Butiki Traveling Tea Box

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Tea #2 from the Butiki TTB.

I know I like gui fei… and in particular, I know I like Butiki’s gui fei! (Especially with tamarind flavouring!) Anyhow, I just ran across this early on when poking through the box (so overwhelming), and thought it would be nice to have. It was not my intention to drink a ton of oolongs tonight, but that’s what seems to have happened (I have some Caramel Beurre Salé, or whatever it’s called, on deck too).

I am certainly enjoying this tea – roasty with that intense leaf-bitten sweetness – but it’s just a gui fei. Not underwhelmed or anything, just satisfied. It’s what I expected, so I can’t complain! I’m curious as to whether it would result in ice wine tea if steeped for 8 minutes… but I don’t think that’s really what I’m in the mood for right now, so more conventional infusion parameters suited this just fine (actually – it stood up to boiling water better than Butiki’s, I think. I forgot that this tea prefers 180F).

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Received the Butiki TTB today!! Technically probably Friday, but I only found out and actually opened it today :)

Anyhow, it’s crammed with stuff, and I’m going to do my best to get through as much that interests me as possible, before sending it back to Marzipan.

This is one of the first teas I chose to brew up. A green oolong; I felt like it was likely to be nice and creamy and oolongy. I believe I may have had one Shanlinxi oolong previously, but I don’t feel like scouring 300 pages of tasting notes to be sure. Anyhow, I made a great pick for what I was looking for – this is a wonderful creamy, sweet green oolong. Not floral (so not up your alley, keychange!), just a lovely smooth, creamy mouthfeel, a savoury sweetness (like… avocado?? I am wracking my brain to come up with something to liken this to, because it’s not really like any taste I can think of). Maybe a bit green beany – but like the uncooked fleshy pod of a green bean, not the usual green bean flavour. Anyways, it’s good. It’s delicious. There’s one more cup’s worth in here, and it is mine.

+1 for teaboxes, so far!

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Aw! LOL I got all excited when I read “green oolong” but it’s not meant to be haha. Glad you enjoyed it though!

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