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I so wanted to like this one. I was pretty excited when I saw it in the Traveling Tea Box since most notes I saw on it mentioned that it smelled and tasted like cedar chips. Call me crazy but that sounds appealing!
I am praying that I either overleafed (over….barked?) this or steeped it for too long (ten minutes) because it was beyond bitter. Just… undrinkable. Literally. I took one sip and had to pour the cup down the drain. :( I’m definitely going to give this another shot because a cedar-flavored herb seems like it would be great for blending.
As the leaf appears somewhat broken up I really can’t point fingers since I’m familiar with brittle nature of Bai Mu Dan. With the usual hues of green and brown that White Peony bears I can detect only few white tips.
The infusion is somewhat thick with subtle and almost faint notes of butter, sweet sap and hay on hot summer day. Although it’s a pleasing cup to me it misses some richness and complexity to make it a keeper.
On the other hand, price seems really fair, so my guess is that it could fit in for a gulper tea, hot or iced/cold brewed, so I might turn around when the summer comes. If I ever decide to experiment with tea flavoring I’ll use this one as a base for sure.
Dry, the leaves smell buttery and grassy.
Brewed, the tea smells grassy – like a typical sencha. Taste wise, this tea was very light, mellow, and, well, weak. I have tried a minimum of 6 different methods of preparing this and still end up with a very similar cup.
Thanks Raritea for this sample :) Another straight tea I really wanted to try since I’ve had a few flavoured blends with bai mudan. This is a really nice tea, though i much prefer it as a base tea in a blend. This isn’t too vegetal, which is really nice. it’s also a delicate tea that is quite refreshing.
Appearance: olive grey green sencha lead
Aroma when Dry: grassy, smooth, sweet (eastern) light, hint of floral
After water is first poured: creamy, buttery, vegital, sweet
At end of first steep: creamy, vegital, sweet
At end of first steep: clear
Staple? Type yes
Preferred time of day: any
At first ?: smooth, velvety, mineral notes, light vegital
As it cools?: notes flatten, get juicy vegital, soupy
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Hints of buttery vegital notes
Appearance: long green leaf
Aroma when Dry: heavy vegital,
After water is first poured: burnt spinach
At end of first steep: cream spinach
At end of first steep: light green
Staple? Type No
Preferred time of day: any
At first?: spinach, peas
As it cools?: tea deepens, gets sweeter,asparagus notes surface cloying
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, with cloying heavy vegital notes
I managed to completely botch my first cup of this under the impression that white tea needed a longer steep than average. Naturally the result was quite disappointing. Fortunately after looking at the other reviews I made a second cup with a much shorter steep time and can fairly review this tea.
It’s a pretty decent bai mudan. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and buttery. The taste is more vegetal for me than floral, but my mouth might be a bit too conditioned to floral teas that have actual flowers in them. There is a slight honey taste at the very end of the sip. Not bad by any means, but I definitely prefer Infussion’s Sencha to this.
Made a tasting note before, but i’m updating this a bit because i’m going true my sample at a pretty fast rate over the last week!
Don’t know why but this week i didn’t drink a single black tea, and usually those are the once i drink the most! White and green this week and most off the evenings i’m craving the more robust light malty tasting bai mudan… going to buy this when my sample runs dry!
I drink so much flavored tea that sometimes I forget just how good a cup of the basic stuff can be! This is definitely a good sencha. The dry leaf has a perfect grassy scent, but the brewed tea doesn’t taste very grassy at all. It’s very clear and bright, maybe a hint of leaf and pistachio somewhere in there. The mouthfeel is so smooth and pleasant, it’s easy to drink a cup without even realizing it! I will definitely be enjoying more of this, especially whenever I make Japanese food.
I tell you I’m starting to come around to green. For a long time I couldn’t stomach greens I was a black and Pu man. However if you have a quality green then it is smooth and palatable. It’s light, grassy, kinda make you think of spring in the dead of winter. Thanks Infussion for allowing me to try this one.
The second sample i received from Infussion was this Sencha. Its a 30gram sample, so they where very kind!
The dry leaf look identical to the sencha i received from jing a while ago. Maybe the leaf’s are a bit smaller but for me it looks very mutch the same! Thats a good thing because the sensha from jing was very tasty!
Now i used one teaspoon of sencha leafs and 70°c water, used a bit less leaf then i did before with my other sencha. Because that one was to strong at first. So after it steeped for 3min i’m tasting a very well balanced tea. The quality is equal to the one i mentioned above! I’m surprised that its that good off a sample.
Color looks bright green and it taste sharp and fresh, i’m liking this tea!
Tnx for the chance u gave me to try it out, will order this one in the future!
going to brew a second and third cup later today aswel, will update this note or make a quick new one to post the results!
Oh yeah! This is nice! This has such a lovely fresh taste … very leafy green-ish, like freshly steamed spinach with a touch of butter. Very bright and lovely.
My full-length review of this tea will publish tomorrow morning on SororiTea Sisters: http://sororiteasisters.com
Until then, let me just say that this is definitely one of the best Dragon Well teas I’ve come across. If you like Dragon Well, you’ve gotta try this!
I had this last night (backlog?) at my sister’s and ended up giving the rest to her. This may be one of the more upfront and consistent white teas to stumble my way. The liquor tends towards a golden-like brightness, although, after I left it in the glass pot for a while it turned reddish and reminded me of a light black. This will hopefully be a good introductory white for my predominantly black tea drinking sister.
So I just got home from visiting family and found a lovely package filled with tea from Infussion Tea! This one smelled the most interesting so I decided, why not? It tastes pretty much how it smells, which is like some sort of red wood. It’s not bitter or anything and the taste is rather nice, it’s similar to something that you would find in a dry rub for chicken or beef. I wanna just chew on some for some reason, and I just might.
Didn’t really know what to drink this evening so i’m going to try out a new tea for me! Infussion was so kind to send me a few off there samples… so i’m so kind to make a review!
Bai Mudan, white peony upon opening the sample i’m seeing alot off brown and greenish leaves with here and there a bud. I’m taking one teaspoon full off leaves for my cup and i’m brewing it for 3min with 70°c water…
The color off the tea looks a bit darker then silver needles, it looks very appealing. After it cooled down a bit i’m sipping the cup and i’m tasting a tea thats a bit more robust then i’m used to in a white tea, but i’m liking the taste!
overall a good white tea, gonna try a second and third cup from the same leafs aswel, will add that in a other tasting note tomorrow or so…
Mmm, Bai Mudan is not a tea I have had all too often but this seems like a solid and straightforward cup to me! Notes of melon-like sweetness that flirts with the watery freshness of cucumbers. There’s even a touch of buttery cream that make this cup soft. No complaints here! I’ve been looking to pick up some White Peony and this 30g bag will do very nicely for now.
Do you know that sad empty feeling that usually proceeds finishing an amazing series? I’m no good with endings. I just finished steins;gate (a sci-fi time travel anime) for the first time and I needed something to pick me up and carry me off to a new series of books or shows. This was a great cup for that transition- and it held up well to multiple steeps! I guess it’s time to finally finish Lord of the Rings (it’s going to kill me).
Thank you, Infussion, for this lovely sample.
I used 1 tablespoon for 375 ml of water.
On the sip I’m detecting a soft melon-like flavour with a bit of a sour spinach-y edge. The spinach edge gives a heaviness to the overall flavour. Alfalfa sweetness is present. Very mild roasted flavour near the end of the sip in the background. Mildly buttery. I’m not getting an overwhelmingly swampy flavour. Almost a sugary sweetness is present.
Lingering aftertaste has peppery notes.
As it cools, I am getting hints of the licorice/ginseng tingly sweetness.