• Reviews

    Arbor Teas Organic Silver Needle White Tea

    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: whole buds, covered in downy hairSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 180 degreesPreparation Method: glass gaiwanLiquor: pale gold Time flies really flies when you’re having fun but it’s still hard to believe that it has been six years since I have written about anything from my friends at Arbor Teas. This blog and my own journey with tea have changed so much in that time. The last batch of samples included teas like masala chai and earl gray. There’s nothing wrong with flavored teas but my tastes have changed quite a bit since then. The focus of the blog has shifted to the unflavored and unblended end of the…


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    Zentboutique Bai Hao Yin Zhen

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: sage green, covered in downy hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 6 minutes Water Temperature: Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: very pale I received this tea as part of the June shipment (remember the blog is pre-written ahead of time) from Zentboutique’s monthly subscription club. The taste was grassy and mildly vegetal with delicate fruity and floral notes. Straw, melon and honeysuckle were definitely brought to mind. The finish was sweet and lingered long after each sip. There was no bitterness and the mouth-feel had a pleasant buttery smoothness. I only had a small amount of leaves so I used an infuser basket this time but…

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    The Persimmon Tree Silver Needle

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied green, covered in downy hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: gold This tea was a classic silver needle. I loved the fuzzy and fluffy leaves. They almost sprung out of the canister when I opened it. The steeped tea was delicate and sweet with vegetal and floral notes. There was also a nice biscuity quality that made this a very comforting cup. That taste is one of my favorite things about silver needle and I was happy to find it in this one. The finish was clean and there was no bitterness or astringency. A…