22 Tasting Notes

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Long flat green leaves, that have a toasty grassy scent.

8oz/180F/2:30min

I like green teas you can steep more than once. This is a good tea for that. The scent of the steeped leaves is very grassy and creamy. It have a very smooth vegetal taste thats slightly toasty. The aftertaste is sweet and lasts for a while. As my cup cools the astringency is going up and playing nice with the sweet.

I highly recommend this tea and anything from Butiki!

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86

The little fuzzy light green bud of this tea have a sweet alfalfa scent to them. They also have a slight floral scent to them.

I’m going to steep this for 4:30 at 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

The liquor turned out a very light golden color and smells very sweet and floral. This tea tasted very grassy at first sip and sweetened up as I drank it. It’s very wet feeling and makes me want to say juicy. The aftertaste sticks around for a while too with this tea. It’s really smooth and sweet, and keeps you wanting to take another drink.

This is an excellent tea and I recommend it to everyone! Butiki never fails to disappoint.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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86

This tea has a very dark brow color and is very twiggy looking. The leaves are all crumbly and folded. It has a musty, earthy, alfalfa scent. The scent reminds me of a old hay loft.

1 Tbsp / 8 oz water / 2 minutes / 208 degrees fahrenheit

Rinsed twice and the leaves started smelling more woodsy and kind of like burning wood.

The liquor from the first steep was a light golden brow color and was very clear. It still had a musty scent and smelled slightly like cedar wood.

This is a very smooth tasting tea. It still has that pu-erh taste to it but its so smooth. It has a smokiness to it. It tastes like drinking a campfire. The aftertaste is a bit peppery tasting.. Never experienced that while drinking tea.

I think next time I brew this I’m going to use a bit more. I think this tea would be better if it was a little stronger, purely my opinion though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Gyokuro Kin by Den's Tea
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Was really feeling like a green tonight and still had a sample pack of this in the drawer. Gyokuro Kin for me tonight!

The dry leaves are a very dark green color. They smell fresh and grassy. Reminded me a freshly mowed lawn.

Steeped this for 90 seconds at 160 degrees.

The wet leaves expanded quickly and smell really sweet. The grassy smell of this is amazing. The liquor is a murky radioactive green. Looks delicious.

This tastes very buttery and smooth. It is a bit astringent but the sweetness balances it out. Very nice mouth feel. A very savory tea. Spinach and seaweed. Just what the doctor ordered.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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89

Woot, my first pu-erh!

Interested in seeing how this tastes! The dry leaves smell woody and floral. I can smell the oak smell like Butiki describes as well. I’m going to steep this according to Butiki instructions. 4oz of water, 3-5 seconds, 200-205 degree water.

The wet leaves smell very smokey and earthy. Like wood and alfalfa and sweet flowers and honey. This tea tastes a lot like it smells. There is a strong smokiness and earthy flavor. The heavy flavor is opposite the light mouth feel. Every drink makes my mouth feel juicy and wet. Avery interesting tea.

I’m on my 5th infusion and the taste and smell is remaining pretty consistent. There is a sweetness coming out that wasn’t there before. Still incredibly smooth and delicious.

9th infusion and still going strong. Butiki says you can get 20+ steeping out of this and I plan on it.

Cheers.

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drank White Whisper by Butiki Teas
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Excited to drink my first white. I was really liking all the light oolongs I’ve been trying lately so I hope this is good!

The dry leaves are a long light green color with silver hair covering the buds. They have a light grassy, floral scent.

Steeping this for three minutes at 165 degrees according to Butiki’s instructions.

It produced a very light shiny golden color liquor. It smells fruity with a very light grassy scent. Smells very good!

This tea has a very light mouth feel. It’s really wet and refreshing to drink. It tastes really sweet and juicy! It has a light peachy flavor, not at all what I was expecting but very good! It’s very light and delicious! I can also see why this is described as buttery!

2nd infusion: This infusion was even sweeter and fruitier tasting than the first! It produced the same flavors as the first infusion but with more intense flavors.

I haven’t noticed much of an aftertaste while drinking this tea which is slightly a bummer because I would to experience the flavors of this tea for as long as possible. Still delicious! Recommended!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Tonight i’m drinking my Peach Oolong sample sent that came along with my Butiki Tea Order.

I’m following Butiki’s steeping instructions and infusing for 4 minutes at 180 degrees.

The small little rolled leaves smell peachy! They colors range from light green to very dark green, and there are a few twiggy stems. I’m also seeing little flower looking things. Hm..

My first infusion came out a very light golden color. Its such a nice color. Its also smells very floral. Almost like a sweet scent. The peach scent has retreated a bit, but still there. Taste time!!!

The first sip i’m going to describe with the word “juicy”. A light, sweet, floral, peachy, MMMMMMMM! Light oolongs are winning me over. This was what I needed all day. I wish I was better at describing flavors because I can’t really give this tea the praise it deserves.

The second infusion was even better because the oolongs flavor started to peek though. Sweeter, better, amazing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

The small dry leaves and little pieces of toasted rice and popcorn are all coated graciously in matcha. It smells very toasty and nutty.

Brewing this according to Den’s instructions.

First infusion gave me a radioactively green cup that smelled a lot like the dry leaves do. It tastes surprisingly less toasty than it smells. There is a very prominent toasted aftertaste, but while sipping It tastes very green. Probably the matcha. I don’t know If I like genmaicha or not. I enjoy drinking it but I don’t see myself ordering it in the near future.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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100

The tightly rolled nuggets smell grassy and sweet. Slightly buttery, a little like a green tea.

Brewed according to Verdant’s western brewing method. Rinsed with 208 degree water and then steeped for 25 seconds.

The wet leaves smell very grassy and clove like. The light yellow liquor scent on the other hand is absolutely amazing. I have never smelled a tea so complex. Granted, I’m still new to loose teas, especially oolongs, but this is blowing my mind. I can smell butter, grassy scents, citrus and then a super sweet floral scent hit me. Really caught me off guard. I haven’t even taken a sip yet because I can’t stop smelling it.

Alright, here we go…

Wow. The feel of this tea in my mouth is very wet. It’s so smooth. This is going to be so hard to describe. As soon as I take a sip its like a light buttery grassy taste. A few seconds later it starts to change before I swallow. It starts to get sweet and flowery tasting. I can’t really describe it. The after taste though… It tastes so much like citrus. It’s convincing me that I have just ate some type of citrus fruit.

2nd steep (20 sec):

The scent of the 2nd steep is even more floral smelling than the first. I could smell this tea all day. The mouth feel is so good with this tea. It’s tasting sweeter this time around. Maybe a more buttery flavor at the initial sip, but this cup is tasting so close to the first (and I have no problem with that ;P). The after taste is still very similar, but now, beside the citrus I’m tasting a green bean flavor. That’s probably just my untrained palate though. Haha.

3rd steep (20 sec):

I’m going to call the floral scent of this tea honeysuckle. That’s what it smells like to me. So sweet smelling. The third cup has a bite to it. Still delicious though. I’m kind of getting a vanilla flavor. Very nice.

This has been one of the most complex and memorable teas I’ve ever drank. I’ll definitely be ordering more soon. I urge anyone and everyone to try this. I’m very new to tea and this has showed me something I’ve never experienced before.

Cheers.

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83

This was my first Houjicha!

Dry leaves: The leaves smelled very nutty and woodsy. It’s a very familiar smell but I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is.

Wet leaves: The nuttiness has gotten a lot stronger and now I can smell a green tea scent.

Steeping produced a very clear, dark golden brown liquor. This tea tastes very smooth and sweet. It tastes a lot like it smells, nutty and twiggy. I feel like it tastes like almonds. Unlike any tea I’ve ever drank, especially green tea. Very good though. Just a hard one to describe.

Cheers.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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