Tea: Peony White Needle

A Silver Needle from Imperial Tea Garden

Picture of Peony White Needle
Brand:Imperial Tea Garden
Style:Silver Needle
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
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Product page:Peony White Needle

Review of Peony White Needle

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5 of 103 of 52 of 553 of 100
FairFairOverpriced

I'm not a big fan of the silver needle style of tea, but I am beginning to distinguish between different ones to a degree.

From looking at the leaf, this is unambiguously a silver needle tea, but interestingly, the aroma of the brewed tea is much more like white peony tea. The appearance of the leaf, both dry and brewed, is very similar to the 2 doves silver needle sample from Imperial Tea Garden, but this tea is actually quite different.

Like most silver needle tea, I found this one very slow to infuse, and I liked making a single, very long infusion.

Aroma is mostly of melon, with some light herbaceous tones, a little bit of a summery aroma, clean and somewhat earthy. Aroma is subtle, and somewhat reminiscent of white peony (bai mu dan) white tea. I initially enjoyed this less than the 2 Doves Silver Needle from Imperial Tea Garden, but I think this one grew on me and now I think I prefer it slightly, although it's hard to say, it's a bit thin. Interestingly, this one is also higher-priced. Although it is lighter in color, I found it to be slightly more full-bodied.

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