555 Tasting Notes
Another tasty Butiki offering!
I ended up ordering another bag of this because I decided I liked it enough to hoard a bit.
It’s pretty true to its namesake, as far as the flavours go, though I wish there was a bit more cashew flavour. The last time I drank it though, it had cooled down a lot by the time i finished my cup, and the raspberry flavour had really taken over.
This is definitely one I enjoy!
Bought this on a whim as there was a tin for $3.60 on sale at the mall after Christmas. I figured it would be a good one to bring to work for my morning cuppa!
I LOVE Damn Fine Tea’s Tiger Assam, and I was hoping this might come close. But it didn’t. It’s way cheaper and easily accessible, however. So as I continue to hoard my Tiger Assam at home, this will be just fine for mornings at work with some milk.
I didn’t find it overly malty though. It sure was strong, just not nearly as flavourful as I’ve come to expect from my quality assams.
But for $3.60 – who cares!?
Happy New Year everyone!
I decided to smooth a bunch of random thoughts and notes in one review, because I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately and haven’t reviewed much at all. So this is overdue,
I think this will actually be a big Butiki review! seeing as how that’s mostly what I’ve been drinking these days.
Since Stacy announced the impending end date of Butiki Teas, I’ve found myself ordering more tea from her than ever before.
I blame that on three factors:
1) Butiki teas are GREAT
2) A bunch of new blends were concocted that tempted me
3) knowing Butiki has an unfortunate scheduled demise makes me want it even more…. Since I always want what I can’t have.
Soooooo, this is just a brief review off the top of my head of some of the teas I’ve been enjoying lately:
Crimson Horizon – still very much enjoying this in the morning, I love how dark and bold it is, and the awesome resteep value. I get two totally equal delicious cups per serving, at least. Malty and raisiny and potent.
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black – easily in my top five of all time teas. I will hoard this forever. I have decided my next mission is to try to find something from another company that comes even slightly close to being this delicious.
Irish Cream Butter Crisps – at first taste I was underwhelmed by this, because I found it very weak. And the name made it sound SO delicious. I think if it had been a black tea base instead it would be my very favourite. However I’ve subsequently had it two more times at least and have learned to appreciate it as as soft, lightly flavoured cup and have since purchased another bit!
Decaf Chocolate Raspberry Waffle – I bought a larger quantity of this than I normally would before tasting it, because of the decaf aspect. I wanted another option for my nighttime tea drinking. It’s not one of my absolutely faves but it’s not disappointed me, I enjoy how the raspberry and waffle notes take the edge of the chocolate so it’s not quite as rich or sweet as it might seem otherwise. A night late night treat!
Cinnamon Vanilla Squash – another soft tea that I had maybe hoped would have a bit more of a flavour burst, but ultimately also another soft tea that I have come to enjoy every now and again!
Plum Brandy Cheesecake – bought on a total whim. Tried it for the first time the other night and was pleasantly surprised at the genuine fruitiness! Very plummy and tasty. Will have to retry to see if I can separate the cheesecake flavour.
More later :)
I’m back at work after my glorious year of Mat Leave so at break times I have no Netflix (and no sweet baby) to distract me… Therefore – Hello Steepster! I have returned!
I ordered a hilarious amount of Butiki teas when Stacy announced her imminent closure. Hilarious to a non-tea drinker anyway. I had to hide my two massive orders, let’s just put it that way.
I took my opportunity to try things from my wishlist and just threw caution to the wind.
This tea was one of those – really wanted to try it, so I bought some!
Not at all disappointed.
Part of my going back to work preparations involved packing up my tea supplies with a good assortment of teas – some that I’ve wanted to drink and get rid of, and some that I knew I would look forward to drinking at work. This included three Butiki teas – only ones that can be made with boiling water because ain’t nobody got time for messing around with themometers at work. We are lucky enough to have a mini kitchen here with a kettle in it!
So I had a cup of coffee in the car but then when I arrived at work I made this tea. WOW so good! I recognize it as the base from Three Friends… I think? I mean it smells and looks the same. I’ve always loved the texture and colours of that delicious blend.
Very pleased to report that drinking it on its own is equally delightful!
I added milk, because that’s how I like my morning tea. It’s malty and flavorful with that whole bakedness and raisiny goodness to it.
Now I just need to find another existing company who sells something similar!
I have to admit, when I added this tea to my last ever Butiki order recently, I was living on the edge.
I’ve never tried a smoky tea like a lapsang before, only smelled them. I’ve actually had a sample of Adagio’s Sherlock tea on my counter forever from when Cavocorax sent it to me this summer…I’m terrified of it. I sniff it every now and again and flinch a little bit.
I like smoke flavored meat. That’s probably it.
But I admit the idea of this intrigued me. I figured it couldn’t hurt to add one more ounce of tea to my order…and if anyone can make me brave a smoky tea for the first time ever, it would be Butiki. And if any added flavours make me enjoy it, it would be bananas and maple!
I still found the smokiness to be a bit off putting, but overall the tea was enjoyable, even!
A really nice blend of banana, smoke and maple, balanced well. The black base was good and sturdy!
Definitely worth trying, and I think that finishing off the bag over time won’t be a chore at all! Hoping it encourages me to try others in the future!
I don’t understand how unflavored white tea can be so tasty!
I haven’t had much luck with it in the past, but clearly this is different! I really really loved it!
Had a good robust taste to it, not an average white tea. I enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you to Teavivre for the sample!
Wish listed :)
Sent samples of the Spring harvest of this tea by the generous Teavivre, am clearly ungraciously late in my review.
I admit I have a very hard time with straight white teas, because I don’t find they taste like much. I would even rather prefer a vegetal type of green tea instead.
This one smelled pleasant and haylike in the bag.
Tonight when drinking it. I admit I am surprised to report that I was tasting something slightly haylike, yet still refreshing somehow, and juicy?? Maybe like a tiny hint of peaches or honey.
Nice to see my tastebuds are improving slightly!
I will keep working on my white tea tastes.
Thank you Angel!
I never reviewed this either! EGADS!
This is my last backlog for tonight. I’m hungry, borderline hangry.
Sorry for the flood in your newsfeed. Or whatever Steepster calls it.
I have never had a roasted chestnut in my life, but being a huge lover of Christmas I’ve always been intrigued by the concept, and “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” always sounded like perfect heaven to me. So warm and cozy.
That said, there is something odd about this. I debated between this one and the chocolate one, and went with this. So i could taste the chestnuts on their own.
It’s enjoyable… but I wouldn’t rebuy. I can’t help but wonder if the idea of roasted chestnuts would probably be better than the reality for me – it’s still something I’d like to try someday though!
Perhaps I’d appreciate the tea more if i were able to compare it to the real thing.
I somehow never reviewed this!
It is DELICIOUS.
Definitely a realistic melon taste. And green rooibos is a-ok by me, unlike disgusting loathesome regular rooibos that tastes like wood!
I only got one tin of this. But I have the melon oolong which I realize is a different tea base, but is equally melony and realistically flavoured, so I like them equally.