Organic Japanese Puerh

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Tobacco, Earth, Stonefruits
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Looking for something completely different? Then we highly recommend giving this puerh a try. Our Organic Japanese Puerh originates from the Isokawa region of the Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. This unique tea was invented fairly recently and is made artificially with an organic malted brown rice culture and a combination of first and second flush harvest tea leaves. The leaves are pan fired and fermented for 3-4 days. After that period, a small amount of fresh leaves are added for 2 days. The aroma of the liquor has roasted chestnut notes with a lingering sweetness. This puerh is a strong smooth tea with a drying sweet after taste and buttery quality. Strong notes of roasted chestnuts can be detected. Cacao, tabaco, and brown rice notes are also present with a hint of fruitiness. This tea is somewhat coffee-like but not nearly as strong. This tea is not eligible as a free sample.

Ingredients: Organic Japanese Puerh Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water (or 2.5 grams of tea)
Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)

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37 Tasting Notes

1197 tasting notes

Wow, this puerh is really different! There’s no fishyness! It’s not pitch black and strong for the first few steeps – even following the recommended steeping of boiling water for 4 minutes! Butiki’s japanese puerh has some good barley, nutty, brown rice syrup, and coffee. What I found interesting was there was a slight dryness in the first few cups, but it went away with further infusions.
And this tea can resteep very well!

Full review on my blog, the Oolong Owl

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this sounds very interesting!

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348 tasting notes

Stacy over at Butiki Teas is on my mental wavelength.

She should probably have that checked.

Her flare for the unusual rivals even my own. And, boy, was this unusual. I mean that in all the best possible ways I can muster. While it technically shouldn’t be called a pu-erh in the traditional (read: Yunnan-produced) sense, it meets all the character criteria I care about. That being, it actually tastes good. Cocoa was at war with coffee, and chestnuts were the jury and arbiter…er…as far as flavor goes.

Whatever it’s called, I want more of it.

My full feature on it (and other tea/writing adventures) can be found here:

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276 tasting notes

Unsurprisingly, this reminds me of my beloved genamicha. I love the toasted rice in that tea, and I’m enjoying those flavors here as well. I could swear I’m tasting the faintest hint of seaweed, too, but maybe it’s just my brain taking the connection a little too far. I’m also getting some soy sauce, but there’s a sweet finish. This is quite roasty, but aside from that—and, perhaps, from the depth of texture—I wouldn’t say it’s particularly reminiscent of coffee. It’s a very smooth tea as well, and not very earthy at all by puerh standards. It does leave my mouth feeling kind of dry, which is strange and not entirely welcome, but for a tea this unique and flavourful I can deal with it. Definitely one of my favorites from Butiki.

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YES! This one is so wonderful :D


It really is! I’m already wishing I’d bought more than half an ounce.

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2194 tasting notes

Sipping down a sample.

The tea smells and tastes like umami. Bonito flakes and soy sauce, but very delicate and lightly sweet.

Would be excellent in chazuke, a Japanese tea and rice soup.

Not 100% sure about sipping on this one.

As it cools, it gets a little fruity, a little bitter. It’s really quite interesting, but I’m glad I only have this one cup sample to sip down.

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416 tasting notes

I took a half day from work today, met Casey in Santa Rosa for dinner at 5 o’clock, and am now home brewing a lot of tea. Today is a good day!

My first impression was that this smelled like cooked rice with a dash or soy sauce. Casey said the flavor reminded him of slightly burnt caramel corn. There is a slight sour (not bad) note, I belive Stacy said it was like sourdough and I’d say that’s accurate. This is a very interesting, unique tea!

After eating a few clementines, I poured another cup of this tea. Maybe it was the fruit taste still left in my mouth, but suddenly there was a strong note of blackberry mid-sip. This was a very nice way to end my evening!

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Thank you Stacy for this sample: I like it enough to purchase in the future for sure.
It’s buttery and smooth, absolutely no musty/funky taste. I detect some notes of roasted rice and slight fruitiness. Vey nice indeed!

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835 tasting notes

I really want to love this… but I can only enjoy it for what it is to me.

This brews one brisk tea that doesn’t have the appeal that a ripe pu’erh has. The smell is close to a roasted Japanese tea which is odd, but the taste is somewhat like dirty brown sugar left on top of grass near a stream on the outskirts of Tokyo. That is to say that there is a mixture of old and fresh combined. While this is not what I consider pu’erh to generally be… it’s a fun cup to sip at. I’m not sure if this is something I would want to drink again because it doesn’t leave me very satisfied.

Also, this guy on Ebay called me a stickler because I suggested to ship a book using media mail to save $5… but then he responded 10 minutes later with, ‘just kidding, I work a desk job’

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1147 tasting notes

To me this tea is a cross between a ripe puerh, a raw puerh, and a roasted oolong. That is the best way I can describe it. It’s not as good as a good Chinese puerh but it’s decent, very different. Not sure what notes I am getting here, definitely not stonefruits as in the writeup on Steepster. More like tobacco I think. I didn’t use the recommended infusion time of 4 min as I never infuse puerh that long.

I brewed this twice in a 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec each time.

Flavors: Tobacco

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Japanese pu’er!If it’s as good as their copy of Scottish single malt whisky…

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359 tasting notes

This was good. I steeped it three times, and while the first steep was only alright, the second and third steeps were lovely. Light and sweet with a hint of flowers. I think next time I may rinse it for a little longer and see if that makes a difference in the flavor of the first cup.

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2029 tasting notes

Another to try from the Lewis & Clark tea box! Just a little left of this one. I really wanted to try this one as it sounds like a very unique pu-erh. And it is!

Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // few min after boiling // 2 min
The pu-erh leaves are very fine, bordering on CTC size. But it certainly doesn’t get to the bitterness levels of a CTC and the cup doesn’t look as dark as even a larger leafed pu-erh would… the brew is light mahogany. The flavor is very fruity on the first cup, though I can’t tell which: sometimes it seems like blueberries, plums, strawberries. There is hints of cedar as well, but this is the fruitiest pu-erh I’ve ever tried. Surprisingly, it reminds me most of Butiki’s Taiwanese assam.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
This cup isn’t as special… the fruitiness seems to be mostly gone. I don’t think I should have steeped it this long. It’s still mahogany in color. As it cools, it does taste more like the previous cup but otherwise it is tough to describe. The first cup was lovely though.

Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min
I tried to tame this one on the third steep to try to get back to the lovely flavors of the first cup, but this time this ended up a bit mild. That is too bad. I know the first cup wasn’t contamination from another tea, since I had a string of plain teas in that infuser. First steep: one of the most unique teas I’ve tried. Other steeps: nothing special.

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