I’m a little puzzled, this was a great tea but I’m not getting much of what anybody else is noticing.
It’s a bit claylike, with that drying sensation I get with wines sometimes. Reminds me of grapes in some ways! but certainly not of an oolong.
There is also a hard hitting bitter note towards the end of the sip, and a mild honey sweetness. All of this is overshadowed by the essence of something smokey, though I don’t actually taste any smoke, its more of a texture thing.
The second infusion really picks up on the honey aspect and balances out the clay. Light Pu-erh meets Dragonwell. Yum :)
Many thanks to Raritea for this sample, I quite enjoyed my cup!

Kashyap

strange as this sounds…try a ‘pour over’ technique….if you don’t have a pour over and a paper filter but do have a fine mesh strainer (like from a tetsubin or Asian market), just add the same amount you would expect for the serving (3g per 6-8oz) and pour the water through the strainer with the tea in it allowing only for the time it takes to pour through….visit here for an example of a Sri Lankan version of the idea https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=436697979744696&set=a.436697746411386.1073741831.435275026553658&type=3&theater

Indigobloom

ah if I had more than a sample I might have tried that! ah well. Thx for the idea!

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-I think it depends on how you prepared it. This tea can handle a variety of different brewing parameters. I’ve noticed green qualities at 160F, oolong at 180F, and black tea qualities at boiling. The tea also seems to have different notes at each temperature.

Indigobloom

aha, that makes more sense. I went with boiling on the third infusion and that was a trip! some sips it was almost black, others definitely green

Butiki Teas

Interesting. Its a very flexible tea.

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Kashyap

strange as this sounds…try a ‘pour over’ technique….if you don’t have a pour over and a paper filter but do have a fine mesh strainer (like from a tetsubin or Asian market), just add the same amount you would expect for the serving (3g per 6-8oz) and pour the water through the strainer with the tea in it allowing only for the time it takes to pour through….visit here for an example of a Sri Lankan version of the idea https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=436697979744696&set=a.436697746411386.1073741831.435275026553658&type=3&theater

Indigobloom

ah if I had more than a sample I might have tried that! ah well. Thx for the idea!

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-I think it depends on how you prepared it. This tea can handle a variety of different brewing parameters. I’ve noticed green qualities at 160F, oolong at 180F, and black tea qualities at boiling. The tea also seems to have different notes at each temperature.

Indigobloom

aha, that makes more sense. I went with boiling on the third infusion and that was a trip! some sips it was almost black, others definitely green

Butiki Teas

Interesting. Its a very flexible tea.

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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