Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"It certainly holds its own in the world of white tea, and its gentle Darjeeling muscatel notes add a much-appreciated twist to this tea. "|
I have been sampling quite a few Teayama products lately, and I do believe that they have a nice assortment of products in their inventory. As the name suggests, Silver Pearls is a tea with leaves that are hand-rolled into small pearl shapes. The tea leaves are of Darjeeling origin, however this is not a black tea as you may expect, but instead a white tea. I used sub-boiling water and a three minute infusion. The prepared tea was a good deal darker in color than I expected from a white tea. I prepared two cups, one for hot tea sampling and one for iced tea sampling. The cup that was set aside to cool to room temperature (to later become iced tea) darkened considerably over the next hour to the point that it was completely opaque and almost resembled coffee. It was not exactly visually attractive, but even so, I always say that flavor is far more important than appearance when it comes to tea! The tea was rather bland, as are most white teas (to me, at least). I can best compare it to hay or straw, or some other earthy component like that. It does have a nice sweetness which comes through as a biscuit or bread-like flavor. The Darjeeling muscatel notes are very, very light in this brew, but if you pay attention, you will taste them. This is a light-bodied tea, but I did find that the iced version seemed a bit heartier of a brew. With the hot version, I found myself really having to pay attention to really appreciate the flavor. As someone who has never been head-over-heels about white tea, I will continue to try to appreciate white teas to their fullest. So while I can't say this was the best white tea I have had, I will say that it certainly holds its own in the world of white tea, and its gentle Darjeeling muscatel notes add a much-appreciated twist to this tea.
— To purchase Teayama Darjeeling Silver Pearls, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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