I received a sample of this with my latest David’s Tea purchase. It has big tea leaves—a fantastic sign. I used about half of the sample because I still don’t have a proper tea ball, and I’d rather let such pretty leaves unfurl in a wee bit of water, than cram it all in this microscopic tea ball I have and not get the bestest flavor.

It smells amaaaaaazing! :) And the taste? Out. Of. This. World. I thought I’d tasted white tea, but no… I’d only had shadows, powder, imitation teas that couldn’t hold a candle to this stuff. I am now, officially, a fan of white tea. It’s sweet all by itself, and has a round, grassy flavor—no funky aftertaste (those who have delved into the black hole that is supermarket bagged tea may know the aftertaste I’m referencing—shudder—).

Yup. I’m impressed. And I just used half a teaspoon. And my water was probably way too hot.

Flavors: Sweet, Vegetal

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 0 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I discovered my love of tea in college, in Oregon, where nearly constant rain and clouds and fog demand some sort of warm, cuddly beverage.

Since moving back to Idaho, where seasons actually exist, my adoration for tea has bordered on obsession. I like a variety of teas depending on my mood and the alignment of the planets. I’m pretty sure my love of tea saved my life after coming home from the deep freezer with hypothermia day after day. ;)

I am recently married, and my next project is convincing my husband that instant Lipton iced tea does not count as tea. sigh

Here’s my rating system:
0-19 – I did not like this tea. I will not touch it again with a ten-foot-pole. I may have family and friends try it in hopes of pawning it off on them; otherwise it’s in the trash. That bad.
20-40 – I do not like this tea. I might be able to tolerate it with large amounts of sugar and/or almondmilk and/or another tea. I will be giving it away to the first family/friend who likes it because I’m too lazy to enjoy this.
41-60 – This tea is okay. If I am careful how I prepare it (temperature, amounts) and add things to it (sugar, almondmilk), I can enjoy it.
61-70 – This tea was fairly enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for it, and I have to at least sweeten it.
71-80 – I like this tea. I might even drink it without additives. It may still be mood-driven, but it’s pretty good. I would recommend it to visitors coming over for a cuppa.
81-90 – I really like this tea. I can drink it regardless of cravings. I will rarely if ever add anything to it. I try to peddle it to my visitors as examples of great tea.
91-100 – I love this tea. It is wonderful. Every cup is heaven. I will not share this. I will tell people to go get their own crack. This stash is mine.


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