995 Tasting Notes
So Courtney and Sil are to blame for piquing my interest in this tea, and this tea is partially to blame for my first Butiki order. This was one of the few on the wish list.
And it did not disappoint.
Everyone’s already said it but it really is the black tea drinker’s white tea. It’s not a black tea, no, but it’s so malty and dark brewing for a white. And steeping at boiling feels so weird. It’s wonderful and exciting.
Yep, I came back around to this one again tonight. Such an on-again, off-again relationship for me and this tea!
Took it to my friends’ place for a huge D&D-style game. Everyone else was drinking booze while sickie over here was drinking tea :( but I definitely did enjoy it! So up the rating goes again.
I reckon I’m one cup away from a sipdown here too.
Delicious sample done and dusted!
As delicious as this is, I am ok with just having a sample of it. For now. I guess.
No, it’s great. Very lemon! I cheated and even early on added around a half a tsp of sugar for 8oz of tea and it was just enough to bring out those sweeter notes strongly enough against the zingy lemon.
Could have been a hint more almond. Which is ridiculous for someone who generally dislikes almond taste to say! But I was looking for that real macaron flavour, and as a macaron nut I didn’t quite find it.
Had some of this cold brewed, wow. Ginger winner! With this cold virus there would be a different winning flavour with each sip, between the ginger and fruit, but I think I can call ginger the winner. Pow.
I think I actually prefer this one hot, funnily enough. Cold brewed is still super awesome but I think it’s better balanced hot!
Should have tried this before trying Hello Sweetie, because I’m afraid to say it pales in comparison. As a fan of fairly incredible flavoured black teas, Hello Sweetie wipes the floor with Caramel Vanilla Assam.
But it’s ok because this is still a super tasty tea.
How interesting that I’ve never had a black tea with leaves quite as full and beautiful as this before, either. Oh, Butiki. So swoonful.
Dang. Yes. Yes, hello. HELLO. AHHHHHH HELLO I LOVE YOU.
Sorry, I got a little carried away there.
I have to be honest, I think I oversteeped a little so the black base was a little astringent. Still that delicious coconut shone through, but I wanted more sweetness, so I added a bit of sugar. Delicious sugar. All astringency defeated, and RIDICULOUSLY good toffee notes smashed me in the face, even through the stuffiness of this cold virus.
Do you know what this smells like, too? Smells a bit like Fantasy Island, aka My Favourite Tea Ever. This tea is actually the one I wanted to try the most out of every tea I ordered. It was this tea that made me finally place an order and stop my dilly-dallying. And I have not been disappointed, yikes.
After reading a few reviews I decided to add a bit of cream (why milk when you have cream?) and now I’m thiiiiiiiis close to just physically shaking and weeping.
This is divine.
My first ever guayusa, and what a one to start with! To me guayusa tastes a little like tulsi? I haven’t had straight guayusa though so I don’t know how much influence the flavours have on the final taste. I’ve got five more flavoured guayusas from Butiki to sample yet so I’m sure I’ll find out!
Also, made the mistake of having this at bedtime. Oops. Did not realise it was so full of caffeine. Thought it was a herbal, whoops!
Very tasty on both a first and second steep. I look forward to comparing this to the others.