I’m drinking the 2012 version of it this morning, but I do have a slight stomachache, so I’m going to hold off on rating this for a while. I was in the mood for something gentle.
1st steep: The wet leaves after steeping smell floral and almost buttery to me. The lea liquor is slightly vegetal but also has a fruity note of apricots and a bit of almond, perhaps. This was at 3 minutes or so at 205F. Overall very pleasant, but I can’t say I’ve met too many white teas I am not fond of (unless flavored/scented), they are a reliable favorite for me.
2nd steep: slightly less time and lower water temp. I still feel like this is nutty with a vegetal flavor. Definitely less sweet than some other white teas like bai mu dan, but still quite enjoyable.
I’m just finishing up my Fuding White Treasure from Upton’s that is very enjoyable. This one sounds good too. I like the way Norbu describes this tea and the withering process.