514 Tasting Notes
Oh Stacy – you are a tea blending wizard!
Just received my (possibly penultimate) package of Butiki teas and had to try this one first. Steeped according to the instructions on the package and added a tiny drop of agave since I couldn’t open my rock sugar jar.
The first thing I taste is the pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavour – the butterscotch sweetens it up and adds a high note while the coffee sashays in the background, like a deep bass thrum, supporting your decision to drink tea instead of coffee today.
Perfectly smooth and expertly blended, Butiki just keeps me coming back for more right until the end!
Flavors: Butterscotch, Coffee, Hay, Pumpkin
Love this tea – my favourite way to brew so far is heavy on the leaf: a short brew sipped straight, followed by a lengthy brew time with a bit of brown sugar and milk. I won’t say it kills my craving for hot chocolate, but oh my it is a decadent cup.
An earthy, toasty taste is dominant with a matching mouth-feel – which turns creamy and chocolatey as it reaches the back of the tongue. One to experience over and over – I have feeling it will be a different experience every time! A nice change from the usual (albeit amazing) Laoshan Black!
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Rice
Love love love this new tea of the month! So jazzed it’s on the shelf for the year, because I’m already craving it and I drink at least a cup a day every time I work.
This oolong is smooth and sweet (from the sweet blackberry leaf), with just a wee bite from the ginger. It tastes healthful and delicious at the same time, definitely worlds above Happy Kombucha. I did myself a flavour favour and brewed this up double strength with a pump of agave and soymilk: It was like drinking strawberries and cream, or strawberry icecream.
Also quite pleased with the punny name, Yogi Bear, strawberry doing yoga on the package, just poifect.
Flavors: Ginger, Raspberry, Smooth, Strawberry
I’ll have to try cold steeping this one, as it is so so finnicky when it comes to being bitter.
I wish it smelled as sweet and juicy as the dry leaf, but even with 175 temp water and a short steep, I rarely get a relaxing brew. More often than not, I’m left with a bitter cup that is overwhelmed with jasmine.
Oh Buddha’s Blend, I yearn for your to take me to nirvana, but I’ll have to find that in another tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Jasmine
This tea does wonders for my rampant anxiety. I don’t know if it’s Halifax, my age, the season or what but I am more anxious than I have ever been in my entire life. Work has slowed down so now I can focus on my future – whatever will 2015 hold…
Enter The Big Chill. I would pick this one over Mother’s Little Helper any day, although the valerian root in both teas does make me feel drowsy, this one tastes so so much better imo.
I find the vanilla to be at the frontline (smooth and creamy), just a hint of mint and refreshing but soothing lemon ties it all together. I don’t drink it for the taste though, more the relaxing properties, it just happens to be tasty as well :3
Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Vanilla
Sippin’ this one down, my last cup as I place my (possible) last order from Butiki Teas.
It’s creamy with just a hint of nutmeg, not even the “Noel Nog” this Christmas captured the essence of egg nog – this tea does. The mouthfeel is like marshmallow – out of this world, vanilla smoothness, and of course the taste of the actual tea leaf the whole time. Brilliance.
Flavors: Cream, Eggnog, Nutmeg, Vanilla
A friend from Exeter sent this to me via post for Christmas! All the way to Canada – it was a gorgeous care package and the tea itself is delicious!
Flavoured like a ferrero rocher (oh yeeeah) and bold enough for some cream and sugar. Doin’ it right, a lovely quality tea bag!
Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut
Well well well, my time at Lush took over my life, and my tea consumption dropped so so much – a little Alpine Punch should get me back in the tea spirit… especially since I am now working at DavidsTea!
Oh yes I think my love of tea is back with a vengeance. Any teas I review from here on out (from DT) I’ll leave off my # rating, but I’m so so pumped to get back to drinking what I love most! TEA!
Glad that this is permanently on the shelf, as I have fond memories of my first cup of this back in Regina a few years ago. We keep growing older and the tea stays by our side, even as tastes change and evolve :)