Tea of the Week – Xue Ya Ballad
Name: Xue Ya Ballad
Region: Keemun, China
Bought At: Adagio.com
Price: $2 for a ten cup sample
First Impressions: Gentle Grassy Smell, looks similar to a white monkey leaf but smaller
My first unflavored green in a while, Xue Ya Ballad was just okay. It wasn’t as light as I was expecting, and reminded me more of a gunpowder green than a white monkey green. Not really bad it lacked the smokiness that I like in darker greens. It had a hint of nutiness, but also just a twinge of bitterness in the end. It’s possible that I over steeped it, and will try it again, but all in all a little disapointing. Given a name with the grandiose of “Xue Ya Ballad” I was expecting a little more.
My Rating: 2 / 5