My first white tea, and it’s very hmmmm. Vegetal. Like chewing freshly plucked flower stalks. Which, fortunately, I found I kind of liked.
(Wait, maybe that’s not a good thing?)
Temperature: <190F (the only water available from the hot water dispenser)
Water: ~100-120 mL/steep
Method: 1:00, then added 15s each steep
Aroma of wet leaves: nutty, almond
(1) Grassy, woody, a little floral.
(2) The tea is a darker color than the previous steep. I’m reminded of what Theresa at T Shop told me: the first steep for a tea is just like the introduction. It tastes quite vegetal; fresh forest dew-like. Tall redwoods, dewy leaves at 6 AM as the sunlight filters through the trees. It’s that type of taste, you know?
(3) Maybe there was a hint of lemon – or maybe that’s just the astringency. Like the stalk of a flower.
(4) Juicy, but not like meat or fruit is juicy – just a mouth full of flavor.
Overall a delightful tea. Love the fragrance. Woody and grassy and flower-stalky.
Post-tasting note: I really need to find words to replace vegetal. Ugh.