I’ve had this tea for a while. I bought it at a tasting at Tea Gschwendner based on the tea sommelier’s suggestion. He said it was somewhat between a green and a white in flavor. I think it tends to come off more as a white tea, but more robust and “leaf-like,” if that makes any sense, than, say, a Pai Mu Dan type of white tea. It’s kind of nutty and toasty, has a great aroma, is not floral, and tastes best with a bit of sweetener added (I used liquid Stevia). The leaves are very large and impressive looking. This tea is pretty forgiving with regard to steep times — I once accidentally let it sit for 10 minutes (terrible, I know!) and it still tasted good, if a bit strong. If you like white teas, you really can’t go wrong with this one.

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I like strong, robust flavors. My current favorites include strong black teas (Keemuns, Yunnan teas and Assams, for example), flavored blacks such as Harney’s Paris, oolongs of any kind, and gyokuros. I like Rooibos and honeybush teas as well, and other herbal blends to help me relax in the evening.

I am willing to try just about anything, but I am not particularly fond of jasmine tea, very fruity or heavily flavored blends, anything with pineapple; and I know this is practically heresy, but I don’t like Darjeelings.


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