35 Tasting Notes
I used the whole 7g package in my 120 ml gaiwan, and it turns out that was probably too much because the expanded leaf after a few steeps sticks out over the top of the gaiwan.
Leaf is a beautiful dark green with most leaves very intact. The taste is flowery and vegetal. I’ve not had many flowery tasting teas, so this is a unique treat.
I had some pretty poor white teas yesterday, so I decided to return to one of What-Cha’s to remind myself of what a great white tea tastes like. I’ve had a few teas from them that I didn’t really love, but their white teas have all been excellent.
Tastes of honey with flowery notes. The packaging describes the flavor as like peony, but I honestly don’t have the faintest clue what that tastes like so flowery will have to do. No bitterness present at all.
Of all the teas I’ve tried from Den’s, this is my favorite. It has a nutty flavor with just enough grassiness to make a pleasant compliment to the nuttiness rather than overpower it. This tea is easy on the stomach and palate. It gets a bit bitter if steeped too long, but it has never gotten to the point of being distasteful.
Flavors: Grass, Nutty
Dry leaf appears larger than most white teas I’ve had before. Lots of green and brown on the leaves and I don’t see much of the white hair that is normally found on whites.
Taste starts out sweet and grassy. After a few steeps an herbal taste starts to come out, maybe like peppermint, but the grassiness is still dominant. It is a somewhat interesting flavor, but I think the grassiness is too dominant for me to really like it.
Flavors: Grass, Sweet
Very light for a black tea; it looks like a green. Taste is mostly malty with some grassy and citrusy flavor as well. Makes me think of a first flush Darjeeling.
Leaves are small with lots of leaf fragments. Maybe not the best candidate for gaiwan brewing. As I resteep it seems to be getting more bitter over time, possibly due to the state of the leaves.