Today is the Eleventh Anniversary since my dog Lotis was rescued. He moved on last year, but I wanted to mark this day in remembrance as I still miss him dearly! What could be more appropriate remembering my Lhasa Apso, than reviewing this yak butter, kang tea—which is made entirely in Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous region. :DI brewed two cups using the same water temperature. The box contains eight sample packs, roughly ten grams each.
The first cup was made just mixing the tea powder in near boiling water. Cup aroma smelled like butter, or buttered corn, and looked like a black tea with a generous amount of milk added to it.The taste was definitely unique. To me, it didn’t really taste like tea. A salty butter cup of tea that was very warming, filling, & quite satisfying.
My second cup was brewed by mixing the Yak Butter tea with a cup of my Lyons Gold Blend (which I previously reviewed). The salty butter aroma was quite dominant so there was less Lyons black tea aroma. The black tea flavor was more noticeable, but still dominated by the butter tea. I may try a longer steep time—5 or 6 minutes next time—to get even more of the tea flavor.
A unique, satisfying cup of of tea that I’m really glad I tried, and have around to savor in honor of my buddy Lotis! :D This is now sold out, as is the sweet variety, on the Yunnan Sourcing US website. I hope this tea is restocked, because it is very good, and I have not seen it anywhere else. Later tonight I will have more Lotus Tea, which I reviewed here:
Lotis will always be with me! :D <3
Cupped & Reviewed: Saturday, April 1, 2017; 2:00-2:30 PM.