I hope you all had a happy Christmas and New Year. I apologies for my lack of posts around the holidays, I had planned to spend as much time with my husband and family while we had the time off work.
Over the holidays I have been contemplating which tea’s to save in order to review them here on my blog. While I did receive some tea as gifts over Christmas it was mostly bagged and not what I was looking for but one gift was a beautiful clear glass gongfu teapot suitable for blooming tea’s and other loose tea’s. While I love to use my gaiwan’s I have also been enjoying using the gongfu and have taken to using it each night before going to bed. It only seemed fitting that today the tea that I review should be suitable for the gongfu and also something that little bit different. Then it hit me, I have a Green Anemone sample from Nothing But Tea and it was just sitting there on my shelf doing nothing.
Green Anemone (also known as a tea rose or Mu Dan – White Peony) are tea leaves that have been sewn together by hand and layered to resemble a flower. It’s similar to a blooming flower tea as this is said to grow and blossom once emerged into hot water.
The Anemone is a mixture of light and dark green leaves that are dry and crisp to the touch. It smells sweet and floral with a slight fruity edge. Based on the smell I would say that this was Bai Mu Dan tea which is a Chinese white tea suitable for multiple infusions.
Since this is a white tea we will need to use hot but not boiling water so around 85°C/185°F. Steeping time will be 4 minutes for the first infusion.
Two minutes after the water has been introduced the Anemone has doubled in size to become more of a ball shape with beautiful leafy detail.
The tea is pale yellow in colour with a sweet and vegetal fragrance, almost like sweet pea.
My first steep is very pleasing, it’s naturally sweet and fresh with vegetal yet somewhat fruity tones. It’s also a little floral but it’s sweetness is what makes this tea. Think of a mixture between melon, cucumber and very weak jasmine all together in your mouth and you will have a good idea of what this tea tastes like.
My second steep will be for 6 minutes. During the second infusion it has picked up a perfumey and almost toasty effect but still remains sweet. The stronger it gets the more fruity it becomes also. As far as the quality goes this example is fair, not the freshest I have had the fortune of drinking but good enough quality to still be enjoyable and suitable for every day.
It was a very nice novelty to have a blooming version of Bai Mu Dan and it would be something I would buy again in the future. My rating for this would be an 8/10. My sample was a very reasonable £1.75 (roughly $3 USD) and for that price this makes a wonderful surprise at the end of any day. :)