Censers is an all-around great white tea – beautiful and pungent fragrance, balanced taste, long and evolving aftertaste, full body and warming cha qi. It has it all. It is a bit on the pricey side though, appropriately so I’d say. But that also means I don’t feel like I have to get the cake. I can imagine discovering white teas of similar quality at lower price point.
Anyway, the aromas on this tea are mostly floral and fruity. There’s dry grass, apricot and lavender in the dry leaf smell. The apricot aspect becomes really pronounced in the wet leaf smell. On top of that, I also get whipped cream and hints of nuts and wood.
The taste still has the fruity/apricot note, but with a slight alcohol shift. It is somewhat savoury and refreshing, but also has sweetnes of parsnip, herbal bitterness of thyme and a lot of florals too. The aftertaste is mostly sweet and medicinal, but has a spicy and sickly qualities to it too. Notes of honey, fructose and fruit tree flowers emerge there.
Mouthfeel is creamy, mouth-watering and thick, especially so in the late infusions.
Flavors: Alcohol, Apricot, Cream, Floral, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Herbs, Honey, Lavender, Nuts, Sugar, Thyme, Wood