90

This was almost a rating for a perfect white tea. So close. The flavor possessed notes of honey, chrysanthemum, lotus, pale grapes and wilderness. It was wonderful. But the presence of an unwanted “ingredient” in the sample knocked it down a notch…and made it not-so-virginal, per the tea’s description. That said, I can see why it is a rare treasure. It tops most of the Silver Needles I’ve tried.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2011/03/07/review-de-vos-tea-virgin-white-tea/

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tabby

What was the unwanted “ingredient”??

Geoffrey Norman

Human hair. And definitely not mine. I’m sure it was a fluke…but still…had to demerit the tea regardless.

Tabby

Oh god. D:

Geoffrey Norman

That was my thought, too. But like a foul bachelor, I took it out and brewed the leaves anyway. Glad I did.

CMT 雲 山 茶

Maybe it lost 10 points for not having the hair?

Geoffrey Norman

A notch is about 10% by my – albeit unscientific – grading curve.

Tabby

I still haven’t really assigned any meaning to the numbers, myself. And hey, the boiling water should have killed the germs?

Geoffrey Norman

I LIKE that excuse! I think I’ll stick to it.

QuiltGuppy

Maybe it was a strand of a virgin’s hair?

Geoffrey Norman

HA! In Sri Lanka? Doubtful.

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Tabby

What was the unwanted “ingredient”??

Geoffrey Norman

Human hair. And definitely not mine. I’m sure it was a fluke…but still…had to demerit the tea regardless.

Tabby

Oh god. D:

Geoffrey Norman

That was my thought, too. But like a foul bachelor, I took it out and brewed the leaves anyway. Glad I did.

CMT 雲 山 茶

Maybe it lost 10 points for not having the hair?

Geoffrey Norman

A notch is about 10% by my – albeit unscientific – grading curve.

Tabby

I still haven’t really assigned any meaning to the numbers, myself. And hey, the boiling water should have killed the germs?

Geoffrey Norman

I LIKE that excuse! I think I’ll stick to it.

QuiltGuppy

Maybe it was a strand of a virgin’s hair?

Geoffrey Norman

HA! In Sri Lanka? Doubtful.

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