Kenya Silver Needle White Tea from What-Cha. . . .

Time and time again I have shared my preference against white teas, specifically bai mu dan and shou mei teas. I don’t like the floral notes nor the soapy quality they can often have. If I am going to have a white tea, I tend to reach for either a White Rhino because it tends to be more robust like a black tea, or a Silver Needle.

I also have now tried a few What-Cha teas and been pleased with all of them.That is why when I came across this What-Cha Kenya Silver Needle White Tea, I had to give it a try.

Following the recommended steeping parameters, I brewed this for 2 minutes at 175 degrees. I was left with a pale and translucent liquid, typical of a white tea.

This tea boasts sweet notes of corn and it delivers, despite the packaging suggesting that this is best before June 2017. It’s so simple and yet so good. Flavorful without being in your face which means it is a tea that can be reached for again and again without becoming tired or boring.

I don’t reach for white teas often, especially straight white teas but when I come across Silver Needles like this, I am reminded that they can make a pleasant alternative to all the dessert and fruity teas I usually drink.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  White Tea
Where to Buy:  What-Cha
Description

A very sweet and smooth silver needle with notes of melon and sweetcorn without any traces of bitterness or astringency.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Silver Yeti from Nepal Tea LLC. . . . .

 

Every once in a while I crave that light floral subtle buttery flavor that only a good solid white tea can deliver.  After drinking quite a few heavier teas today, a solid white tea was exactly what I was craving. Luckily, I had this tea waiting to check out.

Nepal Tea LLC  will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in February of 2017 so I thought it would be a good idea to see what they offer to see if I wanted to back them.   Here is a bit about them:

Nepal Tea was conceived in May 2016, when Nishchal came back to the US from his trip to his homeland, Nepal. He stayed on the tea farm, which his father started in 1984. After seeing the impact tea-farming had on the community – he wanted to expand on the idea and start a social venture that not only promotes organic teas from Nepal, but also enriches the lives of farmers and creates sustainable communities.

So far, I’m liking what I’m reading and learning about them. Plus Silver Yeti is exactly what my taste buds are craving.

Silver Yeti from the very first sip is smooth, rich, and full of flavor. Wonderfully buttery notes with a subtle hint of a vegetal twist at the end. This tea delivers a silky mouth feel that keeps you coming back for more.

Just fantastic and a perfect tea to enjoy as I’m winding down my day.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Nepal Tea LLC
Description

Silver Yeti is made only from the finest tea buds (no leaves). It is also one of the least processed teas and yet the most expensive one.

Also known as silver needles and silver tips.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Nepal White from Simpson & Vail

Hi guys! In keeping with the current theme of trying out tea variety/origin combinations that are new or unusual to me, today I’m going to be trying some white tea from Nepal, supplied by the fabulous Simpson & Vail tea company!

The dried leaves are a lot darker than I would expect for a white tea, but the pieces are still mostly whole leaves. Their scent is very light and floral, with the slightest hint of smokiness.

I’ll be brewing this tea gongfu-style to try and get a sense of the intricacies of the brew, using 2 tsp per 200ml and allowing for 30 second steeps.

This Nepal White actually reminds me quite a bit of a White Peony variety! Very, very floral and sweet, making the darkness of the leaves almost a bit misleading! However, that little extra roasty goodness does shine through in the aftertaste of the tea, manifesting as a slight hint of woody flavor to round off each sip.

Really gorgeous tea, light and floral, with that little peep of woodiness keeping the brew from being too sweet. A solid daily drinker white tea, to be sure!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

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Located 6000 feet above sea level, in the misty hills of Pashupatinagar, Ilam, is this family owned Organic (EU) and ISO certified garden. The teas grown here are some of the most interesting and spectacular teas that will tempt your taste buds into new levels of enjoyment. This garden is the first one in Nepal to use the technology, machinery and expertise available from Japan. The Aarubotay tea bushes are a combination of Japanese, Chinese and clonal varieties that produce the best of Nepalese teas. Try some today and, from the first smell of the dry leaf to the taste of the brewed tea, you will be convinced that this family has achieved success!

These over 1 inch long, pale white, downy tipped gray-green leaves brew to a pure white liquor and a sweet, delicate apricot cup. It truly is unlike any other white tea that we’ve tasted

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Makaibari Bai Mu Dan from Tea People

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White Tea

Where to Buy: Tea People

Tea Description:

This  fine White Darjeeling tea is from the organically certified Makaibari tea estate located in the town of Kurseong.  In the local language ‘Kurseong’ means the land of the white orchid.  This tea is made from the delicate unopened leaves and yields the palest liquor with a light chestnut flavour.  

Learn more about the white teas that are offered here.  This particular variety does not look to be on the website any longer.

Taster’s Review:

 

Makaibari Bai Mu Dan from Tea People is my first voyage into the lineup of what Tea People has to offer their customers. Lately, I’ve been in a flavored tea rut, not enjoying straight teas like I should.  So I thought this would be a great start in forcing myself to try new straight teas.

First of all, I have to say the packaging, website, and the presentation of this tea and tea company are very well done. After doing a bit of research, this is a company I’m going to take another look at the next time I’m buying tea. Their packaging really catches my attention.

So let’s chat about the tea itself. What I first noticed was that the dry leaf really didn’t call my attention or have any defining notes. I was surprised by this but went about steeping the tea per the instructions provided by Tea People.

From what I can gather from the description, this tea is supposed to have a rather light chestnut flavor. That is a note that really does come thru, but that isn’t the attribute that I pick up from this tea. Mostly what I find myself picking up is this lovely whole mouth feel of astringent notes that really captivates the senses. Sure the lovely nutty flavors are quite nice, but that astringency says “Hello! Check me out!”.

So my final thoughts? I can’t say that I love this tea as much as I would love a floral white tea, but this Makaibari Bai Mu Dan was a real treat. I’m really enjoying this cuppa!

Nepal – Aarubotay Plum Tree Gardens White Tea Organic from Simpson & Vail

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Leaf Type:  White Tea

Where to Buy: Simpson & Vail

Tea Description:

Located 6000 feet above sea level, in the misty hills of Pashupatinagar, Ilam, is this family owned Organic (EU) and ISO certified garden. The teas grown here are some of the most interesting and spectacular teas that will tempt your taste buds into new levels of enjoyment. This garden is the first one in Nepal to use the technology, machinery and expertise available from Japan. The Aarubotay tea bushes are a combination of Japanese, Chinese and clonal varieties that produce the best of Nepalese teas. Try some today and, from the first smell of the dry leaf to the taste of the brewed tea, you will be convinced that this family has achieved success!

These over 1 inch long, pale white, downy tipped gray-green leaves brew to a pure white liquor and a sweet, delicate apricot cup. It truly is unlike any other white tea that we’ve tasted!

Brew: 2- 4 minutes @ 158-167ºF. Multiple infusions are possible.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I have always been a fan of Simpson & Vail. Their customer service is top notch and their teas are fresh and delicious.   A great company to pick up a few blends from for sure!

This particular tea sounded amazing from the description and I couldn’t wait to try it. I brewed it up per the instructions above and couldn’t wait to try this tea.

I will admit, I had to allow this tea to cool but I think that just deepened the flavors.  I will admit the flavors of this tea remind me of a black tea.  There are definite similar notes with a slight maltiness but in that maltiness is a sweet yet floral flavor that sings. A crisp white flavor that really hits that note that gives you that warming feeling inside.  Really lovely and one that you could sip on each and every day and not get tired of it.

This tea gives you the best of all worlds.  The richness notes that give black tea that umph with a delicate side as well.  This may be my new to go tea in the morning! I could see this being pretty fabulous for my commute into the office.