Another tasting note for work… Are you sick of this yet? :’D
The other day I made this with a big pinch of the leaves directly into the cup but neglected to consider the fact it, uh, gets stronger the longer you leave it so it was gradually turning hazel in the cup… The leaves are wonderfully whole and quality-looking (with a stray twig here and there- is this intentional?) so it tends to be fairly easy to pick just the right amount for a mugful, though I’ve found it takes practice getting it perfect!
It’s brewed to a light, slightly toasted sunny gold in the cup, and is giving off the loveliest fruity/smoky aroma. I love the smell of white tea so much. And that scent is very telling of the taste, very pleasant although much weaker than the aroma – or rather, fruitier than the aroma! It’s slightly dry on the tongue but the body is mellow, tasty, some toasty notes in there to round off a wholesome slightly smoky sip. I could drink this all day if only I figured out how to re-brew the leaves!
Sadly don’t have many other white needle teas to compare this to, but it’s delicious nonetheless!