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Organic Blue Nettle

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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  • “I decided to cold brew this one for 24 hours so I'm drinking my results today. This is such an interesting tea and the cold brewing has brought out some nice lemon-y notes in addition to the savory...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2156 tasting notes
  • “Before I review this tea, take a good look at the picture of the tea itself. Yes, it is hand rolled and twisted...and the leaves are whole and full of buds. This tea is from Sri Lanka, and Fair...” Read full tasting note
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    bonniejohnstone 672 tasting notes
  • “I am in the process of creating a recipe book for my kids for Christmas - my daughter requested this - meals they grew up on many of which I also grew up on. My eyes are crossing and I am beat!...” Read full tasting note
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    azzrian 807 tasting notes
  • “I have been saving this tea that *Bonnie* sent to me because it is so cool looking that I couldn't just drink it any old time. I wanted to wind down tonight after doing some more organizing, going...” Read full tasting note
    ashmanra 1768 tasting notes

From Butiki Teas

Organic Blue Nettle has long green leaves that are twisted together by hand. This green tea originates from the Idulgashinna Estate in Sri Lanka and is Bio Dynamic and Fair Trade. Organic Blue Nettle is a mild green tea that has light seaweed and artichoke notes.

Ingredients: Organic Green Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes
Recommended Amount: Approximately 2 pieces (or 2 grams of tea) for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 180 F

For more information, please visit: http://www.butikiteas.com

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16 Tasting Notes

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2156 tasting notes

I decided to cold brew this one for 24 hours so I’m drinking my results today. This is such an interesting tea and the cold brewing has brought out some nice lemon-y notes in addition to the savory artichoke. So glad I tried it this way!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
ScottTeaMan

So Amy, how much tea did you use?

TeaBrat

This tea comes in little cones, I used about 7 of them for the cold brew thingie

ScottTeaMan

Is it a quart…….I hate to be so specific all the time. ://

Bonnie

I sent you some Scott if you don’t have any but I didn’t put in 7!

Kittenna

Haha, I guess I won’t be trying this unless I purchase some – I just got a sample of 2 for regular hot brewing. Lemon-y notes sound interesting though!

TeaBrat

I used my Teavana glass tea tumbler, it has 16 oz in it so that’s why I used a lot.

Butiki Teas

I tried cold brewing this and wow I love it! Its almost like a different tea. I used 2 nettles in my 4oz gaiwan for 32 hours. I think though that it was probably closer to 5 or 6 oz though since it nearly filled my 6oz cup. The lemon flavor is so bizarre.

TeaBrat

Stacy – It was really neat, wasn’t it? :)

Butiki Teas

Yes, very very cool! I hardly ever cold brew teas and it makes me wonder what other teas I should try this with. Here is a pic of the blue nettle experiment: https://twitter.com/Butikiteas/status/208575639031255040/photo/1 The wet leaves are still pretty green after 32 hours of cold brewing which differs from the hot brew.

ScottTeaMan

Now this sounds good!! I love choices, but there is almost too many choices-ALMOST. :))

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672 tasting notes

Before I review this tea, take a good look at the picture of the tea itself. Yes, it is hand rolled and twisted…and the leaves are whole and full of buds. This tea is from Sri Lanka, and Fair Trade…glad to say!

I wondered if my tea friends at Happy Lucky’s Tea House had ever seen tea like this one. I decided to get spiffed up and went on a short trip to Old Town. The first comment when the guys saw the tea was “Which end do you light” …ha..ha…and then “I’ve never seen a tea like that”…followed quickly by a ching of a Gaiwan getting ready for brewing of my offered Blue Nettle Tea.

Only 2 (creatures…sticks…cigars?) of tea are needed for 8oz. / 180F for 3min.
This Green Tea was floral but delicate and the leaves had a scent that was not orchid or any flower we could discribe. We agreed there was a clean sugar taste but not rock sugar. No artichoke or seaweed taste was detected. There was a bit of tannin on when the liquid cooled and a smooth buttery mouthfeel.

What a puzzle this tea was. I gave each of the 3 gents and the owner a sample of my tea. There needs to be more time and discovery but a lot of interest was generated among the group that did the tasting. We all agreed that this tea was something special!
Leave it to Butiki to bring along a new tea adventure!

I would suggest serving this tea in a glass gaiwan or small glass teapot. It is fun to watch.
We commented on how much it looked like a sea creature, a long worm ready to become a butterfly. I can’t wait to take time alone to taste this tea again!

Azzrian

ARRGGG now I want some and I JUST placed a Butiki order BAH!

TeaBrat

loved this too…

Bonnie

I looked at your comment too Amy! Interesting tea huh!

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807 tasting notes

I am in the process of creating a recipe book for my kids for Christmas – my daughter requested this – meals they grew up on many of which I also grew up on. My eyes are crossing and I am beat! Making a recipe book is a real challenge for me as I never measure anything! Still I am over joyed that my daughter asked for something like this and that I can give one to both of them for the holidays! They will of course get other things haha but this will be special! Especially as my son lives in his own place now and my daughter is about to turn 18 this December! Lord the time flies by!

Anyway I needed a break and decided this was the next tea on my Butiki Experience list!
These remind me of Unicorn Horns!
I love unicorns and yes in MY world they do exist! :)

So the first infusion was a little bland, but good, it just was not all there yet and I figured maybe this tea needed it as a rinse so I infused again. The little “horns” are starting to unfurl, they are pretty.

The tea is still light but with a little more depth than before a lemony hue which is very pretty.

Not much aroma … but the flavor is there.

Its different. Bright mouthfeel and juicy.
Slightly buttery but not like other greens by any means.
Vegetal but VERY subtly.
Its strange but some sips have such a POW of flavor while others taste a bit like rain water!
Yes I have sipped rain water back in the day thank you. :)
What a curious tea.
Please don’t take this the wrong way but I swear every great now and then I get an earthy like flavor of soil! Not contaminated yucky soil but fresh clean soil from the woods.
Strange – this isn’t a pu-erh is it? LOL I realize it is a green tea but it is the most unusual green tea I believe I have ever tasted.
I will need to get my hands on some more of this to work with it longer but at least for now I have many steepings left to experiment with!
For now, back to the recipe book and enjoying this tea!

Azzrian

LOL Tommy! <3

Butiki Teas

By the way, 99.9% of people pronounce it wrong. I don’t even correct people anymore.

Tommy the Toad

I pronounce it Boo-Tee-Kee!

Butiki Teas

Its boo-ti-key. Pronounced correctly here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4UvdMUGNhk. Weird video but its not easy finding a video where you can here butiki being pronounced. Don’t worry, the butiki is never in any danger. She says it twice in the first 30 seconds. The second time is easier. Tommy, I’m totally imagining you jumping out from behind a wall shouting boo-tee-kee in a Beavis voice. Hahaha

Ninavampi

OOoohhh Azzrian! I love your idea! I have to ask my Mom to do the same for me! :)

Azzrian

You are so welcome! :)

Azzrian

Cute video Stacy!

Butiki Teas

Azzrian-I was a little worried by the title. I was hoping the butiki could get away.

CHAroma

LOVE the recipe book idea! Sounds like something your children will treasure for years to come. By the way, does Butiki still sell this tea? I can’t find it on their website…

Azzrian

Thank you so much CHAroma! :)
@ Butiki – I honestly didn’t watch to the end – out of fear of what may happen :)

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1768 tasting notes

I have been saving this tea that Bonnie sent to me because it is so cool looking that I couldn’t just drink it any old time. I wanted to wind down tonight after doing some more organizing, going grocery shopping, and working a bit at early voting. I am so intrigued by the shape and by the fact that this is a GREEN Ceylon!

There were three rods in the sample and the instructions said to use one or two. I decided to go with one this time and that way I will have two left for a stronger pot if I want it stronger or I can choose to make it with one again and have it twice more.

The package was labeled to steep it for one to two minutes but I see on here that most people are steeping it for three minutes. That almost made me decide to hold my review, but as I read the others I realized that I got pretty much the same impressions, so here goes!

I used my tiny glass pot so I could watch the rod unfurl. I did not fill the pot all the way since I only used one rod, but used only about four ounces of water at a time. The first steep was almost clear and very light in both color and flavor. This reminded me of a white tea, or perhaps Snow Dragon.
Little air bubbles escaped from the rod as it began very slowly to unfurl.

The second steep tasted creamy and very fresh, again the snow melt flavor is there but also light artichoke. Steeps three through six I combined in a pot and sat down with hubby to drink tea and eat Bissingers Chocolates. As my cup sat and cooled, it apparently grew some muscles because one sip went POW! There was a sudden burst of flavor, and immediately the tea went back to being its demure self.

Hubby drank several cups, refilling it himself with no prompting from me. This is becoming a regular thing, as he has grown accustomed to our green and oolong teas sans sugar and milk, and I am delighted!

Thank you, Bonnie, for another special tea treat! Next time I will try two rods for three minutes and see how it changes!

Bonnie

I acquired some dregs (broken pieces) of this tea and when I brew it up like regular tea it tastes almost like a black tea. It’s very good.

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Thank You Bonnie for such a unique, delicious tea experience. I’ve seen this tea before, and it’s almost perfect-such a stylish tea! :))

This Blue Nettle tea reminds me of conical slugs, or vortex cones. The steeping cones floated horizontally on my water, and seemed to be basking in fruity lemons as this light aroma tingled my nose. The wet leaves in glass smelled lightly vegetal & lightly fruity, much like artichokes & lemons; which cooled to a light woody quality often found in black teas! When I picked up a cone [the leaves were unfurled] and inhaled deeply, aromas of tart lemons, artichokes, & dill [perhaps a pickle] surprised my senses! Amazingly, there was a sweet contrast present in the aroma. :))

The cup was a very light ecru color, with light vegetal & lemon aromatics. The tea exhibited a very light, lemon-like, artichoke taste. There was a very smooth & clean aquatic or oceanic quality that I have never experienced before!! I’m not crazy!! Did anyone else experience this?? There was such a smoothness on my palate, but after I swallowed the tea-POP!! BANG!! POW!! The tea recharged on my palate with a mild tartness. That was another first for me, & nothing short of AMAZING! :))

My second cup [7 minutes at 212F] showcased a lemony tart aroma between 4-5 minutes. One cone was still clinging together, so I broke the leaves apart, hoping to achieve more aroma and flavor. There was deeper tart lemon and artichoke aromas, with some sweetness. Wet leaves also gave deeper aromas of lemon, artichoke, dill, and woods. The longer steep brought out light smokey notes as well.

While still quite light, the cup turned a deeper yellow. Slightly deeper artichoke essence adds sweetness, while a lemon nuance adds acidity to the nose. All of the flavors of the first cup are present [lemons, artichokes, aquatics]-only somewhat deeper in nature. Smooth & clean on my palate, with a more mild kick, void of most of the tart-natured, post swallow flavors I experienced in the first cup.

Nothing but great things can be exclaimed about Blue Nettle! From this teas unique shape, aromatics, & flavors, it is truly one of my supreme, most memorable tea experiences!! :D Thanks again Bonnie. :D

Cupped & Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

I think this is the finest review! Clear and completely unified with the tea! I love Blue Nettle!

Missy

Great review, but eww to slugs!

gmathis

Slug tea…sounds like something from a Harry Potter comestibles establishment.

ScottTeaMan

Did anyone of you get that aquatic aspect I mentioned? Bonnie??

Butiki Teas

Absolutely. There is definitely something marine there. I was thinking along the lines of light seaweed notes.

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2221 tasting notes

Thanks Stacy for generously including this as a sample with my order!

I love how this tea looks, all twisted into little snakes, which also make it super easy to measure out! I had a bit of an issue brewing in that I guess the mug I used was a little too big width-wise, so the little snakes in my large infuser basket didn’t quite fit into the water to begin with (but I pushed them in as soon as they softened a bit).

I’m getting a flavour that I would usually classify as metallic and therefore reminiscent of oversteeped greens (or, so I’ve learned, tea leaves that have sat out wet for over a day. Ew.), however it morphs into a sort of pleasant tanginess which changes my view to being intrigued instead of icked out! I wonder if this is that lemon that comes out in cold-brewing?? There’s also a nice tangyish green tea aftertaste, and maybe just a touch of astringency.

So as greens go, it’s a different flavour than I’m used to – there’s a bit of sweetness reminding me of Verdant’s dragonwells, but the vegetal qualities are lacking. I’d have to say though, that although it’s interesting, it’s not a green that really fits my preferences for vegetal/seaweedy/rock sugar.

ETA: Second infusion (twisty leaves completely in-mug) for 3 min at ~177F is definitely better than the first. There’s more flavour, I’m getting a definite sweetness and the flavour is no longer coming off as metallic, though I’m still getting a bit of tanginess, which is interesting! Still not a profile I’d be likely to purchase to drink again, but deserving of a better rating than I initially gave it. Word of warning to potential buyers – make sure the little snakes fit fully in your cup! No brew baskets :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I found this tea quite delicate and sweet steeped for the required time. Maybe bending it made it bitter?

Kittenna

Oh, I don’t think it was bitter. It was initially a similar flavour but I think that was just an association I was getting. Trying a second infusion now, and I think it’s better.

Bonnie

I’m glad! Pretty cool looking!

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135 tasting notes

As an allergy sufferer, I really have to thank Bonnie for this sample! I used to drink (bagged) nettle tea before moving to California as my hay fever would always get the best of me. Well, since I moving away from my adoptive home, I’m in need of some relief – and BAD! The attacks I have in Indiana have hit me like a ton of bricks. An allergist appointment is in the future to receive shots to help me combat the effects of nature.

Anyway, this nettle tea is fantastic! I remember the bagged version never tasting nearly this good – I always had to choke it down! But Butiki’s version is really wonderful. The artichoke taste is really something I can get behind too! Artichokes are kind of expensive here, and I used to eat them all the time in Cally-land. So between helping lessen the effects of allergies and the fond memories of eating artichokes, I think we have a real winner here!

I only used one Blue Nettle cigar for about 3 or 4 ounces and resteeped. Looking forward to Amy oh’s way of cold brewing these bad boys too! This is going to be a daily drink.

Just placed a Butiki order and included the largest package of this offered. Hopefully I can ration out what Bonnie sent me until it arrives! :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
K S

Welcome to Indiana. Land of sinus troubles.

Kittenna

I thought this tea was a green Camellia sinensis, not nettle. I could be wrong though!

Will Work For Tea

Shoot, Kittenna – I think you’re right! This is a green tea, where as nettle is an herbal tea… I guess I’ll have to buy dried nettle and maybe mix it with this… Thanks for catching that!

Kittenna

Sorry to disappoint you though :( I initially thought the same as you (although it didn’t matter to me), but was curious and read the description a bit more carefully.

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82 tasting notes

Thank you to Bonnie for this Awesome sample

This tea was Amazing , and I literally said aloud “Wow This tea is really good” !! It was quite shocking to find a green tea with this much flavor. It had a sort of “black tea” component , with hints of a very smooth green tea (No vegetal taste at all ;), and a floral note thrown in for good measure!! It was very smooth and re-steeped over 5 infusions for me, while still retaining it’s “black tea” quality (I’m not usually a fan of Black tea..but this tea was lighter and more floral)! I will be ordering some very soon to enter it in my daily rotation of green teas, along with my Jasmine Dragon Pearls, dragonwell, and genmaicha !!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Butiki doesn’t carry it right now but it’s available elsewhere. Stacu might know.

Butiki Teas

Unfortunately, we don’t carry this anymore. I’m not sure which companies still have some left. Our Dragon Feelers and Golden Stars have very similar flavor profiles, which is why purchased them. From memory, I would say that the Golden Stars might be the closest.

Relmaster

Awwww Man…I was hoping to add this to my daily green tea rotation ;( Is there any way I can buy small samples/amounts of the dragon feelers and golden stars??

Relmaster

Thank you Bonnie..I will ask “Stacy”..i presume ??

Butiki Teas

Relmaster-Sure, what size are you looking for? We sell the Dragon Feelers already by the half ounce ($3.50 for 1/2 oz, which makes 16 cups) but could do smaller than that if needed. The Golden Stars are $6.50 an ounce which makes 7 cups. You could also use less stars and brew it longer to extend the tea. We could easily do smaller than that. Yes, this is Stacy. :)

Relmaster

I will order a couple of ounces of the golden stars (you said they are most like the “blue nettle”) and an ounce of the dragon feelers..should I place the order through the website?? Thank you Stacy..you have been INCREDIBLY helpful through my beginning tea experience ;-))

Butiki Teas

I’m pretty sure they are the closest. I have a few blue nettles left in my personal stash. Let me know if you would like me to taste the 2 of those teas and compare it to the nettles. Also, I can just add the rest of what is in my personal stash to your order for free. Its not that much, only maybe 3-4 cups, but I can send that for you. We also do 2 free samples of your choice with every order. Our website is: www.butikiteas.com

Relmaster

Sent email to website ;)

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20 tasting notes

Thanks Stacy for sending me such a unique sample!

As green teas go, the Blue Nettle is a standout performer. It reminds me of the spinach and artichoke dip that we whip up for football parties, and that is definitely a good thing! Other reviewers have already alluded to the shape that the tea is rolled into, and the glass bodum pot that I used to brew it up let them twirl like a slow motion spinning top. I was a bit worried about how weak the flavor might be because of the faintly pale yellow liquor it had produced after its 3 minutes were up but I guess strength of color and strength of taste don’t necessarily go hand in hand. As tasty as this one is, I can only imagine that it might be hard to source down the line as its popularity grows since it is thankfully one of the fair trade and small farmed teas. I would order and experience it while you can!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I ordered more for the exact same reason! It is a wondrously different tea.

Kittenna

Oooh, I have a sample of this one too! Excited to try :D

ScottTeaMan

Jason, How big is your pot, and how many cones did you use?? Thanks!

Blue Nettle Link:

http://shop.lightofdayorganics.com/Blue-Nettle-Tea-bulk-4-oz-Blue-Nettle-Tea-bulk.htm

Bonnie

Scott, Butiki is $8.00 cheaper for 4oz

ScottTeaMan

That’s good to know. :))

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171 tasting notes

I’m always hesitant with green tea. It never fails, I always mess it up. I forgot about this one, while it was steeping, because I’m horrible.
But, my forgetfulness is no match for blue nettle. This tea turned out beautifully. I added a bit of local honey because my throat hurts.
It’s sweet and lemon-y, but hearty and vegital (is that a word? lol).
And, I apologize. I forget who sent me this sample, but it’s VERY much appreciated.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

I hope your throat feels better. Yes, vegetal is a word. :)

BoxerMama

LOL! Thank you for clearing that up. My throat only hurts because I work in retail and we’ve been so busy lately, I’m talking non-stop!

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