First off, the temperature is not precise, which I know it needs to be for such gentle tea. Hopefully the experience wasn’t compromised.

The leaves are light green with some white down, though not as much as the silver needles. They are rather large and long. The dry leaves have a strong spell of canned fruit salad, and the wet leaves give off a damp apricot scent.

The liquor is a very light green-yellow, and it smells a lot like the dry leaves, but with added layers of freshly ground nuts. It is heady.

It starts off a bit stronger than I expected, though I may have brewed it a touch hot. The first notes are nutty, giving way to a mildly sweet apricot or citrus flavor, though without the tang, and finishes with a gentle grassy aftertaste almost like the edamame flavor of my most recent Lung Ching.

I’d leave this one to those who are new to tea and are interested in white tea, or to the sippers of other cups who know what they are looking for.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am from Atlanta, Georgia, and I used to live in Japan. I love tea. Indian blacks are my favorite, though I am learning a lot about Chinese greens and, ultimately, I love all tea.


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