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.