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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
947 tasting notes

Every year or so, I exhume the desecrated husk of my sole remaining Butiki tea and mourn anew. It’s a grizzly and macabre affair. It involves a lot of pining.

The ginger is now very bright, somewhat eclipsing the strawberry, which in turn has mostly drowned out the withered remains of the green tea base (why did I hoard a green tea? I should have gone with a black tea or something. I have so many regrets).

There is still beauty in the residue. Stacy made the best blends.

Flavors: Ginger, Nuts, Strawberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
tea-sipper

Butiki forever!

Nattie

I still have so many Butiki teas I’m hoarding

CrowKettle

@Nattie, I don’t blame you! I’d be hoarding if I had your stash too. Some of the flavouring is as tough as nails.

I’m a tad over-dramatic in my note about the tea decay. Wven though this dragonwell is tired (oxidized brown), the original flavouring of strawberry and ginger is still pretty strong, if not stronger! Sometimes, I add a bit of fresh dragonwell when available and that brings back that missing dimension :)

Nattie

Hey that’s a great tip! Yeah a couple of my Butikis are at a point where I probably should call it and get rid of them, but I would say around 90% are still doing great! They’re fighters (: and it’s just as well too, with the amount I have left!

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tea-sipper

Butiki forever!

Nattie

I still have so many Butiki teas I’m hoarding

CrowKettle

@Nattie, I don’t blame you! I’d be hoarding if I had your stash too. Some of the flavouring is as tough as nails.

I’m a tad over-dramatic in my note about the tea decay. Wven though this dragonwell is tired (oxidized brown), the original flavouring of strawberry and ginger is still pretty strong, if not stronger! Sometimes, I add a bit of fresh dragonwell when available and that brings back that missing dimension :)

Nattie

Hey that’s a great tip! Yeah a couple of my Butikis are at a point where I probably should call it and get rid of them, but I would say around 90% are still doing great! They’re fighters (: and it’s just as well too, with the amount I have left!

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike or stay away from: apple, cocoa nibs, marine, peach, stevia, dairy products

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

90-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

85-89: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-84: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

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BC, Lower Mainland

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