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I have just recently had this cold brewed and with some wonderful results. Check out my blog entry for complete details…
I’m in one of those not-paying-attention modes today. I started with this tea, courtesy of LiberTeas in the HoppiTea tea exchange.
It clearly says 180/2-3 min on the package, but I steeped it at 205(96C)/1.5 min. The funny thing is that this tea, instead of being wretchedly bitter, is amazingly good. It’s a really vegetal, really creamy tasting tea. It’s not a sweet tea by any means, but it’s very complex nonetheless. The tea starts out slightly bitter (probably my fault), but then blossoms into this intensely creamy, vegetal flavor that mellows out and lingers for a while. I wish that I hadn’t used the entire sample for this one, but it’s too late now.
Thank you, LiberTeas!
Alright, I don’t like mint teas on the whole. But when I opened up my sampler from iHeartTeas.com last night, this knocked me backwards with how strongly awesome it smelled. It was the first to be sampled.
It was really good. I’ve been steering clear of red rooibos as I got sick of it, but it’s mostly obscured here by richly delicious chocolate and nicely fresh-tasting mint. Still not my favourite combination, but really nicely done and a great chocolate tea.
The more I drink this, the more the sweet peachy flavor is getting to me. It’s honestly too sweet for a hot tea, and I can’t decide what time of day to drink it.
But I just made a whole pitcher of it iced, and it’s decidedly better cold. Because the tea is so sweet, it works really well iced. The peach isn’t as strong, and it blends really well with the white tea. In fact, it’s more like tea when it’s cold rather than just peach.
Glad I found something to do with all this tea!
This is an interesting black tea. The scent is very mellow, kind of rich and almost smoky in scent, but when steeped, it’s smooth and there’s no hint of smokiness. It’s a very nice black tea without astringency and no bitterness at all. There is a tobacco flavor, but it’s not very pronounced and exists mostly in the finish, as if I had a tobacco leaf leftover in my mouth.
This was a surprise tea that Rachanac added in to a package from teatra.de. :) Thanks, Rachanac!
Still loving this little gem. I needed a strong bold black tea this morning and this certainly did the trick. It is bold, rich, and just plain lovely. LeafSpa is very much missed by me.
Huh, I guess I never did rate this tea. Well this is my last cup before I send the rest off in a swap. It’s not a bad tea, but since I first tried it I’ve had the chance to sample other silver needle teas and found them to be superior to this one. Wegman’s Silver Needle in particular I found to be sweeter and less vegetale with more of a nuanced flavour than this one has.
After the worst day I can ever remember having, I chose this as I know it will soothe and relax me, being the magic elixir it is. It is just as good as I remember and it was the perfect tea to choose today.
Thanks to Rachel for providing me with this very generous sample!
First, a backlog – I tried this cold brewed yesterday. It was my first time ever doing that, but it’s also the first time I’ve had a white tea in a while that the cold brew would ostensibly work for. So I tried it using a 750 ml insulated water bottle that had a mesh strainer in it (perfect how that worked out).
8 hours later and the tea was ice cold and tasted faintly of honey and vanilla in the sip. A little watery, which I then figured out had to be because you measure white teas by weight and not teaspoons or tablespoons, so the fault was entirely mine. But it was still good. Still really good. And I sensed it’s potential. :)
Today I used those leaves and then the rest of my sample to make about 16 oz of tea in my Breville using the parameters below. The liquor was a little dark for white teas, a medium yellowish color. It smelled very honeyish, which was very pleasant and new, as I didn’t get much of a scent the first time around with the cold brew.
This time the mouthfeel was just what I imagined it to be from the name – thick (not cloying or unpleasantly so) with both honey and vanilla laced delicately above the white tea flavor. It is not bitter at all, even with such a long steep time.
As it cools (and the last of it has gotten quite cold because I am SO SLOW when I drink tea) THIS is what I imagined the iced tea would taste like, and I can see where a lot of people were over the moon for it.
Sigh. I’m so glad I got to try it- and sad I missed buying it when it was still available…if anyone ever gets wind of that supposed liquidation sale I will be in the throng of people snapping this up.
Had a cup of this one because I really wanted a nice plan black tea – this did the trick but it’s time to move on to other teas as I got a large shipment from Red Leaf today and can’t wait to jump in!!!! YAY!
Starts of mango-E but turns a little bitter – but not a bad bitter, really. Could have morphed with age a little…still good but lowering rating a bit…
WIth a tad of maple syrup for kicks! :)
I needed something to cleanse my palate after the tomato basil tea and since I wanted something clean and light rather than something like matcha that would have also worked, but would have coated my tongue, I went for this. I also don’t have much matcha left lol. 2x cup just the way I like it- lotsa leaf, cooler water, short steeping time. I’ll be so heart broken when this is gone.
backlogging 2 cups from this morning…I’ve had a hard time logging in to steepster all day so I will backlog what I have had so far today…
A lovely cuppa green! Here is my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2010/10/18/organic-mao-jian-from-leafspa/
I enjoyed this but not as much as my fellow steeps, of course because I’m a hard sell with flavorings. That said, I appreciated the smoothness and subtle minty aftertaste that Lori mentioned — a bit of a tingle at the end, interesting for a tea without mint. The vanilla and honey blend well. Although it’s soft and not perfumey, the vanilla overtakes the flavor of the tea, itself. I think it’d be a better iced tea, though, as everyone mentions, and I’ll look forward to that. But I’m rating here for hot, not iced…
Great follow-up to a oat bagel!!!!
I am sure this has caffeine, but for some reason Silver Needle is always comforting and relaxing. This tea tastes especially good tonight – very honeyed and smooth.
Thank you, TeaEqualsBliss, for parting with some of this wonderful tea
I’ve been drinking flavored teas and green teas for a long time, so I was glad to receive a “plain” black tea to try.
This has a wonderful flavor profile – even though it’s just a “plain” tea. It’s bold but also sweet. TeaEqualsBliss described it as “clean-tasting,” and I agree. It’s smooth and soft, almost a velvety taste.
Absolutely wonderful! You could pair with mint or another tea, but this tea holds its own. YUM!