Dry leaf: An amazing and wonderful dried apricot/apple smell along with a dried shitake mushroom layer. Large, long, slender material.

Taste: Light vegetal, light woodsy, at about the 5th steep I detected a touch of honey and some spice. Light sweetness, smooth. Died off at about the 6th steep but I kept pushing it and got a couple more good cups out of it.

Liquor: Pleasing light to medium mouthfeel. Very light yellow gold color.

Spent leaf: Solid yellow olive green color. No discoloration. Large leaves. Bud and 2 leaves with fairly long stems.

Vessel: 110ml gaiwan. (actual water 90-100ml)

This tea is very light, as you would expect with a yellow tea, but was pleasant and enjoyable. The clover honey traits of a white tea parallel with a slight forest overtone. The next time around, I plan to push it with a higher leaf to water ratio to see what I get. As recommended, I did not use my strainer. The first smell of the dry leaf in the bag was a very memorable moment!

Flavors: Apple, Apricot, Dried Fruit, Mushrooms, Vegetal

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Former hard core coffee drinker/home roaster (15+ years) turned tea devotee. Began exploring tea in March 2016 and haven’t looked back. Thanks to Tommy for getting me started on my tea journey. You’re the best!

Working my way through lots of samples and will be trying to do a few reviews each month as I go through them. I’m new to this whole tasting and review thing so bear with me as I get some experience under my belt. I will revisit and adjust my reviews on second and third tastings if I feel it’s needed. I welcome any feedback and look forward to meeting some new tea people!


Austin, Texas USA

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