drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
374 tasting notes

The dry tea is really cute. Small downy curly leaves that are repeat with golden buds. The leaf smells slightly floral and nutty.

I brewed one TSP per 225 ml for around 4.5 min at around 95°C.

The resulting brew is a maple orange colour with a yellow ring around the edge of the cup.

At first sip the tea tasted a little thin, but as I let it cool a little, while I write this it developed more depth.

The scent is slightly chocolately, with sweet potato under the incensy influence of a touch of smoke, a hint of nut almost like sweet walnut, and a hint of something sweet ( more butter toffee than honey).
The flavour has a bitter chocolate, clover, sweet potato mixed with longan, with a hint of nut developing on the tongue at the end that deepens in the aftertaste. There is a hint of dried fruit which had the deeper notes of dried dates. The tea has a crisp top note almost like a Darjeeling that leaves a tingling underneath the tongue, and a slightly bitter base note that gives this tea a stronger presence than its texture or first taste suggested.

A fun tea, with a nice dose of caffeine. It makes a nice afternoon tea.

This tea is another one from my epic swap with TastyBrew, thanks!

AnnaEA

One for the shopping list! Thank you for the note.

TastyBrew

Ha Ha! I’ve been drinking a ton of the teas you sent me as well, but they’re not listed on steepster so I haven’t review them. Been really enjoying them. Especially the jin jun meis!

yyz

I’m glad you like them! I like how they all have their own individual characters. They are added to my cupboard mostly on page 4, I think. Which has been your favourite so far?

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AnnaEA

One for the shopping list! Thank you for the note.

TastyBrew

Ha Ha! I’ve been drinking a ton of the teas you sent me as well, but they’re not listed on steepster so I haven’t review them. Been really enjoying them. Especially the jin jun meis!

yyz

I’m glad you like them! I like how they all have their own individual characters. They are added to my cupboard mostly on page 4, I think. Which has been your favourite so far?

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