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    Conceptteas 2013 New-born White Tea Cake

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green, lots of downy buds Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold There are some teas that you hear about and dream of someday seeing. White tea cakes are definitely one of those elusive creatures for me. I was beyond thrilled when a kind introduction from +Jeff Fuchs led to one of them being sent to my door. It took a few weeks for me to find a time where I could really focus on tasting but I must admit to sneaking sniffs from time to time. The taste was mellow and sweet with delicate floral notes and…


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    Teaneer Shining Arrows

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: large, covered in downy hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 160 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: very pale A silver needle white tea from Nilgiri? This tea was as unusual as it sounds. Teaneer is a line of teas produced by Vijayalakshmi Natural Farms using bio-dynamic cultivation. I couldn’t believe how large and beautiful the leaves were. Tucked inside of each leaf was a tiny new bud. They seemed to be a bit more oxidized than the standard variety you’d see from China but they still had the signature downy white hairs. The taste was very delicate and light with a subtle…

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    Hale Tea Company Creamy Cacao Delight

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied shades of green, visibile white cacao Ingredients: green tea, white tea, white cacao shell Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: deep gold When +Amoda Tea sent me their September Tasting Box, I was really excited to dig in because I had never tried anything from Hale Tea Company before. Event though they are new to me, Amoda Tea explained that they have more than 100 years of history behind them. This blend in particular struck my fancy because I am an unabashed white chocolate addict. The base teas were mellow and vegetal with mild floral notes reminiscent of…

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    JING Tea Silver Needle 2013

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: pale green, covered in downy hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold The first thing that I noticed about this tea was the leaves. While all silver needles are covered in downy hairs, these leaves were positively fluffy. I was amazed to actually see the hairs falling off into the water during steeping. This is a phenomenon that I’ve been told happens but I had never actually seen it for myself. The taste was sweet and mellow with definite notes of honeydew melon. It was vegetal without becoming grassy and the finish had a pleasant…

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    The Devotea Ginger and Lemongrass

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied, large tea leaves with lots of visible lemongrass Ingredients: white tea, lemongrass, ginger Steep time: 3 minites Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold +The Devotea‘s white tea collection has impressed me so far. I previously reviewed and very much enjoyed their White Nights. This particular blend was sweet and smooth with just a bit of spicy kick from the ginger. The white tea base was still able to stand out on its own. It contributed a somewhat floral and biscuity quality while the lemongrass made for a refreshing finish. I have to confess that I’m usually not a fan…

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    Zentboutique Imperial Bai Mu Dan

    Photo: Zentboutique Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, varied shades of gree, covered in downy hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 165 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: gold This tea was your typical, basic White Peony. There were floral and fruity notes along with a subtle grassiness. There was a no bitterness or astringency. Unfortunately I felt that the taste was a bit flat. I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the teas that I’ve reviewed from Zentboutique but this one just did not wow me. I generally do not publish “bad” reviews but this tea is not in any way a bad tea. Their…