Yum. Sample sipdown from Butiki! This one smells absolutely amazing. Dry, it smells like sweet, rich ice cream with a hint of nuttiness/pistachio. I seriously have never wanted to eat tea so bad before.
Once brewed, it smells more like pistachio (grassy, nutty, sweet), with the ice cream (creamy, buttery, sweet) notes in the background. Didn’t add sugar to this one because I can tell I’m not going to need it for my tastes.
Now onto the taste:
Interesting, and in a very good way! The pistachio is the most noticable, with the ice cream notes and creaminess lingering at the end of the sip. The pistachio lends this cuppa a sweet, nutty, and slightly grassy flavor, while the cream balances this out and adds a bit of smoothness/sweetness to the brew. I’ve never had a tea flavored like pistachio before, but this one has to be at the top of the list. The pistachio flavor is really well done (it’s practically like drinking the nut!). The sweetness of the brew isn’t cloying. A really nice flavored tea!

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Started brewing loose leaf tea about seven years ago. Excited to share my experiences and learn more from everyone on here!

I’ve found I Prefer:

Oolong Teas
White Teas
Green Teas
Black Teas
Flavored White Teas
Flavored Black Teas (depending on the base tea)
Flavored Oolong Teas
Certain Herbals/Tisanes

I’ve found I Dislike:

Bitterness/Astringent Teas
Strong Floral Teas
Fruit Tisanes (at least hot)

Matcha and Rooibos teas tend to be hit or miss with me. I guess it depends on the tea and my mood.

That being said, I’ll give anything a shot!

When I’m not brewing/sipping tea, I’m usually reading, listening to music, working, or in the summer, kayaking/camping/hiking! I also enjoy a good movie now and then. I’ve got quite the collection going. It almost rivals my tea collection! ;)

I’ve only just returned after quite some time away – Steepster stopped working for me in 2013 and I FINALLY remembered this password and was able to get back on here in 2017. But I’ve been drinking tea all along the way!

Happy steeping!


Albany, NY

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