Handpicked from the most delicate and tender portions of the tea bush, early morning and just before sunrise, this Okayti White is a class apart. The fluffy silver needles are manufactured to perfection and display an opulence only found in certain select White teas. The nose to the infusion is superb with a delicate character combined with grassy notes which follow sweet hints of honey. The liquor is pale and almost colourless. The flowery character in the flavor is extremely complex and perfectly fruity. With no grassiness at all, the flavor keeps on developing in the mouth once you keep rolling it for a few seconds till it peaks and flushes your mouth with a unique sweetness. If you love white tea, you should not miss this.
Leaf Type: White (Darjeeling)
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Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Water Temp: 175 - 194°F
Steep Time: 4-5m
Today instead of tackling the mile long list of things I need to do I’ve spent a good part of the day at the kitchen table watching the snow fall as my son cuddles in my lap. I’m incredibly grateful for the days I can take it slow like this, because before long he’s going to be off to school (he’s already 3!) I’m not sure how I’ll adjust to the lack of cuddles and complete silence, I’ve only just become accustomed to the noise as he runs around pretending to be a dinosaur or super hero.
Then again, maybe I’ll find that I enjoy the peace and quiet, it will certainly make it easier to focus on my writing. It’s incredibly difficult to write when you’re being eaten by a dinosaur or made into the villain for a superhero to fight. One thing I will be looking forward to, no matter what, is the time when we can sit down, enjoy a pot of tea, and tell each other about what happened during our day.
Until then, we'll sit here and enjoy the snow, not worrying about the future. Right now I’m sipping on a cup of darjeeling from Golden Tips that has completely blown my mind. It’s a white darjeeling, something I’ve never tried before, but what is so striking about it is how much more complex it is than the Chinese-grown Silver needle teas that I’m more familiar with. There are fruit and floral undertones that give it a sweet flavor and become more pronounced as the tea cools. With later steepings the flavors shift away from sweet and begin to taste more like freshly cut hay. While the flavors of the tea remind me of summer, I think this is a tea best suited to cooler months since it left me with a slightly dry-mouth feel.
Would I order this again? Yes. This tea is really something special, I can't wait to get my hands on some more.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by Golden Tips Tea for my review. As always, all opinions are my own.