I had a sneaking suspicion, when I received my fairly large order with Butiki, that this would come to be amongst my favourites of all. Aside from an existing predisposition toward white teas, I was convinced by the leaves; they smelled absolutely wonderful and I really just couldn’t wait to try.
I gave it a go this morning, as per Stacy’s brewing instructions, only on a slightly larger scale (as our house is full of 12 oz mugs, so…!).
I was not disappointed. The liqour was a lovely pale-golden colour and smelled so sweet and creamy. The drink was surprisingly full-bodied, creamy and sweet with exceptional smoothness on the palette. The second steep, for only a slightly longer time (4’) was equally delicious. It also has a delicious grape-like note, accompanied by a gentle, fruity astringency. The wet leaves, too, had a wonderful aroma.
For fans of white tea, I couldn’t recommend this strongly enough. For those who haven’t really tried it, this is certainly one I’d recommend (though I’d definitely recommend brewing as per Stacy’s instructions, to make sure that it’s a ‘strong enough’ cup, for those unused to the general mildness of these teas).
Flavors: Cream, Grapes, Honey, Sweet