255 Tasting Notes
Butiki Educational TTB. Chinese Roasted Oolong.
Mmm. this is more like it! Smooth, roasted nutiness. This is my kind of Oolong. I was hoping for a wider variety of dark oolongs. I’ve liked most of the ones I’ve tried, and I know I’ve had some in Asian restaurants that I’ve liked and have yet to identify.
Butiki Educational TTB. China Oolong.
There were surprisingly few Oolongs that I was interested considering the size of the bag. Mostly because I prefer Dark Oolongs, and these appeared to be mostly green. This one was pretty unremarkable. I liked the nuttiness of it, but there was also an aftertaste that I didn’t particularly care for.
Butiki Educational TTB. White Peony.
So, I tried this one and it tasted exactly like the Bai Mu Dan White tea I have, which I love. I looked online, and they’re the same thing. Good to know! I feel like this TTB will give me greater confidence in choosing unflavored teas in the future, which is terrific! It’s nice to be getting an idea of what I like in this area, it can be a bit intimidating at first.
Butiki Educational TTB. Silver Needle
On to the white teas! There aren’t a whole lot of white teas in the box, so I decided to tackle them next. Again I picked a few samples out based on the scent of the leaves. I don’t know how reliable an indicator that is of the flavor – the puerhs I picked had relatively similar scents, but wildly different tastes – but I can’t sample everything so I have to pick and choose somehow. I’m not sure if I underleafed this one or what, but I’m not getting much flavor out of it. What I do taste is pleasantly floral, though.
Butiki Educational TTB. Puerh #9.
So, I need to find out what kind of Puerh this is, because I really like it. It tastes similar to the kind used in Rishi’s Puerh Bordeaux, which I also really liked. It’s smooth and earthy with hints of stonefruits and citrus. I will be keeping the rest of this sample.
Butiki Educational TTB. Puerh # 5.
I didn’t particularly care for this one. It had more of a fermented flavor than I prefer.
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Butiki Educational TTB. Puerh #2
It’s difficult to know where to start with this box, it’s so packed. The samples are separated by tea type, and in the end I decided to start with the Puerh bag, since its what I’m least familiar with. Even then I needed to narrow my selection, since there are so many things in this box that I’d like to try, so I did that through the very scientific method of smelling the dry leaves, and grabbing a few that smelled nice. This one tastes earthy and a bit metallic, though not in the unpleasant way I associate with certain artificial flavors. Still, it’s not my favorite cup of tea ever. It will be interesting to compare it to the other samples I grabbed over the course of the day.