|"More robust and flavourful than a white tea, this offering is still light and delicate. The aftertaste features a sweet, minty feeling that feels cool and tingly on the lips. Amazing!"|
I followed the directions printed on my sample's package, infusing a heaping teaspoonful of leaf in 250ml of water heated to 75 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The pale amber cup doesn't have much a scent to it. Taking a sip, the top notes are mostly mineral, in a smooth, buttery way. The middle shifts towards steamed baby greens, followed by an intensely sweet finish, with lots of corn, honey and fennel notes. What is most impressive though is the aftertaste. It features a sweet, minty feeling that feels cool and tingly on the lips. Amazing!
Canton mentions that the leaves can be re-steeped up to 3 times. After a 4 minute-long brew, my second cup is similar to the first, with lots of buttery green bean and fennel notes. However the feel is a little more dry. The flavours in the aftertaste are also a little sharper, a strong anise flavour dominating.
I brew the leaves a third time for 5 and a half minutes. The cup is quite mild with hints of green beans, fennel and honey. Otherwise the profile is rather mineral and thus a bit bland. I don't think I would bother with this last steep again. It's good to know no unpleasant element appears, even when the leaves are pushed to their limit – the tea remains completely smooth.
More robust and flavourful than a white tea, this offering is still light and delicate. It brings together the sweeter tones of the vegetable world: corn, fennel, string bean, and pea notes. The results are addictive, clean and refreshing. I recommend sipping this tea contemplatively to fully notice the effects of the spectacular aftertaste. It's rather pricey but a variety of formats are available for sampling. The aftertaste alone is worth the splurge!
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