Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day Tea #1
I drank these theme days yesterday, but I’m slow to post the notes today. Another good theme day. I’d say tea swaps are “gifted teas” so I wanted to go for teas from swaps and definitely teas I haven’t written notes about yet. This is one! Kindly sent by derk! Thank you! derk and Martin love this tea. I keep trying it different ways, but to me it tastes like a typical white tea. It was in a sealed sample pouch, so the freshness should be fine. I like that Roswell’s recent note about a white tea mentioned paper and YES sometimes white tea tastes like paper to me in all the best ways. It really reminds me of crisp fresh white paper (cardboard teas are something else entirely.) This time I tried with a ton of these autumnal looking leaves but short steeps. It’s such a gentle tea, I think you could do anything with it but sometimes short steeps have more flavor nuance. The second steep was very sweet and proving it’s a great white. Very clear and crisp. Cold, the last gulp has something like tangy tamarind. This is a lovely white tea but not really something that stands out. Maybe I shouldn’t be steeping this western? So I’m not finding this as special as a 99 rating like derk and Martin, but it’s a very good white.
Steep #1 // 3 teaspoons for full mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 30 second steep
Steep #2 // 28 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min