Sipdown! (4 | 40)
So I figured I should probably get cracking on some of these white2tea minis… Not that I’m in a hurry to sip them down or anything, but I haven’t tried a single one and they’re sitting on my tea counter in categorized bags, just staring at me. O.O
I kind of struggled with steeping this though. I originally used my lazy glass steeper thing from Rishi, which is what I usually do for casual gongfu at my desk. But it has a bit of a wide circumference, which didn’t work as well for a spherical tea since it requires more water to be added to submerge it. After that I switched to a baby glass teapot which worked better for the tea:water ratio. But the tea was still tasting quite mild to me, even with longer steeps, and the orb wasn’t really unfurling at all.
So then I switched it up, to grandpa style in a glass tumbler. Still sipping on that now, but the little ball still isn’t unfurling much, even though it’s probably been 30 minutes or so. The tea is tasty though – soft and mellow with a nice honey-brown sugar sweetness to it, and with some maltiness from the black tea alongside lighter hay notes from the white tea. I don’t think I’ve ever had brandy, but this does have some woodiness to it that would make sense for a cask-aged liquor, plus the sweet notes.
Anyway, I have quite a few of these little ball-shaped minis to try, so I would love some advice on how best to steep them. Is grandpa-style better since they take so long to unfurl, or should I do a long first rinse/steep to try to open them up a bit? Let me know what your experience has been! :3
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Caramelized Sugar, Dates, Dried Fruit, Dry Leaves, Fig, Hay, Honey, Malty, Smooth, Sweet, Syrupy, Thick, Woody