|"In short, perfect and daydream-inducing."|
The leaves for this year's plucking were just as beautiful as last years. They looked like forest green tree cuttings with minimal rolling. On aroma, they possessed the same muscatel-'n-spice combo that their darker orange pekoe cousins heralded. But there was also a strange alternation between grape and grass, which I love in white teas. So far, so good.
I could've done my usual review brew-up for this, but I hadn't imbibed a lot of tea today. So, I brewed an entire friggin' pot - 4 tsps. of dry leaves in 32oz. of 175F water. Then I waited for three minutes.
The result was a pale yellow liquor with spicy springtime aroma, and a dash of fruit-scent for good measure. Taste-wise...golly...I don't know where to start. It was like being on an epic quest in a fluorescent green forest, in search of a dragon shaped like a grape. I eventually found it, faced off with it - armed only with a teaspoon - and vanquish the muscatel beast. Blood for wine poured fourth and into my mouth. Er...something like that. Honest. In short, perfect and daydream-inducing.
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