Red Queen Cupcake

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Black Tea
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Dark Chocolate, Strawberry, Coffee, Espresso, Floral, Cake, Chocolate, Vanilla, Straw, Flowers, Malt, Candy
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The Red Queen Cupcake was inspired by one of Chef Chloe’s (winner of Cupcake Wars) cupcakes, which has a chocolate and espresso cake with vanilla frosting and fresh strawberries. The Red Queen Cupcake utilizes our Dinjoye Estate Assam black tea and highlights strawberry, chocolate, and espresso flavors. The espresso adds depth to chocolate flavor, while the strawberry adds sweetness and freshness. Mild vanilla, cream, and cake notes can be also detected. We highly recommend adding brown crystal sugar, which will produce a very decadent treat and will intensify the flavors and develop the vanilla.

Ingredients: Dinjoye Estate Assam, Chocolate Chips (vegan), Freeze-Dried Strawberries, Safflower, Amaranth, Organic Natural Flavorings (vegan)

Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 level teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 190 F – 212 F (boiling)

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79 Tasting Notes

323 tasting notes

I didn’t have a single cup of tea yesterday because I was so busy (I was out ll day, and went straight from a shopping trip to work, only stopping at home for 12 minutes in between to get changed) and my wisdom tooth was playing up so much that I don’t think I would have been able to enjoy it anyway. I’d like to say I’m going to make up for it today, but I’m going straight from freelance work #1.5 to job #2, so I’m still pretty busy today. Tomorrow I’m back at job #1 for a few hours but then finally I’ll have a few hours when I get back to enjoy some tea. Unless they decide to keep me on a double shift…

I decided to have this one because of the chocolate, which I was craving and can’t have because of my new old diet. Sadly, the chocolate is the least prominent flavour. I’m a little bit gutted because I was really looking forward to Butiki’s chocolate flavour, and it just kind of gets lost in a sea of strawberry. It smells absolutely delicious while it’s steeping, and I can clearly pick out the strawberry, chocolate and espresso notes, but when I tried this plain all I got was a murky coffee/tea combo with a fairly strong strawberry note and not much chocolate. I added a tiny bit of sugar and it did bring out the strawberry more and make the base tea less murky-tasting, but there is still a mild astringency which is too much for me to drink a whole cup, since I’m quite sensitive to astringency. I added a splash of skimmed milk, just a touch, and it did help to balance the cup out a lot. The strawberry is no longer fresh strawberry, but more strawberry cream, like a milkshake sort of flavour, and the espresso note becomes more clear at the end of the sip, getting more prominent as the cup cools. I still don’t get much chocolate, though that’s maybe to do with the base tea. I’ve never tried this base on its own but I can’t help wishing Stacy had used something sweeter, with more natural dark chocolate and honey notes. The Sansia Black, for example, worked really well in the Chocolate Chili Truffle blend. It’s a shame that the chocolate didn’t come through for me, because I think it’s the note which ties the others together so that they make sense as a combination. Chocolate and coffee? Delicious. Chocolate and strawberry? A classic combination. Coffee and strawberry?… Not so much. Without that missing link of the chocolate it’s nice enough, but just seems a little bit odd and disjointed. I will have to play with the steeping parameters to see if I can make it work.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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109 tasting notes

This must be pretty old in my tea stash. I’m sure the flavouring has lost some of its impact by now but still found this plenty sweet without sugar.

Quite cupcakey and yes, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. A little bit of the espresso note yeah.

Will re-try this with sugar next time though. What a shame I only got to order from Butiki once before they closed down!

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1723 tasting notes

I tried this one with a couple of pieces of crystal sugar last night. It certainly increased the vanilla, strawberry and cake flavours, but I completely lost the coffee/espresso. It almost becomes a different tea, and I suppose that’s the point.

On balance, I think I enjoy this one without sugar more. I like the chocolate/coffee/strawberry playoff, and the way it culminates in a kind of strawberry mocha heaven. That’s too good to lose, even for stronger cake flavour!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

I miss this one :(


I preferred it without sugar also

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400 tasting notes

I’ve had this a few times now. First with sugar, then without, then with less sugar. It definitely needs sugar and 1tsp/16oz cup seems to be the perfect ratio to get chocolate covered strawberry sweetness. Anything else and the duskiness of the espresso-chocolate mix is at the forefront. Not bad!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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2216 tasting notes

A teeny sample from Kittenna! Thank you. :)

This one smelled overwhelmingly of chocolate, and I was worried. I also had a LOT of chocolate chips in the 1.5 tsps or so that Kittenna shared with me, so I was worried about that too.

But! Somehow it works. It smells very much like chocolate something baking in the oven. Chocolate with vanilla. Tasting it, however, and I get the coffee. Weird! Yet also somehow tasty.

I added a tiny bit of sugar and that really brought out the coffee. A dollop of cream, and it’s… berries and coffee and chocolate. Huh. I wouldn’t have expected the chocolate to be so mild!

Thanks so much for sharing, Kittenna. You have aided my goal to Try ALL the Teas! I’m glad I didn’t get this one, it’s not exactly to my taste, although it’s a really interesting blend.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

I really liked this one. The espresso note was just right, and god, the strawberries that Stacy uses…err…used, were just top notch!


Perhaps I should have measured/looked at the remnants of the baggie I sent! Though it sounds like you tasted the right things, so it seems to be ok.


No worries. I drank the whole cup, thoughtfully. :D

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1550 tasting notes

Strawberry is the dominant flavor here. You can see the chocolate chips in the blend but in flavor they are on the back burner. there is a slight espresso note too. It is good. I believe this is another one they are out of.

Brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Strawberry

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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123 tasting notes

Scent of the dry leaf is quite intriguing: mostly strawberry, with chocolaty espresso and maybe even a hint of butteriness. After brewing, I recall the strawberry was still present, but it was accompanied by an unexpected floral note and a rather strong bitterness. So I added a squeeze of agave, like I normally do with flavored blends. Still bitter. I may have wound up using twice as much as I normally do. The bitterness is minimized, but unfortunately so too is the strawberry flavor – it ended up tasting pretty much like a sweetened Assam with strong coffee flavoring that made me feel a bit woozy. I’m not entirely sure what happened, as I followed the steeping parameters on the bag pretty closely. Maybe next time I’ll drop the steep time to 2:30.

Flavors: Coffee, Espresso, Floral, Strawberry

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

Oh no, sorry to hear that. This one isn’t supposed to have any bitterness. Hope your next cup is better.

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2243 tasting notes

Another from my order! I originally overlooked this one since I thought the base tea plain tasted like tomato soup to me. Retrying it, it wasn’t! Odd. So then I ended up buying this one. It’s similar to Ruby Pie, but I could always go for a blend slightly different than Ruby Pie! The chocolate chips from Butiki never seem to impart much chocolate flavor to me, for whatever reason. But there are plenty of strawberries and strawberry flavor. The black tea is lighter but it’s perfect with this blend anyway. Very sweet and actually does taste like a cupcake. The pink flowers are perfect with it too! The second steep is just as flavorful as the first. I really don’t think this amount of tea will make 16 cups though. There isn’t 16 teaspoons.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 5 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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472 tasting notes

today i tried this tea . it was on my wishlist and Stephanie was so kind to send me in Christmas care package.
it was delicious. it does have espresso notes ( i love espresso). Strawberries and chocolate are great addition. the tea is so pretty to look at. smells and tastes heavenly.

Thank you so much my #teafiend for making my dreadful afternoon so yummy and cheerful. i need to make that last order w/Butiki.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

this is hilarious ;)


So glad you enjoyed <3


Making Fiends is amazing. :)

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787 tasting notes

Oooo! This is neat! I get high notes from the strawberry and base notes from coffee and chocolate merging. Adding sugar brings out the sweet and tart of the berry for me. Adding cream changes it into a cup of delicious! They berry is more muted and the chocolate more prominent. Aaaaand my cup is empty. Now for the big decision… do I buy more of this while it is still available?!

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

Yes! The answer is yes!


Is this one of your favorites? :)

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