Silver and Gold
A blend that screams blasphemy yet achieves balance between two very different tea processing extremes, this combines two of the most fussed-over teas of each of their respective categories to produce a smooth, sweet, full bodied liquor with an aroma completely unlike either tea on its own.
Blending high grade Fuding Da Bai Hao Yin Zhen with the smallest pure-bud Dian Hong, this tosses the most silver down covered tea with the most golden down covered tea. If it were not for the excessive amounts of fine downy hairs, this could not be homogeneously blended, but by carefully kneading the leaves together (rather than simply tumbling) in very small batches, the leaves actually stick together in a tight matrix.
The resulting brewed tea has the rich color and toasty nature of the Dian Hong coupled with the rich yet cottony mouthfeel of the Yin Zhen and when combined in a particular ratio manages a light smoky aroma reminiscent of fresh baked pie crust without lending any actual smoke notes to the flavor at all. Fruity sweet notes of grapeskin and honeysuckle come out in later infusions as the white tea takes the stage from the chocolaty red.
An unexpectedly comforting blend of light and dark.