Did you know that white tea could be aged? I didn’t know for a long time either, but I found it really brings out the white tea flavour so, I was craving some recently!
Description: “The wild white tea has a rich flavour with noticeable sweetness right from the first infusion, and the organic snow bud adds a perfect balance of smoothness to the tea.”
Review: When I started on my tea adventure, there was one tea I was always wary about when brewing – white tea since it always tasted very mild. I chocked it up to bad brewing technique and stayed away from it. However, during my Asia Trip, I learned how to brew white tea and about aged white tea.
So, I was excited when I found a bag of Aged Wild Shou Mei! The dry leaves had a nice floral and honey smell. The tea was made up of leaves and fuzzy buds. Once steeped, the leaves became a dark chocolate brown and more of a sweet earthy aroma.
The steeping instructions do not list that the tea could be infused more than once, but I decided to steep were three times. The liquor during the first sleep was a light amber colour. It had a nice range of flavours: the tea started off sweet and floral, and then transformed into a more hay flavour. It left the mouth water slightly and there was some mild astringency at the tail end.
The second infusion had a darker yellow-orange colour. It had a much lighter flavour and was sweet and floral with no astringency. The last steep was similar in colour with the first infusion but by then the leaves were spent and the flavour was very light.
Overall, I really enjoyed this white tea and it had a nice range of flavours. While the second infusion had a nice flavour, I understand why the label only had recommendations for one infusion (3.5/5 rating).
- Type: White tea
- Origin: China
- Caffeine: Low
- Ingredients: White tea
- Company: Treasure Green Tea Company