I normally try not to be swayed by the smell of a tea. However, I fell hook line and sinker for this one. It had a great sweet popcorn buttery fragrance that was mouthwatering!
Description: “This beautifully unique green tea from Japan boasts notes of rich caramelized butter.”
Review: The flat tea leaves were olive and dark emerald green. They were very broken and small. However, they had a rich warm popcorn butter smell. The wet leaves were more yellow-olive and it was evident how broken the leaves were.
The lovely buttery smell disappeared from the wet leaves but was still pronounced in the light yellow-green liquor! When I read the ingredient list, I realized that there was a natural roasted butter flavouring, which is where the smell came from.
However, despite brewing the tea repeatedly, even using a lower steeping temperature, the liquor was still mildly bitter. There was a mild a lingering of butter flavour at the tail end of the sip. The astringency coated the tongue and dried out my mouth. When I let the liquor cool down, it helped with the bitterness but the mild flavour that was left quickly disappeared. I really wanted to enjoy this tea. While it smelled delicious, it sadly didn’t translate into the taste for me (2.5/5 rating).
- Type: Green tea
- Origin: Japan
- Caffeine: Medium
- Ingredients: Green tea, natural roasted butter flavouring
- Company: DAVIDsTEA