Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Story of Tamarind Pop

We are now offering Tamarind Pop tea on our website.  This is quite an interesting tea and one that we did not come up with ourselves.  A couple months back I was reading through the thread on Steepster "What Odd/Unique Flavors Would You Like To See in a Tea Blend" and I had noticed that Alphakitty had mentioned that she was craving a Tamarind tea.  I thought that tea seemed interesting and doable so I sent her a message to see if she would be interested in doing a custom blend.  I was surprised to see that she was interested.  Custom blends are risky since we require an 8oz tea purchase for our custom blends and there is no guarantee how the flavor will turn out.  After going back and forth discussing what base tea she would like to use and trying to determine how she imagined the tea would taste we finally had come up with something.  This blend far exceeded my expectations.  In fact, this was the only custom blend that I have done that was so unique and tasty that we decided to make it available to all of our customers. 

Tamarind is flavor that I am quite familiar with.  Living in New Jersey there is an Indian restaurant on every block.  Well, not quite that much but you get the idea.  There is this super sweet tamarind chutney sauce that is great to use on very spicy Indian food because it helps cool the extreme spiciness of some dishes.  In Indian food, I primarily see the sweet tamarind chutney used with chaats (savory snacks).  It is also used in sambar, which is a delicious spicy vegetable soup.  We also have a lot of Mexican cuisine in our area and Tamarind Sodas are quite common and very tasty.  Tamarind flavor is a bit of sweet, sour, and fruity all at the same time.  It's hard to describe but the flavor is unmistakable.  The tamarind fruit grows in pods and comes from trees in tropical areas.        

The base of our Tamarind Pop is an organic black tea which originates from the Guranse Estate in Nepal. Tamarind Pop is sweet with notes of caramel, raw cacao, vanilla, and tamarind and finishes with a slight astringency. Add a little brown crystal sugar for a completely different tasting tea. With a little sugar this tea tastes just like a tamarind soda. The tamarind flavor is intense and melds with a rich caramel flavor.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sales, Customer Appreciation Offer, Reduced Prices, New Teas, Lower Shipping Rates!!!!

Wow, a lot has been going on and we have some great offers for our customers.  Check out what we have been up to below.  Since we will be adding about 30 new teas in the upcoming months, we need to make some room for new inventory.  

  • Spicy Mint Oolong (19% off), now $4.25 ½ an ounce
  • Organic Assam (30% off), now $4.00 an ounce
  • Raspberry Truffle (30% off), now $3.50 an ounce
  • Rwanda Rukeri (18% off), now $3.25 an ounce

Special Offers
Returning Customer Special Offer:
For customers that have purchased from us before we would like to show our appreciation by offering you 1 ounce of your choice of select teas and tisanes for $.01 with a purchase of $25 or more. If you would prefer the "new customer" option you may choose that instead. The following teas are available for this offer: Ceylon Black, Classic Earl Grey, Fine Ti Kuan Yin, Ginger Rooibos, Organic Idulgashinna Green, Organic Korakundah, Premium Chai, Pumpkin Creme Brulee, and Tangerine Creamsicle. To participate in this offer, you must be a returning customer. Simply add the tea you would like to your cart. This offer ends Monday, June 25th.

New Customer Special Offer:
For customers that are new to our company we would like to show our appreciation by offering you (5) 1 cup samples with a purchase of $25 or more for $.01. You can choose between flavored, black tea or green tea sample packs. Our flavored sample pack has: Cantaloupe & Cream, Good Morning Sunshine, Pumpkin Creme Brulee, Raspberry Truffle, and Strawberry Oolong. Our black tea sample pack has: English Breakfast, Organic Ceylon, Organic Guranse, Organic Kundaly, and Royal Golden Safari. Our green tea sample pack has: Organic Dragon Tip, Organic Idulgashinna Green, Organic Korakundah, Rwanda Rukeri, and South Korean Green. Simply add the sample pack you would like to your cart. This offer ends Monday, June 25th.
We now have a “Samplers” page  and have added a new guayusa sample set.   Check it out here:
Choose Your Own Adventure: Guayusa Edition
At Butiki Teas we love guayusas!   So, we are offering packages of 4, 5, or 6 guayusas and you get to choose which ones you would like.  Each guayusa is in this package is $3.75 for 1 ounce, which saves you $.25 to $.75 per guayusa (or $3.50 each if you chose the 6 guayusa package).   We have the following guayusas available: Apricot, Cider, Good Morning Sunshine (Lemon), Organic, Tangerine Creamsicle, and Winter Fire.

Lower Shipping Prices
We have new low shipping rates!!! 
1-3 Teas $3.50
4-6 Teas $5.00
7-10 Teas $6.50
11 and up $8.50
Spend $75 on our products and we will refund your shipping cost. 

We also now have Canadian rates posted:
1-2 Teas: $4.50
3-4 Teas: $5.75
5-8 Teas: $6.75
9-12 Teas $7.60
More Than 13 Teas: $9.00
Spend $75 on our products and we will refund your shipping cost. 

Smaller Serving Sizes:
Our display teas now have a single serving purchase option.  Please note single servings are sent in baggies.   

Reduced Prices On:

Recently Added:
  • Organic Daba Mountain Jade
  • Tangerine Creamsicle
  • Good Morning Sunshine (Lemon guayusa)

Brand New Teas & Accessories:
Organic Spring Twist: Our Organic Spring Twist originates from an all organic estate located in Dexing City which is found in the northeast area of the Jiangxi Province in Southern China.  This green tea is processed by withering, firing, rolling and then baking the leaves.  Organic Spring Twist is a flavorful and mellow tea that is intoxicatingly sweet with a vegetal aroma.  This tea has notes of fresh peas and the juiciness of a summer peach with a full smooth body.  Please note that we have a very limited supply of this tea.

Organic Dragon Tip: Our Organic Dragon Tip is processed by withering, firing, carding, and then baking the tea leaves. This gorgeous emerald green tea originates from an all organic estate located in Dexing City which is found in the northeast area of the Jiangxi Province in Southern China.  Organic Dragon Tip has vegetal notes with a roasted flavor and has some light yeasty notes.  This silky tea is sweet with light astringency.  Please note that we have a very limited supply of this tea. 
Flowery Pineapple Oolong: This light delicate tea pairs our premium Wen Shan Bao Zhong with a light pineapple flavor.  The buttery and orchid notes of the oolong as well as its light body marry well with the pineapple flavor for a well-balanced soft tea.  Without sugar this oolong has a wonderful light natural flavor but add a little brown crystal sugar for a stronger yet still natural pineapple flavor.
Finum Brewing Baskets: Our Finum Brewing Baskets are made from durable double-twilled stainless steel mesh.  Each basket comes with a lid that can also be used as a drip tray.  These large baskets allow the tea to expand in the water and will not impact the flavor of the tea.  Finum Brewing Baskets are dishwasher safe.  Please wash this filter before first use.  Our filter baskets come in your choice of green or blue.                                                                          

Cider Guayusa:  Our Cider Guayusa is refreshing and mellow with light apple and spice notes.  This guayusa is naturally sweet but we recommend adding a little bit of brown crystal sugar to intensify the cider and spice notes.

Will Be Available Soon:
  • Tamarind Pop: This was originally a custom blend for a customer but we will be offering this very soon.  This tea has an Organic Guranse base with Tamarind flavor.  
  • Watermelon Dragon Well 
  • Vanilla Guayusa: This one has been in the works for a while but vanilla is the most challenging flavor to work with.

Coming In: We have a lot of new high quality green, black, and oolong teas coming in the next few months in addition to some exciting new flavors.  We are currently working on a pecan banana rum tea and a grapefruit tea. 

Important Notice: We are very low on Organic Blue Nettle and once it is gone it is gone.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Office Closed for Long Weekend

IMPORTANT: Our office is closed Friday, June 8th through Monday, June 11th.  Any purchases made Friday through Monday will be shipped out on Tuesday.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  During this time we will be offering 3 free samples of your choice (Organic Daba Mountain Jade is the only tea not eligible for sample).  Please let us know which samples you would like to try when you check out by listing them in the “Instructions to Merchant” section or by sending us an email.  Thank you for your patience.  –Stacy Lim