Review: Butiki Teas Pumpkin Creme Brulee

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The smell of Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee black tea was therapeutic for me. I tend to get a bit depressed when the weather turns cooler. This tea captured and presented Autumn and Winter at their cozy best. One whiff whispered to my brain: Soft sweaters! Pecan pie! Reading by the fireplace! Watching snow fall! Salvation Army bells! Twinkling lights! If you can imagine the delicious potpourris and scented candles that expensive housewares stores start selling around October, you get the idea. It’s the kind of smell that puts you at ease and says,

“Buy anything you want! Everything must be alright because the world smells so good!"

I have always love tea, but this is the first blend that has transported me so. Here’s Butiki’s recipe for this moving mix: Organic Ceylon Black Tea, Organic Cinnamon Pieces, Pumpkin Flakes (vegan), Organic Nutmeg, Organic Natural Flavors (vegan).

The appearance of the product looked like it contained much less; basically, dark fannings laced with appetizing chunks of ...pumpkin? Creme Brulee? Both? Whatever those bits were, they dissolved when I poured boiling water over the leaves.

I steeped them for 3 minutes, during which time the aromas so intensified I could hardly wait to taste this concoction. When I did, I was not disappointed. The tea’s flavor was initially quite spicy, and then it turned mellow, floral, and vanilla, with a hint of cinnamon. On top of all that, the Ceylon tea flavor shone through it all, adding a satisfying astringency to the mix.

Butiki recommended adding sweetener to enhance the flavors, but I drank it black. I found it as creamy and sweet as a hot drink could ever be. It made me feel warm all over. I would drink this tea every day, every season. I rate it a 9.5.

— To purchase Butiki Teas Pumpkin Creme Brulee, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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4 Responses to “Review: Butiki Teas Pumpkin Creme Brulee”

  1. Ted Says:

    “Vegan” pumpkin flakes? This must mean these pumpkins never had faces — unlike so many Halloween pumpkins that are adopted only to be consumed or discarded when they are no longer cute and fresh.

    This tea sounds delicious. I’m a sucker for just about every ingredient listed.

  2. CJ Says:

    thanks for reading, and commenting, Ted. Yes, pumpkins often get the shaft-especially the ones that are discarded. They at least deserve to be eaten!

  3. Hugh Kimura Says:

    You made it sound so good that I ordered some right after reading this. I’m looking forward to trying it out. I also ordered 3 other teas, they have a great selection.

  4. CJ Says:

    Hi Hugh!

    Yes, I was quite smitten by this tea. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I’m craving some more myself!

    Love your website, btw. Very helpful info!

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