Silver Tips White Tea

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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About this tea:
For two hours in the morning, for two weeks of the year in the Chinese Fujian province where white tea is grown, the pluckers are in the fields at first light to catch the early morning shoots. These are then withered naturally in the sun and sent to people who appreciate this kind of thing (i.e. teapigs). Possibly the most exclusive tea we stock.

Compare the large leaf in our tea temples to the dust in your regular tea bag; whole leaf is best.

Refreshing, light and aromatic. Peaches and apricots. Very pure. We have chosen to bring you genuine white rather than green tea masquerading as white tea. If your white tea looks green in the cup, then it is green tea – watch out for fakes.

Try it:
Simply pure. Adding anything would be like drawing glasses on the Mona Lisa.

Good if you’re feeling:
Impure of thought, word or deed. Forget the rosary and the Hail Marys – redeem yourself with a cup of this gorgeous white tea, crammed full of antioxidants.

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9 Tasting Notes

2238 tasting notes

I’m pleased how fresh this tea looks. It’s a lovely silvery-green, unlike some I’ve had recently, and it really is just silver needle. When brewed, the liquor is really, really pale. I didn’t think anything was actually happening at first, but obviously it was as the taste is there.

As I’ve come to expect from unflavoured whites, this is very light and delicate in taste. It’s a perfect spring/summer tea. Easy to drink and refreshing even when hot (or warm, considering I let the water cool substantially). It’s mildly grassy, maybe very slighty floral. This is one of those white teas that reminds me why I like them so much in the first place. Flavoured might be more interesting sometimes, but a plain white this good can be just as inspiring.

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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618 tasting notes

I didn’t really know what to expect from this tea. I like Teapigs tea, but I’m also quite fond of FLAVORED white tea, not plain. That being said, this is a very interesting cup. I like that it has different layers: a little bit of sweet grass and a little bit of vegetables. I’m not sure that I would like to have boxes upon boxes of this tea, but it is naturally nice.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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49 tasting notes

Another day, another lovely cup of tea. There’s no “I” in tea, but there’s a lot of tea in it!

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6 tasting notes

Honestly my favourite white tea, delicate and soothing and sophisticated. Pure.

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15 tasting notes

Reading the back, this is White Peony, and is probably the best example I’ve tried. I do like the lightness and freshness of white tea, but this had a tad more malty flavour, which is what I want in the mornings. I could drink this all day!

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Sipdown! (13/203)

At some point, I really must pick up another bag of this to try again. I bought only one from a teashop nearby, and didn’t realise I hadn’t logged it until now.

This was very early on in my tea enthusiast days, and (I am ashamed to admit), I poured boiling water straight onto it, completely ruining the delicate tea. At the time I hated it, and wondered why anyone would enjoy drinking such a thing, but I now realise that I messed up and it had nothing (or very little) to do with the tea itself. A fair review is in order in the future. This cup just tasted bitter.

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2 tasting notes

And so began my tea-tasting adventure…

How long will it last? My progress on Steepster will no doubt be the best judge of that. Looking above the steam over Georgian rooftops in Bath, this tea left me feeling refreshed and eager for more. I don’t know much about tea, but I felt the two cups I got from the pot took me on a sort of journey between different energy levels.

Initially the heat from the water lulled me into a receptive state, gently sipping the lightly-tinted water and searching for the taste. I slipped into its smooth palate, feeling the caffeine stir my senses.

Perhaps the TicTac slogan, a “little lift” would be appropriate here. I was gently restored for an afternoon of shopping, without the familiar jittery fever accompanied by harsher teas.

I can only hope the other less common teas around these waters are as pleasant.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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