Organic Sourenee Black Blossom

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Indian Black Tea
Floral, Resin, Spices, Wood
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 9 oz / 271 ml

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Our Organic Sourenee Black Blossom originates from the Sourenee Tea Estate, which has been operating for more than 100 years and spans almost 137 hectares. The name Sourenee is derived from the word “sour” a medicinal tree that thrives at the estate and “rani” which means queen of the valley. This second flush Darjeeling is hand plucked, hand rolled, and is graded SFTGFOP (Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe). Our Black Blossom is a sweet and full-bodied tea of exceptional quality. Strong baker’s chocolate notes are most prominent and linger long after each sip. This buttery tea has hazelnut, malt, bark, floral, and tobacco notes. Spice notes are present as well as lingering citrus notes.

Ingredients: Indian Black Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes 30 seconds
Recommended Amount: 2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 190 F

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326 tasting notes

Morning tea of the day! I didn’t realise this was a Darjeeling until I tried it. I’m definitely not the first to mention it, but it really does smell and taste almost like an Assam at times (and better than most of the ones I’ve tried, too!) To me the bitter chocolate note is at the forefront of the sip, and it really took me aback at how clear the note was. For me, still getting used to honing my tastebuds, I sometimes struggle to pick out the exact notes of certain teas, but not this one! The chocolate note is so obvious that I’ve had cocoa less chocolatey. It’s followed by some breadiness which pairs well, and some pleasant wood-like notes. There’s also a little astringency which isn’t a big deal but was enough that I added a small amount of milk. Sometimes this can alter the flavour of teas so I was hesitant to do it, but I needn’t have worried – it’s still as delicious as it was before. The most prominent after the chocolate is the floral note which is the giveaway that this is a darjeeling. I can taste a citrus note along with it that at times (I’m drinking two cups of tea at once and particularly when I switch back to this tea) almost makes me think that I’m drinking a really lovely Earl Grey, just for a second. The sip finishes on the chocolate note once again, bringing it full circle. I often overlooked Butiki’s single origin teas in favour of their blends and flavoured teas, but I’m really glad that an ounce of this was included in my mystery box. Stacy really was a fabulous curator of some of the best teas from around the world.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Yes, Stacy sourced the best single origin teas! And I loved that she carried all kinds (well, all the kinds I tend to go for), so it was really a one-stop shop vs. now having to look to separate sources for, say, Darjeelings and Chinese greens.


She really was a huge all-round talent. It’s rare to find a company that cares as much about its product.

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1731 tasting notes

My last untried Butiki. I went with the recommended parameters for this one – 2tsp of leaf in slightly cooled water for 3.5 minutes. The resulting liquor is a medium golden brown, with the scent of wood, damp leaf and dried fruit that I typically associate with darjeeling. The leaves are pretty – dark brown with silver tips.

To taste, I initially picked up notes of tree bark and cedar wood, both resulting in quite a “dry” flavour. There’s a touch of nuttiness in the mid-sip, and a lemon-like freshness in the aftertaste. It comes across as quite sharp, although there is a light maltiness that contrasts with this. As it cools, I’m finding it quite drying on the palate and a little astringent. Not awfully so, but enough that it distracts from what it otherwise a flavoursome cup. Quite a strong, thick-tasting floral also becomes more prominent towards the end of the cup, meaning that this one just really isn’t ticking all the boxes for me. I have enough leaf for a few more cups, in case I’m just having a bad day with this one, but I suspect it’s probably not the darjeeling for me. Since I couldn’t get anymore even if I wanted to, that’s actually a small relief. I miss Butiki enough as it is.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp

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1024 tasting notes

I drank this one down before work last Tuesday and I still remember it quite well. I knew that it was not a morning black tea from the smell and taste, but I am not someone who follows the rules; put me under citizens arrest guys.

This tea is nice and bold and though I still am not a fan of Indian black teas, I found this to taste rather pleasant

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3134 tasting notes

I’m actually not sure I remember what this tea tasted like today… it must have been the mystery tea I couldn’t identify. I’ll have to review this later, because I have very little recollection of it (or perhaps it was in the mug I might not have drank from?)

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123 tasting notes

The first words that come to mind while sipping this tea are “exotic” and “mysterious”. I don’t know how much better I can describe it than that, but here goes!

I can taste suggestions of the florals and chocolate in Stacy’s tasting notes, but mostly wood and resin and possibly some spice. The overall effect is a bit like discovering a long-lost temple in the jungles of India and smelling the incense and damp tropical wood interior. It’s quite a deep, dark flavor; more savory than sweet, and full-bodied without being overpowering. There’s enough astringency to give your tongue a bit of a tingle, but not so much that it gives you sandpaper mouth.

Very tasty and very intriguing. Thanks for the trip, Stacy! I can only hope that she will continue to guide us to wonderful weird teas like this after Butiki closes :)

Flavors: Floral, Resin, Spices, Wood

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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740 tasting notes

This tea is awesome. I knew at the first sip it was a darjeeling, but I didn’t realize that before then. I really do enjoy darjeelings. The natural medium steeping colour combined with the light taste is delightful.

There are hints of breadiness and a natural sweetness that I’m really enjoying. I may need to order more of this one before I no longer have the opportunity.


Argh, so many of the blacks from Butiki I dismissed trying in my last couple orders, because I didn’t need even more tea… and then I keep reading stellar reviews of them. Bah! :P

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2246 tasting notes

A sample from Butiki I have taken way too long to try. I’m going to make a priority list of teas to try and pick from that for a while. To be fair, this was stored around the super strong smelling Ruby Pie and it might have acquired some flavor from that one, but if it did, it is delicious with this one anyway. This Darjeeling is different. I can easily say it is one of my favorites. It doesn’t have too much of a muscatel quality, but it has a syrupy quality but also a bite to it. The flavor is very bright and fruity (again, could be the Ruby Pie). It also has a quality to it like the Taiwanese assam. The leaves do look similar, dark and twisty… if it also had some Darjeeling leaves mixed in. The color of the brew is a lovely autumn orange, as I’m expecting Darjeeling to be now. This one could be called Darkjeeling. I like it whether or not it has flavors from Ruby Pie. This is similar to the other Sourenee that Butiki carries, but that one definitely has more astringency and chocolate notes. This is much fruitier. The second steep was delicious as well but it tasted a bit more like the “bark” flavor mentioned in Butiki’s description. But to me that is usually what I call the cedar tree like flavor that oversteeped leaves have. I need to drink all of my Butiki samples… but then they’ll be gone!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps.// 18 min after boiling // 4 min
Steep #2 // 13 min after boiling // 4 min

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364 tasting notes

Today, I went to the market and picked up a giant cauliflower to oven roast, and some corn on a cobs. Now that cherry season is over, I’m all into corn on a cob, can’t get enough of it!

When I came back, I wanted a comforting tea. It’s been raining a lot here lately and it’s rather on the cool side.

This tea was purchased during Butiki’s birthday sale.

I’m already a fan of Darjeeling SF, but this has a different profile than a typical second flush.

I don’t get that fruity “grapey” muscatel I normally associate with SF.

Surprisingly, I get bitter chocolate and tobacco mostly, with floral notes.

It’s malty and full bodied. The’s a nice astringent finish, well balanced by the natural sweetness of this tea.

It’s provided a very good afternoon sipping, glad I got 2oz of this.

Pic of the session:


I loved the pic!!! :)


The pot is gorgeous!
Plum season , I love those yellow small plums sweet and sour skin. Yum
I can only get them from Farmers market


Thanks DeleriumFrogs!

Oh! i love those too boychik :-)

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1779 tasting notes

Sipdown! (192)
This was really amazing, and then really bitter as it cooled. Why? Why would you do this to me tea! Perhaps I need to play with it more.



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8269 tasting notes

final verdict on this one now that it’s a sipdown? Lovely taste but with an astringency to it that makes it good for me , as a morning tea. I’ll need to have a few more of my other teas before deciding on a final breakfast sort of tea but this one is pretty good :)

I’ve had more to drink but this is all i have time to track at…hopping on a plane in a few hours. Final count before leaving: 95 let’s see what the damage is when i get home haha


“Final sort of breakfast tea”

Deciding on a final sort of any tea seems an impossible hope with all the temptations to try new things! :)


Let me live in denial!

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