Dragon Feelers from Butiki Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Butiki Teas

Tea Description:

Dragon Feelers is a handcrafted green tea that originates from China. The soft green leaves resemble the belly of a dragon. This full-bodied smooth tea is buttery and sweet with artichoke, pea and marine notes. Dragon Feelers is a delicate, yet refreshing tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is one of the most unusual green teas I’ve ever seen.  The leaves do indeed look like the scaly belly of a dragon.  Or perhaps like they’ve been crimped in a hair crimping tool.  But, I know that isn’t how these were prepared, because I think that a crimping tool would have been too hot for these leaves, and would have damaged all the silvery white, fuzzy down that covers the leaves.

At first glance, had I not known these were indeed green tea leaves, I would have guessed they were white tea.  The leaves look much more like a silver needle leaf than a green leaf with their pale, silvery green color.

And that’s not where the similarities end, either.  This tea is much more delicate than a typical green tea – it’s got the delicate nature of a white tea.  The flavor is very soft and subtle and smooth … again, very reminiscent of a silver needle.

However, this tea has a stronger vegetative tone than any silver needle I’ve ever tasted.  I find this tea fascinating, because it is so delicate, and yet, it manages to have a nicely round, full flavor.  The vegetable notes are somewhere between kelp and freshly cooked peas that have been lightly buttered.  I have a soft, sweet, buttery note that I taste, but mostly what I taste is a strong vegetative note.  Well, strong in the context of this cup … which is delicate.  While the overall taste is very soft, the strongest flavor I taste – by far – is that of the vegetative notes.  Sweet and soothing, it has a gentle quality about it.  It calms while it refreshes and rejuvenates.

Another amazing tea from Butiki Teas.  This is one I’d recommend to those who are looking for a softer, smoother green tea.

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