86 Tasting Notes
I bought this tea only because my long-time favorite Darjeeling Poobong White from SpecialTeas had been out of stock for a few months and SpecialTeas didn’t know if they were gonna restock it and when…
The description and the price seemed very similar to SpecialTea’s and since I was having White Darjeeling cravings I purchased 4 oz at once. Well… it’s not the same tea, unfortunately.
It sure has Darjeeling notes I love so much but it is somewhat soapy and lacks complexity. Also the leaf brews extremely lightly and a lot of it needed to get a decent flavored tea which makes it even more expensive than it is.
I finally managed to somewhat improve drinkability of this tea by reducing water temperature to 170F and using less leaf… I still don’t like it though.
I can’t get enough of this tea… and used leaf smells so good I feel sorry to throw it away.
I just received my order of white tea samples from Upton. This is the first tea I fished out of the box.
The description says it was grown in Assam region so I was very curious to try it because I really enjoy white Darjeelings and like the idea of white tea having characteristics of black tea.
The aroma coming from the bag is intoxicating, it smells like black tea with a touch of honey. The dry leaf is similar to Silver Needle but a bit darker in color and is bald, doesn’t have any hairs at all.
I brewed this in a Gaiwan. The brew is darker as well and tastes exactly like it smells – black tea, notes of honey and almost no Silver Needle sweetness.
I’m on the 4th steeping right now and it’s still flavorful. Amazing.
I’ll be adding this tea to my regular white tea rotation, no doubt here.
Nutty, not very sweet and a tiny bit astringent. Slightly tingles the tongue as I sip it.
Can’t really judge the aroma because this sample has been sitting in my pantry for quite a while.
I’d call this tea Blueberry Vanilla or Blueberry Jam because it doesn’t have that pure blueberry flavor one could expect looking at the name. I can definitely taste and smell something sweet which doesn’t make it a bad tea, just not 100% blueberry.
This blend is so good… it smells like a flower bed after the rain. It’s fresh, flowery and with a tiny bit of tartness from hibiscus. Very smooth tea, none of the ingredients is overpowering, they all work together flawlessly.
Absolutely delicious and totally refreshing either hot or cold.
Finishing up my sample. Totally forgettable. I can’t even say I’m drinking white tea, it tastes not only like green but like cheap green.
The second infusion is even worse, it lost all the lightness and fruitiness this tea had initially.
White tea that looks and feels like a light version of green tea.
Fruity aroma and vegetal taste.
First of all I don’t like the white tea used as a base here, it tastes very close to green tea and feels heavy for a delicate strawberry flavor. Strawberry pieces are extremely scarce, my 1/2 oz sample contained only one so it looks like all the flavoring comes from artificial additives.
The tea is very sensitive to water temperature, if brewed above 185F it gets bitter and unpleasant to drink.