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Here’s another tea from Upton Tea I ordered just 13 days short of its sixth anniversary debut….yes, it was August 2005 when I placed the order. I remember ordering tea with a friend who lives nearby, and just before placing the order, I checked the White teas one more time and purchased it. It was like making an impulse buy at the checkout isle at the grocery store.

At the time I brewed all my white teas in a small teapot (from Bombay Company), I got as a Christmas gift from my sister, bro in-law, and nephews. I prepared this tea Gong Fu style adding more leaf, using short steep times, and steeping it several times (3 to 6). The second and third cups were always the best. This year I started using my Bon Jour tea press alot more, because I like to watch the tea leaves unfurl, and smell the tea brewing. So currently I would use it for almost all White, Green, Oolong, and some Black teas.

Here’s my review from Upton’s website:

(7/20/2008)

Dry Leaf: Good, Infused Leaf: Good,
Liquor: Very Good, Value: Very Good

“Dry leaf is downy, uniform with varigated color. Definite dry/infused fresh, nutty aroma. Liquor is smooth with pronounced nuttiness, & melon undertones. My appreciation of this tea grows with each cup, but SNOW BUDS remains my favorite everyday white tea”

By varigated I mean green and white leaves, two leaves and a bud-a very beautiful leaf! By melon undertones I mean cantaloupe or honeydew (perhaps more accurate), and not watermelon.

This was not my first White tea experience; but I sure am glad I made this impulse buy, because Wang Fu Jing Hao was a really good, memorable tea. It was also the only time I was able to order it, because it sold out & may never be available again. {SIGH!} I HATE when that happens!!

Reviewed: Sat, 08-13-2011.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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