This could be a favourite green tea of mine! Oh it’s so delicious. The raspberry was dominant in the scent of the dry leaf, so that’s what I expected from the flavour too. Holy cow. As soon as it starts to steep the butterscotch becomes impossibly, ridiculously thick and rich to the point where I could have been convinced I was sniffing an actual butterscotch sauce simmering away in a pan if I hadn’t known better. It’s absolutely mouthwatering. There’s a hint of tangy raspberry in the background but the butterscotch really is the life of the party. This is reflected in the flavour. There’s a light spring vegetable note from the green tea, but 90% of the initial sip is pure, unadulterated butterscotch. The raspberry is a tangy juxtaposition of a backnote, and it comes out more when I add sugar, but like others have mentioned I don’t really pick up on the hazelnut. From Stacy’s description though I’d guess that there’s not much of it in here, which makes sense. Sugar also intensifies the butterscotch and adds mouthfeel so that it’s thick and syrupy. It’s incredibly decadent. The whole way through there’s been a fresh, light vegetal note from the base tea, which usually I would dislike but it’s not overpowering and manages to cut through the syrupy sweetness perfectly, and it’s very smooth with no astringency. As the cup starts to cool it becomes a bit more pronounced, but still not dislikeable. The raspberry note gets stronger when the tea cools too, but it’s still more butterscotch than anything else.
Although I bought it because it sounded delicious (and I was trying to pick up everything Butiki I could), I did wonder what the hell ‘raspberries and hazelnut butterscotch sauce’ meant, because I for sure haven’t come across it before. I had my doubts, not helped by the green tea base, and I did wonder if Stacy was making something completely random just to use up whatever flavourings she had left as she was closing up shop. I should have had more faith in her genius in seeing flavour combinations where others wouldn’t, because this is totally inspired.