Another sample I had bought a while ago. I kind of went overboard when I was buying samples from them, so now I’m slowly going through them.
The leaves are curled like a Bi Lo Chun but lighter and with curled buds. The dry leaves smell very fresh and crisp with a hay note to it. It reminds me dry leaves in the fall. The wet leaves are slightly broken, not too bad and the opened fully on the first steep. It looks a lot like a green tea and I’m picking up some sort of fruit scent, not like a berry, more like a peach or plum. I’m surprised this is a white tea, I would’ve guessed it was green had I tested it blind. The taste is like green tea and white tea had a love child. It has hay notes, buttery notes, floral notes, vegetal like asparagus notes and still has a crispness to it. This is good!
The second steep is a little bitter, I may have overdone the steeping time. The first one was 3 minutes, the second was 5 minutes, but it’s what the package says, so that’s what I did. Next time second steep will be shorter. Anyway, the second steep even though a little bitter keeps all the notes, is much more buttery and is leaving an astringent aftertaste that I blame on the too long of a steep. Overall good tea!