This thick and luscious silver needle white melds with jasmine scenting so perfectly, it creates a deep and complex brew satisfying even to jasmine skeptics
Leaf Type: White (flavored)
Where to Purchase: Verdant Tea
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Whenever possible, use filtered water or spring water, freshly boiled.
Western Brewing: Use one teaspoon of leaves per cup of water. If possible, use a glass tea pot or brewing pitcher to enjoy the performance of the leaves as they unfurl and begin to dance around. Steep for 2 minutes with 175 degree water, or until most of the leaves have sunk to the bottom of the vessel. If you don’t have a thermometer, just wait for the smallest bubbles to start coming up, and the water will be ready. Enjoy at least 3 infusions
Gongfu Brewing: Do not heat your gaiwan. Add 4 grams of leaves for a medium gaiwan. Use 175 degree water. No need for a rinse. Steep for 5 seconds. Increase steep time after the third steeping by 3 seconds or to taste. Enjoy at least 6 infusions.
Glass Brewing: Boil water to 175 degrees, or until the smallest bubbles start rising to the surface. Fill a tempered glass cup or teapot 2/3 full with the water. Sprinkle 1TB of leaves per 8oz of water used in the vessel. Swirl lightly and watch the leaves slowly unfurl and sink. Drink right out of the cup, blowing the leaves to the side, and experience the tea first very light, and then stronger as it continues to steep.
I haven't had the chance to try many teas from Verdant yet, so I'm excited to finally be able to work my way through the 5 teas for $5 sampler. This was the tea I was most excited to try because I love Yunnan black teas, but I've never had the opportunity to try a Yunnan white. We all know that I'm for expanding my horizons :)
I've had an ongoing love affair with Jasmine tea and have encountered some so overly scented they have a closer resemblance to potpourri rather than tea. That absolutely is not the case here, the first thing I noticed about this tea when I opened the package was that the scenting is absolutely perfect. It doesn't hit you in the face when you open the package, it gently wafts upwards and makes you smile.
I promise I won't wax poetic about this tea… much.
I don't tend to talk about the texture, or the mouthfeel, of a tea very often but in this case I think I need to. It is something that really stood out to me, even before I started to get a sense of the teas flavors. Generally when I take my first sip of tea I hold it on my tongue for a few seconds so I can really get a sense of the flavors. This tea has such a silky feel when I do this and I haven't encountered that before in a tea. It's truly amazing.
Now I need to admit something to you.
I was so busy taking sips and holding it on my tongue to feel the silky texture that I forgot to take individual notes on each steep. Let me make this a little more clear, I drank four 8oz steeps of this tea and didn't remember to take a single note. This is a tea a person could get lost in.
The jasmine is the most prevalent flavor, however, it is much more subtle than any other jasmine tea I have tried before. This is a very delicate, yet complex tea, and one I would recommend even if you have not previously enjoyed jasmine tea.
My Rating: 88/100
Would I order this again? Yes. While this is a lot more subtle than my favorite Jasmine tea, I plan on reordering this tea on occasion.