Thanks to Verdant Tea for including this as a free sample with my most recent order!

After looking at several reviews, as well as the warning on the package, I decided to treat this tea like my Fukamushi Sencha: Low temperature water, short steep. The first infusion used water that was just beginning to give off steam, and I only let is brew for a minute. The resulting tea reminds me of perfectly-steamed vegetables – the description ways brussel sprouts, but I’m not sold – with a bit of butter. It’s a rather nice change of pace after five cups of black tea, as well as a nice change of pace for a white tea.

Surprisingly enough, the second infusion was exactly like the first. The only other tea I’ve ever had that had a second infusion like this was some Yabao, funny how both are technically white teas…

Anyway, the only downside on the second infusion was that I neglected it, and it got a little cold, which resulted in a bitter aftertaste developing. Not that the tea was bad, but I can certainly see how other reviewers were complaining about the tea being temperamental.

The bottom line is that this tea is not for an amateur brewer, but the results are worth the effort. The unique taste is very refreshing when brewed properly, and is definitely worth the pain that you have to go through to brew the tea corredctly.

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I am a university student, studying Computer Science, who found that I really enjoy a nice cup of tea. I finally got into loose-leaf tea in August of 2011. I am currently in the process of expanding my horizons, and have found that I have a particular fondness for Oolongs in general, and Wuyi Yanchas in particular. The unique mineral taste is very appealing to me, as well as a nice Sencha. More recently, I’ve developed a taste for Sheng puerh, white tea, and black teas. The only things I’ve tried that I didn’t like was Shu puerh, but that might have been because it was quite young. Regardless, I’ve been slowly expanding my horizons, so if you have any recommendations, please feel free to send me a PM.

Just for the heck of it, my other interests include classical musics (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Wagner, to name a few composers). I also have a fondness for a bit more modern music, like The Beatles, all Jazz (by all, I really do mean all), Gorillaz (I love Demon Days), and a couple of Indie artists you will never run across unless you play a lot of semi obscure Indie games. Also, I love cats.


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