Royal Golden Safari

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Our truly exceptional Royal Golden Safari originates from a small scale farm in Kenya and has long golden leaves that mingle with milk chocolate and cacao colored leaves. Toasted walnuts and oaky notes are prominent with a light pear undertone. Cocoa notes are also present. This orthodox tea does not contain any pesticides.

Ingredients: Black Orthodox Tippy Kenyan Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 195 F

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55 tasting notes

Thank you for the sample Stacy.

After reading everyone’s notes on this, I was really looking forward to it. I am sad to say that my experience was that it had absolutely no flavor at all. I added a tiny bit of honey and all I tasted was the tiny bit of honey.

So, I am leaving my rating off for now and will pick some up with my next order. I have loved all I’ve tried from Butiki Teas so far and am willing to try this again.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Sandy-For this tea I tend to brew it almost twice as long as we recommend. I usually steep for 5 min 30 sec and I like the tea to be very dark in color. If you order again, let me know and I can throw this in as an extra sample in addition to your 2 choices.


I agree! Brew the socks off it. I don’t ever use honey (use agave, brown sugar crystals, splenda or sugar) …because honey overtakes the true flavor of the tea. (This is the general consensus) Love your willingness to try this again!

Sandy Stith

Thanks, Bonnie. I try to be judicious with my honey. I also use rock sugar and raw sugar. I just didn’t steep this one quite right.


Yup! Butiki is good! If you want to venture into puerh and oolongs and gauyusas, Butiki has good ones.

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6770 tasting notes

I have found that I like most of the Kenyan Teas I have tried thus far. I can add this one to the list! It’s really great! It has a cocoa and nutty type flavor to it. It looks much like a Golden Yunnan. Another fine choice from Butiki!

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A really delicious black tea from Butiki Teas … but that should come as no surprise for anyone who has tasted Butiki’s teas … their teas are always amazing.

A delicious warm, slightly nutty tone, with fruity overtones. Very, very good.

Here is my full-length review:

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2331 tasting notes

thank you Butiki for the samples! They are always a treat. This must be the lightest black tea I’ve EVER tried. The leaves are longer with an interesting mixture of colors: dark and golden yellow, which is maybe where the name of the tea comes from. The steeped leaves smell like a field of dry grass growing for months after a dry summer, waiting to be chopped down before the winter. It makes me a bit sad that it’s November and that won’t be happening for a while! The steep color is a light yellowish brown… I guess you could call that golden too. I steeped for three minutes and the water was way cooler than the suggested 195. I was surprised by its light fruity flavor! I thought of a cantaloupe, but I’d also agree with the pear description. It’s a cantaloupe and pear blend! Delicious! There is something slightly creamy about it too. A bit of a sweetness like honey. A bit of that grassy field. There is something there that maybe my palate isn’t advanced enough to distinguish… I thought “tippy” teas were also supposed to have a smokey flavor, but I have only tried one (Harney & Sons) and maybe that was stored around a smokey tea or my infuser had the remnants of another smokey tea. I thought this would be like the Phoenix/ Black Dragon pearls I love (maybe because of the coloring of the leaves), but both are complete opposites. Like I said, it’s hard to believe this is a black tea! This is a complex, light, fruity tea. A nice change from the stronger black teas I usually have!

Second steep: The water was much hotter and I steeped for 4-5 minutes which resulted in a MUCH different cup of tea. Now it is actually more like a malty deep black tea, without the fruity, honey or grassy flavors. Is this the same tea? Very weird! I actually preferred the first steep because it was so different. It just shows how sensitive steep times and temps can be. I’ll need to keep this in mind in the future!!

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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109 tasting notes

I received this sample from Stacy of Butiki Teas as part of their “new customer appreciation special”. Thank you, very much.

This is nice and surprising. Brewed leaf smells like cinnamon, malt, and oak. Liquor is a light golden color. The most prominent note in the flavor is of sweet potato. This reminds me of a Yun Nan Dian Hong. Very smooth and satisfying-I had no idea Kenyan teas could be so delicate. I hope this re-steeps well.

EDIT – I did get one more nice steep out of this. I had thought this was a breakfast “wake you up” type tea, but it’s more of a relaxing afternoon cup for me. If you like Yun Nan golden tips/needles, you might want to try this tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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225 tasting notes

This is the tea I like best from Butiki. It has a sweet honeyed floral fragrance and a sweet taste.


From the picture here it looked like a Yunnan tea, but now I know It is a Kenyan, and I really enjoy Kenyan teas. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so tippy! :))

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786 tasting notes

Very long leaves. Definitely nutty and I can see where the cocoa descriptor comes from, but I’m not sure yet that I’d call it cocoa. There is something else there, I just can’t place it.

Thus far, though this is the only Kenyan I have reviewed, I don’t think I care much for Kenyan teas. I have tried all of them in the sampler pack I got and while they do certainly seem like quality teas, they have all been much more astringent than I care for. Very, very dry mouthfeel. Almost to the point that my mouth feels parched when I finish drinking. But…

I held off on reviewing after the first cup. I brewed up a whole pot and it was less dry with a whole pot. I’m guessing I’ll have to be pretty strict about amounts and steeping time with the Kenyans.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Hi Nicole, I just wanted to give a brewing suggestion for this tea. I set the brewing instructions pretty much at the maximum time/temp to make a stronger cup of tea. The original instructions that were given to me were 1 level teaspoon for 3 minutes at 180. I think those instructions might be better suited to your tastes.


Thanks! I’ll give that a try.

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18 tasting notes

Smooth middle-weight tea. Lots of notes going on—other reviewers have described them better than I can. Pear, oak, walnut, a dusting of cocoa. Complex but not aggressive, elegant but not fussy. This is one of the few black teas I like without milk and sugar. This is a tea I’d like to have around all the time.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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749 tasting notes

This one came my way from Sil. Thanks!

This one brews up like White Rhino, smells like White Rhino, and the initial sip is just like White Rhino. Excellent!

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!


HA! Could have been worse, I guess :)


That should teach people not to leave their socks all over the place! LOL. But yes, waking up earlier than you’d like to should be illegal.


I definitely laughed about it. I more or less fell into a giggle fit and J thought I’d just lost it from the early hour I’m sure haha.

Oh keychange, I’ve tried so many purposeful creative ways to stop this behaviour. I’ve not had anything stick so far. But I figure I have lots of time to figure it out haha. :P


ah! I have to consciously not put my socks in the toilet every day, usually because I have tissues in the other hand…


Thank goodness I’m not the only one Tea Sipper :P

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