Educational TTB 2

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This tea smelled like very light cucumber water. And that’s exactly what it tasted like – in the best way. It’s a very delicate tea but it tastes fresh and bright.

Flavors: Cucumber, Honey

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My first from the Butiki TTB2. I’ve never had a purple tea before and it’s definitely something different. It tasted like a mix of green and black teas. It gets vegetal from green and bitter from black. If I didn’t have so many other teas to try I would definitely try this with different temperatures and times.

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The leaves again looked pretty much like the other 2nd and autumn flushes- thin, short, and brown. The liquor was a light sienna and smelled earthy and sweet. The taste was similar to the 2011 autumn (wine, earth, oak), but muskier. I’m not sure if muskier is the right word, but that’s as close as I can get right now. Also, it was less astringent than the 2011 autumn flush, although discounting that I preferred the flavor of the 2011 to this one.

Flavors: Earth, Oak wood, Red Wine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The leaves of this flush looked quite similar to the 2nd flush- short, thin and brown. The smell was also quite similar (fruity), but with a little bit more of a kick to it. The liquor was a darker sienna color and the taste was definitely more red wine. There were also earthy and oaky notes in the sip and it was the most astringent of the darjeelings I tried. For that reason, it was my least favorite.

Flavors: Earth, Oak wood, Red Wine

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I decided to try another second flush, this time from this year. The leaves looked much the same as the 2013 second flush: small, thin, and short in shades of brown. The smell was fruity and maybe a little oaky? The liquor was a similar amber color. The tea did taste somewhat different. It was less sweet grape with a more mineral quality to it and was much more astringent. I preferred the 2013 to this one. (not that this one was bad at all!)

Flavors: Grapes, Mineral

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This darjeeling looks a bit different from the first flush I just tried. The leaves are short and thin in shades of brown and the resulting liquor is an amber color (much darker than the first flush. The first thing that hit me when sipping was sweet grape taste, which was followed by a taste that reminds me of red wine without tasting exactly like it. Sorry if that makes no sense. Overall, this tea tasted “warm” to me while the first flush tasted very fresh.

Flavors: Grapes, Red Wine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Butiki Teas

You are describing the “muscatel” notes!

mj

Is that what that is? Haha, I never knew what muscatel was before although I had heard of it. Thanks so much for this box, I’m learning a ton!!

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Yay for getting to try a bunch of darjeelings! I thought I’d start with the first flush and then go in “chronological” order, if you know what I mean. The leaves of this tea are short, thin, and flaky, colored green and brown. The best way that I can describe the smell is that it smells slightly green. The leaves brew up a light golden yellow liquor and taste like gentle hay with that “mountain air” taste I associate with darjeelings. The sip finishes with some sweetness and subtle tingling on the tongue, without any astringency. First flush is where it’s at :)

Flavors: Hay, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Dong Ding #1 by Educational TTB 2
228 tasting notes

This is the last of the oolongs! I did it! I didn’t try all the oolongs, I just tried one of each kind. The leaves are small, tightly rolled, and dark brown. The smell is a very strong oolong smell and the brew is dark amber. For me though, this oolong is maybe too roasted? It almost tastes burnt. It has a weird, almost coffee-like aftertaste that I was not a fan of at all. It’s just really in your face and not in a good way :-/.

Flavors: Burnt, Coffee, Roasted

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
sherapop

I’ve noticed that I tend to prefer the less-oxidized, greener oolongs…

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drank Wild Tea (China) by Educational TTB 2
228 tasting notes

This wild tea has long, thin, and dark leaves that smell vegetal with a hint of floral. They brew up a pale yellow-green. The taste is very lightly, unoffensively vegetal with floral overtones and a little mineral. Altogether, it is just extremely fresh tasting and I really enjoyed it!

Flavors: Floral, Mineral, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tie Guan Yin by Educational TTB 2
228 tasting notes

The leaves are dark and light brown, loosely rolled and they brewed up a golden yellow liquor. The smell is that characteristic oolong smell. I’m not sure how else to describe it, but if you’ve ever smelled an oolong you know what I mean :). The taste is not characteristic of other oolongs I’ve had. It’s extremely buttery! Buttery roasted nuts. YUM.

Flavors: Butter, Roasted nuts

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The leaves of this tea are thin and twisty, colored light and dark brown. The smell is fruity, maybe even a little earthy. The brew is a beautiful amber color. The taste overall is just very fresh. It’s a little mineral, floral, with a slight grape note (that could be the power of suggestion since it’s called champagne oolong). It actually tastes a lot like a black tea for an oolong and even has a slight astringency to it. I’d say it’s a black tea cross dressing as an oolong.

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Mineral

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

Is it like Oriental beauty?

mj

The only oriental beauty I’ve had was aged (or all they all aged?), so that might make a difference. But this was no where near as fruity as the OB and have a much different “character” if you know what I mean.

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This was the only Indian oolong in the Educational TTB 2, so I was very interested to try it. However, it’s left me very confused. It smelled and taste like nothing. Seriously, it just tasted like I was drinking hot water. I could have severely underleafed it. I did the same thing I’ve been doing for the other oolongs: 1tsp for 8oz. Anyway, I hope the next person has better luck with it :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Virginia

Omg I think that’s even worst than saying something tastes awful lol. Flavour profile: none.

mj

I know, right? I guess it’s a tea for the flavor-averse :-P

Megan

How weird! Oddly enough this makes me really want to try it.

mj

I hope you get more out of it than I did. Maybe try more leaf?

Marzipan

It could just be really old.

boychik

Maybe more leaf, lower temp longer steep? Just a thought

mj

I did add a bit more leaf to the basket and steeped longer, but to no avail. I didn’t want to use any more of it experimenting though

boychik

That’s how whites usually taste to me unless it’s Shang Tea

mj

I actually really like whites though and they are not tasteless at all to me! But this one….it’s just not there lol

Butiki Teas

For this tea you should use 2 teaspoons at 170F for a 4 minute steep. I’m thinking it was just a bit under-leafed.

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I managed to make it through the all the Taiwanese oolongs today! It was fun trying all of them and I was surprised by the amount of variation between them. This was one of the most unique of the bunch and I’m glad I ended the day with it. The leaves were small, brown, and somewhat flat; really quite unassuming. The smell though was richly fruity and quite the opposite of unassuming. It brewed up a dark amber color and also tasted extremely fruity, almost like a prune. It was a very sweet oolong and was one of my favorites of the bunch.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

Butiki Teas

That’s one of the teas that we sell. Glad you like it! :)

mj

Haha, I’m not surprised! As far as I know I’ve liked every tea I’ve tried from Butiki :)

Butiki Teas

Thanks, that’s sweet of you to say. :)

TeaTiff

mj- I am really enjoying your notes. I think you have been trying a lot of the ones I will hopefully get to.

mj

Thanks TeaTiff :)

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drank Wu Yi Rock by Educational TTB 2
228 tasting notes

The leaves of this tea are long, twisty, and dark brown and they smell extremely roasty! The liquor came out a light, orangey-brown. The taste was exactly as the smell would have you believe, very roasted even bordering on burnt. Despite the heaviness of the roasted taste, there is a surprising clean sweetness at the finish. Overall, this one was too roasted for me.

Flavors: Roasted, Sweet

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The leaves of this tea are dark green, long and twisty and they smelled very vegetal. The color of the brew was extremely pale yellow green. Despite the smell, this oolong didn’t taste vegetal to me. It was very creamy with full mouthfeel, finishing with a clean sweetness. Very good!

Flavors: Creamy, Sweet

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The leaves of this oolong are rolled and very dark brown. The smell is extremely roasty with an almost coffee-like quality to it. It brews up a sienna brown color. The sip starts our fairly innocuously, but finishes with a burnt taste. Not even a burnt sugar taste, just burnt. It leaves an aftertaste that reminds me of coffee. I’ll be honest, I dumped most of this. Definitely not for me.

Flavors: Burnt, Coffee

TheTeaFairy I love how aged oolongs transform with every steeps…They do have that coffee feel, don’t they?
mj

I thought so. Which is unfortunate for me because I can’t stand coffee. I can see a coffee lover really liking this tea though!

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This oolong has dark green rolled leaves. The smell is pretty vegetal and brews up a light yellow color. The main note I get from this tea is very full mouthfeel. The background players are delicate grassiness and a light vegetable taste, but they really play second fiddle to the mouthfeel of this tea..

Cheri

One thing I love about oolongs is the mouth feel. So many have that fantastic mouth feel….

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drank Ali Shan Taiwan by Educational TTB 2
228 tasting notes

The leaves of this tea are dark brown and green nugget. The smell is a very delicate oolong smell and the liquor is a light delicate yellow. I drank this right after the Li Shan and it was almost indistinguishable from that tea, but maybe a shade less vegetal. Definitely a pleasant tea!

Flavors: Cream, Vegetal

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drank Li Shan (Taiwan) by Educational TTB 2
228 tasting notes

This oolong is a mix of light and dark green leaves that are tightly rolled and they smell vegetal for an oolong. The brew is a light yellow green and the taste is all cream, cream cream to me. The taste is somewhat like a very subtle milk oolong with a hint of vegetal taste and a very thick mouthfeel.

Flavors: Cream, Vegetal

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This oolong has nugget-shaped leaves that are dark brown with reddish “highlights”. They brewed up a golden rod yellow with that characteristic oolong scent. This oolong is heavier than any oolong I’ve ever had! It almost doesn’t taste like what I think of as an oolong. It starts with a burnt sugar taste that morphs into a leather-like taste. Is that even possible in an oolong? It leaves a salty aftertaste. I can’t say that I enjoyed this one, but it was interesting, I’ll give it that! Thanks again to Stacy for this box!

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Leather, Salty

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Mission #2 for this TTB: try all the types of oolongs! Today, my goal was to try all the Taiwanese oolongs. The leaves are tightly rolled and very dark and have a characteristic oolong smell. Brewed the smell is much the same and the liquor is a pale lemon yellow. The taste is very nutty and buttery with a woodsy quality (NOT like the dreaded rooibos woodsy taste, it’s actually pleasant). It has a very creamy mouthfeel and the sip ends with a light sweetness. Despite having so many teas to try, I had to go back for a second steep with this one!

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Nutty, Sweet, Wood

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drank Silver Needle #1 by Educational TTB 2
228 tasting notes

The leaves were long and plump and I could definitely see why they might be called needles. The color was a light grey-green with some fuzz. They smelled sweetly vegetal and brewed up and an extremely light yellow liquor. The overall characteristics of this tea were a really light, sweet taste that I enjoyed quite a bit. It was also a little vegetal and a little mineral. As it cooled, it developed a buttery quality and a really nice mouthfeel.

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Another white from the wonderful Butiki Educational TTB 2! The leaves of this one were darker green, some spindly and some flat, with white fuzz on them. The smell was pretty vegetal, much more than expected, and it brewed up a pale greenish-yellow. The taste was also quite vegetal, much like a very mild green tea. It had a really nice sweet, clear finish that made me like it much more than I would have otherwise.

Flavors: Sweet, Vegetal

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I’ve been lax on my tasting notes this week. I just haven’t been in the mood for some reason, so I’m catching up now!
I have in my possession the wonderful Butiki educational traveling tea box #2 and I’m super excited to get to try so many varieties of unflavored tea. It really is an excellent opportunity to learn so much! Thanks Stacy!
I decided that mission #1 was to try all the whites because I know very little about white tea and I started with this one. The leaves are greyish-green and have an almost hay-like texture (not a criticism!). They smell strongly of hay when dry, which is a smell that I like a ton and they liquor comes out a pale yellow, the color of real key lime pie (no, it’s not green!). The smell did not lead me astray as the taste is also all sweet hay with a tiny bit of mineral-ness hanging around. It finishes really cleanly with a cooling mouthfeel. The rest of my notes on this tea just say YUM. That about sums it up! This was my favorite white from this TTB. So sorry to the people after me, but there was only enough for one cup when I received the box, so it’s gone now.

Flavors: Hay, Mineral, Sweet

Cheri

There were a few where there was only a cup left when I got the box. One of those I finished, but I think I skipped the others. Isn’t the box amazing, though?!

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