REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Wild Tea Buds (2014)


Tea: Green tea from Dehong in south west Yunnan
Sample provided by: Nothing But Tea
Twitter: @Nothingbuttea
Link to Wild Tea Buds

Tasting notes:

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consist of whole tea buds that have a sweet, florally aroma

Infused tea: This tea cups out the lightest coloured liquor I’ve ever seen in a tea. It is no darker than water. The liquor is light-bodied, but not as delicate as a white tea, and has very little astringency. The flavour of the liquor is a very complex miss of floral and sweet notes. I detect floral flavours not far off orange blossoms in the body, whilst sweet, liquorice-like flavours dominant the finish. The tea has a sweet lingering aftertaste that grows in your mouth

Infusion tips: Infuse this tea with 80C water for two to three minutes. You will get three infusions out of this tea

Conclusions: This is truly a unique tea – something you should definitely try once, even if you are sceptical of tasting notes. For my palate, it is too sweet, and I’m not super keen on the flavours, but I have to admire the rarity of this tea and its unbelievable complexity. I can see how it would really appeal to people who like flavoured green teas

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.50 / 100 grams for £8.00 / 250 grams for £19.00


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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