Sunday, February 17, 2013

Xin Gong Yi (New Craft) White Tea

The Red Blossom Tea Company description:
"Our Xin Gong Yi white tea was harvested from Fuding County, Fujian Province. 
The hand-picked leaves consist of a bud and single leaf combination. 
The buds contribute florals and texture to the tea,
while the leaves give it complexity. 
Traditional white teas are only oxidized to 5%,
whereas new craft takes oxidation above 30%. 
Resulting in a tea with notes of raisins, dried apricots and roses." 
I have participated in several tea-tasting classes. 
It takes several years of practice and training to become a tea-taster. 
I wish I could say I tasted raisins, dried apricots and roses,
but due to my lack of experience (or lack of tasting skills),
 I did not.
I do, however, know when I taste a tea which pleases my taste buds,
and this one did! 
Mary, Patty, Lynn and I enjoyed this tea. 


Joy said...

If it tastes good to you, that's what matters most! And it sounds delightful.

relevanttealeaf said...

I'm with you, Linda. It takes time to develop a palate that discerns the nuances and profiles of tea. I always marvel at Holly's descriptions in our e-group, and wonder if I'll ever reach that level. But it doesn't stop me from enjoying the teas that please my palate.

racheld said...

All these flavors and savors . . .

Last week I drove to get Sweetpea at school, and since I don't like driving in snow, I left home very early. I stepped into a little bookstore near her school and ordered a cup of tea (not as elegant as it sounds---it came in a wrapped-paper cup like coffee, but sitting in that enormous comfy chair with my Nook while the show drifted down outside was a nice interval).

She poured the hot water, gestured to a pretty basket of really nice teas to choose from, and I selected a Harney English Breakfast---robust and eye-opening.

Tearing the packet and seeing that silky little sachet reminded me of you and the lovely "your" teas I've been enjoying.

Thanks again,


Angela McRae said...

I don't think my palate is that refined either, Linda! But happily, I can be just as educated by learning that a tea friend likes a new tea, so thanks for the review!

Marilyn said...

I think I would thoroughly enjoy this one too. I will be visiting Red Blossom soon and will definitely check this out.


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