Organic Japanese Puerh

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Coffee, Pleasantly Sour, Roasted, Smoke, Stonefruit, Tobacco, Earth
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  • “Totally forgot to log this last night. I had some with dinner and it was fantastic. That perfect contrast to the amazing steak my other half made with a wine sauce and roasted potatoes and beans. ...” Read full tasting note
  • “Mmmm, having a cup right now. Recently, I have been on this kick looking for probiotics and fermented foods. I have a few food intolerances (sorbitol & fructose and maybe a few others too...” Read full tasting note
  • “This cup contains a lot of plums tonight. First steep was darker with something that was flirting with coffee (don’t do it, tea! Coffee’s a jerk). Wet leaves smelled a bit fishy although that did...” Read full tasting note
  • “Wow! This is crazy good Puerh. If you’re someone who loves coffee but can’t drink it for whatever reason – this is the tea you need to try. It TASTES like coffee. That was my initial reaction …...” Read full tasting note

From Butiki Teas

Looking for something completely different? Then we highly recommend giving this puerh a try. Our Organic Japanese Puerh originates from the Isokawa region of the Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. This unique tea was invented fairly recently and is made artificially with an organic malted brown rice culture and a combination of first and second flush harvest tea leaves. The leaves are pan fired and fermented for 3-4 days. After that period, a small amount of fresh leaves are added for 2 days. The aroma of the liquor has roasted chestnut notes with a lingering sweetness. This puerh is a strong smooth tea with a drying sweet after taste and buttery quality. Strong notes of roasted chestnuts can be detected. Cacao, tabaco, and brown rice notes are also present with a hint of fruitiness. This tea is somewhat coffee-like but not nearly as strong. This tea is not eligible as a free sample.

Ingredients: Organic Japanese Puerh Tea

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 1/2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water (or 2.5 grams of tea)
Recommended Temperature: 212 F (boiling)

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43 Tasting Notes

15155 tasting notes

Totally forgot to log this last night. I had some with dinner and it was fantastic. That perfect contrast to the amazing steak my other half made with a wine sauce and roasted potatoes and beans. We opted for bike ride Monday instead of Sunday given the holiday so yesterday was liquor store and food store lol so that today we can go for a long ride and enjoy 4-6 hours of outdoors….and have lunch while doing it! Anyway this tea? Love it…. More to write later but I’m glad I picked up a little more again.


Sounds great, enjoy the day ;-) I had my outdoors moment yesterday so today is lounging tea day!


soooo tired…. lol 45km today

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60 tasting notes

Mmmm, having a cup right now. Recently, I have been on this kick looking for probiotics and fermented foods. I have a few food intolerances (sorbitol & fructose and maybe a few others too that I haven’t been tested for yet) and have been reading about adding good bacteria to help get rid of those intolerances. I plan on doing a fast at some point as well. I took this puerh course that talked about all the positive bacteria in puerh and showed us what it looked like and the breakdown of the bacteria. A study done in China had claimed that these bacteria could survive the hot water and stomach acid. Whether this is true or not, I’ll take any good bacteria I can get.

The smell of this tea is a strong sweet chestnut. There is also something almost sour in the aroma of the tea. When I sip it the first thing I notice is roasted chestnuts. I’m also getting some sour dough, tabaco, and toasted rice notes. The taste remains long after the sip and becomes drying though in a different way than most teas that are astringent and almost sticks to your mouth. This tea is different than any other tea I have tried but its so delicious. It reminds me a little bit of coffee, though I am certainly no expert on coffee, but it is much gentler.

I was very excited when I first tasted this puerh. I had never seen a Japanese puerh before. After a bit of research, I found out that this is a relatively new type of tea. There are other Japanese fermented teas but I have not been able to find anything that is made in a similar way.

Geoffrey Norman

This sounds amazing.

Butiki Teas

Geoffrey-Its so tasty and different.

Donna A

Looking forward to trying this!


sounds interesting!


I have intolerances as well. Good to know about the pu-erh, thanks for sharing! love learning about stuff like this :)


That does sound interesting….think I’ll add it to my shopping list.


Okay, I’m intrigued!

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-I thought that was interesting too. I’m still doing more research on it. I will have to share anything new I find.


The tea talk I was at the other day mentioned that Yunnan tea is most suited for fermentation because of the genetic structure, and that people have tried to do the same with other regional teas. I wonder how they managed it!! neato!

Ashley Bain

That is very interesting about puerh’s positive bacteria! I have intestinal issues in my family so I know I need to start loading up on more good bacteria and eating better. I also want to start probiotics but I don’t know where to start there’s so many choices out there. I know there’s some in my raw prenatal vitamin but I’ve always thought the refrigerated kind were more effective.

Butiki Teas

From what I under the refrigerated kind are the best and you will want to look for supplements that contain multiple strains and add up to at least 7 billion I believe. The good ones are expensive but effective. Also, look into fermented foods. They have been great for me and are pretty tasty.


Remember to ask your doctor and maybe a dietician about probiotics….just to be on the safe side.


Yeah always ask a doctor. Mine suggested getting one that was refrigerated and had as many billions of cultures as I could find. I bought two…one a chewable and the other a pill (one for home and one for work) both have over 17 billion in them.


How have those been working out?


Pretty well. I typically take the probiotic pill in the morning at home…then take the antibiotic two hours o so later. Take another pro around lunch time and my anti pill after dinner. I have Lyme Disease so I’m trying to do all that I can to get better.


Butiki, thanks I look forward to seeing what you find!

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1442 tasting notes

This cup contains a lot of plums tonight. First steep was darker with something that was flirting with coffee (don’t do it, tea! Coffee’s a jerk). Wet leaves smelled a bit fishy although that did not transfer over to the taste.

Second steep is where the plums are- pruned, pickled, jammed, sort of plums. There’s a little bit of a roasted flavour but it’s mostly fruit. If I take bigger gulps I get some dry, burnt tobacco and a crusty roasted starchiness. The finish is sweet while the aftertaste is crusty, sour, and buttery sourdough-like! So many crazy things happening in this second cup; Depending on what I focus on I get a different impression. Definitely on my keeper’s list.

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4843 tasting notes

Wow! This is crazy good Puerh. If you’re someone who loves coffee but can’t drink it for whatever reason – this is the tea you need to try. It TASTES like coffee. That was my initial reaction … I took a nervous sip (like I do for all pu-erh because of residual bad puerh experiences in the past), and I expected some earthiness, maybe some brine-y taste, but none of that. Instead, I get coffee. Sweet, roasted flavor, nutty, like chestnuts. Deep, toasty flavor, somewhat like tobacco, and a distinct overture of coffee.

This is the weirdest puerh I’ve ever tried. But … weird is not bad. In this case, weird is REALLY really good.


LOL…the comparison to coffee tasting doesn’t make me want to try it. Even thinking of the taste of coffee can make my tummy do flip flops.

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Lynxiegrl- It’s like coffee but also so not. I’ve never in my life been able to drink more than a sip of coffee. I find it revolting, even with tons of sugar and mylk. That being said, I absolutely love this tea. Its weirdly like coffee but not.


@Butiki Teas is correct. It tastes like the wonderful toasty coffee bean flavor, but it isn’t as robust as a cup of coffee would be, nor is it bitter like a cup of coffee. This is like … the part of coffee that I like, but, without the parts of coffee that I do not like. It’s so smooth and really quite amazing.

Donna A

I agree-I don’t care for straight coffee, but this is something I could drink straight. There is something about it that reminds me of coffee-but doesn’t have the bitterness. It is different from any puerh I’ve ever had.

Tommy Toadman

Crazy Good is Too Right, I thought I had done gone crazy when I first tasted it, Like? WTH,did i just make coffee??lol

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141 tasting notes

Thank you Stacy at Butiki Teas for this wonderful sample!

Where do I start here? There are so many thoughts concerning this tea and it’s uniqueness. Let me state as we see with this tea, like many other things, it’s possible for other cultural groups to adapt and adjust it to their own region.

Wikipedia voices the following

Please note, I consolidated the main parts from this article to illustrate the theme of processing provinces.

“Pu’erh tea is a variety of post-fermented tea, specifically Dark tea, produced in Yunnan province, China… There are a few different provinces, each with a few regions, producing dark teas of different varieties… Those produced in Yunnan are generally named Pu’er, referring to the name of Pu’er county which used to be a trading post for dark tea during imperial China. While Yunnan produces the majority of pu’er, other regions of China, including Hunan and Guangdong, have also produced the tea… In addition to China, border regions touching Yunnan in Vietnam, Laos, and Burma are also known to produce pu’er tea, though little of this makes its way to the Chinese or international markets.”

As one can see, this tea doesn’t necessarily follow these normal sources for production and in my opinion, makes this tea even more intriguing!

Using the full portion of the sample in my gaiwan with boiling water, allowing for 7 seconds steeps, I found a sweet fermented sourness to the sip. Yeah, I thought that too – sounds weird, tastes GREAT! You can smell and taste a soy likeness with sauteed onions and roasted corn. Definitely reminds me of some teriyaki dishes that I’ve had from time to time, of which this makes the tea a very nice mid-afternoon or early evening. I could see this being a “dinner tea” in contrast to a “desert tea”. The difference is you could bypass a meal and easily substitute this tea for a soup of some kind.

After the 2nd or 3rd infusion (sorry, lost track), I started letting the leaves steep a tad longer – somewhere around 30 secs. This brought out a bitterness and taste that resembles acorns (yes, as a child I was curious:), then turned to a good astringency. With the longer steeping, it is certainly a full bodied tea, with a lingering tangerine/grapefruit citrusy.

Overall, I must say I’m pleasantly pleased with this tea. Very nice! Thanks again, Stacy for this wonderful addition to your offerings.

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thanks for the great review! Looking forward to trying this in the future


Nice review!! I have been interested in this “puerh”, and I look forward to giving it a try.

Butiki Teas

Ah yes, acorns. I think that might be more accurate than the chestnuts I have written in my notes. Glad you enjoyed it.


great pu-erh review!!

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1113 tasting notes

Another almost sipdown on a favorite Butiki tea? Looks like my next tea order I save up for will have to be Butiki…

I can’t get over how good this one is! Roasty toasty ricey sweet shu goodness. NOM!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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557 tasting notes

Brother to the coffee??? Wow!!!!! um yummy I think I’m awake now. I’ll post more later.


You early bird! Got to try Butki tea soon.

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1759 tasting notes

Err sorry for the caps. I’m just excited. Man I need to order more of this. So good!
Now, as for what I’m tasting… so far it’s leathery, and there is some tobacco, or what I assume is, seeing as I’ve never had any before.
Then… well, at first I thought there was chocolate, like that dark bitter chocolate sensation, the dry mouth kind, only with no real bitterness, just the feel of it. I can understand the comparison to coffee. Very similar in feel!
Anyhow. Then I thought I tasted rice, only I sipped again and it was gone.
Finally… yep, definitely breadiness in there. I haven’t yet decided on what kind of bread but it’s there!
Thank you so much to Stacy at Butiki Teas for the sample.


Sounds delicious!


It really is, I think you’d love it Azzrian. I’m on the third steep now. It was seriously just what I needed!

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166 tasting notes

Recovering from minor surgery and what showed up at my door?! My latest package from Stacy at Butiki. I placed my order 10/30 and am so impressed with how quickly it came, considering the hurricane and all. This is a very intriguing tea-it tastes nothing like any tea or pu-erh I have ever had. It certainly reminds me of coffee in some ways, but I can’t stand black coffee, yet this is not bad straight, and that’s from someone who always sweetens my tea to bring out the flavor. I wish I had the poetic and tasting skills that some of our reviewers have on Steepster, so that I could do it justice. I can’t wait to hear what some of them have to say. My guess is that some folks will love it and others, not so much. It is in your face bold for a tea, that’s for sure. Try it straight first. Then, if you’re not sold, add some milk and/or sweetener. I made lattes with the 2nd and 3rd steeps using an oz of frothed 1/2 and 1/2 and that was my favorite way to drink it. It is strong enough to stand up very well to milk or cream. Would I order it again? Yes, I would, to see how the coffee drinkers in the family like it, and to make lattes for myself. Thanks Stacy!

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Nice to see a review of this! I’m really intrigued by this tea, I’ve never seen a Japanese puerh before.

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421 tasting notes

I got a super nice surprise with my recent order this tea! Funny story I’ve tried this tea before with Stacy at World Tea East! So happy to see she liked it enough to carry it! I’m really getting the scent of brown rice with this tea (yum)! Even dry it did not smell as earthy as puerh’s tend to smell. It does have a hint of an earthy taste to it. But again I’m getting notes of brown rice and a little bit of a nutty flavor to this one.

I really enjoy that it reminds me of coffee without having to drink coffee! This one is super smooth and I’m noticing a little hint of sweet on the finish. I think this one is going in the must have collection! Thanks again Stacy!!

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