Monday, May 5, 2014

Adventure Tea Washington State White

Country of Origin: United States
Leaf Appearance: varied, somewhat broken
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

I've been intrigued by this tea for some time, especially after reading the tweets and ravings of +Geoffrey Norman. I also have a penchant for trying as many U.S. grown teas as possible. As luck would have it, he gave some to +The Snooty Tea Person who in turn gifted a tiny bit to me. Aren't tea friends the best? The leaves very much resembled Shou Mei or Bai Mu Dan. This seemed promising because much of the non-Chinese white tea had a very different appearance. The taste was very subtle with grassy and floral notes. What really blew me away was the candy-like sweetness that lingered in the end of each sip. There was no bitterness or astringency at all. The taste was definitely more refined than most Shou Mei that I've tried. +AdventureTea, LLC's description explains that this tea endured record low temperatures. Struggle always seems to have a way of improving the taste of tea. These little leaves must have fought hard because they are delicious :)

Washington State White sample received thanks to the kindness of tea friends.