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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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
Second infusion is probably my favorite so far. I find this tea to be rich, slightly buttery, and naturally sweet. I’ve mentioned in the past that Silver Needle tastes like Chamomile should taste and I once again am drawn to that conclusion. I also wanted to mention that these are the fuzziest leaves I’ve seen on a Silver Needle, reaching your hand inside of the pouch results in your hand being covered in soft, downy fuzz.
I finally have Silver Needle back in my cupboard again, thanks to threewhales! I have severely missed having this tea. Very smooth, lightly sweet, and almost a bit buttery (or maybe I’m imagining that…) I also really love the look of this tea: the little fuzzy leaves are so adorable! This is a welcome tea tonight because I’m starting to feel a bit under the weather. Hopefully good tea will pull me through.