Buttered Rum

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea, Butterscotch Natural Flavor, Coconut, Cornflower Petals, Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Flavour
Coconut, Creamy, Fruity, Tannin, Tea, Vanilla, Soap, Tropical, Butter, Rum, Butterscotch, Caramel
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Loose Leaf
Fair Trade, Kosher, Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Perry Papadopoulos
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 4 g 35 oz / 1024 ml

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Yo ho ho-conut

Hot buttered rum is so delicious we want it all day long. Unfortunately, most employers frown on workplace drunkenness, so we came up with this rich and creamy alternative. Toasted coconut and vanilla beans mingle with black tea in a caramelized caress of flavours. Decadent hot or iced, it also blends perfectly with dark rum, brown sugar and a dash of milk – so go ahead and indulge your inner pirate, off the clock. (MK Kosher)

Price per 50g: $7.50

About DAVIDsTEA View company

DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

13 Tasting Notes

2877 tasting notes

My coconut has turned, and it’s starting to get less pleasant to drink. That being said, when I bought it the coconut seemed stale, almost soapy. I’m glad DT’s newer teas use better coconut than this blend ever did.

Flavors: Coconut, Soap, Tannin, Tropical

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Mastress Alita

Just how long does coconut typically last in a tea blend? I’m a known hoarder, so…

Evol Ving Ness

I think it may depend on the type of coconut and how big the pieces are. I would think that smaller shredded coconut, like what is contained in this particular blend, would go off faster.

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308 tasting notes

I threw a few teaspoons of this into my Hario filter-in cold-brew bottle on Sunday, put it in the fridge, and forgot about it until last night (Wednesday). The flavor hadn’t gone off and the tea wasn’t bitter at all. It had such lovely light butterscotch and coconut notes. I drank the entire 750 ml with dinner. :P It was really yummy. I might cold-steep black teas more often.

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627 tasting notes

Today was an early mini-Spring. It got up to 57 in Fargo North Dakota USA in February! I had a window open, grilled a steak, and sweated. Not a day for hot tea, right? Well, after the sun went down I closed the window and sat down to write. But it seemed to get colder, and I realized that I had opened two windows and closed only one. So time for hot tea after all. This one sounds absolutely lovely. My favorite lifesavers are the butter rum ones, and I like butterscotch hard candies too. I’m disappointed to not be able to smell or taste this one. It sounds heavenly.

So, what did I think of it? It was good, if not great. A teeny bit of bitterness at the end of the sip. Next time I may add a lump of rock sugar. I don’t think I’ll rush out and buy 100 grams of this, but I’ll finish the 50 grams that I have without trouble.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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12 tasting notes

This tea smells of pina colada and I do not like the smell of pina coladas! The taste however, was very different. I taste butter, coconut and vanilla! It was divine!! I also like to put Coconut creme creamer in this tea. It was sooo good!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Vanilla

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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20 tasting notes

Wow does this smell good! Only thing is I notices some other reviewers said the same thing I’m thinking right now… it doesn’t taste like it smells, and you need to add a tiny bit of sugar. I don’t usually add any sugar or cream to my tea but I feel like this one needs both. The smell is SO amazing, just like a buttery rum cake, but it just doesn’t translate in a black cup. I close my eyes and this sends me back to the Caribbean!

Flavors: Butter, Rum, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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22 tasting notes

The smell of this tea really blew me away. It truly does smell like a buttery rum. I tried it without milk or sugar, and the smell was enough to keep me happy, even though the taste didn’t really taste like it smelled. However, when I added just the tiniest bit of cream and sugar, it really morphed into something different, and only then did it live up to its name. Creamy texture and sweet vanilla/coconut/butterscotch flavours were amplified tenfold. It really is one of my faves for the upcoming Fall season.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Coconut, Rum, Vanilla

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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1271 tasting notes

They had to of changed the formula, unless my tastes completely changed. When I had this tea years ago it was strongly flavored of rum and butter. Now it smells like rum but the rum doesn’t come out for the steeping, and the tea isn’t as thick tasting or buttery. I used to love this one as a latte but it’s too weak for it as is.

I was very tempted to pour a bit of my homemade vanilla infused rum into my cup to compensate. I’ll give it a few more tries, just in case I had a freak steeping or need new parameters.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

I recently ordered this, and I agree! It doesn’t taste anything like the old tea. I even emailed David’s about it, but they denied everything, and said I must be steeping it wrong ;(

Oolong Owl

They changed it for sure! Ditto for the Pumpkin Chai and Oh Canada. All the teas I bought from them recently don’t taste like the ones I got previously. Pretty sad, I was hoping when they IPO’d things would stay the same and not cheap out. Even the tins changed, mine’s lid fell apart. :(


Oh I missed the news on the IPO, but that makes sense. So sad though, they had a good thing going and who’s going to buy a luxury product if it doesn’t taste good?

Oolong Owl

Totally! I gives a market to the smaller tea sellers who use high quality ingredients. I guess like Teavana they just want to attract non tea drinkers who don’t know better. It’s not that the tea is different as well, it just doesn’t even taste good now, everything I got from them is watery and weak.


Yep, I had 3 teas in my last order, and two of them were off. I’m totally for supporting the smaller tea sellers, but it was nice to go to David’s and feel like you had a 100 wonderful teas to choose from. Oh well, guess I’ll be shopping elsewhere.


I recently purchased a new batch as this was on the fond farewells… This doesn’t taste the same as the older formula. Yikes.

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348 tasting notes

Cold-brewed this overnight and I think I like it better cold than hot. :) Can’t really taste much of the base tea, but the flavouring is quite lovely – butterscotch, vanilla, coconut.

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1088 tasting notes

This one is tricky. Just enough dry leaf in your spoon and it is sublime coconut butter rum flavour on a gentle black base. The slightest bit of extra leaf in your spoon and it becomes an artificial fiesta. Easy does it.

Still one of my favourite DTs’ blends despite how finicky it can be.


I always thought I hated this one for that reason… until it was made for me, properly

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