Diving into the package from Wombatgirl once again, and this is what I found. I haven’t really been feeling in the mood for white much for a while, but since I started the day on green (I was lazy. Couldn’t be arsed to rinse out the pot so I just resteeped) I was feeling more in that sort of mindset today.
One of the things that always tend to surprise me with a lot of white teas is the colour of the leaves. I want them ALL to be silver! Because, you know, it’s a white tea! But they’re not, and I can’t seem to get the fact into my head that a white tea can have primarily dark leaves. (It’s a good thing that I learned much later that oolongs are also sometimes called blue teas or I’d have been seriously confused!)
The next surprise came when I sniffed the dry leaves. Chocolate? Chocolate??? What??
I smelled several times, and I smelled after breathing on them first and the aroma insisted on being chocolate. I’ve never met that in a white before! It smells natural though. Not contamination-like. Oddness. O.o
It’s got a fairly deep yellow colour after steeping, but then I did steep a whole minute. Maybe that’s a little much, but I tend to have difficulties with whites and steeping time. I can’t seem to decide if I like them very shortly steeped or a little longer. I keep changing my mind. At any rate it’s a warm yellow, a rather lovely colour, really, and nicely transparant.
It smells very fresh now and the funny chocolate note is nearly gone away. It’s sort of spooking around at the very bottom of the aroma, but primarily I smell something slightly grassy and very floral.
It tastes quite nice. It reminds me of a Dragonwell actually, with that semi-salty viscous flavour. I’m not really sure how big a fan I am of that, but it’s not overwhelming here. After the cup cools down a little more it’s further subdued. At this point it’s got a rather floral taste. It’s like drinking a mouthful of little spring flowers.
It’s very nice and very delicate cup, but by no means something I could drink a lot of at the time. One cup seems to me to be just about enough, and then it’ll be a while before I’ll be in the mood for another one. A bit like if you eat chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa, like around 70% or something. It’s still very good, but you don’t need or want to eat as much as if it had been milk chocolate.
I feel the need to give it a high rating even if it doesn’t reflect whether or not it’s something I would like to be able to drink often or whether or not I’ll miss it when it’s gone. Because it is good. It’s just also very filling.