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drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
495 tasting notes

I tend to neglect the darker, (Edit: more heavily oxidized) oolongs, and was pleasantly surprised to see Stacy had included it as a sample! I know next to nothing about this type of tea variety, or how it’s produced, and should make a point of trying more.

The dry leaf has a sweet and roasted nut aroma, with something like cinnamon or baked sugar. The hot liquor smells more like general toastiness and isn’t as interesting. The taste fulfills the promises from the dry leaf, though, and there is a lot of fun stuff happening here. Most dominant to me is the roasted note of unsalted macadamia nuts. That’s my absolute favorite kind of nut, and every time I get a taste of it here I’m mentally jumping up and down. You wouldn’t know just by looking at me but I am.

The finish has a gentle hint of bitter nuts, mixed in with something creamy, buttery, and sweet. I’ve never tried macadamia nut butter; I wonder if it’s as delicious as it sounds. The aftertaste is like fruit jam and honey. The empty cup smells like a full jar of honey too.

Hopefully I can stretch this oolong out today, with a multitude of steeps, as this tea rocks. I will pick up more of this in the near future, and it will get a rating then when I’m less excited about the delicious novelty of macadamia nuts and dessert. I never thought I would like this one as much as I do.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

okay, now you’ve captured my attention…. i love macadamia nut butter… may have to try some of this!

Sil

Nice… Tracy suggested I try this one given my strong dislike of oblongs, so it sounds like she might be right that I’d like it.

Sil

And by Tracy I meant STACY stupid autocorrect…

CrowKettle

I think you would be ok with this one, Sil. It tasted nothing like the floral and milky green oolongs I normally drink. If I didn’t know better I would’ve assumed it was a quirky black tea.

I thought it tasted a lot like the roasted oolongs too but wiki says it isn’t. Apparently, it’s usually heavily fermented and a leafhopper tea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dongfang_Meiren

CrowKettle

I clearly don’t understand oolong production at all, but this was a good tea :)

Sil

thanks crowkettle :) now i just need my tea to get here! so i can order everything haha

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JustJames

okay, now you’ve captured my attention…. i love macadamia nut butter… may have to try some of this!

Sil

Nice… Tracy suggested I try this one given my strong dislike of oblongs, so it sounds like she might be right that I’d like it.

Sil

And by Tracy I meant STACY stupid autocorrect…

CrowKettle

I think you would be ok with this one, Sil. It tasted nothing like the floral and milky green oolongs I normally drink. If I didn’t know better I would’ve assumed it was a quirky black tea.

I thought it tasted a lot like the roasted oolongs too but wiki says it isn’t. Apparently, it’s usually heavily fermented and a leafhopper tea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dongfang_Meiren

CrowKettle

I clearly don’t understand oolong production at all, but this was a good tea :)

Sil

thanks crowkettle :) now i just need my tea to get here! so i can order everything haha

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Tea Preferences: My absolute favourites are the floral inclined oolong and white teas. I also enjoy unflavoured green and black teas. Puerh is a hit or miss.

Fruit, cedar, anise, and vanilla are good. Black licorice, bergamot, and cheap chocolate are less good. Jasmine, cinnamon, and hibiscus are usually too strong in teas for my taste, but otherwise I like these flavours!

Ratings:

95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

1-29: There’s no way to put it nicely..

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