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Drinking this one now while I wait for the bus to head home; this was a rare evening where we actually finished everything we needed to for closing AND everything extra to prep for tomorrow’s opener early so I get to take the last few minutes of the night to pop up a tasting note.

It’s been a very long time since that happened.

Maybe it’s the age (it’s probably the age) but this is kind of… ‘bleh’ to me. I mean NOT bad tasting, but just almost entirely bland with no real defining notes of qualities. Basically, it tastes like the sort of SUPER generic black tea that’s used for low to mid quality flavoured blends as the base. Maybe a little citrus-y? But I feel like even describing that flavour is a stretch. I have a feeling, as I head out for the night into the cold, it’ll be the kind of thing I drink for warmth more than anything else.

No rating – I know I’m not trying this one in its prime.

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Not sure I’m quite enjoying this as much as I would have had it been fresh. I’m not getting much pistachio, mostly just green tea with a hint of…something. It’s a decent green tea though, grassy but mild, the way I like it. I just need to power through all this old tea in order to actually buy some new stuff.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
623 tasting notes

This is a fantastic tea, even as old as it is, and I love it and it makes me miss Butiki so much! I love the fact that it’s just eggy vanilla eggnog flavouring rather than all the spices because cinnamon is definitely not my favourite thing at all and it’s just lovely the way it is. I have maybe 1 or 2 more pots of this (small pots, like super big mug sized pots). The leaves really didn’t want to scoop though so I have no idea how much I actually put in because all of my spoonfuls were half to 1/3 full and I just put in until it looked like ‘enough’. Still. Delicious.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Emilie

Personally, I looove cinnamon in baking, and hate it in cooking and tea. It’s so weirdly specific

Evol Ving Ness

For me, cinnamon is ok in baking, fantastic in cooking, especially meat and poultry dishes, and not so much a preferred flavour in tea. However, I have to stay open because I have found that the type of cinnamon varies and some particular cinnamon heavy teas are now big favourites. Like this one, for example—https://www.teadesire.com/products/cinnamon-star

Starfevre

I hate cinnamon in all forms.

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76

This is actually the second time I ‘ve had this in the last 2 days but yesterday I oversteeped it by I don’t know how much since I was trying to vacuum at the same time and it came out bitter and bleh. Today, I was much better about timing and it came out okay. Just okay though, I think this one is suffering from age. The tea is sweet and there’s a bit of chocolate and I can kind of taste the raspberry. It tastes like Valentine’s Day, if that makes sense, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thanks again to Kittenna for the sample of this one! It’s another that I missed during Butiki’s prime – straight teas generally weren’t often on my radar at that point in my ‘tea drinking career’ so I likely just skipped right over it.

I definitely enjoyed it a lot though, which just makes me all the more sad I missed this one in its prime. It was super bright and refreshing, though! Really, really strong and lively citrus notes and jammy red fruit undertones, with a sweet caramelized sugar and freshly baked bread sort of finish. I find citrus notes in black teas, Kenyan ones in particular, can be awfully brisk and often emulate more of a citrus peel or pithy citrus kind of flavour but this was sweet and juicy, more like the flesh of the lemon without any sourness – and I deeply appreciate that sort of lemon note in a good tea; black or otherwise.

It totally made the whole cup.

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How is this still good after so many years? The cream flavor has faded but the delicate rose scent and taste is there, along with an undercurrent of bubbly champagne. I’m on my third solid steep of this beauty and glad I still have a little left. Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfH4cjtlJoo/?taken-by=try.all.the.tea

Evol Ving Ness

Happy belated!

Kaylee

Thank you!

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How old is this tea Sarah? I can’t believe I’m even drinking it.
It might have been good 3 years ago, but bletch…
As a person who doesn’t usually care for flavored teas, I find this one to be bitter & kind of cloying.
And of course, it’s no longer available, unless someone wants this last tablespoon ?

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84

A good tea with good-to-great taste profile.

Flavors: Butter, Maple, Maple Syrup

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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78

Slightly grassy and floral flavour.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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SIpdown (514)!

Big thanks to Kittenna for the sample! I don’t actually remember this one at all from the good ‘ol Butiki days – I think it was just something that at that time I just wasn’t that into. My tea world has since expanded and I just looked over the reviews for this one and it seems like something I’m gonna be quite into!

Steeped up and… wow! It’s really good!

I’m actually surprised how incredibly accurate it tastes to Stacy’s description of it – especially after so much time has passed. It has some really bright, sweet and juicy Bartlett Pear notes. So succulent, and smooth with floral undertones. The rest of the profile is very autumnal and malty; with a sweet and nutty finish that reminds me of hazelnut. It’s so put together and I LOVE the juxtaposition of the orchard fruit notes in the top of the sip against the nuttiness in the finish.

Wow.

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drank Happy Trails by Butiki Teas
5948 tasting notes

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Another Butiki tea courtesy of Kittenna – although this another that I never got a chance to try. If I remember correctly it was a ‘mystery’ flavour that Stacy released during her closing sales? I can’t remember exactly what flavours it ended up being in actuality, though.

To me, however, I’m getting really robust and sweet notes of almond, cream, and red fruits such as strawberry, cherry, currant, and pomegranate. A mix of all those sort of red fruit notes though to create one big and somewhat more generic “red superfruit” instead of super clear distinct notes of ALL those red fruits. The almond cream mix makes me think of marzipan though, and I also get grenadine a little bit from the overall sweet, syrupy quality of the red fruit notes. It’s impressive how rich and robust the flavours are given the age of the overall.

The base itself is pretty strong too; it’s a CTC grade which means a lot more leaf surface to water when steeping which is automatically gonna make it a really intense, full bodied brew but it’s still quite smooth with rich notes of malt and a brisk, clean finish. Hints of cacao, and a bit of bread like taste too. It works well with the added flavours.

Loved this one overall – it was a REALLY strong, pleasant cup! Glad I got to experience it!

Kittenna

This was indeed one of the mystery flavours from the closing sales. I don’t believe I got #1, or if I did, it was a sample of someone else’s pouch.

I guess the only time I logged this tea was before the contest was over, so I didn’t say anything about what was in it! I bet Stacy might remember or have it noted somewhere.

Roswell Strange

I actually hunted it down out of curiosity, and on the FB page she says it’s the Crimson Horizon base with added marshmallow, raspberry, and pistachio flavours :)

Kittenna

Oh wow, I didn’t think to look there! I did check my Steepster messages + email though to see if I could find a record of my guesses, but couldn’t. That combo sounds familiar now!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve had new Butiki teas in my cupboard; or ‘new to me’ at least. However, I just got several from the always overly kind and generous Kittenna as part of a swap. Teaware for tea samples, though.

I can’t remember why I originally skipped this one when it first launched years ago; maybe just ‘cause there were so many other Butiki blends to try? And I definitely had a smaller tea budget. I’m glad I’m trying it now.

It’s kind of weird, to be honest, but at the very least the dry aroma works for me. It actually still smells really strongly of melon after all this time – but I actually thought it was watermelon over cantaloupe. It smells more like watermelon to me, almost exactly like Watermelon Xylophone but with this malty/earthy undertone to it. Less creamy than Butiki’s white based melon teas, for sure.

Taste wise it’s not as strongly melon as both dry and steeped aroma are; but it is there. I imagine it would have been a much more punchy flavour when this one first came out, but the subtle watermelon in the body of the sip is still nice. I don’t get malt so much; in fact I get more of an earthiness – so much so I actually had to double check this one was a black tea and not a shou. It’s also a little salty, and I can’t place where that’s coming from. I’m actually really into it though – salted watermelon is very much a lovely and delicious thing and to me this is just reading as a fun recreation of that treat.

I wont rate it ’cause I doubt this is good representation of what the tea was intended to be like, but I had a fun time experiencing this one!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbnVMSYVbvA&list=WL&index=5

So, it feels almost blasphemous to me to not be listening to some Pink Floyd with this one but this is what was speaking to me when I steeped up the tea. I’ve been on an indie/rap kind of kick lately. Actually, though, I think I may have picked this one kind of because of some word association though; the album image for the track is of a horned melon, so…

Kittenna

I didn’t know you’d missed this one! I ended up with quite a bit of it, and then had very mixed feelings about it. The watermelon was indeed a little stronger originally, but if I recall correctly, it wasn’t overly so. I couldn’t tell you where any saltiness would be coming from – you’re making me want to try it again!

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
1 tasting notes

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86

Just tried this at a local tea house. Incredible

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84

This is super old at this point but still very tasty, even if I did oversweeten it since I figured out that the entire contents of my favourite teapot fits into my huge deadpool mug at once. Makes for fewer trips to the kitchen anyway. Makes judging sweetener more difficult so far. The fact that I was simultaneously drinking a Dr Pepper probably didn’t help but this was still good. Stood up to 2 steeps. I wish Butiki were still in business.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Indigobloom

Lucky you. Where did you find some of this tea?

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