Very subtle white tea with a clean gentle flavor and low astringency.

I like flavorful tea, and will usually brew a large quantity of tea leaves in a relatively small container to maximize flavor.

I dislike overly bitter or astringent tea and am careful not to use water that is too hot or steeping for too long. This is especially true with loose leaf White Tea, which seems more susceptible to poor brewing.

I also like to get 3 or 4 steepings out of the same leaves, and after the 5th steeping, I’m perfectly happy with the fact that I’m drinking lightly colored hot water.

This tea, after the 1st and 2nd steeping, reminds me of a perfect 4th or 5th steep from a high quality Green or Oolong tea.

I like it, but it’s very subtle. Could be a nice daily drinking tea. Tastes a little like dry grass. It even reminds me a little of a Korean buckwheat tea. I’ll experiment more with steeping times and temperatures to see if I can optimize for flavor extraction.

Photos shared from after the 2nd steeping.

I’ll also need to only use filtered water and very clean glassware, as this tea lets any flavor in the water or mug come right through.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Rye, Wheat

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve been a lover of tea for as long as I can remember. A hot cup of Bigelow Constant Comment will bring back a flood of memories of working at a summer camp outside Yosemite when I was 18. When I’m sick with a cold there’s nothing that helps more than Celestial Seasoning’s Lemon Zinger with a heaping spoonful of honey.

Now that I’m older I’ve learned to appreciate delicate and complex oolong and green teas. Right now I’m discovering I really like teas from Thailand. (Going beyond Thai Iced Tea, which I’ve always loved).


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