Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Utopia Tea
Our expertly hand-rolled leaves and buds are combined to create beautiful white tea pearls. When brewed this is a delicate, sweet, and fragrant cup. White tea contains an abundance of polyphenols that are plant derived antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, and protects the body against harmful free radicals. White tea provides the body with potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C and K.
When I first saw these pearls, I immediately thought they must be jasmine pearls, but they aren’t. Although they LOOK like jasmine pearls, they do not smell (or taste!) like them.
This has a very interesting flavor – it’s quite unlike any white tea I’ve tasted before. It is more broth-y and vegetative than most white teas I’ve had in the past. It is sweet and it has a very pleasant mouthfeel. I think of all the differences between this and other white teas, it is the mouthfeel that I notice most. It is thick and soft in texture … a little like sipping a consomme (although this isn’t seasoned like a consomme would be).
Overall, the cup is very smooth and well-rounded. I detect notes of fruit and flower. There are palate-pleasing sweet and sour notes. It finishes very clean with very little lingering aftertaste.
These little pearls unfurl slowly, allowing for many wonderful infusions. I recommend steeping this one in a gaiwan using short steeps. My first infusion, I steeped for only 30 seconds and achieved the most delightful flavor with that short short time.
I would highly recommend this tea to anyone, but in particular, I’d recommend this to anyone who feels that white tea is void of flavor. This tea would change their minds with one sip!