Hey. This is a brand new tea from the Weng Family, through Verdant, and I just got my Black Friday order with a sample of it, that I requested, so I thought I would add it to the database, and leave a review. Firstly, it’s really great that verdant has found a white tea supplier, and one with such interesting and unique products. When I opened the sample packet it had a very interesting and complex smell, like Pu-erh, but lighter, a product of the aging process. I used approximately 6oz of 205°f water, with the five gram sample, varying my brewing between the 20 second and minute mark, and also, after doing three short steeps, I left one for longer (5 minutes or so) to see what effect that would have. The smell that came off of the tea as it steeped, each time, was hay and cinnamon. I poured out my tea into three glasses (I did three steeps pouring one into each glass, and then I drink each one as soon as it becomes cool enough), and smelled them before I drank them, and still got mainly hay and spices. My first sip took me by surprise because this tea is VERY astringent, not unpleasantly, but it’s definitely present. It’s actually quite a sweet tea, but it takes a moment to notice beneath the astringency. My second impression was that it tasted like hay, as it had smelled, which was slightly reminiscent of barns and such. I was pretty disappointed honestly. BUT THEN. I swished it around a bit in my mouth, knocking it about my palette, and I was amazed at how intricate the flavors were. I got the cinnamon. and the mint as promised, right off the bat. It does still have a very hay like quality, but if you accept (or enjoy) this, you will get a great tea drinking experience. There is both a spicy, and cooling quality to this tea as well, which gives it a really nice mouthfeel. It left a nice tingling in my mouth for a long time after I drank it. Further steepings start to be less nuanced with flavor but continue having a pleasant cooling effect, and give off an aroma that I would describe as Watermelon. I never noticed any cocoa taste, but it was certainly a dark tasting white tea. And for information’s sake, the “five minute or so” steeping yielded tea that was a bit too astringent, but extremely spicy, and cooling, so not altogether a bad experience if that’s something you would want to try. As I said, mine was a sample, but this is quite an expensive tea at 19usd/25g, but I would say this is similar in quality to a nice Pu-erh, which often go for a lot more than that (I really haven’t tried any REALLY nice Pu-erh, so I am basing this on how people describe it). I will probably buy more at some point, as it is quite good, but it will definitely never be my every day tea. Overall it was a uniquely pleasant experience, and I look forward to trying more teas from the Weng Family. Thanks for reading!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Hay, Melon, Mint, Spicy
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML