As tonight is a special night, mine and my guy’s unofficial 4 year, I decided to open up my reserve bag of this tea. I ordered it with my boyfriend in mind too, as his favorite variety of tea is white tea, especially ones from Verdant. Oh, and he made me a lovely dinner of parmesan meatballs with spaghetti, such a good chef!
Anyways, onto the tea.
This tea is very special and very fancy. It was rather expensive, the most expensive tea I have purchased. But it is totally worth it.
I took out my gaiwan for this, I cleaned my tea spoon, and got down my special cups from Verdant, I only really use them when I use my Yixing pot as they are very small and delicate. But this is a special tea, so special treatment was required! I set the water to boil to 185 degrees. Upon opening the package, this wonderful clover scent came out at me. Clover and hay. Spring time. And the leaves are the most beautiful white tea leaves I have ever seen. Almost a bright yellow, full, not broken at all. I didn’t even use my spoon in the bag for fear of crushing the leaves, instead, I tipped some out into my gaiwan.
A quick 5 second rinse, then an 8 second steep and into the small cups, with the remainder in my double wall cup. The smell is heavenly. Spring and sweetness, dew, life. The flavor…so delicious. Pure. I got the marshmallow sweetness right off the bat. I’m assuming clover and vanilla are also there, as this is so sweet and light. Like a sugared dessert. I can picture the whipped cream imagery. The subsequent steepings are also luscious and so, so good. I have been increasing steep time by 4 seconds. The flavor is deepening, changing a bit, a deeper sweetness. I haven’t had agave syrup, so I’m not sure if it’s that yet, I’m on steeping 4. A few more to go tonight.
And my boyfriend loves it! He said it’s very sweet, but one of the best white teas he has ever had. I echo his sentiments.
This is a beautiful tea. I want to drink it on a spring day, with the rain gently falling, lilacs beginning to bloom, drops falling on the clean spring grass. Alas, it is fall here, but it is raining out, although dark and not much green left. But this tea takes me to spring. Very enjoyable, a perfect tea for this evening. I am very thankful I was able to try this tea while it is available, it truly is a perfect white tea!