Organic Sparrow Tongue

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Oolong Tea
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Artichoke, Butter, Gardenias, Flowers
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 7 g 9 oz / 254 ml

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  • “Had a cup of this last night with my parents since my dad has a collection of tea now but never wants to make tea. He seems to think there’s some sort of rules for drinking tea that he hasn’t...” Read full tasting note
  • “Western Style. I should stop drinking tea at 2AM. School habits die hard. First sip: It tastes like solid ordinary green oolong to me. although, I shouldn’t say that, as technically I have only...” Read full tasting note
  • “Woah, another Butiki tea that I’m the first at reviewing?! Strange! Anyhow, in the mood for an oolong tonight. Had some fun making rice krispie squares with the boy tonight (oh, what an adventure!...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you, Stacy for sending me this sample in my latest order! I steeped this for around 1.5 minutes at 180f per Butiki’s instructions. First steep: a lightly vegetal, very aromatic brew. I get...” Read full tasting note

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Our Organic Sparrow Tongue originates from Huangshan in the Anhui province in China and is grown and processed in the Huangshan Sungta organic tea garden by tea master Chen Wei. This handpicked lightly oxidized oolong is smooth and has a substantial body. Organic Sparrow Tongue is a mellow, naturally sweet oolong that has fresh floral and light honeysuckle notes and possesses a buttery quality that lingers long after the first sip. Some cinnamon, spinach and light spearmint notes are also present. This is a truly excellent oolong that can handle many infusions. For gongfu brewing methods, which we highly recommend, use 2 teaspoons of tea (3 grams of tea) steeped in 4oz of boiling water for 1 1/2 minutes. Below you will find western style brewing instructions.

Ingredients: Organic Chinese Oolong Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 teaspoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 180F degrees

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300 tasting notes

Before I forget I drank this one Saturday, the day after the worst migraine I’ve had it months, so I didn’t want to try anything aged or too roasted. I thought this would be greener but it was actually a perfect middle ground. Cute little pellets unfurling into delicious orchid candy-like tea. It tasted very familiar and maybe I had actually brewed it once before but it had a lot of the qualities I like. Will definitely revisit soon, perhaps western style. Yum.

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333 tasting notes

This is a very refreshing, very green oolong. It’s crisp and lightly floral—I’m reminded of jasmine more than anything, even though I know that’s not quite right; I see lots of mentions of honeysuckle but I don’t actually know what that tastes like, so… The tea is quite sweet; there’s a bit of grassiness but overall I’m finding it light on the vegetal notes. It does have that cooling mint-like quality, but, happily for me, without tasting like mint at all. This is a very enjoyable cup of tea, although I think I do prefer oolongs that are bit more heavily oxidized.

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270 tasting notes

Very sweet and buttery with just a touch of honeysuckle and fresh cut grass. I like this a lot! Reminds me of a mix of Jin Xuan and Ti Guan Yin. Brews up a surprisingly gold color despite the very green flavors and appearance.

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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464 tasting notes

This was a free sample that came with my Butiki order. (Thanks, Stacy!) My first thought was that it was really sweet for a green tea. Then I started to taste a light, buttery vegetal quality to it. As it cooled even more, I started to feel a cooling sensation almost like it had mint in it, but without a mint taste. I REALLY liked this one! ONWARD FOR A SECOND STEEP! :-)

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757 tasting notes

Wow, was this ever buttery!! I basically had enough for one steep, plus re-steeps, from Cavocorax from our last swap, so I made it last night. The mouthfeel on this was sooo thick. It’s a really nice oolong. I wish I remembered a bit more about the rest, butI drank before bed and am only sitting her now typing up this tasting.

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1113 tasting notes

I love a nice rich buttery oolong! Mmmmm…so good.

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188 tasting notes

Used a thicker walled celedon gaiwan. Dried leaf showed pretty good conformity a few broken leaf here and there.
Steeps 60/60/50/45/50/50/50/60/60/70/90/120
Gorgeous deep yellow color with whiffs of artichoke and gardenia. Flavors of the same with the addition of butter and sesame. Mouth-feel was thick and buttery, 4th steep brought out the sweetness so it was my favorite. During the last 4 steeps there was a precipitant drop in flavor but gladly there was no bitterness to take its place. Good brew all in all.

Flavors: Artichoke, Butter, Gardenias

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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518 tasting notes

I had this one last night before bed. When I placed my last Butiki order, I accidentally ordered this twice, without ever having tried it once. Fingers crossed that I like it.

Whew! I do!

Floral, sweet, incredibly buttery. Delicious.

I had this western style, and saved my leaves so I can have some more.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

What do you mean by “western style”?


In a big mug with a longer infusion time, as opposed to gongfu cha or similar, with a small amount of water but more leaves, for several short infusions.


This is a great one


It really is. Definitely very enjoyable.

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This is the base of our new Raspberry Jam & Cashew Butter. :)


That just makes me want it all the more.

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278 tasting notes

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 3 minutes, French Press

Dry Leaf Aroma: Seaweed

Brewing Aroma: very lightly floral

Flavor: Mild, with floral notes. I thought this was a pleasant tea. It’s not my fave, but I liked it!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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417 tasting notes

I don’t have much time to write about this. I’m not quite sure about how I feel about this one yet. I enjoyed it, of course, but it combines flavors that I have not experienced together before, and I feel like I need to try it again to know if this one is for me or not.


Love the name.


I love the image that came up when I searched for the name:

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^Oh my, that image looks like its out of a horror flick.

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