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Style: White Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 8/10
Jan. 9th, 2017
I tried this together with Upton's ZW42. I actually liked this one a lot, and not the other.Read Full Review
Brews up a dark, full-bodied cup that, like the other compressed white tea cake, is rather bitter. I find the bitterness more blunt though, whereas ZW42 has a sharp bitterness.
The aroma is strange and hard to describe....
Style: White Tea – Region: China60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 5/10
Jan. 9th, 2017
This was the first of two compressed white tea cakes from Upton that I sampled. It was interesting but I'm not sure I'd want to drink this tea regularly. This was a strong tea, unpleasantly sharp but also thin-bodied, and I think I may have brewed it too strongly, wanting a fuller-bodied tea, but by the time I had fi...Read Full Review
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China33 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5 Overall: 3/10
Dec. 7th, 2015
This is a late review that I somehow forgot to post; the company is now closed, and the tea wasn't my favorite, but why not share?Read Full Review
Another dud, the second one in a batch of teas that I've otherwise thought offered solid quality and excellent value.
The dry leaf looks unusually wiry for a white peony or bai mu dan...
Style: Silver Needle – Region: Darjeeling, India93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Nov. 16th, 2015
I thought this an exceptional tea, probably the best white tea I've ever sampled.Read Full Review
Another lost review that I somehow missed posting.
The leaf of this tea is wonderfully fragrance, with an aroma completely distinct from both Chinese silver needle teas, and the very different variants of them I've tried from Africa...
Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Feb. 17th, 2015
I tend not to like Silver Needle teas, but I found this one more interesting than most. It was my favorite silver needle yet from China (I strongly prefer the African-grown versions).Read Full Review
Dry leaf is mildly aromatic, and upon brewing, the cup initially smells like a typical silver needle of good quality, with the typic...
Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 7/10
Feb. 17th, 2015
A very typical silver needle, enjoyable, good quality, and true to the style, but this is a style of tea I'm not a huge fan of, especially given its high price.Read Full Review
Brewed 3 minutes as recommended, this was too weak for me. I preferred a single, long infusion of about 12-15 minutes.
Very low in astringency, leading ...
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jan. 6th, 2015
Excellent! Another sample served at Velvet Sky Bakery.Read Full Review
The leaf was rather broken, but this may have been due to being packed in the small sample container: this is a very fragile, large-leafed tea.
Brews up a clear, light-colored cup that is on the delicate side for a white peony. Aroma is floral, with notes o...
Style: Shou Mei – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 29th, 2014
I loved this. I love Shou Mei, and this was the first example of it I tried in compressed form. It was definitely one of the best samples of Shou mei that I've tried.Read Full Review
The dry leaf of this cake has a moderate smell of dried fruit, with a hint of fermenting fruit in there. It's not the most aromatic of TeaVivre's t...
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Aug. 12th, 2014
A top-notch white peony tea that I found a bit tricky to brew: aromatically complex, but easy to oversteep. If considering the aroma alone, this would be among my favorite white teas ever, but the experience of drinking it was slightly less than top-notch, I'd say only solidly good, not excellent.Read Full Review
The dry leaf is i...
Style: Snow Buds – Region: Fujian, China77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
May. 12th, 2014
A delightful, light tea that tastes to me more like a delicate green tea than a white tea. I've tried two other snow buds or Xue Ya teas, and I think this is a prime example of this style.Read Full Review
Dry leaf is coarse and hairy, silvery.
Brews fairly slowly, as I'd expect for an intact, whole-leafed tea. I steeped for th...
Style: White Tea – Region: China33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5 Overall: 4/10
Apr. 1st, 2014
Thank you Dewey for sharing this one with me, alongside two excellent loose-leaf teas which I have yet to review.Read Full Review
I thought this one was pretty bad.
Dry tea bag smells slightly toasty. The leaf inside the bag is a light green color, lighter than most shou mei white tea.
Upon brewing, smells much more vegetal....
Style: Silver Needle – Region: ?????63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Feb. 12th, 2014
To be fair, I'm not a huge fan of silver needle white tea, so this wasn't among my all-time favorite teas, but but I thought this was a good example of this style, and very enjoyable to drink. Served in Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown--an ongoing thank-you to Velvet Sky for ordering numerous small samples to allow me ...Read Full Review
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China53 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 6/10
Dec. 30th, 2013
A pleasant, full-bodied tea, but aromatically weak and not very interesting. Not as aromatic as Ten Ren's white tea, which remains my favorite white tea from a tea bag. Smells very mild, mostly of caramel, very faintly floral.Read Full Review
Flavor is subdued: not very bitter. Just the right amount of astringency: smooth, even ...
Style: White Tea – Region: Yunnan, China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 29th, 2013
This was among the most interesting of the white teas I've tried, although more familiar and similar to typical white teas than moonlight white. E. Alex Gerster called this tea "sturdy" and I like that; I also want to thank him for providing me with this sample.Read Full Review
Dry leaf has a peculiar aroma, like caramel and overr...
Style: Silver Needle – Region: China53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 5/10
Sep. 13th, 2013
I'm not a huge fan of silver needle; I thought this was above average for its type but I would still strongly prefer other teas, even other white teas, both because of price and characteristics of the cup.Read Full Review
Dry leaf, consisting exclusively of whole, intact tips, has a melony aroma with a slight hint of caramel, but i...
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Jun. 7th, 2013
This may be tied with TeaVivre for my favorite white peony--yet the two teas are like day and night. TeaVivre's is so light, and I found this to be rich, full-bodied, and dark. Pleasing and unusually strong for a white tea.Read Full Review
Broken leaf has a highly heterogeneous appearance, with small whole leaves, large broken pi...
Style: Shou Mei – Region: China67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 5/10
May. 28th, 2013
I love shou mei, a darker white tea, and I love Foojoy, so I was expecting to like this one, and I did. It's remarkably high quality for such an inexpensive tea bag. The only shou mei I've tried in tea bags.Read Full Review
This tea is surprisingly pungent, with the characteristic aroma of autumn leaves, and a hint of spice and p...
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 15th, 2013
I normally like white peony tea more than silver needle because it is richer and darker. Judging by the appearance of the leaf, I would expect this tea to be lighter in color and flavor.Read Full Review
But I found this tea to be very dark and rich in flavor when brewed. Aroma is strongly fruity, a characteristic I don't usually ...
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Apr. 3rd, 2013
A top-notch white tea for a very low price: $30 a pound for a white tea that is organic certified and is among the better examples of this style of tea that I've sampled.Read Full Review
I found this tea was on the light side for pai mu tan or white peony tea, both by color and flavor, but it was still pleasant and flavorful.
Style: White Tea – Region: Kerala, India60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 6/10
Mar. 27th, 2013
Dry leaf is beautiful, but not very aromatic. Looks like a bai mu dan (white peony) by leaf shape and size, but a shou mei by the darker leaf color.Read Full Review
Upon brewing, there's a fleeting suggestion of lemon in the aroma, but when I drink it, the flavor and aroma are subdued. Aroma is mostly of caramel and autumn leaves...
Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5 Overall: 6/10
Mar. 5th, 2013
I found this to be a finicky tea which required care in brewing and which I was not always in the mood to enjoy. To be fair, I tend not to be a huge fan of silver needle, but even then this was not my favorite example of such a tea. Contrast this with TeaVivre's white peony, which I thought was one of the best exampl...Read Full Review
Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 9/10
Feb. 25th, 2013
The most aromatic white peony I've sampled yet.Read Full Review
Dry leaf looks much lighter and with more downy tips than usual for this type of tea. Aroma of the dry leaf is intensely floral and delicate, with melon-like tones that I normally only encounter in silver needle.
When brewed as recommended, there is only a hint of ...
Style: Silver Needle – Region: Tanzania73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 7/10
Apr. 23rd, 2012
I was really interested to try a silver needle tea produced in Tanzania, and I am glad I tried it as it was quite interesting tasting as well.Read Full Review
Fairly light in color, but full-bodied flavor. I like this tea significantly more than most Chinese examples of silver needle that I've tried, which tend to be too mild for ...
Style: Shou Mei – Region: Fujian, China90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5 Overall: 8/10
Apr. 12th, 2012
I find white teas tend to darken with age, and this one is darker than current-year samples of shou mei I have tried in the past, but it still had quite a lot of green leaf.Read Full Review
This was one tea that I really had to brew before I noticed its quality...the dry leaf looks and smells relatively unremarkable, but upon brewi...
Style: Silver Needle – Region: Kenya83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5 Overall: 9/10
Dec. 7th, 2011
Leaf looks like a silver needle white tea with leaves on the smallish side, but with a much deeper golden yellow color.Read Full Review
Brewed, the aroma is very unlike other silver needle teas, and much stronger. Aroma is predominately toasty, nutty and woody, strongly reminiscent of hojicha, especially roasted kukicha, with a to...
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