1.5 tsp (roughly, a fluffy tea) to 300mL water @ 85C, steeped 3 minutes Western style, drunk bare. First infusion.

I like white tea. I love Yunnan tea. I love good hit of jasmine. I figured I’d be pretty happy with this one, and I am. I have a painful medical condition that disables me to varying degrees, which I mention here because I find the ritual of making tea, the whole process of checking water temp and time, of sniffing the dry leaves and then tasting the tea, of parsing out the flavour and scent notes, can be a potent and therapeutic distraction. The blend of jasmine and good silver needle here is subtle first, then almost ravishing. The tea seems to produce an energy all its own, one that makes me forget some of what bothers me and instead focus on what is good and beautiful.

Meditative tea.

This tea is beautiful. The first sip was mostly a clean, silver needles flavour, with something heavier at the end: a promise. Then came the jasmine, which is mixed with apricot in both scent and taste. All of this is light, but it opens up in the mouth. I probably steeped it too long, as the finish gives me the slightest threat of astringence — almost coniferous, like the scent of wet spruce.

Complex, nuanced, subtle, and quite lovely. I will never drink this for a mere caffeine hit. I will drink this to understand beauty.

Michelle Butler Hallett

2nd infusion steeped four minutes

Stronge, but still subtle, conifer and silver needle notes. Less jasmine up front but definitely present in the finish. The apricot notes deepen in the finish, too.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Sorry — stronge = stronger

Bonnie

You totally get these tea’s. When I first began drinking them over a year ago my head was swimming with visions. Magical! Mystical! I’ve never turned back in disappointment.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

2nd infusion steeped four minutes

Stronge, but still subtle, conifer and silver needle notes. Less jasmine up front but definitely present in the finish. The apricot notes deepen in the finish, too.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Sorry — stronge = stronger

Bonnie

You totally get these tea’s. When I first began drinking them over a year ago my head was swimming with visions. Magical! Mystical! I’ve never turned back in disappointment.

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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