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    Tea People Makaibari Bai Mu Dan

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: large, scattered needles, varied shades of green Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 4 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: pale gold When I opened a recent batch of sample from +Tea People, this Darjeeling white tea was the first one to jump out at me. It practically begged, “Drink me!”. The dry leaves were vaguely reminiscent of Bai Mu Dan but had a bit of a different appearance than their Chinese counterpart. The taste was very mellow, fruity and sweet with subtle nutty notes. Its finish had just a hint of citrus that reminded me of lemons. I found it really…


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    Infuze Tea White Peony

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: mixed greens and browns, mostly larger leaves Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 190 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and infuser Liquor: pale gold The taste of this tea was mellow with floral notes and just a touch of fruitiness. In addition to brewing it in a teacup I also brewed it “grandpa style” in my glass tumbler. Infuze Tea compared it to an oolong but I really did not see that aspect of it. A bit of unpleasant hay-ishness came out if it was left for too long but otherwise that worked fairly well. I generally prefer a white peony that has a larger…

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    Adventure Tea Washington State White

    Country of Origin: United States Leaf Appearance: varied, somewhat broken Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold I’ve been intrigued by this tea for some time, especially after reading the tweets and ravings of +Geoffrey Norman. I also have a penchant for trying as many U.S. grown teas as possible. As luck would have it, he gave some to +The Snooty Tea Person who in turn gifted a tiny bit to me. Aren’t tea friends the best? The leaves very much resembled Shou Mei or Bai Mu Dan. This seemed promising because much of the non-Chinese white tea had a very different appearance. The taste was…

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    Conceptteas Silver Needle

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, covered in downy hair Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold Being a tea blogger is a lot of work but it does have its perks. One of them is having the opportunity to taste some truly amazing teas. Over the years I’ve reviewed hundreds of teas and Not all of them were memorable but a select few stand out from the crowd. This was one of those teas. I struggled to find the words to describe it but it was quite possibly one of the best examples of silver needle that I have ever tasted.…

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    Tribute Tea Company Darjeeling Moonlight

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, curled with lots of silvery buds Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 190 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold In my experience, white teas that are produced outside of China are usually either really good or really REALLY bad. Thankfully this offering from +Tribute Tea Company definitely fell into the really good category. The taste was surprisingly citrusy with notes of melon and just a hint of spiciness. The signature muscatel of Darjeeling was definitely present and it had a wonderfully refreshing finish. My second infusion was just as delicious but somewhat heavier than the first. It had a sweet aftertaste that lingered…

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    Min River Tea Jasmine White

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large downy buds Ingredients: scented white tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold I don’t drink nearly as much jasmine as I used to but I still find a pot now and then very enjoyable. The base tea for this was a visually appealing silver needle, full of large downy buds. Their floral aroma when dry was faint but very pleasant. The taste was sweet, vegetal and floral with notes of hay and a somewhat dry finish. I loved that the tea was able to shine through, even with the jasmine scenting. It did not come across as artificial…