Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Imperial Tea Garden
Snow Dragon white tea is a fine example of what an exquisitely hand crafted what tea should be. Each dragon is twisted by hand from select downy covered leaf buds. Hints of jammy pugnency are released as the tiny snow dragons roar back to life. Repeated steeping can be yielded from this premium white tea. Careful inspection of the infused tea leaves reveals why this is such a highly respected white tea by connoisseurs.
This is amazing. I’ve tried a lot of white teas. This is my favorite. It’s new to my list of favorites (since I’m only just now trying it), but, I truly can’t imagine coming across something better than this!
The dry leaf is so beautiful… spun into tiny spirals that look a lot like my favorite perm from the 80’s (haha!) They slowly unfurl in the hot water to create one of the palest liquors I’ve seen: a very pale, golden amber. Gorgeous! And because they unfurl so slowly, they beg for multiple infusions (I managed 6 flavorful infusions from the same leaves!)
I am finding it difficult to come up with descriptive words for this tea, because every time I take a sip, words escape me! All that I can think is “wow! this is so good!”
But I shall try to tell you what I’m tasting.
Even though the liquor is incredibly light, the flavor is intense and complex. Light… but intense. If that makes sense! (Yes, this tea is so good that I’m finding myself writing in rhyme.)
At the start of the sip, a delicate sweetness greets the palate, and then without warning the palate is hit with a pungent floral quality that is sharp, slightly bitter and sweet all at the same time. There is an underlying tone of fruit that begins to come to the surface just after that pungency subsides just a little, and becomes a sweet yet savory kind of taste.
For being so light-bodied and a white tea at that… this tea really loads the palate full of flavor!
I LOVE this tea and I want more!