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81

Peach, malt, and honey make up the flavors of this smooth and mellow tea, which ends will a vanilla-like creaminess.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 50 OZ / 1478 ML

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72

A bit of sugar makes it delicious chilled. Add a drop of milk when drinking it hot to accentuate the vanilla.

Flavors: Lavender, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 50 OZ / 1478 ML
Carl Kruse

never had but want to try

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80

The opening taste matches that scent perfectly, with chocolate and raisin dominating.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raisins

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 g 50 OZ / 1478 ML
Randon Morris

i had it and it taste awesome

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100
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
1 tasting notes

Lovely tasting tea I have recently been using this tea before bed! Love the taste and always wanting more!

Flavors: Pecan

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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94
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
2599 tasting notes

Thank you to Ost for letting me buy this from her. I couldn’t wait any longer and drank this in the morning as soon as I got back from the store where I bought milk. This has a lot of maple flavour, and lots of tasty toasted pecan flavour. The base tastes more like a black, but it might just be a highly oxidized unroasted oolong. It hasn’t lost any flavour with age, since it made my entire house smell like maple pecan. The reason I had to have this particular tea this morning was because I could smell the mapley dry leaf across the room. I’m the future I plan to make this with a touch of sweetener to bring out the maple.

Flavors: Maple, Maple Syrup, Nutty, Pecan

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drank Apricot Guayusa by Butiki Teas
1489 tasting notes

This is what happens when you go ‘home’ (where my stuff is kept in storage), and find tea that you’d completely forgotten about. I swear, this is five-year-old tea. Jeepers. Butiki! This stuff is pure gold, considering Stacey doesn’t (to my knowledge?) run Butiki anymore, and hasn’t for a while.

So, I grabbed the tea, and brought it with me on my travels.

I remember this being my first guayusa tea, and I can’t rememeber why. Perhaps it’s not that common (it’s not), and I’m not the biggest mate fan (which this reminds me of).

Drinking the tea, is fun, and surprisingly good considering how old it is. It still looks stunning – the leaves are flat and multicolored, almost like green, grey and brown confetti. The calendula leaves are still long, orangey-yellow and twisted like a good yoga pose. The smell is still strongly of apricot/peaches, and a hint of metallic earth.

The flavor is exactly how I remember it: a first hit of sweetness from a stone fruit, a middle layer of green… I can’t describe it any better than that… and final notes of a sort of cardboard sweetness. The last bit is likely from the age of the tea.

Do I love it? Nope. Do I like it? Definitely. I think I’ll finish this more because it’s bittersweet to drink this than because I really want the hit of energy, or the flavor.

Although, I could be convinced to send this along to someone else, if they really loved it and want some more. There’s maybe a mug-sized amount left.

Flavors: Green, Metallic, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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It’s good to see when Steepsterers are still enjoying Butiki teas AND that MissB is still on her travels. :D

MissB

Ha, I guess good things don’t change?

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100

obviously tea is LIFE

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is realy delicious!

Preparation
2 tsp 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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93

So it’s tasting note 2,500 for me! Not a big a deal, as another Steepsterer hit 4,000 just the other day. But I keep truckin along with my tasting notes. :D But how about a special tea for #2,500? How about a new to me Butiki tea?! That gets a very high Steepster rating?! Thanks for including this in the awesome tea package, StarFevre! I somehow never tried this one in the Butiki days. And I love the melon teas. I wanted a white tea today so a decent amount of these sickle shaped leaves with cute pink flowers went into the infuser. The dry leaves still smell like melon! More cantaloupe than watermelon, but I certainly prefer that anyway. And both steeps still had a HUGE amount of melon flavor. Awesomely unexpected. I usually don’t think a sickle shaped white tea has enough flavor, but this one had quite the nice sweet mellow base for the melon flavor. Maybe I steeped the right amount of leaves. I can always appreciate when an aging tea is still delicious!
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 70 second steep
Steep #2 // 12 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

Edited to add: Scratch that. The third steep is very melony too! At least when I used just boiled water. And now I will stop drinking this tonight and save it for tomorrow as it is 11:19 and I don’t need the caffeine! I wonder how the Butiki tea magician is doing these days? Not getting tea flavors to magically last forever, I suppose. :D

Flavors: Hay, Melon, Sweet

Roswell Strange

Hooray for 2500!!!

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Thanks Roswell :D

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100

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Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
6964 tasting notes

Midday cuppa yesterday.

I know this one was passed to me from a tea friend, but I can’t remember if it was Starfevre or Kittenna – but thank you to whichever of you sent it my way!

This was really nice; both dry aroma and steeped aroma are very sweet and fruity. I’d say that in taste, this mostly leans towards really rich, bright jammy red fruit or brandy notes but then has undertones a lot more like what’s in the company description; cocoa, malt, pecan/other generic nutty notes, and then a bit of sweet potato sweetness – without the starchiness. Just very sweet overall/in general. I greatly enjoyed it.

Starfevre

Me, I think.

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Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon

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I used 2 tsp of leaf in 500mL hot water and a splash of almond milk. Unfortunately overleafing it didn’t really help.

I’m not sure what potato pancakes were supposed to taste like, but I don’t get any pastry or potato flavours. I do taste some great apple and cinnamon notes, however. I actually think this is a nice apple cinnamon tea. I think the flavours have all faded quite a bit. After an hour of steeping it still isn’t very strong and the almond milk (which is already thin and non-intrusive) drowns out the tea quite a lot. I bet this blend would have been fantastic in its prime.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

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70
drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
725 tasting notes

Well this is definitely an oolong, which I generally don’t like, but I treaterd this one very gently and it is not too bad, all things considered. I really don’t love it though and it is a bit of a mystery why it didn’t go out during the great tea purge of 2017.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
2599 tasting notes

Thank you to CrowKettle for the share!

This sample is getting up there in age and has lost most of the green tea flavour. I do get dried fruit (strawberry and fig), prune, and something I can’t quite place. I think it could be either honey or ginger, but I’m not entirely sure. The ginger/strawberry/dragonwell combo sounds amazing in its prime, however I did not have a chance to taste this while Butiki was in business.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Fig, Fruity, Strawberry

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41

I wasn’t really enjoying this and I wasn’t sure why but now that I see that it’s an oolong, it all makes sense. Oolongs are not something I’ve ever managed to develop a taste for. Also the cinnamon is kind of strong for me in this brew. Perhaps I should pass it along.

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70

I am definitely tasting espresso when I drink this. It took a long while for me to pin down the flavour other than ‘dark but not chocolate’. Coffee, that’s what it was. I’m not a fan of coffee, generally, that is why I drink tea instead, but this is…decent. Definitely not my favourite and it’s old besides so probably it’s good that I can never get it again. Still have a couple of pots worth in my sample so I’ll get to try again.

Flavors: Coffee

Kaylee

Oh man I miss this one! Try it with milk – I always went with rice milk and a touch of brown sugar.

Starfevre

I did try it with milk. It still gave me a blech face. Do you want me to send it to you?

Starfevre

I liked it less and less as I kept drinking it.

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