My neighbor surprised with a tin of this for Christmas. Wow! I have never seen tea quite like this! There are lots of stems, as is common in tea from Taiwan, but the leaves look like they could have been raked from your yard just minutes ago! Dry fall leaves, not soft newly fallen ones.
The steeped tea has a stronger aroma than the dry leaves. One feels like saying, “This can’t possibly be white tea!”. Since I have never had it before, I looked at several companies offerings of it. They all looked like this one, and it was noted that it is the strongest, most flavorful white tea. There is nothing subtle about this cup. It is delicious and arresting. There is a strong, lovely mineral quality, all smoothness and no astringency. This white tea shares many characteristics with some of the really fabulous oolongs.
What a delightful surprise! I will definitely be keeping this type of tea on hand.