This is another sample from boychik. Sorry it’s taking me so long to try these! Visually, this tea strikes me as the white version of wee snaily yums, which makes sense since they’re both bi luo chun. The color is a lovely and very pale mint green with some silver and dark grey spots. The leaves have a very mild and soft hay scent. I have no idea whether I used the correct parameters for this particular tea, but I just went with my default white tea steep time and temperature.
Wow, the steeped tea actually smells quite smoky/savory! In fact, it reminds me of the black version of bi luo chun, which makes perfect sense. I just wasn’t expecting it! I can also smell hay and perhaps a slight hint of menthol or eucalyptus? Wow, this is an interesting one. I am happy to say that it didn’t come out bitter, so clearly my parameters weren’t too far off. The overall flavor is quite mild, and it’s mostly a mixture of savory smoked meat and green vegetables (spinach?). I can taste a little bit of that menthol quality, and honestly it’s numbing my mouth a little bit which is odd! I can taste a touch of floral and stonefruit at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. It’s amazing how similar this is to black bi luo chun and yet how different at the same time! I’m not sure I would drink this, as the mouth-numbing is a little weird, but I do enjoy the flavor. :)
(I’m going to ignore the mouth-numbing quality for the rating.)
Flavors: Floral, Meat, Menthol, Smoked, Spinach, Stonefruits, Vegetables