3TB for 1000mL, steeped in a Breville @ White-Strong with the basket cycle on.

I may have tried to stretch these leaves too far. It is a fluffy tea, so you need a little more than you might be used to. So mine’s a bit thin today. The leaves are also a bit stale, as I’ve been hoarding this one.

When these leaves are fresh, you get a really intriguing white tea with bits of Darjeeling muscatel and faint woodiness. Those notes sneak up on you; at first sip, this seems to be a fairly ordinary white tea. Enjoyable, but measure carefully and don’t keep the leaves around too long.

Rating: 87.

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