This is one of my favorite teas from the teaspot. It has a fruity flavor and does not seem overly sensitive to over-steeping. It can be re-steeped 3 or four times with no loss to flavor. I prefer keep my first steep to a minute and a half or 2 minutes, adding 30 seconds each time.
I got two new white teas to try from my swap with TastyBrew
I am going to compare them all here (with my original white tea) and post the same note to the others.
I brewed 2 tsp of each in small teacups, steeped for 3 min at 180F
Monkey Picked White – The Tea Spot: Still my favorite white. It has the most pale liquor of all three and the most amazing creamy texture, with just a hint of citrus. When I say hint, I mean that it is so slight that I don’t always detect it.
White Symphony – Adagio: is this even a white tea? wow, the liquor is really dark golden and the flavor is strong of hay and barley. It kind of reminds me of brewers yeast (I had a lot of that (mixed in cups of water) growing up because my father was obsessed with the stuff). I actually like this one, but I don’t think of it as a white tea. It’s in a unique league of its own. I don’t know that it’s a tea that I’d want all the time, but I could be in the mood for it sometimes.
Snowbud – Adagio: My least favorite of the three. Liquor color is in between the other two. Flavor is slightly bitter and its not as creamy as my Monkey picked. There is another flavor, I don’t know if its nutty or mineral, maybe a blend of the two?
I had this tea this morning, but Steepster was down (for me, at least), so I could not log it then.
I set my timer for 2min30sec as I usually do for this tea, but when the timer went off, I turned it off without taking the infuser out of my cup. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I have these moments sometimes. I estimate that it was another 5 minutes before I remembered the tea, so I can definitely vouch for its lack of sensitivity to over-steeping. It was still a really good cup!
I seem to turn to this tea every time I’ve had a long stretch of flavored tea sampling. So many hit or miss experiences require that I return to a trusted favorite to clear my mind and senses for the next round of sampling.
This tea is always a happy tea. Slightly nutty and fruity with a comforting texture and so forgiving no matter how careless I am with the brewing.