7 Tasting Notes
Quite a surprising tea! I didn’t expect anything in particular since I haven’t got an extensive experience of white tea and it has been a rocky journey. The colourful and widespread dry leaves tingled my nose with fruity hints of a backgarden, but I wasn’t fond of their overripe – flirting with moulden – character when steeped. Happily, the infusion smelled of cooked pear (almost a pie!) and yielded a delightfum note of mirabel on the tongue. With an ever so slight bitterness that highlights its sweet beginnings, this tea stimulates the entire mouth and ends in a long and fresh aftertaste. A sweet note of each remains once cooled.
Although quite pleasing, this is the kind of aromas that I would expect from an oolong, whereas I go for white when I need something light and flowery ; I know this sounds narrow-minded, but my point is that I’m not sure when I would drink this crossover tea.
Flavors: Fruit Punch, Peach, Pear
A medium-high range tea, beautifully twisted, and indeed the “yellowest” I have tasted so far. Dry leaves smell of yellow zucchini, and the infusion strongly reminds of steamed golden apple. To the palate, the first steeping keeps this strong apple note with a flowery finish (acacia), but from the second steeping onwards the tea moves on to an assertive citrus note, almost spicy at the throat level. I personnally disliked this point as I am not big on lemon when served hot, but I still admired the smoothness and roundness of the cup, and the very impressive consistency of this tea: I steeped it 5 times at 2-3min and could have easily kept going for 2-3 more. On the other hand, it makes a beautiful lemonade once cooled down!
My relatively low rating means it is objectively a very interesting tea, but not to my individual taste.
Since Unami sources its teas directly from small estates (and masters when it comes to the highest qualities), it is unlikely to be found anywhere else.
Flavors: Apple, Lemon
A wonderfully sweet tea: delicate yet present, with green notes highlighting a pleasing body that I can only link to freshly made mashed potatoes with butter. Yum! The lingering and fresh aftertaste only makes you want another sip. Best be patient though, as the infusion develops clear hints of pear and jasmine.
This tea seems to have been discarded from their website, which is very frustrating since I got it in a discovery pack only last month. Their bad.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Sweet Potatoes
Intriguing and contrasting tea! I am not used to yellow tea and this one felt like it had been flavored by a mad man (although it’s natural!), with a clear and sharp set of apparently contrasting notes: lychee and fig for the sweet & fruity core, smoke and mild bitterness at the beginning and end (long-lasting along the lower gums). The smell matches, plus dry forest leaves association.
Flavors: Fig, Lychee, Smoke
Dry leaves give a light and floral impression upon discovery, and the brew later pinpoints on elderflower. With a light body and a sweet raw almond taste, you can’t expect it to last an exceptional time on the tongue, but it is still very balanced and satisfying, with a very quiet astringency. Reminded me of cooked cauliflower, but then again I love cauliflower…
Flavors: Almond, Asparagus, Butternut Squash
A complex yet not entirely unexpected 1st flush.
The leaves smell of dry apricot when you open the bag, which indeed translates to the palate in the same sweet note tending towards toffee as the brew cools. In a quirky yet pleasing fashion, asparagus and praline fight for dominance to the nose . Mild astringency with a fresh aftertaste, which doesn’t age gracefully if you leave your cup for a while.
Unusual discovery with this upper class rolled green tea. I steeped it twice like an oolong and wasn’t disappointed although I had only tap water at hand. The sweet and creamy smell leads to vanilla and white grape palate notes, with a slight astringency. The silky body tails into a fresh aftertaste that lingers a long time. On second steeping (5min) the freshness intensifies while notes of unripe fruit (green apricot) develop towards berries (blackcurrant).
Flavors: banana, Cake, Milk, Vanilla, White Grapes