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Pulled from TTB 2022, shared by Inkling.
Oh goodness, I was so excited to see something from Butiki when I opened the tea box! I started drinking tea the year that Butiki closed, and I wish I had known about them at the time so that I could buy some of their blends before they were gone forever. I keep hoping one day they’ll reopen. I suppose I’ll keep dreaming.
I’ve been waiting for a good day to try this. I wanted to be able to take my time and have several cups all day long. Today’s the day! I started with a 15-second rinse, followed by a short rest, then 20-second steeps (following a note from Tealizzy). The first cup is a bit light and smells like cinnamon stick and dark chocolate. The second cup is much, much darker. It amazes me that such short steeps can bring about such a dark brew. Will continue on as long as my body will let me – the caffeine from the first cup alone had me feeling buzzy, but I shall press ever onward.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate
This was (obviously) shared with me quite a while ago and I have never written a note. It’s from Greenteafairy! Thank you! I think it was Not New by the time I tried it, so I was never really inspired to write a note… the flavor isn’t as spectacular as I’d expect a Butiki flavor to be, even older. But I would definitely guess this was root beer in a blind taste test. Now that I’m trying it again, there is more flavor than I remember, even the second steep. It’s distinctly root beer. I wish there was more of an ice cream quality to it though. And the honeybush is an interesting base for Butiki – I don’t think it was used very often. So I guess it’s impressive that this has any flavor left at all. It’s almost gone!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Please take any review that I do on black tea with a grain of salt because I truly do not enjoy many black teas.
This one is masterfully blended and high quality as is evidenced by the fact that I was able to get 4 steeps out of it which is phenomenal by any stretch of the imagination. It’s remarkably smooth for a black tea and only has a hint of bitterness. I do detect a slightly fruity aftertaste which seems dark and resinous in nature. I’m thinking that it must be the plum. It has an earthy, malty quality that is pretty pronounced but calms down to perfection by the second steep.
Per usual, when I drink black tea, the first cup is generally a tad strong for me and this offering was no exception. Cup 2, 3 nd 4 were quite nice.
This tea would never be a first pick for me but then again, no black tea would be unless I added almond milk and sugar (which I only reserve for my coffee.) With that being said, it’s head and shoulders above most tea offerings nowadays and even though my tea leaves are older, they still pack a solid punch to the credit of the expert craftsmanship that once was, Butiki Teas.
Flavors: Bitter, Earthy, Malt, Plum, Resin, Smooth
This tea gets points for not only taste but also for performance. Really, it’s a “super tea” in the way that you can re-steep it (I’m on my 4th re-steep now and I’m confident that I will get a 5th out of it) and it manages to hang onto every drop of flavour wthout fail. Call me “super impressed!” Haha
The taste is good on every steep but the first steep was my least fave, only because it’s so strong and I prefer a lighter tasting brew but for most people, this is hardly a draw-back. Fruity, nutty, cakey, what more could you want?!
Stacy really was a master with her teas!
Flavors: Cake, Fruity, Nutty
This is good. A lot less bitter than I was expecting. My favourite part is the citrus which is decidedly orange. I really love how the orange elevates the tea and really brightens it up. I quite enjoy sipping this in the morning before I head to work. A solid offering from the now defunct Butiki Teas.
Flavors: Citrus, Orange
A solid tea with a lovely pumpkin flavour. I also detect a spice in here, cinnamon or clove? Very Autumnal feel to it. The butterscotch is so light in the aftertaste that you hardly recognize it and the coffee is practically non-existant. The white tea itself, shfts back and forth from smooth to bitter, depending on any given sip. Overall, it’s good. Not my favourite from Stacy but a stable offering nonetheless.
Flavors: Bitter, Butterscotch, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Spice
Leave it to tea-sipper to both perplex me and brighten my day :)
First cup gone. Steep second for 5 minutes or so. After I pull the basket strainer from the cup, little oil blobs rise to the surface of the tea, burst and spread into iridescent splotches. When I take a sip, they disappear obviously into my mouth. Set the cup down, the blobs rise again. bloop.
By the way, this is stuff is really quite nice. Prettiest blend I’ve ever seen. Soft and flowery taste. It’s almost like a glazed lemon loaf. Probably the only Butiki tea I will ever get to try.
Flavors: Almond, Cake, Floral, Frosting, Hot Hay, Lemongrass
Another much beloved tea that I’ve been (very!) slowly drinking through my supply of.
It’s such a delicious, steady drink throughout a long session, gradually revealing it’s lovely buttery flavours, with underlying hints of that mature, smoke-adjacement note coming through. Delicious. I still have enough for at least a few more long sessions and I’ll treasure it whilst I do!
So it turns out this is the Puerh that I’ve been merrily sipping away at for most of this year!
It’s really very delicious. Full of stone fruit, honeyed flavours that interplay with that lovely, sweet, sheng bitterness/edge. It’s a real delight to drink, producing cup after cup of lovely amber tea, and has gotten me nicely through this rather busy spring!
Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Stonefruit