diner ordered this but requested it without truffle because he was “allergic to chocolate”. We laughed. A lot.

Josie Jade

Hmm, well now I’m even more confused. The description mentioned a type of citrus cookie batter, and I did taste a buttery cookie flavor somewhere in the middle of all that savory!

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3181 tasting notes

Another tea from the Here’s Hoping TTB:
Arianna & I shared a small pot of this.
When I think of truffles, I tend to thing ‘chocolate’, like a chocolate bonbon filled with caramel or something.
This is the other kind of truffles. The kind you use pigs to find.
It’s buttery & savory, & Ari, the chef, said it did have a certain truffle like flavor to it. We both enjoyed it.


What?!?! This means NOT the chocolate truffles? I haven’t tried the others, so I never would have guessed. haha

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1212 tasting notes

This tea is just weird. It tells you it’s like butter cookies but then cumin, peppercorns, and coriander are in the ingredients….those aren’t really cookie ingredients? So I am kind of scared of even drinking this.

It smells terrible. It smells like butter and spice. That’s fine in food, In tea, I don’t know. Yeah really the actual ingredients say Indian food, the description is just way off. So is the name. Truffle would imply either there’s chocolate or there’s mushrooms.

No. I don’t even want to drink this. I took a couple sips and just no. Whatever it is doesn’t work. It makes me feel sick to just smell it because of the various spices, they don’t mesh, and so it just smells like a poorly stored spice rack where they all hit you at once, and don’t smell great together.


Poorly stored spice rack. That’s kind of been my impression of Indian food in general. I have found some I can eat but overall, too many different spices. I’m positive I wouldn’t like a tea like that.

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4833 tasting notes

This isn’t the first time I’ve tried this tea, I actually tried it some time last week, but I forgot to log it.

This was a very unexpected tea, mostly because I failed to read the description or the list of ingredients. I purchased it based solely upon the name Butter Truffle. My sweet tooth could not resist the name.

But that is not to say that I’m disappointed, because this is rather delightful. It has more of a savory quality than I expected, but, it is quite nice. I’m loving the smoky tones of the cumin and the warm peppery notes, as well as the hints of sweetness from the almonds, pistachios and hints of citrus.




wow, that sounds just like Carnival by Sanctuary T (which I love). Same ingredients and everything! Has anyone compared both? Are one or both of the companies reselling from elsewhere? http://steepster.com/teas/sanctuary-t/1143-carnival


It’s quite possible that they are the same tea… I have not tried them side by side though.

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1760 tasting notes

This tea smelled quite biscuity when I opened the bag, with a hint of nuts and spice in the background. It reminds me of SpecialTeas’ Almond Cookie actually. There’s not a lot in the scent or flavour that makes me think of butter OR truffles so I’m not sure why they gave it that name. The flavour is like baked cookies with a distinctly nutty flavour. It’s quite smooth in the mouth and would make a nice dessert tea I’m thinking. A little bit of milk and sweetener might really make the flavour pop.

Thanks to Dinosara for giving me this tea to try.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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Funny this tea. Dry it smells just like butterscotch candy. Once steeped the butterscotch dissapears. Overall, this tea delivers a smooth, nutty and slightly astringent cup. I don’t mind drinking it, but I was hoping for more based on the smell and the name.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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1780 tasting notes

I just love the look of the unsteeped tea. It has some great things in it: pistachios, sliced almonds, pink peppercorns. The smell is interesting. It’s sweet. Both the scent and flavor remind me a bit of a dessert roll with orange icing or like a creamsicle flavor with less orange. And in the ingredients list, orange is actually listed so that makes sense. I think the majority of the flavor comes from the last ingredient: flavoring. I don’t see the flavor coming from the almonds, pistachios, cumin or peppercorns. It’s more of whatever kind of flavoring they add to it. Maybe I didn’t steep it at a high enough temp or long enough time. The black tea itself isn’t a strong flavor, but you wouldn’t really want a strong base to go with these flavors. Overall, it’s a good tea. But I wish the ingredients would have shined more than the “flavor”.

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