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drank Snow Dragon by Angelina's Teas
2411 tasting notes

I LOVE the way this tea looks, rolled into tight corkscrews. I expected it to unfurl dramatically like dragon pearl, but instead it was very subtle.

Slight grassiness in aroma and flavor, but overall it is a very “clean” taste. There is some substance to it – mouthfeel is not as thin and watery as I feared from a white tea. I’m not getting any of the “jaminess” promised in the description though…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Janefan

it’s a bit sweet as it cools, and not the least bit astringent. I guess the sweetness + thicker than average mouthfeel = jammy (for a white tea)

Ricky

It does look cool! Haha

Alicia

Love the look of this one. How did you find it?

Janefan

It was a sample I got from a tasting/seminar on Chinese teas at a local tea shop. I suspect this blend actually came from Metropolitan teas, but I don’t know for sure (Angelina’s is just a seller, not a blender).

Laura B

I have talked several times with the owner of Angelina’s (occasionally see his adorable daughter there), and I at least can tell you this isn’t a Metropolitan tea—theirs is straight, not corkscrew, just needles like most.

Before having children, he spent his years as one of the judges/tasters for the top prizes; that’s why he has so many teas found ONLY in his shop—you’ll typically only find three pu’ehr sources at other shops; he brings in upwards of fifteen and has everything from the “hearts” that are mediocre but serve their purpose to some of the most luxurious cakes (it’s smart to get them after their first year of aging instead of waiting for them to be the 3+ that are ideal for drinking; they increase in price by 150-500% per year! Just have to keep them stored properly with just enough air exposure to allow the continued aging that makes it so lovely after a half decade or so)… anyway, I saw this and thought I’d chip in since I’m from that area (on the west coast now, so I have to get my teas sent by family).

Laura B

(*15 sources/purveyors for pu’ehr is what I meant; he sells well over 75 kinds of it—need to stop need to listening to BBC while I type; I never tried this particular one but have had Metropolitan’s, which didn’t impress me in particular)

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Janefan

it’s a bit sweet as it cools, and not the least bit astringent. I guess the sweetness + thicker than average mouthfeel = jammy (for a white tea)

Ricky

It does look cool! Haha

Alicia

Love the look of this one. How did you find it?

Janefan

It was a sample I got from a tasting/seminar on Chinese teas at a local tea shop. I suspect this blend actually came from Metropolitan teas, but I don’t know for sure (Angelina’s is just a seller, not a blender).

Laura B

I have talked several times with the owner of Angelina’s (occasionally see his adorable daughter there), and I at least can tell you this isn’t a Metropolitan tea—theirs is straight, not corkscrew, just needles like most.

Before having children, he spent his years as one of the judges/tasters for the top prizes; that’s why he has so many teas found ONLY in his shop—you’ll typically only find three pu’ehr sources at other shops; he brings in upwards of fifteen and has everything from the “hearts” that are mediocre but serve their purpose to some of the most luxurious cakes (it’s smart to get them after their first year of aging instead of waiting for them to be the 3+ that are ideal for drinking; they increase in price by 150-500% per year! Just have to keep them stored properly with just enough air exposure to allow the continued aging that makes it so lovely after a half decade or so)… anyway, I saw this and thought I’d chip in since I’m from that area (on the west coast now, so I have to get my teas sent by family).

Laura B

(*15 sources/purveyors for pu’ehr is what I meant; he sells well over 75 kinds of it—need to stop need to listening to BBC while I type; I never tried this particular one but have had Metropolitan’s, which didn’t impress me in particular)

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