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I had my first cup of this yesterday, but didn’t get chance to log it. I’ve not tried all that many oolongs before, largely because I believed for a long time that they just weren’t my thing. I’ve since had some successes, though, and so I’m trying to be a bit more adventurous.

The dry leaf consists of tightly rolled dark green pearls. They scent is very “green” and mineral, but the tea itself is relatively subtle to taste. It’s also mpre floral than I expected. I can definitely pick out the honeysuckle note, and there’s also something reminiscent of spinach, and a slight butteriness. I can detect some of the “mineral” flavour that I’ve previous disliked in oolongs, but it’s not too dominant here. I don’t mind it so much when the overall flavour profile is one I can get behind.

I don’t have much of this left — maybe two cups worth. I’m not sure at this stage whether it’s something I’d repurchase, but it’s definitely one I’d keep on my list of oolong possibles. It’s not that I don’t like it, just that I don’t really feel I fully understand oolongs as yet, or my tastes in relation to them. I’m pleased to have tried this one, though. It’s an unusual combination of flavours, but palatable all the same. Butiki really do rule when it comes to tea!

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

this is one of the few green oolongs i quite like

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Sil

this is one of the few green oolongs i quite like

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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