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Alrighty, time to try another flavored white. :) This time it’s with a Silver Needle base instead of Bai Mu Dan like the others I’ve tried.

Though the leaves are entirely different, dry leaf this smells exactly like Cantaloupe&Cream. Now that’s not a terrible thing, as I absolutely love Cantaloupe&Cream, but I was wanting something different.

Steeped, it has a lighter liquor than the aforementioned, though it still smells the same. Taking a sip, I could notice right away that the base tea was different. Didn’t have that creaminess of Bai Mu Dan, but I found the flavoring still tasted almost exactly like Cantaloupe&Cream. Following the recommendation, I added a tiny bit of golden sugar. I’ve actually been making a point of avoiding sugar in teas, but as it was recommended, thought I might as well give it a go!

With the sugar, the tea has transformed and the watermelon flavor has POPPED. It’s sweet, juicy and refreshing. It tastes like summer in a cup. The instinct is to want to guzzle it, but I’m trying to slow down and make myself sip instead of gulp.

This is a very nice flavored Silver Needle, but since I don’t drink whites extremely often — about once a week — I don’t feel the need to have several varieties at a time. Glad I tried this, but between this, Cantaloupe&Cream and Pineapple Cilantro Cream, the cantaloupe is my favorite. :) I also like that the cantaloupe uses less leaf per cup; makes it more budget worthy to keep on hand. :)

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Hello! I’m a 24 year old Canadian, currently working at Starbucks while I figure out what I want to do with myself in life, haha.

Like most everyone else, I grew up with teabags, and then discovered the grass really WAS greener on the other side with loose leaf. Nowadays I drink nearly exclusively loose, but will drink a bagged tea if I don’t care what I’m having.

My favorite kind of tea is black, and unflavored, although I do enjoy an occasional dessert black. I like whites second best. I’ve recently been dipping my toes into honeybush tisanes, greens and oolongs.

My favorite vendors are Butiki Teas and Verdant Teas. Both have fantastic teas, above and beyond customer service (especially Butiki), and fair prices for their very high quality teas. I can’t recommend them enough.

Purely for tasting notes references, I don’t use any additives for my teas. Older tasting notes for blacks was with milk+sugar, and then with just milk. Whites, oolongs, greens and herbals are all drunk straight unless otherwise specified in the notes.

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