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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…

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    Tea Journeyman Satemwa White Antlers

    Country of Origin: Malawi Leaf Appearance: dark, twiggy Ingredients: white tea stems Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale amber Every once in a while I hear about a tea that I am dying to try and this one has definitely been one of those. I met the folks from Satemwa at World Tea Expo and was really impressed by how much they care for their staff. Unfortunately I visited at the end of the last day of the show so the leaves of this tea had been spent. As luck would have it, +Tea Journeyman Shop carries it so I was overjoyed to receive a sample. It…

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    Lochan Tea Doke Silver Needle 2014

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: large, silvery needles covered in downy hair Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: gold I have been itching to try this tea for the longest time. +Lochan Tea Limited has a reputation for making some really amazing teas at their Doke Farm in Bihar, India. Their Rolling Thunder is one of my favorites so I was really excited to dig in. The dry leaves were quite large and super fuzzy. I didn’t quite become Lenny from Of Mice and Men but they were unbelievably soft to the touch. I was expecting the taste to be similar to a typical…

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    Tribute Tea Company Yunnan Moonlight Buds

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, plump needles covered in silver hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale amber Out of all of the samples that I received from +Tribute Tea Company, this is probably the one that I was the most excited about. Nearly all Chinese white teas are produced in Fujian but this one hails for Yunnan, land of puerh. The dry leaves looked like a super sized version of silver needle. They were very soft to the touch as well. This is one of those strange teas that really doesn’t quite fit into a single category. The product description…