I enjoy citrus as a fruit. But for some reason I don’t usually like it in black tea = Earl Greys. I’m not sure if it’s the bergamot flavoring or what. But if there’s cream flavor added I’m much more likely to enjoy it.

The dry leaf of this smells like tart tangerines – kind of like when you dig into the peel of a tangerine and the oils from the peel are released. So I couldn’t wait to brew some of this up.

Used 2 tsp for 8 oz of water for a stronger taste as the allergies really kicked my butt yesterday. Today I’m left with a lot of sinus pressure and muted taste buds. Anyway, just over six minutes later I’m left with a darker orange liquor. I tried a tablespoons worth and got lots of tangerine flavor! It wasn’t sour, but it wasn’t sweet either; just straight citrusy tangerine. I don’t have any experience with the guayusa base, so while it may be there, I don’t taste anything other than the fruit. A little rock sugar sweetens the cup by bringing out the smoothness of the cream.

As with other Butiki Teas, I’m a fan of this one. I really like the flavorings Stacy uses. They taste pretty natural to me.

I’m hoping the next cup I can let cool down enough to try it cold or iced.

EDIT: I did resteep this and while the tangerine has diminished, it’s still a great second cup!

190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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I’m a native Midwesterner (Iowa, specifically) who was happily uprooted to California twice. SoCal is what I consider home, even though I currently don’t live there. I hope to return home again!

Tea has really come to fill the void of my current displacement. My husband & I (with our two tiny weenies) moved to Indiana hardly knowing a soul. It’s been a tougher transition for me than I’d thought it would be. I have amassed a cupboard of teas to keep me company until I feel more familiar in my newer surroundings.

I will refrain from giving numerical values to teas because I am a faddist. My likes and dislikes are constantly changing. Flavored blacks are what I gravitate to the most. Having said that, I do enjoy a wide variety of teas – you name it, I’ll try it. I may not like it today, but I might revisit it later and love it.

Flavor note: I prefer my teas to be bold in flavor. I am starting to come around to drinking tea without additives. But I do like to dirty my tea with rock sugar/simple syrup and sometimes with half-n-half/milk. Unflavored greens are unsweetened, but flavored greens I usually add rock sugar. Lately I have been favoring flavored guayusa and matés.



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