Darjeeling teas are generally referred to as the “champagne of teas”. This Uva Greenland Silver Tips Ceylon White Tea, however, may just have Darjeeling defeated in this description.
The aroma of the dry leaves is quite unique, having a touch of spice and ripe citrus scents gently interwoven with the typical scent of sweet hay. The tips are long, slender, and sickle-shaped. They consist of a fine leaf enveloping a young bud. As usual, soft downy-like hairs cover the tips.
The aroma, body, texture, and taste of this tea are fairly consistent through the first four infusions. The fifth infusion begins to get noticeably lighter, but is still acceptable. I did not try a sixth, but expect it to be acceptable also.
The aroma had scents of honey, sweet hay, crisp apple, and green grapes. The body is light, with a gentle, smooth texture, and a relaxing energy. The taste follows the aroma closely, with notes of sweet hay, honey, and light notes of crisp apple and green grapes. The aftertaste is sweetly floral, and the mouth is left with a clean feeling.
The high market price for silver tips from Sri Lanka is well deserved, in my opinion. This tea is certainly unique from silver tips from China, India, Kenya, or Malawi. This is one you will want to try.
Flavors: Apple, Grapes, Hay, Honey