Fieldstone White Feels Like Summer is Still Here
Tea : Fieldstone
Website description: Exemplary Fuding white tea. The body is sparse, but not barren. The mouthfeel is gently weathered, but not simple or crude. It brings tastes of mineral and hay that are clean, smooth, and instinctual.
Traditional and authentic Bai Mu Dan produced April 28 to May 1, 2023 by Mr. Wang Zhengfeng. It comes from Panxi Town, Fuding City, Fujian Province. It’s a one bud, two leaf pick from the Fuding Big Hair cultivar growing at approximately 1,800 feet. An extremely good value.
- Water: 32 oz
- Temperature: 80 F outside in direct sunlight (Sun Tea technique)
- Steep Time: 4 hours for 3 gm
My Review System: https://artofthepair.com/tea-overview/
Iced Tea Technique
- All iced teas are brewed using direct sunlight for a minimum of 4 hours.
- Only 3 gm of tea is used per 32 oz / 1 Quart of water .
- Once tea is brewed, it’s strained and placed into refrigerator to cool to under 40F (typically overnight).
- Samples are evaluated without ice, fruit additions (such as lemon) or additional sweetener.
- Iced tea is consumed within 24 hours of brewing.
My Overall Impression (Score of 86.0%)
There are only a few weeks left to be able to effectively brew Iced tea using my method above. Therefore, I’ve been focused on reviewing Iced tea brews for you to enjoy. Fieldstone is another great option from Teasource that you should have as part of your tea stash. I love the delicate aromas and great flavors from this tea. Brewed hot, it’s excellent. As an Iced tea, it shows great nuances.
The price on 8/15/23 is $10.08 for 2 oz (w) or 56 grams.
- 56 gm / 3 gm for steeping = 18 brews
- 18 brews from package = 56 cents per brew (4 – 8 oz servings)
After dividing out for 4 servings at 8 oz, the cost per cup is 14 cents per 8 oz serving. This is an outstanding cost for a brew of this quality and delicate notes.
- Inside the package, it’s filled with sweet alfalfa mixed with floral notes. These are followed by strong dried apricots, peaches, and pears.
- There are hints of pineapple sage, oregano, thyme, cardamom, and tropical starfruit.
- Once brewed, the alfalfa tones are still there but not as strong. However, there are larger notes of mixed stone fruits, with a buttery aroma similar to sauteed apples.
- It has a faint musty tone (like entering a basement or wet straw) on the tale end but approachable.
- Strong flavors of dried apples, apricots, nectarines, and a hint of honey dominate the flavor profile.
- However, there are small notes of fresh melon, banana, and star anise.
- It’s very smooth ( a lovely softness is how I described it during note taking) that’s creamy/earthy on the palate.
- I love the off dry sweetness with soft tannins and full body which lead to a great mouthfeel profile.
- Aromas (4.3/5)
- Flavors (8.5/10)
- Overall impression (4.4/5)
- Total score = 86.0 percent (17.2/20)
Foods to Pair and Why
- I kept visualizing creamy scones or pound cake served with this tea. The rich buttery mouthfeel would match with the brew, and I love the idea of contrasting the green qualities from the tea with the food.
- It’s that time of year when the cucumbers come in from the garden almost faster than they can be used. Why not seed, and skin and puree with some apples, a touch of cream and a hint of spice such as curry or Italian seasoning to make a refreshing soup. This would pair amazing with the brew based on the acidity, flavors, mouthfeel, and body.
- I started to crave freshly blanched and buttered sauteed peas to pair with this (maybe on some toast, focaccia, or a scone).
- I would love this brew with some grapes and cheese to chill out and relax too. Mouthfeel, flavors, and body would align perfectly.