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This was the first white tea that I tried in the loose form and the tea that made me understand that I have to switch from bags to loose tea. I’ve tried many different brands of bagged white tea before that and every single one was turning into dark brown liquid in under 60 seconds of steeping time. This one was first to brew into a golden color.

Overall taste wise it’s a very pleasant tea. I enjoyed it quite a bit until I stuck my head into the premium department and realized what else is out there. It’s sitting a little lower on the quality scale for me because the leaves in my tin came quite broken up and I even got a stem or two.

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I have had some white teas with stems, and I think it has more to do with production style than quality, for instance, Chinese oolongs almost never ever have stems, Taiwanese, which are some of the finest in the world, almost always have stems, that’s just how they do it. White tea is fascinating, isn’t it? I have one tin that is so soft and fluffy and the eaves are long and thin. I have another tin that looks like someone chopped up what they raked out of my front yard. Both are great teas! Shou Mei (Soo Mee) is one that can have large broken pieces and still be great white tea.

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ashmanra

I have had some white teas with stems, and I think it has more to do with production style than quality, for instance, Chinese oolongs almost never ever have stems, Taiwanese, which are some of the finest in the world, almost always have stems, that’s just how they do it. White tea is fascinating, isn’t it? I have one tin that is so soft and fluffy and the eaves are long and thin. I have another tin that looks like someone chopped up what they raked out of my front yard. Both are great teas! Shou Mei (Soo Mee) is one that can have large broken pieces and still be great white tea.

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It’s been a while since I joined Steepster and I think it’s time to write up a bio.

I’m a stay at home, married mom with 5 kids, most of them grown up. Only one remains with us now, my 7 year old sunshine which I push out of the house to school every morning and it’s not an easy thing to do.

I’m an avid gardener during a growing season and my goal is to grow most of the food we eat and save some for winter too. I’m also an artist and a huge nerd. I read books, I play computer games. My very first game was World of Warcraft (was addicted to it solid for a year, lol), then came Skyrim, Minecraft (with my 7 year old) and few others less memorable along the way.

I began drinking tea on regular basis just over 2 years ago when I decided to kick my morning coffee habit. It wasn’t pretty… I couldn’t function for 3 days straight but survived. A year ago I discovered loose tea and found Steepster… The rest is history.

Some of the staples in my cupboard are Dragonwell green tea, Japanese sencha, Silver Needle white tea, green roobois, darjeeling and pu’erh. I also drink variety of flavored teas for fun and I like to order tisanes and mix them with straight teas for even more variety.

Recently I found out how much I love oolong so will be stocking up on that as well.

There are few other tea lovers in my family: my mom and dad, my oldest daughter, my son and my youngest 7 year old. She loves when I try out different teas and I always have to remember to make enough for her to have a little taste.

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