22 Tasting Notes

90

Sumptuous is the word that comes to mind when I drink this tea. Every stage of brewing is a lovely aesthetic experience, from first steeping to last sip.

I bought 50g without a tin, and the dry leaves have little scent, though I may get a whiff of light fresh grass here and there. I seriously take my time with smelling it as it steeps, it’s just so enticing. I get smooth aromas of fresh baked bread, buttered corn and sweet hay, with hints of honey.

The leaves are beautiful as they unfurl, gleaming in my strainer. I typically add 1 tsp or so of sugar, as I find it brings out the creamy flavor I enjoy.

The first sip fills my mouth with honeysuckle, calendula, and sweet cream. More of the fresh baked bread is present, and maybe hints of marine, as others have mentioned. I’ve never drunk a tea quite like this, with a buttery smooth flavor that I find difficult to put down.

The second steeping is similar to the first, though the honey-floral flavors are turned down, and the mineral hints coming to the fore.

The third steep is more mineral and marine, still smooth. I typically stop here, as I prefer the butter-cream flavors of the first and second steeps, but it’s still very good.

All in all a fantastic experience, and a tea I’ll have to have close at hand for the foreseeable future!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cream, Floral, Gardenias, Honeysuckle

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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One of the more interesting teas I’ve had the pleasure of trying, this white tea from Assam is pleasant, smooth, and sweet. I think it’s more flavorful and deep than most white teas, with a malty caramel flavor and a light fruity finish. The taste is full and rounded without being overwhelming.

I typically steep with under-boiling water for about 4 minutes, and have re-steeped this tea successfully. Each infusion is lovely and flavorful, and I’ve accidentally steeped it longer without any negative effects on flavor.

This has quickly become a favorite tea of mine when I want something more malty than a regular white or green tea but don’t want a black tea.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cookie, Floral, Fruity, Malt, Maple, Smooth, Stonefruits

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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