What an interesting tea! First, it has this unusual quality that I don’t love, (but only in the aroma of the wet leaves) it has this very savory/salty smell that I can only describe as smelling like ham water. I’ve only found this in one other tea I’ve tried so far (a gunpowder green) and I wonder if other people have had a similar experience or if they describe this same smell differently. I’m sure I wouldn’t mind it as much if I could conjure up a different image than a cube of ham in hot water.

Anyhow, this is a really nice white. I feel like it is helping my palate to determine the characteristics specific to a Darjeeling regardless of how it’s processed. It is sweetly floral and does have that classic muscatel characteristic.

I’m in love now! Lingering in my mouth is a satin-smooth French vanilla. Although I fail to describe the different flavors here, this must be the most complex white I’ve ever tasted.

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

I love to swap, or even just send people samples, so if there’s anything in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message!


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