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Another of the teas we got this weekend. The beau picked this one out on it’s blueberry merits (the most blueberry smelling dry tea David’s Tea currently carries, I find). I honestly don’t even look at white teas that often because they’re expensive. Luckily, they also happen to be light. We picked up 10g of this to give it a go, and that way we can just replenish if we really like it. I’m trying to learn restraint, I swear!

As I’ve mentioned, the dry smell is strongly blueberry…but only strong for David’s Tea. You definitely smell the white tea first, but underneath that you get a sweet blueberry odour, like blueberry candies, or really ripe sweetened berries. The leaves are quite large and lightly fuzzy…all looks well enough on that front. I’m not much of a tea connoisseur, but larger leaves is almost always a good sign.

We let the water cool for 3 or 4 minutes after boiling (we really should get a kettle with a thermometer some day…) and let it steep around 4 minutes as suggester. We’re doing our standard measurements….1 tsp (now 1 “perfect” teaspoon that the beau wanted, so about 1.25 to 1.5 teaspoons) to two mugs of water, in our 11 oz cups. The liquor is a very pale yellow, and the dry smell has actually amplified. Not quite blueberry anymore, but like blueberry/pomegranate juice.

Wow. The taste is actually exactly like the smell. If anything, slightly stronger. Not mugh white tea taste, at least in this first steep (and I don’t expect a tea taste to develop, honestly. DT is all about flavours!) but I am loving it. Stupid expensive white teas. I’ll try to hold off on this and try some others, but this might be a rebuy. THank the heavens that whites are light : )

UPDATE: Made my second steep later on. I forgot about it, so it steeped for about 7 or 8 minutes. That length though was needed to bring it even close to the strength of the first. This one doesn’t really retain that blueberry flavour with subsequent steeps, but it’s still quite nice. It mostly tastes like a mildly sweet mildly flavoured mild tea. Mild mild mild. The lack of re-steep strength is a bit of a downer, so I’ve adjusted the rating a bit.

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I am a lover of many things, but my passions include my records, tea and books (not necessarily in that order!) I embrace local food and good cooking as much as I can, and place great value on time with family and enjoying the bounty of nature. As of January 2014 my husband and I finally moved to the country to be closer to family and continue our journey in a family home. We have been wanting to do this for a couple years, so we are very excited to follow our hearts. We also have a wonderful kitty named Emma that is the princess of the house.

I am drawn toward good Chinese blacks, enjoy some herbals and the odd roasted oolong. Greens and whites can make me nauseous, but I will have flavoured ones on occasion. While I don’t yet adore puerh, I am giving it my best effort. Chamomile and coconut are the devil though, I wish they didn’t exist. Mint has been a particular favourite of mine since childhood, and I enjoy both flavoured and pure teas though unflavoured blacks are tops for me.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: WOW. This is the cream of the crop.
71 – 80: This is a solid tea. I enjoy it, and would recommend it to others, but may not repurchase.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. May try again to improve.
41 – 60: Bleh. Might finish it, but it’s not to my taste OR just doesn’t impress me at all.
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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