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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Darjeeling First Flush 2014 Kanchan View White Tea from What-Cha

Style: Darjeeling White Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 6th, 2015

The aroma of the leaves is nothing short of bright and brisk! Like someone mixed up grapefruit peel, orange blossoms, wildflower honey, and lilies with a green broken vegetation undertone. It is really quite aromatic, and honestly kinda reminds me of my favorite soaps...not that this smells at all soapy, I just have a ...

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levers

(13 reviews)
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Silver Needle from Adagio Teas

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 4th, 2015

For some this tea is probably perfect. They can likely enjoy the muted spectrum of flavor and scent that is mostly lost on me. As much as I’d like to be in their camp, I need the volume on my white tea to by dialed just a bit higher. That said, what I do taste and smell is not bad. This is an enjoyable, if muted, tea...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Silver Needle White Tea from Simply Good Tea

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
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).

Dry leaf is mildly aromatic, and upon brewing, the cup initially smells like a typical silver needle of good quality, with the typic...

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Silver Needle White Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
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.

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 ...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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White Tea Loose Leaf from Teatulia

Style: White Tea – Region: Bangladesh

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 30th, 2015

sniffing the teabag I get notes of wildflowers, fresh hay, a bit of lettuce, and a tiny bit of fruitiness at the finish. This is one of the more delicate white teas I have sniffed, giving it a steeping brings out more of the honey and wildflower notes, it reminds me of a summer field in full bloom.


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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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White Peony from Octavia Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 6th, 2015

Excellent! Another sample served at Velvet Sky Bakery.

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...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Malawi Zomba Pearls White Tea from What-Cha

Style: White Tea – Region: Malawi

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 1st, 2015

The aroma of the little pearls is a zingy mix of cucumber, pepper, bok choy, lettuce, and a little bit of sweet hay at the finish. It borders on savory, but stays more in the refreshing and bright spectrum. It really smells like some delicious drink or even sandwich one would consume on a summer day when seeking someth...

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Lindsay

(20 reviews)
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Nepal 1st Flush 2014 Spring Buds White Tea from What-Cha

Style: White Tea – Region: Nepal

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

The dry tea is a mixture of green leaves and fuzzy silver buds. It smells a little bit sweet. It brews up to a light golden liquor, with a scent that’s very fresh and reminds me of a spring breeze. The flavour is sweet and vegetal, like fresh spring peas or new green grass. The mouthfeel is very smooth with just a hi...

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Nepal 2nd Flush 2014 Silver Needle White Tea from What-Cha

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Nepal

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014

Dried tea consists of lovely, fuzzy silver buds, with a faintly floral/earthy scent. Brewed, the leaves smell much more vegetal, and I think there’s a specific vegetable there that I just can’t identify. It brews up pale yellow, and smells like fresh hay. Taste is a bit sweet, a bit mineral, with more hay and veget...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Malawi Satemwa Antlers White Tea from What-Cha

Style: White Tea – Region: Malawi

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 6th, 2014

The aroma is rather rich yet subtle, with sweet notes of plum, a touch of nuts, and of course sticks. It smells like plant matter, freshly broken sticks while walking in a forest, this tea smells like nature and reminds me of walks in the forest.

Whoa! That first steep is sweet! The mouthfeel is light on the tongue,...

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Tuirgin

(9 reviews)
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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 25th, 2014

The dry cake smelled, to me, precisely of rich, unscented pipe tobacco—Scottish shag, or an English blend with Turkish leaf. Once brewed, the liquor is a perfect amber-honey tone, and the aroma has the sharpness of honey accompanied by a vaguely floral quality. The honey note follows into the taste of the liquor—mu...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Organic White Peony (Bai MuDan) Tea from TeaVivre

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

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 9th, 2014

Eh, this one wasn't bad, not my favorite though. I didn't notice anything outstanding here. I was expecting more of a floral smell than it produced, and more flavor. It reminded me of a light green tea, similar to what Emily suggested.

I will give extra points for this being organic!

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Brytta Sóþword

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

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 1st, 2014

As a pure white tea, this wasn't bad, but it wasn't a flavor to get me excited. It didn't taste bitter to me, which was a plus, but overall it was fairly nondescript. (Or maybe I'm missing nuances because I need to internalize the language of tea better?)

I'm not sure what else to say about it. I'm sure people who p...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Kenya Premium White Tea from What-Cha

Style: White Tea – Region: Kenya

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 17th, 2014

Looking at the dry leaves, it doesn't look like a white, it looks like a fuzzy golden tea from Yunnan...sniffing the leaves it has the sweet corn notes of a Kenyan Silver Needle, the heady floral notes of an oolong, and the malty, sweet potato, and caramel notes of a golden Yunnan tea. It tastes just like the liquid sm...

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Kenyan Silver Needle from What-Cha

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Kenya

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

he aroma of this particular silver needle is nothing short of mouthwatering, which is why I advise pouring the tea you wish to sniff out of the bag, don't want to ruin tea by drooling. It is incredibly sweet with notes of peaches and sweet corn, this transitions to floral notes that very much so brings to mind blooming...

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geologyguy

(108 reviews)

Organic Peach White Tea from Wegmans

Style: White Tea – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 3rd, 2014

5 minute (long end) steep...smell is mostly vegetal with hint of fruit like raspberry...guess that's the peach...as one who favors stronger teas this isn't my "cup of tea"...too light...flavor itself isn't bad..more vegetal than peachy though.....just needs boldness!!

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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.

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...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 14th, 2014

The aroma is sweet, like a rich blend of muscatel and honey, in fact it reminds me a bit of honey wine (specifically the Grecian Honeyed Wine I used to make when I could imbibe in my younger days) with a nice finish of hay.

The taste, oh man, it is so sweet! I feel like I am drinking tea that tastes like mown hay, f...

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Brytta Sóþword

(330 reviews)
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Snow Buds Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Snow Buds – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 13th, 2014

Tastes to me like a fresh, light green tea, though I do feel like the white tea undertones gives it a fuller flavor. Very smooth, no bitterness, a nice cup of pure tea. Slightly floral in aroma. I think I may have used too little leaf for the first cup because my only complaint is that I'd like a slightly stronger cup....

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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White Peony Tea (Bai MuDan) from TeaVivre

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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.

The dry leaf is i...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) from TeaVivre

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 9th, 2014

The aroma of these adorable silver fuzzy leaves is like a field of wildflowers, there are notes of fresh vegetation, hay, flower nectar, and wildflowers. There are also notes of honey, sweet corn, and lettuce. Silver Needle is a complex yet delicate smelling pile of leaves, I have always enjoyed that about it.

Ther...

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Brytta Sóþword

(330 reviews)
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White Tea from Ten Ren Tea

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 6th, 2014

Not a bad white tea. It tastes a bit like a hot version of unsweetened iced tea, or like a black tea without the bitterness. I haven't found a pure white tea that's a favorite yet and suspect I'll prefer flavored versions, but if this was all that was around I wouldn't be disappointed. I steeped the bag three times and...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Yabao (Winter White Buds) from Whispering Pines

Style: White Tea – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 28th, 2014

Method: 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 5 minutes, Forlife brew in mug strainer & Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma: Lightly Evergreen

Brewing Aroma: Same as above

Flavor: Fascinating. This was a very mild and lovely tea. It definitely doesn't look like most teas. The buds are very pretty. This wasn't sweet, but it...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Snow Buds Green Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Snow Buds – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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.

Dry leaf is coarse and hairy, silvery.

Brews fairly slowly, as I'd expect for an intact, whole-leafed tea. I steeped for th...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Silver Yin Zhen Pearls from Teavana

Style: Silver Needle – Region: ?????

53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 3rd, 2014

I think white teas may be too subtle for me. I brewed this according to the instructions, and I tried it more than once, but I just can't get excited about it. It's not a bad tea, but it's not great.

I just don't think it's worth $23 for 2 ounces, sadly. Since 2 ounce is the minimum, that is what I paid. I'm hop...

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