This is my second last untried Butiki blends, I think. Yes, I know it’s been a year… but pu-erh gets better with time, right? Anyway, I think I’d put off trying this one because I suspected I wouldn’t like it—it came in my mystery box and certainly wasn’t something I would’ve chosen for myself, not being a huge fan of either smokey teas or Butiki’s coffee flavoring. And it does smell overwhelmingly smoky, both dry and while steeping. The taste, thankfully, is much lighter. There’s still quite a bit of smoke, but it’s not overpowering, and the pu-erh base comes through nicely. What I’m not getting is the coffee, but that’s very likely due to the tea’s age (and probably not a great loss, given my above comments about coffee flavoring). This isn’t a standout for me, but it’s quite drinkable. Still, I think I may try to rehome it—I’m moving to London (!!!) later this year and have way more tea than I’ll be able to either sip down by then or take with me, so much as it pains me to part with teas I enjoy I think I’ll be trying to do a stash sale of some sort soon.

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Dislikes: spearmint, chamomile, stevia, marshmallows, unflavored white teas, green oolongs

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