Results: Woodsy, earthy, sweet, and fruity – Milan White is everything you want in a shou mei. The added minerality of Dancong notes beefed it up a notch for a unique treat.
Tea: Milan White
Type: White (Shou Mei)
Origin: 2019 Harvest, Milan varietal, Guangdong Province, China
Tasting: 7grams / 185°/ 150ml / 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s (seconds)
Gong-Go Gear: Tangpin White 150ml teapot
Average number of infusions: 6 (boil spent leaves for iced tea)
Over the last few months, I’ve really come to gravitate towards shou mei style white teas. The foresty notes really appeal to my palate, and I’m having a hard time keeping them in stock. Every time I get a new order in I find myself wishing I’d gotten the bigger bag. White2teas Milan White was no exception (only one bag size).
From the first sip, I was again savoring the wonderful and intricate fusion of flavors sun drying brings out in this tea. But there was something more. Something familiar that I couldn’t put my finger one until I went back and read what the vendor had to say about this tea:
This tea was processed from tea that is usually destined to be made as Dancong oolong, made from the Milan varietal from Guangdong province.
I don’t normally read vendor notes in any detail. Typically my artistic instincts are the first factor that draws me to a particular tea. If it presents well using in my art, I’m generally sold; as long as its a new tea I’ve never had before. It’s not until after I’ve had a few sessions, taken my notes, and sat down to write a review that I go back and see what the seller had to say. When I did so the familiar minerality of Doncong became clear. I just wasn’t expecting them in a shou mei but what a nice surprise.
I should note that their website lists this tea as “White Milan” however the packaging says “Milan White”. Since that whats stuck in my head I’m going with it. I also had some issues with this bag and its construction. I’ll be going over more about both when I wrap up this months tea haul and the five teas I’m reviewing from white2tea.
Woodsy, earthy, sweet, and fruity – Milan White is everything you want in a shou mei. The added minerality of Dancong notes beefed it up a notch for a unique treat.
Unable to get enough, I kept brewing my leaves over and found it to be very forgiving with no bitterness; even after long towards the end of my session. As with all really good teas, I lost count of how many times I brewed some sessions and just kept going until I ended up with faintly colored/flavored water. Anyone looking to expand their shou mei experience should give this one a try. It doesn’t disappoint.
All the rich notes of a forest in autumn
Breathtakingly delicate whole golden brown leaves, buds, & stems
From pale gold to golden brown as you work through a session with a spicy aroma
The perfect fusion of forest, dried fruit & minerals
Slightly dry with a refreshing tingle
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
Caramel with a distinctly sweet finish
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
Dancong minerality pops out but maintains that sweet finish with a touch of oak
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 6:
The body bursts with dried peaches as its minerality fades
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 7-10:
Mostly spent with the leaves being more suited to boiling