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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, Stonefruits
Peppermint tea is always my “go-to” cup. I find that when I don’t know what else to have and I just can’t make my mind up, peppermint is the answer! It always makes me happy. This is a good one. Nice, clear, bright peppermint flavour with a hint of sweetness. For me, the chocolate in this just comes accross as the sweetness that I just spoke of. Personally, I can’t really pinpoint it as “chocolate” per se which is a tad disappointing but it makes such a welcome caffeine-free option when I spend so much time drinking mostly green tea.
Flavors: Peppermint, Sweet
This tea is gorgeous. There’s no other way to describe it. The smell of the dry tea leaves were promising and when steeping, the heavenly aroma was front and center. At first sip, I was in love. Fresh, juicy, sweet, luscious grapefruit in a beautifully light coloured liquid. So mild, so smooth, so soothing. I couldn’t ask for anything more. As perfect a tea as I’ve ever had and well deserving of my highest rating of any tea on Steepster so far!
Flavors: Grapefruit, Smooth, Sweet
The raspberry flavour certainly comes accross which I really enjoy. Tastes like real dried raspberrries, no artificial or chemical strangeness in here! I love quality teas and I can certainly tell the difference compared to cheap teas. I am not a tea snob but I do seem to delight in a more refined cup now and then. This one is good but it’s not one of my favourites from Stacy. The fruitiness is my favourite part but I find it a tad bitter and astringent overall and I can’t really detect the cashew. What I do detect though, is a mellow floral note which is lovely. Re-steeps wonderfully!
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Raspberry
Er, whoops. Didn’t realize I’d only tried this once before. But I decided to try latte-ing it tonight, but I used coconut milk and the flavours are stronger than I intended, so while it’s delicious, it’s probably because it’s basically coconut milk + cow’s milk + maple syrup with just a hint of tea. I’m picking up virtually zero blueberry (I couldn’t smell it either) – ok, actually if I taste really hard, I can sense some – but there’s not a ton of flavour despite brewing it pretty strongly. Oh well, wasn’t a favourite anyhow.
Also: current tea count is at 932 (some duplicates, yes, but fewer than 100 I believe). This is still missing a large chunk of my teas (notably Butiki and Anne’s 52teas) plus the vast majority of swap samples I have. On the plus side, I’m sipping down a lot of stuff?
Another unrated one…. .
Didn’t have high hopes here, as although Butiki’s flavoured pu’erhs are pretty good for flavoured pu’erhs… they are still pu’erh, and I’m just not a big fan. But, blueberry could have some redeeming qualities. I didn’t bother with a rinse because I really think it just zaps the flavour out of these teas, and I kept the infusion time quite low today, as it happened. Turns out I may have hit the sweet spot by doing that. The aroma is light but definitively blueberry, and the flavour is gentle blueberry with a minimally earthy base, quite smooth. This is actually much more pleasant than I was anticipating. No champagne that I can pick up, not that I care for alcoholic flavours in tea anyhow.
ETA: Read someone else’s note about not steeping this in boiling water, and I do see that the baggie says 200 degrees. Interestingly, I think the kettle said 188 degrees today, and I just used that instead of waiting for it to reheat, so maybe lowering the water temp is a good strategy for these pu’erh blends?
Annoyed about yet another unrated Butiki. For shame. Anyhow this is a tea I would have better left to a day where I hadn’t contaminated my palate with garlic and spice. Oh well. It’s tasting more like a darjeeling to me than any oolong I’ve come across; it’s sweet, with a slight drying astringency, malty. I’d have identified this as black before oolong, any day. Maybe that’s just how Indian oolongs are? Or maybe that’s just what I’m picking up today. Will have to write something better later.
I wanted to make a coconut milk latte, but needed to pick a tea with lots of flavour that wouldn’t be obliterated by the coconut. A smoky tea seemed perfect! Voila, coconut maple lapsang souchong latte. It’s delicious, and undoubtedly twice the calories of my other latte due to the coconut milk, and the fact that I obviously (deliciously) overdid it on the maple syrup. Probably should start adding smaller amounts, tasting, and topping up if needed.
Anyhow, I’ve always adored smoky teas as lattes, and this is no exception. The coconut adds a deliciously different dimension, but there is still plenty of smoke. So good.
The only downside is that I’ve just dosed myself heavily with two cups of caffeine/sweetness right before going to bed… oops.
Still sick. More of this today, + cream + maple syrup. It’s strong enough to cut through this cold, at least sometimes. I’m finding it very annoying that I can’t taste things properly.
I realize I should be using this opportunity to sneakily sip down things I don’t like, but I’m being stubborn. That said, it occurred to me that my fluid intake is probably down because I’m not drinking so much tea, sooo maybe I should go make up some honeybush things to correct that…
This packet looked suspiciously like it had never been opened. The lack of review/rating agrees. Anyhow, thought this would be a great option for a waning sense of smell/taste, so I brewed up a nice big cup with milk and maple syrup. It was smoky and delicious, but that’s about all I could tell you. Thankfully I have plenty of this to try when I can actually taste it properly.
Sipdown 2020! 28/365
Sad sipdown, because this is absolutely my favourite type of green oolong (alongside pouchong). Just so creamy and perfectly balanced. The good news is that since this is a straight tea, I should be able to get it elsewhere once the world sorts itself out. Until then, I will drink other things…
How on earth have I not rated this?? Anyways, a pleasant surprise to find my baggie of this tea in the Butiki box. The lime was a tad more pungent than I remember, and there was less cream, but it was still delicious. However – it was very much not delicious the next day. I don’t know if anyone else has ever left an infuser with spent fruit tea out, in a way that it can’t dry (e.g. stack another infuser on top), but this tea smelled like that the next day. Decomposing fruit, or something. YUCK. It was really strange, because I can’t even think of the last time where a tea tasted so off the next morning (I frequently finish off cold tea in the morning.) Anyhow, I’ll probably try and drink the remaining cups a little more quickly.
Up sometime in the future: a comparison of this and AQ2T’s Lime Pear Fluff!
Oh hey, another unrated Butiki…
Anyhow, this was yummy. I have no clue what it is. Darjeeling? It was light and flavourful. No astringency. Need to pay more attention next time.
In other news, the baby has been asleep for four hours straight. This hasn’t happened in a month. Not expecting this (he usually wakes up three times in that span), I have been awake this whole time. Unsure if I should be sad or pleased. Also unsure if I should go to bed now, only to be awoken rudely in 15 minutes… or wait, and have him sleep the night through or something. Ugh, unpredictable babies!
Not actually sure I had even tried this tea before. I believe it was a freebie in one of the final orders. Anyhow, I don’t think I’m a big fan – it didn’t taste off or anything, but it was a little on the side of mariney/fishy. I should have written this note while I was drinking it, so I could write a bit more, but it was definitely a different type of green, and also definitely not my preference. Will drink again, but may try and send this one elsewhere.
And here I thought I was drinking another dupe of one I’d had a week ago – nope! That was Pistachio Horizon, this is Praline Horizon. Surprisingly, Pistachio was better (I thought I loved the praline flavouring more). Not that this was bad, but there was more flavour from the latter. I’d never be able to guess which was which if you brewed them side by side, though. I also screwed up and both oversteeped AND overleafed this one, so that might have caused some fixable problems. Anyways, nice to know I have 4 crimson horizon-based teas (well, 3 – the grapefruit one will go to a better home). Also nice to know this was not lost to the mice. I had a significant moment of sad a couple days ago when I was perusing a couple of my 52teas orders from years past, and saw a couple teas that I recall were heartbreakingly lost to the work mice. In addition to Butiki’s Pistachio Ice Cream, 52teas Calico & Black Cat tea (OMG I didn’t ever even rate it! I may have to retroactively do so. I enjoyed it.) and the reblend of Cashew Turtle. Ugh, my heart. I shouldn’t lie; it was no moment of sad, I’ve actually been mourning those teas full-time ever since I remembered. On the plus side, at least the blender is still active, so if I was sad/desperate enough, I could at least try begging/pleading!