2018 Shou Mei

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Grass, Hay, Musty
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “ Samurai TTB #46 Verdant consistently impresses me with the quality of their tea, so I was eager to try this one when I saw it in the box. The dry leaf is not too broken up (especially considering...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #49 So unfortunately due to all of the site issues, I’ve wound up with the box a little bit longer than I had planned to have it. I have one more tasting note to...” Read full tasting note

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Samurai TTB #46

Verdant consistently impresses me with the quality of their tea, so I was eager to try this one when I saw it in the box. The dry leaf is not too broken up (especially considering how far this box has traveled over the past couple of months!), still bright green (despite the age of the tea) and quite fuzzy with a number of buds mixed in amongst the leaves. The aroma is sweet and fresh, like freshly-cut grass. However, the flavor of the brewed tea was an unpleasant surprise, slightly sour and musty like old hay. Although I followed my normal parameters for white tea (the bag only gave instructions for gongfu and I’m steeping Western-style) I’m wondering if this particular tea needed an even lower temperature or shorter steep time to be at its best.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Musty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #49

So unfortunately due to all of the site issues, I’ve wound up with the box a little bit longer than I had planned to have it. I have one more tasting note to write after this one and then I will have tried and written about everything that I pulled from the box for myself. I’ve got a few teas to add in, but then I’m ready to pass it along if I can reach Arby for an address…

Anyway, I had this one a while back in the evening and I really enjoyed it. I even debated pulling the remainder of it from the box for myself, but upon some deeper reflection I realized that I have a lot of straight white tea to sip through already and white tea is a bit of a pain to store because of how fluffy it is so I left it in the box.

What I enjoyed about it so much though was how smooth and creamy it tasted! It had that lovely soft timothy hay and cucumber skin combination that I adore so much in white teas coupled with this fresh cream flavour that just makes my palate sing when I taste it. So easy to sip back, and impressive given the age of the tea.

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