|" Watermelon, cinnamon and subdued jasmine notes build to a delicious sweet, lingering finish. "|
Since white teas can be tricky to brew I relied on Verdant Tea's directions, infusing a generous teaspoonful in 8 ounces of water heated to 175 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes. I erred on the side of more leaf here, since they are so large and hence hard to measure. The pale gold cup smells a bit like a garden centre. I detect not just flowers but also grass and earth notes. The tea is mild but not lacking in flavour. Watermelon, cinnamon and subdued jasmine notes build to a delicious sweet, lingering finish. The floral notes do intensify as the tea cools but remain subdued. There is a little herbaceous kick at the end of the sip. Otherwise, it's hard to pick out the leaves' contribution. It does blend seamlessly with the bloom's flavour, making for a silky smooth cup.
I steeped the leaves again for 3 minutes. The flavour revolves more around the leaves this time. It's grassier, but in the smoothest sense possible. The jasmine is still more restrained but closes each sip with a burst of sweetness.
Steep number 3 clocked in at 5 minutes. The cup is very similar to the previous, only with a bit more astringency to the grassy top notes. As it cools the profile becomes interestingly lemony. It's a really satisfying cup, which is quite incredible considering this is my third steep.
I manage to pull a decent 4th brew from the leaves. After steeping for 8 minutes, the tea is still smooth and pleasantly floral. There is more of a mineral quality to it. Otherwise it's just as easy to drink as the previous cups.
This may not satisfy those who look for an intense jasmine flavour. However this tea's gentle honeyed tones are smooth and soothing. While they are not the cheapest, the leaves' incredible stamina and balance cup after cup make for a great investment. Highly recommended!
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