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teaHappiness

(12 reviews)
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White Peony from Rishi Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Zhenghe, Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 4th, 2011

I'll start by saying I'm new to white teas, so I do not know exactly what a typical white tastes like. But the large leaves have a beautiful honey aroma that also came through after steeping. I could smell another slightly woody/nutty flavor, but couldn't identify it until I read the package "Pure White Tea with acc...

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Tea Snob

(11 reviews)
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White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) from Chakra 4

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 16th, 2010

The color is far darker than I was thinking it was going to be. It is a dark amber color, like a dark green tea, or a light black tea. The smell is light, and not very fragrant. It is sort of floral, like roses.

This has a very light taste that is easy to ruin. A slight overbrew and this will become bitter quickly. ...

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The Lazy Literatus

(6 reviews)
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Silver Needle White Tea (Fuding Bai Hao Yin Zhen) from Canton Tea Co

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fuding, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 21st, 2010

This was one of the fuzziest Silver Needles I've ever encountered, and had a taste to almost match.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Snow Buds 1st Flush from Rishi Tea

Style: Snow Buds – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 13th, 2010

This is very similar to the Xue Ya I tried from Adagio, but I prefer this tea as it is richer and more full-bodied.

I find this to be a very grassy tea, more like green tea than white. It has a sharpness, a bite to it. The cup is quite astringent and pleasingly bitter, but the finish is sweet and has depth to it. ...

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White Tea Loose Leaf from Teatulia

Style: White Tea – Region: Bangladesh

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 1st, 2010

I found this tea to be delightfully unique; it's my favorite of Teatulia's teas. The delicate silvery leaves are deceptive: this tea produces a deep brown liquor. More like a Darjeeling white or green tea than any other white tea I have tried, but much richer and more full-bodied than any Darjeeling white teas I've t...

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Gretchen

(11 reviews)
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White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 25th, 2010

This tea has a wonderful, rosy aroma, but I would rather smell it than drink it. It leaves a bit of a soapy aftertaste, although I like the slightly sweet flavor it has while it is on the tongue.

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Bethany

(12 reviews)
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Snow LeopardĀ® from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 17th, 2010

Very smooth with a gentle sweetness. One of the best things about this tea is that it's almost impossible to oversteep to the point of bitterness - worst case scenario, you'll just end up with something grassier, more like green tea than white. It also makes a light, crisp iced tea.

I can't really pick out the adve...

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Organic Silver Needle from California Tea House

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 29th, 2010

appearance: lives up to the name. dull green leaves covered with fine, silvery hairs.
post-brew: plump, meaty-looking pale green leaves that retain a half-fold [stem-wise].
a pretty tea.

this is a legitimate white tea. the liquor has a pale yellow-green color. virtually no bitterness even with extended brewing t...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Pai Mu Tan Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 6th, 2010

A darker white tea. This doesn't even resemble ZW56, Upton's other organic Pai Mu Tan offering. Much darker; if you just gave it to me I'd probably guess incorrectly that it was a Shou Mei.

Aroma is mostly of autumn leaves, with only a hint of peony and a faint suggestion of some other vegetal tones. Also, unusua...

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Season's Pick Organic White Fannings from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 25th, 2010

I find Upton's description of this tea to be very accurate, and I like their brewing instructions.

On the dark end for a white tea, but lighter than some shou mei's. Surprisingly aromatic for fannings! The aroma is bold and earthy, slightly crisp and fresh, and, as Upton describes, there are some nutty tones in th...

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Organic Pai Mu Tan from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 16th, 2010

This particular pai mu tan smells more like an actual peony than any others I've tried.. The aroma is actually fairly powerful, although when you sip the cup it is a bit bland...this tea doesn't have much flavor. There is a very mild, unpleasant sourness to this tea too. Smooth, but I don't notice any sweetness at a...

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Formosa Special White Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 27th, 2010

I found this tea disappointing, especially for its price, which makes it interesting for me to see that it has been dropped from Upton's carryings.

The aroma of this tea reminds me of a green tea. The cup has a clean and crisp quality, like a good Japanese sencha, but without much bitterness or sharpness. There ar...

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Edoc

(2 reviews)
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Organic White Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: ?????

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 5th, 2009

Lovely mild, but elegant flavor; may disappoint fans of stronger teas.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 28th, 2009

A rich, full-bodied tea, brews a dark orange color and is fairly bitter. The aroma is fairly complex. There are some pleasant vegetal tones too. Pleasant aftertaste too.

I really like this tea; it's one of the few white peony teas that I've tried that has been bold and full-bodied enough for me. It's almost a li...

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Xue Ya Ballad from Adagio Teas

Style: Snow Buds – Region: ?????

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 5th, 2009

This is my favorite tea from Adagio so far. When brewed as recommended this tea is very light with a sweetness and some fruity tones. But I found it too thin this way.

I like brewing it much longer (8+ minutes) and with slightly warmer water (190-ish)...it comes out much stronger and more interesting...more grassy...

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Special Grade Shou Mei White Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shou Mei White Tea – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 14th, 2009

Deep reddish brown color, and very clear. More delicate than typical for a Shou Mei, but still fairly rich and full. Very smooth flavor; no bitterness, and a clean, cool aftertaste.

Unlike Upton's other Shou Mei's for which I found the brewing instructions to be right on, this one I like to brew differently. I br...

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First Grade Shou Mei White Tea from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shou Mei White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 14th, 2009

Brownish leaves with some silvery and green mixed in. Light aroma of fall leaves and honey with some vegetal tones. Some astringency and a noticeably unpleasant sourness, although no bitterness.

Of Upton's 3 Shou Mei teas of similar price (see ZW62, ZW23), this is the one I like least. This one is much more simil...

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Shou Mei Classic from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shou Mei White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 14th, 2009

Of Upton three Shou Mei's of similar price, this is my favorite. Leaves greener as Shou Mei goes. Aroma is fresh, clean and vegetal, perhaps even a bit grassy. Very rich aroma; this is the most aromatic of any Shou Mei that I've sampled. Less sweet than most white teas. My only complaint is a fair amount of astrin...

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Season's Pick Shou Mei from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shou Mei White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 13th, 2009

This is one of the naturally sweetest teas I have ever tried, with an aroma of cinnamon, honey, caramel, and autumn leaves. Rich, warm, and very gentle. Absolutely no bitterness whatsoever...just a hint of astringency in the aftertaste.

This is one of 3 of Upton's Shou Mei teas of very similar price and I want to ...

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White Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 19th, 2009

Very dark for a white tea, but not bad for a teabag. This tea brews a rich brown color and has a predominately earthy aroma, but it's also clean and crisp tasting. There's a moderate amount of astringency and some bitterness.

Atypical for a white tea, and not terribly complex, but I found it quite enjoyable.

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White Peony from Rishi Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Zhenghe, Fujian, China

33 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 29th, 2009

A disappointment, especially compared to Rishi's other offerings. The brewed tea is amber in color. The aroma is bold and peppery without being sharp; it almost suggests celery, but without the fresh vegetal notes most white teas have. There's not much bitterness, but there's a fair amount of sourness. This tea is ...

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