This has a strong sweet scent. Light honey maybe.

Drank very hot it has a strong green flavor with that sweetness tied in.

As it cools to medium sipping temperature the green comes out stronger but with no bitterness, the sweetness still holds and balances this tea. The vegetal flavor is in the main portion of the mouth while the sweetness coats the back of the throat and reminds one of brown sugar. It’s not strong, again it’s just enough to balance the flavor of the tea in total.

As it cools further, a deep earthiness comes out, putting one in mind of a pu-erh almost. Not nearly as strong, of course, but with that same slate-y river-mud tone to it that some pu-erhs have. The sweetness has continued and turned darker and richer. A green note can be noticed here and there, spiking hard in the upper mouth/nose; not in every sip, but there.

And the cooler it gets, the more it shifts into slight berry tones.

This is a complex and rich tasting white.

The longer I drink this, the more I like it as it goes through it’s changes. It may well be a buyer. So far, even among those I wouldn’t buy, I have been pleased with Imperial Tea Garden’s whites. I’m very glad my husband grabbed me a bunch of samples as a gift.

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I live as a nomad now and my cupboard is no longer huge, it goes from bare to maybe 3 or 4 at a time – whatever I can easily carry in my rucksack. But am ordering samples from places so I can keep trying new stuff or more easily carry a variety for my moods that’ll fit!

Note to those who read my reviews:

I only about a year ago learned I have synesthesia and that is why I’ve always wrote my reviews primarily in colors. Clearly, if you’ve read any recently, that’s still how I write most of the time as that’s still how I best describe flavors. Today I realized that may be worth putting out there for folks who come across my reviews.
Moving on:

Unless otherwise noted, I use 2.25g of tea to 6oz of water for my tastings.

Geeky, vegan, dominant, serious, non-gendered, childfree, eclectic, alternatively-styled, friendly and open-minded are good descriptors of me, I think. Also: extremely introverted, but not at all shy.

I grew up on bag teas, mainly Lipton, at my father’s and great-grandmother’s homes. I loved getting up before everyone else and sitting with a hot cup and reading or watching some quiet tv in the morning.

I didn’t bother much with tea for the years of my teenhood because of no longer seeing either of these people and my mother’s house wasn’t one for tea… more coffee drinkers, instead.

During my adulthood I started drinking it again, but still mostly bag teas like Lipton, Tetley, and some herbal mixes. I enjoyed these but went no further…

…until I was at a restaurant one night and ordered a Darjeeling tea to give it a try.

I fell back in love with tea and have since been trying all sorts of loose leaf and some bag teas.

I’m currently delving mainly into white teas, but my tastes wander.

Not sure what else to say here… if you like my notes or are interested in chatting about something, do feel free to send a note. I love meeting new folks, especially since we share at least one interest, being on this site and all.


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