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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!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
MissLena

Here is a link of a photo of the leaves and cups, I placed the leaves in the spoon didn’t dig into the bag for the pic haha:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wRgTmnGzIRg/UoRXUfoPWlI/AAAAAAAACAs/l9njU4m-D1s/w426-h568/999623_10153440925065307_1208201124_n.jpg

JustJames

nice snap!!

Bonnie

This is an awesome tea! Great choice to celebrate with! Just think, you get more from the tea than a bottle of good wine. (Don’t get me wrong, I like wine but it goes pretty fast!) Congratulations!

MissLena

@JustJames – thanks! It turned out pretty good, just used macro on my phone :)

@Bonnie – I agree, an amazing tea! And we did have some red wine with dinner, but like you said, it goes faster and isn’t as good for you, and tea i can drink all day. :) And thanks for the congrats!

MissB

Wow. Beautiful.

Sil

you make me want to try this one and i’m not generally a fan of whites :)

MissLena

It’s so flavorful! A delicious white tea, probably the best I’ve had to be honest.

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MissLena

Here is a link of a photo of the leaves and cups, I placed the leaves in the spoon didn’t dig into the bag for the pic haha:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wRgTmnGzIRg/UoRXUfoPWlI/AAAAAAAACAs/l9njU4m-D1s/w426-h568/999623_10153440925065307_1208201124_n.jpg

JustJames

nice snap!!

Bonnie

This is an awesome tea! Great choice to celebrate with! Just think, you get more from the tea than a bottle of good wine. (Don’t get me wrong, I like wine but it goes pretty fast!) Congratulations!

MissLena

@JustJames – thanks! It turned out pretty good, just used macro on my phone :)

@Bonnie – I agree, an amazing tea! And we did have some red wine with dinner, but like you said, it goes faster and isn’t as good for you, and tea i can drink all day. :) And thanks for the congrats!

MissB

Wow. Beautiful.

Sil

you make me want to try this one and i’m not generally a fan of whites :)

MissLena

It’s so flavorful! A delicious white tea, probably the best I’ve had to be honest.

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)

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