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Brytta Sóþword

(287 reviews)
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Silver Rain White Tea Full Leaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 29th, 2017

I think I let this steep a little too long, or perhaps the barista used too hot of water, because there was a light almost-bitterness to this tea for me. It's not bad, but I have a hard time finding white teas that I really like. Also, I think I felt a slight tickle or ache at the back of my throat in response to this ...

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White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) from Adagio Teas

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 23rd, 2017

This tea exhibits a pure, delicate flavor -- essentially what every white tea is described as by the company that sells it. It has no bitterness and a smooth flavor. When in the mood for a straightforward, pure tea that isn't grassy, this is a nice choice.

To prepare this tea, I used the Chinese method I was shown a...

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Alex Zorach

(1285 reviews)
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ZW48: Fuding White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

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

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2017

I tried this together with Upton's ZW42. I actually liked this one a lot, and not the other.

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....

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ZW42: White Tea Cake from Upton Tea Imports

Style: White Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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...

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Stack Overload

(6 reviews)
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White Peony from Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 22nd, 2016

I picked this up at a Whole Foods in Portland and it is an instant favorite!

The aroma is delightful, this tea is why air freshener and candle companies sell fragrances called "White Peony"

This tea has a fabulous light floral flavor with a mild honeysuckle sweetness. I like to give it a nice long steep to draw o...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(70 reviews)
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White Tea (White Peony Tea) from Triple Leaf Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 20th, 2016

This tea came from an estate sale (good places to find teas you haven't tried before, really cheap!), in its originally wrapped box.

You know, it's pathetic what some of these highly paid marketing consultants can concoct. I reviewed a loose-leaf Basilur floral tea whose packaging blatantly pandered to romantical...

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spaflam

(166 reviews)
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Silver Needle from ITO EN

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 12th, 2016

If you like white teas (so pale - must steep longer.) this is a safe choice and has not only a light grassy note but I got "flowers" - or maybe even honey if that's not reaching too far.

I let it steep forever - over 5 minutes and it was still so pale, but it is, after all, a white tea.

Rich in antioxidants. Lik...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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ZW90: Organic White Silver Needle from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 29th, 2016

I am a huge fan of silver needle tea, but this one was sadly disappointing. The aroma of the dry leaves is wonderfully sweet and floral. The aroma of the steeped tea, however, is almost nonexistent. The taste of the tea is as expected for a silver needle. There are notes of flowers, sweet grass, and honey. However, I f...

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Alex Zorach

(1285 reviews)

White Peony from Simply Good Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

33 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
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?

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...

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Leeman

(3 reviews)
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White Peony King from Shang Tea

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 9th, 2015

This is a great tea for most people. Green tea can be more of an acquired taste and red(black) tea can be heavy on the tannins, but this white peony is right in the middle of tea flavors. Both the smell and the taste are more floral than other teas, so beware if you decide to steep it extra strong. You can steep the te...

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b22johansen

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

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 10th, 2015

Very nice tea. I enjoy white teas, especially silver needle, but that can be expensive for daily consumption. This tea, on the other hand, is more affordable and has that distinctly white tea taste. It is not as sweet or smooth as silver needle, but it is nevertheless very light, delicate, and simple.

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Snowbud from Adagio Teas

Style: White Tea – Region: Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 3rd, 2015

This is an excellent white tea. The aroma is very faint, light, and floral. The taste complements the aroma beautifully with it's lightness and delicateness. It is quite sweet and fruity, but not in an overwhelming manner. There is not a bit of bitterness anywhere, but just smooth and simple sweetness. The taste and ar...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) from Adagio Teas

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: Fujian, China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2015

The aroma of the fluffy leaves is pretty mild, you really need to sniff hard to detect much of an aroma, but when you do there are notes of cucumbers, melons, and a hint of paper and sage.

The taste is, well, you know, it is ok. Nothing to jump up and down about, it starts off with mild notes of cucumber and celery,...

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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

(1285 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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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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Tuirgin

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

Style: Shou Mei – 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

(287 reviews)
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White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) from Two Leaves Tea

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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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

(1285 reviews)
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Fuding Shou Mei White Tea Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Shou Mei – 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 – 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

(287 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

(1285 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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