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    Little Red Cup Tea Company Premium White Peony

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied greens and browns with some buds Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: glass gaiwan Liquor: gold The first time that I tried this tea using a good ol’ teapot and the directions provided I was a little underwhelmed. It’s not that it was bad but it just didn’t jump out at me. Not being one to give up after the first go, I thought that it might perform better in my glass gaiwan. I’m very happy to report that my hunch was right. The taste was light and refreshing with cooling notes of honeydew melon. A honey-like sweetness lingered…

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    Silk Road Teas White Peony

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green, grey and brown Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: deep gold There are some white teas that are so spectacular that you find yourself hoarding them away for special occasions. There are others that are more of your every day drinkers. This was one of those teas. Now, it’s important to note that I don’t mean that this is a bad thing. The taste was pleasantly light and sweet with notes honey and florals. While not overly complex, I also picked up hints of melon in the lingering aftertaste. Their tasting notes…

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    Light of Day Organics All White Tea

    Country of Origin: U.S.A. Leaf Appearance: mottled, somewhat broken Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold I’ve written about several U.S. grown teas here but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be writing about a tea that was produced on a Biodynamic farm in Michigan. As you all know, if I write about something unusual it most likely came to me from esoteric tea hunter +Geoffrey Norman. He wrote about this tea back in April and was kind enough to share some when we met up at World Tea Expo. The leaves looked a bit broken and stemmy…