Ever since learning about aged white teas when I was in Hong Kong, I have gravitated toward them when I have a chance!
Description: “The dry leaves emit hints of dried fruit and grape leaves and brew to a clear, glowing golden-bronze liquor that reminded me of sweet raisins.”
Instructions: Boiling water | 100ml | starting 45 seconds with 15-second increments
Review: Over the years, I have come to know Zhen and Phil of Zhen Tea. Zhen has always been very kind to me and I love talking to her because she is very knowledgeable! I’ve been meaning to share Zhen Tea on my blog for some time, so broke my tea ban to purchase some teas from her when there was a sale!
Since I’ve only had aged white teas a few times in the past, I was researched how to brew it when I found the video Zhen Tea posted! It recommended boiling water, which surprised me at first, but made sense since the leaves did not completely unfurl the few times I tried using water under boiling.
The dry leaves were tightly compressed and had fuzz buds inwoven with the darker leaves. It had a strong fruity sweet smell. The first infusion was for 45 seconds and I gradually increased the time by 15 seconds.
Infusion 1 (45 seconds): The liquor was almost colourless but had a light sweet hay taste
Infusion 2 (60 seconds): There was a spike in flavour with stronger fruity sweetness and some faint dryness at the back of the mouth
Infusion 3 (1.15 minutes): The fruitness was stronger and the liquor was a golden yellow
Infusion 4 (1.30 minutes): The colour gradually become darker with the sweetness still coming through
Infusion 5 (1.45 minutes): The liquor was becoming a golden amber with a fruity taste. The description on the bag calls it ‘raisins’ which I agree with!
Infusion 6 (2 minutes): The aroma is lovey – sweet raisins with a lingering hay flavour coating the mouth
Infusion 7 (2.15 minutes): I wasn’t sure what I tasted since the flavour had changed, so I checked the tea description, which mentions ‘mineral’ taste. I had always seen that word used but I never understood until this steep!
Infusion 8 (2.30 minutes): The flavour is slight hay and no longer as sweet
Infusion 9 (2.45 minutes): The liquor has mellowed out and is more mineral in comparison to the sweeter infusions earlier
Infusion 10 (3 minutes): This heavily reminded me more of the earlier steeps which were sweeter with a hint grassy at the end of the sip
Infusion 11 (3.15): This infusion surprised me as I tasted a bit of floral mixed with hay
Infusion 12 (3.30 minutes): The flavour became sweeter with a stronger grassy note and reminded me of the first few infusions
Infusion 13 (3:45 minutes): The liquor has started to wane and the flavours were becoming more lighter
Infusion 14 (4 minutes): The liquor was subtle and I stopped infusing
I have to say, I am pretty impressed! While I stopped at 14 infusions, I could have kept going since the leaves still hadn’t completely unfurled. This aged white tea had a mellowness that I enjoyed. That being said, I feel I still need to play around with the steeping times a bit more so I can get the steeping down, but thankfully I still have more tea (4/5 rating)!
- Type: White tea
- Origin: China (Fujian Province)
- Caffeine: Unknown
- Ingredients: Aged white tea
- Company: Zhen Tea
The question of the post: Have you ever had white tea before?