“As I was drinking from my favorite tea bowl, I became concerned about being someone who has a favorite bowl.” Read full tasting note
“There is only a little bit left of this tea at the bottom of the tin. Maybe another serving or two. This silver needle was the first one I ever tried and pretty much the only one. I won't be...” Read full tasting note
“This is an extremely mild and very subtle tasting tea! You really have to sit there and close your eyes to concentrate on the slight grassy notes that it has to offer. I prefer more taste and...” Read full tasting note
“I don't ever drink this tea alone. I tend to add it to more potent teas to cut the flavor a little when I want a milder peppermint for example. I might have to try it on it's own and see how that...” Read full tasting note
Also known as Yin Zhen, this well guarded secret of Chinese emperors is a rare delicacy for a Western table. The most tender white downy tea buds are harvested only two days out of each year using the centuries old techniques of Imperial Gathering. This exceptional tea was reserved for the Chinese imperial family until just a few decades ago when it became available to the general public. Famous for its subtle taste, pale infusion, and extraordinary purity.
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I purchased this tea as a show-and-tell item for my tea class. I decided to try it, since I blew $18 on it, and decided not to return it. White teas aren’t always my thing, but this was very lovely. Subtle, resteeps well, and is a fantastic companion to late-night computing.
This is true tea “soup.” The pale infusion possesses a very milky mouthfeel with a similarly lactic tang in the form of refreshing acidity. The taste is crisp and complementary to fermented foods; its unctuousness and bright savoriness capture distant echoes of soy. The aroma, though floral, can be damp and almost slightly gamy. Because of this, I prefer to brew this at room temperature for an hour or so.
This is a tea I drink after a day of working, a time to wind down and relax. The antioxidants within the tea are refreshing and help calm my nerves. Good blended with a flavoured tea or not, both ways are I find relaxing and calming, something to fill the senses and to settle down after a long day.