Snow Mist Farm White

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Astringent, Bread Dough, Chrysanthemum, Creamy, Dry Leaves, Floral, Herbal, Honeysuckle, Hot Hay, Juicy, Meadow, Moss, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet, Tree Fruit
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Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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4 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “2022 harvest of Taiwanese white tea made from Qing Xin cultivar grown with permaculture methods, along with the other two teas from this Snow Mist Farm series, an oolong and a black tea. I prefer...” Read full tasting note

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A tea garden like no other, Snow Mist Organic Tea Estate has consistently produced some of the best Taiwanese tea we have ever tasted. We are always excited when our small yearly allotment of tea is ready.

Snow Mist has all the characteristics that we long for in tea production. Low impact agrochemical free agriculture, high quality care of the plants following permaculture principles, pristine environment, mentoring programs for other younger tea makers, pride in their work and tea, happy prosperous workers and on and on. The videos and pictures that are available on our Instagram feed of this area speak for themselves.

The 2021 production season was a great one weather wise and Matt was honored to spend three days helping with the tea making process on the mountain. This year’s teas are better than average, and we are proud to be sharing them with you.

In partnership with this farm we receive a small allotment of tea each year. With full transparency we sell these rare teas into the western market at a cost lower than the domestic market prices. In supporting this garden and giving western tea lovers access to these teas we hope that we can lift the general expectations and understanding of high quality, organic tea outside of Asia. This tea is expensive, but we believe it is worth every penny.

Region: Lalashan, Taoyuan
Cultivar: Qinxin, 0% Oxidation
Method: Handpicked, small batch, processed on site
Production Date: April, 2022
Tasting Notes: Sweet, subtle, floral The essence of the Qinxin Cultivar

Brewing

Amount: 3-5g per 100ml
Water: ~95C(~205f)
Gongfu: 30, 40, 60 sec. steeps then +15 seconds to taste
Western: 3-5g per mug, 1-2 minutes steeps

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2022 harvest of Taiwanese white tea made from Qing Xin cultivar grown with permaculture methods, along with the other two teas from this Snow Mist Farm series, an oolong and a black tea.

I prefer brewing this in a large gaiwan with less leaf than usual. For one, it is huge and unruly! It refuses to be crammed into my small porcelain teapot and will fit only in the the largest of steeper baskets for western brewing. I haven’t tried bowl.

Why I really prefer it brewed in my large glass gaiwan, though, is because there is an initial spicy, fresh-leafy, astringent edge to the leaf that is best mitigated in this manner. Once that fades, it takes long, hot absent-minded steeps beautifully and lasts forever. Smooth and deep herbal hay and dried leaf spice, peonies and floral sweetness, creamy-juicy swallow.

Maybe I’ll pay more attention to its character with the remaining leaf but I probably won’t because I’m enjoying it without diving into analysis. Fun find: a long strand of moss, lime green, stood out amongst the leaf.

Side note: my tea plants have developed an aphid infestation. The assamica variety has been hit the hardest; the Black Sea sininsis variety less so (these 2 represent the bulk of the plantings, I think around 100 plants). The lone surving sinensis from Fairhope Tea Plantation is untouched, as well as the Large Leaf sinsensis. A few have been spotted on the 2 unknown variety plants I found at a local nursery. I washed the plants with soap, let them dry, split a container of ladybugs between the two large raised beds, then zipped up some enclosures to keep the lady bugs mostly in to work their magic. Fingers crossed. Damage has been done but hopefully the plants bounce back.

Flavors: Astringent, Bread Dough, Chrysanthemum, Creamy, Dry Leaves, Floral, Herbal, Honeysuckle, Hot Hay, Juicy, Meadow, Moss, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet, Tree Fruit

Preparation
4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Martin Bednář

I would try two other things to get rid of them (experience from our family greenhouse). 1) Get rid of ants. They are having “farms” on plants. 2) Consider planting lavender near the plants. I have heard they hate the smell. However not sure if it can survive in Cali, though.

gmathis

Sorry to hear about the bugs! But the thought of turning out the Ladybug Battalion makes me smile :)

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