Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
Our Golden Stars are handcrafted and tied into the shape of a star. This tea originates from China and is a smooth full-bodied tea that is juicy, buttery, and vegetal. Notes of sweet fresh spinach and artichokes can be detected as well as light lingering lemon notes. This delicate tea is delightful and refreshing.
Learn more about this tea here.
These clusters – these stars – are interesting. They appear to be hand-sewn, I can even see the thread. They form a little star shape, and as they infuse they do not “open up” really, they just sort of plump up, still retaining a vague, now swollen, star shape.
They don’t possess a strong aroma. The fragrance of the brewed tea is equally as faint. And… even the first couple of sips are very faint. But don’t let that stop you from sipping on this tea. The flavors develop. Trust me!
The tea never really becomes a strong tasting tea. But I like the gentleness of this tea. The liquor has a thin, brothy texture. The flavor is slightly buttery and there is a hint of citrus-like flavor that hits the palate toward the tail and lingers well into the aftertaste. After the flavors have developed (I’d say, at about the mid-cup point), it really tastes lemony. It is a sharp, bright lemony taste that is especially apparent in the aftertaste.
The tea tastes primarily vegetative – not grassy though. It isn’t a sharp or even a sweet grass taste. Instead, it is more like a mild, sweet vegetable taste that falls somewhere between steamed spinach and artichoke, leaning more toward the artichoke than the spinach … especially with the lemon notes, because I like to steam my artichokes with lemon slices in the steam water.
It’s a lighter tea, nice for a weekend afternoon when you want to just relax and kick up your feet a bit. Really nice!