Friday, February 21, 2014

Butiki Teas Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: dark, large and wiry
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: reddish brown

I bought this tea thanks to notorious enablers +Jo J and +Darlene Meyers-Perry. They raved on and on about it so much that I just had to experience it for myself. It is made from indigenous wild tea trees in the mountains surrounded Yuchi Township in Taiwan. The leaves are bitten by the same leaf hopper insect that is involved in Oriental Beauty. I think I'm in love! This tea was wonderfully complex and absolutely delicious. It had a raisin-like sweetness with notes of honey and caramel. It had an almost biscuity quality, similar to what I would normally find in Assam black teas. The flavor was consistent throughout at least six infusions. +Stacy Lim from Butiki Teas was kind enough to throw in some samples with my order so I've got several Taiwanese teas to review as well her infamous Potato Pancakes and Applesauce.

Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black purchased from Butiki Teas