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drank Downy Sprout by Samovar
260 tasting notes

It’s our third day of rain and I think I’m coming down with something, so I needed a quiet start to this morning.

I don’t know what it is that I love about white tea so much. It could be that it brews into this beautiful champagne color. Or because the flavors are so light and fragile that they feel as though they might break or melt away if you try and keep them in your consciousness for too long.

For me, white tea lends itself for two occasions. 1. Airy spring days before the sun starts beating people senseless and warm breezes dictate the temperature of the day. 2. Days of light precipitation when the only sense of sunlight you get is what reflects itself off of nature’s shinier surfaces.

If I were to add something more personal to the list, it would be: 3. Days you want to approach slowly and gently, so that you do not startle them into roaring back at you with the ferocity that they have been exhibiting during the previous part of the week.

The first thing that you would probably notice about Downy Sprout when opening the tin is the leaves. They’re this light green color and COVERED in those little white hairs. They look like little snippets of silk or satin cord. It’s one of the prettiest teas I’ve ever seen.

It would be a crying shame if such a beautiful tea fell flat on flavor, and luckily this one does not. It’s got a distinctly nutty taste to it, though light, and the sweet notes of it seem to touch on parts of your tongue and then flit away. The description says there’s a honeysuckle component to this, but I get more of the peachy apricot-y aspect of it. That doesn’t make it any less enjoyable, though.

When you start the day off with a tea like this, how can the rest of it not go smoothly? Did you hear that, Today? I SAID: WHEN YOU START THE DAY OFF WITH A TEA LIKE THIS, HOW CAN THE REST OF IT NOT GO SMOOTHLY??

All right. I’m off to test the effects of Downy Sprout on Calculus.

LENA

Gah, why can’t you write a review like, “tea good” or “tea bad”? hahaha….j/k.

I really like Adagio’s white blueberry. It doesn’t taste artificial flavor-y at all…and the little blueberries floating around make me smile.

I’m not sure that a tea can combat calculus, but good luck chick!

takgoti

Oh yeah? Is that a dare? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Jillian

I agree with Lena, I’m not sure such a nice tea could possibly be strong enough to stand up to evils of calculus. But good luck.

gmathis

One of the best tea-tasting essays I’ve read lately, especially the “tiptoeing into a day gently so it doesn’t bite you back” part! Best wishes on the calculus.

TeaCast

Calc, good luck, I had to jump over that hurdle last year :). I love the name of this, Downy Sprout is a sweet name!

takgoti

@Jillian Hah, thanks. Survived-ish. Had to break out the big [tea] guns later in the day. Math is exhausting. For me, anyhow.

@gmathis Aw, thank you. I do like to try not to anger my days lest they eviscerate me.

@TeaCast Ohhh, so jealous of you for being done. My brain doesn’t like me right now. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to think about integrals and I have to beat myself a little bit more each time I open the book. Also, Downy Sprout is an incredibly fitting name as the sprouts are…downier?…than any other white tea I’ve seen. Very pretty. And tasty.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Lovely post. I’m hesitant to admit that I liked Calc.

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LENA

Gah, why can’t you write a review like, “tea good” or “tea bad”? hahaha….j/k.

I really like Adagio’s white blueberry. It doesn’t taste artificial flavor-y at all…and the little blueberries floating around make me smile.

I’m not sure that a tea can combat calculus, but good luck chick!

takgoti

Oh yeah? Is that a dare? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Jillian

I agree with Lena, I’m not sure such a nice tea could possibly be strong enough to stand up to evils of calculus. But good luck.

gmathis

One of the best tea-tasting essays I’ve read lately, especially the “tiptoeing into a day gently so it doesn’t bite you back” part! Best wishes on the calculus.

TeaCast

Calc, good luck, I had to jump over that hurdle last year :). I love the name of this, Downy Sprout is a sweet name!

takgoti

@Jillian Hah, thanks. Survived-ish. Had to break out the big [tea] guns later in the day. Math is exhausting. For me, anyhow.

@gmathis Aw, thank you. I do like to try not to anger my days lest they eviscerate me.

@TeaCast Ohhh, so jealous of you for being done. My brain doesn’t like me right now. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to think about integrals and I have to beat myself a little bit more each time I open the book. Also, Downy Sprout is an incredibly fitting name as the sprouts are…downier?…than any other white tea I’ve seen. Very pretty. And tasty.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Lovely post. I’m hesitant to admit that I liked Calc.

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