Silver needle white teas are slowly growing on me as my tea palate develops. I use to think white teas in general had very little flavor. Now, I am able to pick up on the flavors and recognize and know how the tea is supposed to taste.

The dry leaves smell really nice. Slightly fruity, slightly sweet, with a hint of hay. The wet leaves tend to smell a bit more like wet hay. Not as appetizing.

But the good news is that brewed up, this tea retains more of the qualities you get from the dry leaf. Slightly sweet, minimal hay flavor. While this tea isn’t something that pops and demands your attention, it IS a very smooth and tasty drinker. I found myself drinking this way faster than I do most teas. And not because I wanted to be rid of it either. This is a tea I could absentmindedly drink all day and be very satisfied. A good daily drinker.

Flavors: Hay, Sweet

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Michigander, Husband, father of three, lover of tea, books, nature, gardening, and passion. Stay at home dad currently. Previously a preschool teacher.

I have now completed some tea swaps and I am so totally up for swapping! What a cool way to connect with fellow tea lovers and try some new teas. My tea cupboard on here is woefully out of date though.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are good too but mainly roasty oolongs. I’m finding that there are some green and white teas (mostly Moonlight Whites) that impress me lately which they never used to do. I am getting into and developing a taste for Pu-erh. I have tried raw and my Ulcerative Colitis just can’t handle the roughness of it. So I stick to ripe Puerh. I am recently drinking more herbal tea or Rooibos especially STRONG ginger blends. I’m not too picky.

Some of my favorite places from which to purchase tea are Whispering Pines Tea Co, Verdant, A Quarter to Tea, Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co, Bitterleaf Tea, and Yunnan Sourcing.

Rating system:
90-100: Some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d be a fool not to keep it stocked as often as possible
80-89: A damn good tea. Not to be missed
70-79: A good tea but lacks the wow factor. More than likely a simple tea that could be an every day option
60-69: Eh. This is okay. Not swill by any means but fairly underwhelming.
50-59: Not really doing it for me. I’ll finish it but please don’t bring me any more.
Below 50: Life is too short to waste on things such as this


Lansing, Michigan

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