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drank Dragon Feelers by Butiki Teas
2606 tasting notes

I’m deliberately not reading the tasting notes on this one so I can draw my own conclusions! This tea is definitely gorgeous, and reminds me of small, newly formed pods on sweet pea plants in the summer.

First off, I was surprised that the brewing recommendations here called for boiling water. Green tea? Boiling water? Crazy! However, I followed the recommendations, and did so. The leaves had no real aroma to speak or, nor does the brewed cup. In fact…. the tea also has very little flavour as well. All I can taste is a very faint honey-sweetness, with a bit of a boiled veggie flavour. Maybe a bit of almost a mintiness? All very, very mild though. I thought that if anything, I had kind of overleafed the cup, but I very much doubt so now. The most noticeable thing about this tea is its mouthfeel: quite full and silky-smooth, contrasting with the other teas I have on the go this evening.

Clearly I should give some other brewing parameters a try, because as it stands, this tea is really not one I’d go for again. There’s just so little flavour! Hopefully I can manage to coax a bit more out of it next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Yep, this is a lighter tea. I suppose you could try doubling the time to see if that makes it a little stronger.

Kittenna

Yeah, after reading other people’s posts, I do see that it is! It may also just be that I need to drink it on its own and not with so many other teas. I have lots to try again!

Butiki Teas

Good luck experimenting!

Kittenna

WOAH Didn’t realize my rating landed quite so low! Whoopsies. I always forget that the moderate happy face is at 67, not 75…

Butiki Teas

I’ve never tried to rate a tea before, so I had no idea what you were talking about. I just tried it now and its kinda weird that it assigns a numerical value but you can’t tell what it will be.

Kittenna

Yeah, it’s a bit confusing. I often go back through my ‘recently rated’ list and adjust values that didn’t land where I intended…

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Butiki Teas

Yep, this is a lighter tea. I suppose you could try doubling the time to see if that makes it a little stronger.

Kittenna

Yeah, after reading other people’s posts, I do see that it is! It may also just be that I need to drink it on its own and not with so many other teas. I have lots to try again!

Butiki Teas

Good luck experimenting!

Kittenna

WOAH Didn’t realize my rating landed quite so low! Whoopsies. I always forget that the moderate happy face is at 67, not 75…

Butiki Teas

I’ve never tried to rate a tea before, so I had no idea what you were talking about. I just tried it now and its kinda weird that it assigns a numerical value but you can’t tell what it will be.

Kittenna

Yeah, it’s a bit confusing. I often go back through my ‘recently rated’ list and adjust values that didn’t land where I intended…

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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