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drank Blackberry Cordial by Butiki Teas
620 tasting notes

One of my saddest sipdowns to date (119/395).

I picked this tea up when Butiki was closing, not really because it stood out to me, but more because I just wanted to try all of the teas I could get my hands on while they were still in business. I am SO glad I did! This has become one of my all-time favourites from Butiki, which I totally didn’t expect! Everything about it is sublime, start to finish. The dry leaf is gorgeous and fascinating to watch unfurl in the water, and the scent of the wet leaf is divine – just like a blackberry pie filling! I could honestly just sit and inhale the scent for hours. The Sansia black base is sensational, and compliments the dead-on blackberry flavouring perfectly. I added a splot of honey which really amped up the juiciness, making it even more amazing than it already was. As I’ve mentioned in a previous note, the tea is really allowed to shine through the added flavouring, a feat which Stacy was very good at achieving in her teas. I only wish I’d been able to pick up a larger bag of this while it was available, because this tea will be sorely missed. I am upping my rating from 89, because if Butiki weren’t long gone I would be ordering more of this right now, sipdown targets and monetary constraints be damned.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Tabby

The ghost of Butiki Teas is still going strong here on Steepster, haha.

tea-sipper

I know.. right before Butiki teas closed, it was ‘buy them to try them’ for me too. I was never able to try this one though! Even the teas I didn’t think I would like would be AMAZING.

Nattie

I honestly don’t think there’ll ever be another Butiki ): I still have so many hoarded teas haha, whoops…

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Tabby

The ghost of Butiki Teas is still going strong here on Steepster, haha.

tea-sipper

I know.. right before Butiki teas closed, it was ‘buy them to try them’ for me too. I was never able to try this one though! Even the teas I didn’t think I would like would be AMAZING.

Nattie

I honestly don’t think there’ll ever be another Butiki ): I still have so many hoarded teas haha, whoops…

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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