Prepared as part of the Steepster meetup and tea tasting
There was a rinsing steep, about 2 seconds
Then it was steeped approximately 2 minutes

It smelled vegetal, it has a light body, the flavor was milky

We learned that higher temperatures (and shorter steeps) lead to sweeter flavor with this brew.

Over all we reviewed that you can come up with whatever method works for you to do temperatures, just be consistent so it’s repeatable (boil the water but pour from arm height if this bring it down to 195 for example)

With a good silver needle there is supposed to be buds, and the leaves should not turn black after brewing. If they turn black then it is old or poor quality / not first pick

We did a second steep that was sweet and milky

For the larger pot we had we could have gotten away with about 3 quality steeps

You should be using 2-3grams per 6-8 ounces

Milky teas should never have been soaked in milk, or contain condensed milk, as this is a mark of fake or low quality.

Sorry my notes are so short and cryptic but it was a whirlwind tasting of so much information and flavor!

I am intentionally not rating these teas as I didn’t really have a chance to sit there and sip on them and think whether I would by them again, like to play with them more, although none were awful (1 leaf) or fabulous (4 leaves)

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/radiance-tea-house-and-books-loose-leaf.html

Stephanie

This note was very informative—thank you I never knew white tea can taste sweet and milky! Sounds yummy! I guess it really is all in the steeping.

AmazonV

the person running the tasting said if you go really hot, do shorter steeps – I have never managed to make it happen but now i have a goal!

Rabs

I too enjoyed the note – it makes me really want to attend a future meetup even if it means moving heaven and earth! Or buying a plane ticket and stuff. ;)

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Stephanie

This note was very informative—thank you I never knew white tea can taste sweet and milky! Sounds yummy! I guess it really is all in the steeping.

AmazonV

the person running the tasting said if you go really hot, do shorter steeps – I have never managed to make it happen but now i have a goal!

Rabs

I too enjoyed the note – it makes me really want to attend a future meetup even if it means moving heaven and earth! Or buying a plane ticket and stuff. ;)

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I am The Devotea USA. I love caffeine! I prefer tea to coffee. I prefer my flavors to be in your face, not subtle. I plan to use this blog to keep track of the teas I have tried.

I get my daily dose of caffeine from Starbucks (Grande soy no water chai latte).

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0-25=Bleh! not again if it were free
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50-75=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
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