Friday, March 14, 2014

Tribute Tea Company Darjeeling Moonlight

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, curled with lots of silvery buds
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 190 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale gold

In my experience, white teas that are produced outside of China are usually either really good or really REALLY bad. Thankfully this offering from +Tribute Tea Company definitely fell into the really good category. The taste was surprisingly citrusy with notes of melon and just a hint of spiciness. The signature muscatel of Darjeeling was definitely present and it had a wonderfully refreshing finish. My second infusion was just as delicious but somewhat heavier than the first. It had a sweet aftertaste that lingered in my palate long after each sip. The only thing that I could wish for is to know which estate it was grown on. This would be a perfect white tea for the summer sipping. Although I brewed it in a glass teapot, I think it would also do well if prepared using a gaiwan.

Darjeeling Moonlight sample provided by Tribute Tea Company.