Leaf Type: White Darjeeling
Where to Buy: Camellia Sinensis
This white tea is very unusual combination of Darjeeling terroir, pure assamica tea, and the artisanal expertise of Avongrove’s Mr.Subba. Large silken buds give a relatively dark infusion and liquor due to the assamica’s chemistry. Rich and creamy in the cup with a smooth, full attack of cocoa butter and hazelnut notes that linger into a long pleasant aftertaste.
Ahhh-Maz-ING! This is an astounding white Darjeeling.
The tea brews quite dark for a white tea – and when I first saw the brewed liquor I was a little worried that I had used too much leaf or infused too long. But, after tasting it (and reading the above description) I realize that this tea is meant to be this dark. The aroma of the liquor is quite delightful – I can smell notes of chocolate! YUM!
The flavor is quite surprising. Normally with a white tea, you might expect the flavor to be delicate, but that is not the case here. This is one of the strongest white teas that I think I’ve ever tasted. The flavor is smooth and rich and quite delicious. Sweet, nutty, and even a hint of cocoa in there. Very flavorful and very enjoyable.
I would recommend this tea to anyone who might think they don’t really care for white tea because it is too delicate – this one will shock them! This may just be my favorite white tea yet! I love it.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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