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Rishi Osmanthus Silver Needle

Rishi explains that this tea is scented with fresh osthmanthus flowers in a process similar to jasmine scenting and they describe the flavor as having notes of apricot and honey. The dry leaves had the distinctive peach fuzz of a silver needle. The osmanthus was there but not in large quantity. I brewed this tea using both my Zarafina tea maker, set on strong white, and in a regular tea pot using an infuser basket. In the infuser basket I let the leaves steep for 5 minutes, as per the manufacturer’s directions.

I love white tea and I love osmanthus, but apparently not in the same tea. This blend just didn’t do much for me but was by no means a bad tea. It is just that I’ve had better silver needle and I’ve had better osmanthus scented tea. My feeling is that this has more to do with how the tea was scented than the bloom content of the dry leaves themselves. I think this sweet smelling flower makes a much better pairing with green tea.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.