Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
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.
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.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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