I received this tea in a mystery tea assortment from What-Cha. This was the first tea I tried out of all the mystery teas I’d gotten, and I admit it made me do a double-take on the wisdom of buying so many mystery teas at once as my very first order.

At first glance after opening the bag, I was charmed by the idea of all these little white/yellow buds. They were interesting to look at, and faintly fuzzy. I hadn’t had any tea like this before. But when I brewed them, the tea was rather bitter, but not the type of bitterness one usually encounters with tea. It has a peculiar taste that I can’t identify, and you can actually smell the bitterness when you sniff the unbrewed tea in the bag. At the moment, I won’t recommend this tea to anyone, but I’ll probably do another brew at a lower temperature later and see if my opinion changes, as it’s entirely possible I just didn’t brew it properly. Or maybe I’ll use the buds as decoration in a glass jar, as they’re pretty to look at…

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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