654 Tasting Notes
I’m having the second steep of this for my morning travel mug tea. It’s doing a number on my stomach but super tasty. I had the first steep for breakfast yesterday and it was fabulous. Very creamy. I can’t imagine adding any actual cream. It would just be redundant. Today’s steep is less creamy, more caramel. But seriously wah my tummy hurts and I may not be able to finish it :-(
Stacy made a semi-custom version of this for me, using Organic Huangshan Mao Feng as a base. Thanks Stacy! Given the number of notes complaining of astringency and finicky flavor, I humbly suggest a reblend using this as the base. No astringency or subtle flavor here. Just smooth cream. Irish on the front end with a hint of cheesecake at the back. Absolutely wonderful. Perfect travel mug tea on a cold day.
I won’t assign a rating because I don’t have the exact tea, but I would give this a 92.
Stacy sent me a sample of this with my last Butiki order. Thanks! I can see why so many people wanted her to make this publicly available. It’s all creamy banana and coconut with a caramelized sugar aspect. Not caramel like the candy, caramel like the type on top of creme brulee. I would expect a banana-and-coconut combo to be tropical, but instead it’s more like a mellow wintry dessert. Really lovely. I got four good steeps out of it. Numbers 2 and 3 were more mellow than the first, but still quite creamy and flavorful. Steep 4 was really all about the base tea. The banana and coconut were still there, but the flavors that came to the fore were smooth, sweet honey and caramel that I attribute to the assam.
Overall, this is a really great blend. Complex, but not demanding. I can see this being fabulous as a morning travel mug tea on a cold, wet/snowy day. If black teas didn’t make my stomach hurt, this would be on my regular rotation list. Though I think of this more as a fall/winter tea… maybe I need to start sorting my ideal cupboard list by season!
Steep 1: boiling, 4 mins
Steep 2: boiling, 4 mins
Steep 3: boiling, 10 mins
Steep 4: boiling, 13 mins
I overleafed this time. Now I only have enough left for a small cup :-( Which isn’t really such a terrible thing. I need to keep cutting down my cupboard count and I still have plenty of Pistachio Ice Cream left. I only really need one creamy nutty Butiki green tea. And I do like the Pistachio Ice Cream better.
This is lovely, though. The leaf is beautiful. Charming little pink flowers contrast nicely with the green leaves. See previous tasting note for more detail on actual, you know, taste.
So this is terrible. There are only two flavors: cinnamon and sweet. And they don’t mesh well. The sweetness is weird – not sugary or honey, but not quite artificial either. I made the rookie mistake of ordering this without checking out the Steepster reviews. Reading the comments after drinking this filled in the blank for what’s off-putting about this tea. It tastes like frickin Big Red gum. Exactly like a stick of gum. I am actively angry about the fact that I spent money on this. Which is completely ridiculous, I know. Bad purchases happen. But it’s still making me cranky. Plus I already put it all in a tin and the bag is gone, so I can’t just put it up for swaps.
I’m honestly surprised. I really like a lot of Della Terra’s teas. I don’t know what happened here. But this is a serious miss.
The smell of this one punches you in the face as soon as the bag opens. Equal parts cream and lemon, and strong. Brewed, this reminds me of Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon. The creaminess is more of an undertone here though. It’s not as cakey. Basically this tea tastes exactly like its name. Except the flavor is lemon, not lemongrass. I like it. As evidenced by the fact that I just got it tonight and have already had three cups.
This thing is adorable! Seriously, beyond cute. My cat likes it too. He tried to paw at the dangling tank while I was filling the actual infuser.
I like that this is silicone and dishwasher safe. It’s fairly easy to fill and clean, though it takes a little more effort than a basic steeper. I used this to brew some flavored green tea and had to stick my finger into the infuser to get the last few leaves out.
The main disadvantage here is a really big one: the holes in the infuser are too small. The water doesn’t circulate very well. As a result, the leaves don’t expand fully. Also there’s not much room for expansion. I only filled it about a third of the way in an effort to adjust for the limited space, but the tea didn’t even fill up the entire space because of the poor circulation. The tea ended up tasting fine, but not as flavorful as usual under the same parameters.
This could be good for a fine tea that doesn’t expand much, like rooibos.
Noooo! I’m out! But that’s ok, because I have more on the way.
This really is a perfect winter tea. Just a bit of sugar really brings out the maple flavor. I’m making a new note because I managed to overbrew the last of this. The timer went off and I just completely forgot to actually take the brew basket out. The risks of brewing when you’re trying to do eight other things and make it out the door in time. Anyway, the point is that this ended up steeping for about 8-10 minutes. Don’t let that happen. It ends badly. The result was very bitter. I would have poured it out except I needed the caffeine pretty badly and I was already out the door. So. Lesson learned.