Kenya - Purple Oolong

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 7 oz / 207 ml

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My first from the Butiki TTB2. I’ve never had a purple tea before and it’s definitely something different. It tasted like a mix of green and black teas. It gets vegetal from green and bitter from black. If I didn’t have so many other teas to try I would definitely try this with different temperatures and times.

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Long, dark green leaves. Almost black. Rich plum aroma. Strong stone fruit taste, but with a vegetable undercurrent that I find unpleasant. The finish is more veggie than fruit. I really wish I could love this tea. It is very complex, which is usually a big plus for me, but I really dislike veggie-tasting teas. I suspect that others on Steepster might really find this appealing.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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237 tasting notes

From the Butiki TTB2.

Dry leaf consists of short, twisty dark leaves and has an aroma of hickory and tobacco. The liquor is clear, full-bodied, flavorful, and savory. I’m not sure what else I can detect since this is the only (non-flavored) purple tea I’ve ever had. It’s different and strange. I don’t think it’s something I’d enjoy on any occasion.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

This definitely sounds….interesting. This is why I wanted in on the educational box: it’s a great way to try different things and figure out likes and dislikes and indifferents. It sounds like it’s working. :)


I was going to try the rest of the purple teas but…I’m moving on to other kinds.


I might try one other to just make sure that the one you picked wasn’t just funky. But that’s just me.


I didn’t try the one in the box but I’ve had a steamed purple green before and it was good.


Cheri I hope I’m not deterring you or anyone else! My experience could be unique :]

Stephanie Guess I’ll go for it. There might not be a next time to try some, after all.

Remember the Chinese thread-like green tea? I think I botched the way I prepared it; it doesn’t taste so good (or maybe it’s just the quality – I might not end up writing a tasting note). What did you think of it?

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For the purple teas, you may notice a flavor that is similar to wine due to the high level of anthocyanin, which is also what causes the leaves to look purple.


Gee I don’t think I’d be able to taste that o.O Purple tea is sure interesting.

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KiwiDelight-It is more noticeable when the purple teas use boiling water, otherwise it can have a more stone fruit flavor. :)


I’ll put it next on my list then. I hope I can taste the stone fruit :3

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Good luck! :)

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