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drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
493 tasting notes

This is one of the teas from the group Butiki order that I would’ve never picked out for myself, but ended up splitting it with a couple others, I think OMGsrsly and Cavocorax. I have just enough for two separate sessions.

The dry leaf smells like grape juice and rich, buttery oolong, while the steeping leaf smells nutty (almost like popcorn). Once the steeped leaf is removed the liquor goes back to smelling like the dry leaf. The whole thing comes across as sweet, moist, and savory.

I oversteeped it a tad, but the flavour ends up as rather delicate and floral. The grape flavour is gentle, with no cloying sweetness and only the tiniest bit of dryness to give it sour note grapes leave behind. It’s like eating ghost grapes (yeah, my tongue is tingling from the experience..); the grape sensation is wispy and fleeting, yet so precisely grapey. The cup is predominantly smooth, flowery oolong but everything it does suggests and compliments the grape notes.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Amariel

I almost got this one, but I don’t think I did in the end. If Jenn has some to spare,I’ll pick up a little from the meet up later this month.

CrowKettle

If she’s out I’ll put the rest of mine aside for you, if you’d like. :) It’s only about a serving though.

Amariel

I think she has some.

Amariel

Actually she doesn’t. So if you don’t mind setting something aside, that would be great.

CrowKettle

No Problem! :)

Cavocorax

Haha. Glad you guys worked it out. I only had a tiny bit to begin with, and it went quick…

OMGsrsly

I totally missed this. If any more is needed, I have 2 tsp left. :)

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Amariel

I almost got this one, but I don’t think I did in the end. If Jenn has some to spare,I’ll pick up a little from the meet up later this month.

CrowKettle

If she’s out I’ll put the rest of mine aside for you, if you’d like. :) It’s only about a serving though.

Amariel

I think she has some.

Amariel

Actually she doesn’t. So if you don’t mind setting something aside, that would be great.

CrowKettle

No Problem! :)

Cavocorax

Haha. Glad you guys worked it out. I only had a tiny bit to begin with, and it went quick…

OMGsrsly

I totally missed this. If any more is needed, I have 2 tsp left. :)

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Bio

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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BC, Canada

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