Mai-Ilam Special Spring White Tea

description

This is certainly one of the more complex white teas we've tried this season. With a strong woody profile, it feels like an oolong but the briskness reins it back into the league of whites.

the experience

liquor

aroma

Earthy, sweet, and marked by notes of burnt wood.

appearance

Light gold

taste

The liquor has an intense woody flavor profile. Notes of bitter nuts and burnt wood come through in the middle and last well into the finish. There is a light briskness to the tea as well as some astringency which rubs against the palate ever so slightly.

COMPLEMENTS

A cheese course.

dry leaf

aroma

Sweet and nutty attack, followed by notes of burnt wood and molasses with toasted nuts and burnt sugar in the release.

appearance

Long, lightly rolled, mix of pale green buds with downy hair and dark, blackish-brown leaves.

infusion

aroma

Slightly musty with notes of vegetable broth in the attack and some yellow fruits at the back.

appearance

Olive green leaves with brown hues.

steeping notes

cold filtered O2 Rich Water

Temperature

Tea Leaves

Time

hot

180 fl oz

80-85 oF

3.0 tsp / 2.5 g

4 mins

Recommended number of steeps - one

condiments

Drink Plain

Honey

Lemon

PICKING DATE
Apr 01, 2016
TIME OF DAY
Anytime
CAFFEINE
Medium
BEST CONSUMED
Hot
SEASON
First
SPECIALTY
Clonal
SKU NPFFMAW | GRADE SFTGFOP-1 | INVOICE EX-01

28 Reviews

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Likes

  • Unique Flavor Profile 20
  • Great Aroma 19
  • Freshness 18
  • Smooth Body 14
  • High Quality 12

Dislikes

  • Bitter if Over-Steeped 6
  • No Flavor 1
  • Strong 0
  • Weak 0

Best Served

  • Anytime 11
  • Evening 5
  • Morning 5
  • Afternoon 4
  • Dessert Tea 2

Sarah

May 19, 2016

Very nice tea

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

This is a nice tea, good any time of day.

Nathan

Feb. 22, 2016

Delicious!

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Anytime.

I really enjoyed this tea. Great freshness and smooth body!

Adam

Feb. 17, 2016

Completely Delicious!

Likes : Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

This tea is wonderful. It fills the mouth with a vegetal flavor that is so refreshing. It's just a delicious and awakening drink.

Kelsey

Feb. 6, 2016

Pleasant

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body.

Best Served : Afternoon, Evening.

This is a very pleasant, smooth tea. First brewing was a little one-note, but the second cup revealed a much more subtle flavor with berry and floral notes. It's a nice light tea for afternoon and evening sipping.

Isa

Feb. 5, 2016

Sweet and relaxing

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime, Evening, Dessert Tea.

I tried drinking this tea every night to help clear my mind, and I really, really like it! The tea tastes and smells soft. Then it is sweet and slightly herby. This combination somehow makes it a good and relaxing end-of-the-day cup for me:)

Jordi

Jan. 13, 2016

Great anytime

Likes : Smooth Body, High Quality.

Best Served : Anytime.

I loved this white tea. It is great to find it in the starter pack.

David

Dec. 21, 2015

Great Flavor and aroma

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

This tea tasted great for the first few steepings, it tasted great and I enjoyed it very much

David

Dec. 13, 2015

A wonderful white tea.

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

The color of this white tea is darker than the Taiwanese white tea that I've had, but I enjoyed the flavor of this one better. It has a nice young, herby, floral tea taste and aroma, but it's not too strong. It's quite easy to drink. Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

Piotr

Dec. 9, 2015

Makes for a great early morning tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

Caffeinated white tea, fragrant, delicate, herbal and very smooth. Enjoyable, refreshing and energising! Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

Monica

Dec. 7, 2015

Mai-llam Special Spring White

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

I was extremely excited to receive a white tea in my Teabox this month! I usually do not buy myself white teas unless they are on sale, so this was such a pleasant surprise! I am a huge sucker when it comes to herbs, so of course I really enjoyed the parsley taste of the tea. The aroma is refreshing, and it is a great tea for any time of the day. Reviewed as part of theTeabox subscription program.

stephanie

Dec. 1, 2015

Loved this tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning.

Great tea to drink in the morning thanks to the high caffeine content. Light and earthy taste.

donahue_prettyboy_jr

Nov. 30, 2015

Early morning tea for sure

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Morning.

This was my first high caffeine I've got to try was quite the rush. Would not want to drink a cup past afternoon or I'll be up all night. The tea is great consistent flavor, bitter if over-steeped, and even the aroma before brewing smells so sweet. I really enjoyed this tea.

Monica

Nov. 29, 2015

Mai-llam Special Spring White

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime.

I was extremely excited to receive a white tea in my Teabox this month! I usually do not buy myself white teas unless they are on sale, so this was such a pleasant surprise! I am a huge sucker when it comes to herbs, so of course I really enjoyed the parsley taste of the tea. The aroma is refreshing, and it is a great tea for any time of the day.

Weston

Nov. 18, 2015

Fragile Flavor and it is nice in the mornings

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Morning.

Pros: Light flavored and floral. Very nice. Cons: May be too strong on caffeine for some.

Piotr

Nov. 18, 2015

Makes for a great early morning tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Morning.

Caffeinated white tea, fragrant, delicate, smooth and herbal. Very enjoyable, refreshing and energising!

madison

Nov. 13, 2015

I really enjoy this tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

I really enjoy this tea, I drink it every morning. Reviewed as part of the Teabox subscription program.

Jackie

Nov. 11, 2015

Great starter!

Likes : Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

It was the first tea I tried from my first box and was a great starter! It was definitely a bit floral and had an gritty taste. I was really into it. Reviewed as part of the Teabox subscription program.

Terra

Nov. 10, 2015

Yummy Energy

Likes : Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

This is a really good tea for energy. I love the aroma of this tea. Every good for a morning booster. I let mine steep a little longer so I can use this tea in place of an energy drink. Great overall taste. Reviewed as part of the Teabox subscription program.

A

Oct. 29, 2015

Exotic and Unexpected

Likes : Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Evening.

This tea is very exotic and presents a flavor profile which is quite unexpected given the color of its infusion. A very interesting tea indeed. Certainly worth trying.

Stephen

Oct. 8, 2015

Caffeinated+ white!

Likes : Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

I tend to steep my white teas a little more that the teabox suggestions, and my black teas a little less. (This maybe a reflection of the fact that I prefer my teas without milk, sugar or anything else). This self-imposed 'rule' most certainly holds true with this tea... It certainly packs a caffeinated punch that gets harder the lobger you steep it! But this glove is velvet, for sure, when it comes to taste. Lovely herbal aroma from the leaf, the infusion and the cup, and there's a lovely grassy sweetness to the taste too. It reminds me of a great silver-tipped white I had some time ago but can't remember the name - sorry. (I'm also getting a hint of 'saltiness' in the aroma of the dry leaf - anyone else?!). This would be a five-star for me but for the caffeine - I can't (read: shouldn't - doc's orders) have too much of it!

Adriana

Sept. 19, 2015

Great early morning tea

Likes : Freshness.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Morning.

This tea has a nice fresh aroma and has smooth, herbal taste. The caffeine kicks in slowly and helps wake me up as the morning progresses.

Carolyn

Sept. 12, 2015

Great Breakfast Tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma.

Has enough caffeine to start my day. Highly recommended.

Karolina

Aug. 11, 2015

It has become my morning tea

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Unique Flavor Profile.

This Nepali white tea has become a substitute for my morning espresso the last couple of days. The smell of it is lovely and the contrasting combination between liquorice and kumquat in it is very interesting. Once steeped at low temperature, the tea oozes with quality maintaining the aromas, the colour is nice and typical of white teas and has a lovely vigorous and invigorating flavour. It's like a whoosh of fresh, cold mountain air waking you up in the morning.

Kirsty Headlong

Aug. 4, 2015

Smooth, sweet, herbal

Likes : High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime.

Just as the tasting notes describe, this tea is smooth, sweet and herbal. I found it to be of reasonable strength for a white tea and preferred it steeped for 3 mins or it became bitter to my taste. second infusion was nice and I don't usually favour re steeping.

Plopeanu

July 3, 2015

Makes the afternoon perfect !

Likes : Freshness, Smooth Body, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : Bitter if Over-Steeped.

Best Served : Anytime, Afternoon, Evening.

This tea has a strong yelow colour and a grass taste.strong yelow colour and a grass taste.

Plopeanu

July 1, 2015

Makes the afternoon perfect

Likes : Smooth Body, Unique Flavor Profile.

Dislikes : No Flavor.

Best Served : Anytime, Afternoon.

This tea has a strong yelow colour and a grass taste.

Olesja

June 10, 2015

Smooth high quality delight

Likes : Freshness, Great Aroma, Smooth Body, High Quality, Unique Flavor Profile.

Best Served : Anytime, Afternoon, Evening, Dessert Tea.

This white tea boasts of fresh high quality leaves, very smooth full body liquor and slightly sweet herbal notes. Is a true delight and it can be enjoyed by itself in the afternoon or any time of the day. The notes of fresh herbs and warm finish make you savor every sip.

Alexander

May 6, 2015

Delightful.

Likes : High Quality.

This tea is very delicate because it is a white tea from the spring time. It produces a very lightly colored liquor and tastes almost like pine. It has a very nice aroma and can be drank any time during the day- even at night because it has such a low caffeine content.

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