Sipping Bough - Aged Sun-dried White Tea 2006 3.5 oz.
Sipping Bough reminds one of ethereal floral morning dew dripping off the heavy boughs of a maidenhair tree. One can detect flavors of honey cream, sugar, lilies, white flowers, and green stems. Bright, gently clarifying, smooth, soft and sweet. This tea consists of fresh old-growth leaves that are withered and sun-dried: no firing, heating, nor rolling, yielding downy, fuzzy top buds and the first two leaves. The age of the tea has added a layer of complexity to the subtle nuance once seeks in white tea. We also appreciate the unusual patience of this tea, significantly greater than other white teas.
White teas do not get bitter when exposed to very hot water, like many green teas, and thus can withstand higher temperature. We like Sipping Bough around 185, with the water temperature rising slightly through later steepings. We also like this tea brewed with leaves directly in a bowl, or gong fu in small pots with small sipping cups.