Jasmine Silver Needles from Upton Tea Imports

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Upton Tea Imports

Company Description:

An exquisite offering for the Jasmine tea enthusiast. The white tea base is an extra-fine plucking composed of select leaf buds, some as a set with the small first leaf. A judicious scenting with jasmine blossoms yields a mellow, complex cup with sublime jasmine flavor and aroma.

Taster’s Review:

I have tried a few Jasmine Silver Needle teas, and of those that I’ve tried thus far, this one is my least favorite.

The jasmine flavor is much too sharp here, while the delicate white tea base tends to be overpowered by the jasmine notes.  The flavor should be (and could be, based upon my previous experience!) much more balanced, with delicate notes from each component rather than what is in my cup now.

I have tried brewing this several different ways, all with disappointing results.  I have tried a few different teas from Upton Tea Imports, but this is the first one from this company that has really disappointed me.

If you’ve tried this tea and have found it to your liking, I’d love to hear from you, especially if you’ve some tips to help make this more palatable!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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