The only white tea
to which I ever had much exposure was Doke Royal Snow Bud, 2nd Flush
from Kashanganj, India, which was offered in an open tasting sponsored by T-Ching and Lochan Teas just about a year ago. That was a phenomenal tea once I learned to understand it on its own terms. Mary R.’s blog taught me to find tangerine peel and lilac, not tastes that I usually expect in my teacup. Her fine review is at http://palatabilitea.wordpress.com/2007 ... -snow-bud/
. Brent’s equally excellent review is at http://www.teanerd.com/search?q=doke
. With that amazing tea, I had maybe twelve sessions from the generous sample that the Lochans included in an order. I enjoyed the Doke enormously until it was gone, and then ... forgotten. I guess (at least in my life) white tea is the most easily forgotten tea. BTW, exactly the same tea is still available on the Lochan site at http://www.shop.lochantea.com/frameset.htm
if anyone is interested.
That was then, this is now. Besides the Doke, I have only had three or four other whites, but the other day I made a point of getting some and had a session with it last night: pleasant change of pace for me. I brewed it for my son and for my daughter (neither one much of a tea drinker), who both drank it up, and from the same leaves got for myself maybe another ten or fifteen infusions. I had forgotten what a long distance runner white tea is. This stuff just keeps re-brewing until you get tired of it. Complex and subtle, a real joy.
As seems to be so often the case, clicking on the photo above will give you more TEAtail. For another view of this tea, CLICK HERE
Mirroring the peonies on the gaiwan, the rose is a hybrid musk cultivar named Penelope
after the legendary wife of Odysseus, famous for her constancy while her man spent ten years fighting the Trojan War and another ten years sailing home to her. I guess with that rose I should be using the matsuba yunomi, with its pine needle symbol of romantic constancy.