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Now this is a unique white tea. Similar to a White Peony, this wild tea has big broad green-brown leaves that look like little dragon wings.
The flavor of this white tea is somewhat difficult to describe in terms of other things it smells or tastes like. The brewed leaves smell of honey, floral and musk. The taste of tea has a honeyed sweetness and a rich umami, like mushroom or zucchini, yet it remains just as light and smooth as any other high quality white tea I’ve had. The finish is smooth, no astringency and there’s a lingering umami on the tongue. There are tiny hints of clove, cinnamon, and rolled oats in the finish.
This white tea has a generous rich mouthfeel and reminds me of a leggy white wine in that regard. The thing that really sets this wild white tea apart from other white teas of its type is in how rich and umami it is. I am used to more grassy, floral, and even citrus notes in white teas, but this one is really savory. Let it become almost tepid for a really interesting change in flavor. It brings out both the sweetness and the spicy end notes.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Honey, Mushrooms, Oats
Shang Tea don’t have any mediocre tea to offer, not to mention a bad one. It’s pretty apparent. I still haven’t tried the entire sampler that I got from them but I don’t think there was yet a tea from them I’ve had that I was at least remotely disappointed with.
I don’t have straight white teas very often. Not sure why because I definitely enjoy them. I know that to some white teas don’t taste like much of anything, but I have always enjoyed their delicate and sweet notes. Anyway, the cup of this tasted unmistakably of honey, smelled gorgeous and I loved it. I am not sure if I would get more of it as I would probably go with their honeysuckle white instead, but I definitely recommend it to all the white tea aficionados!
It’s about time I got around to reviewing more Shang Teas, as they are an incredible company, based locally for me, and my main source of tea since my fascination with Gongfu Cha and high quality loose teas began.
Let me start by saying this, I have never tasted a better White Peony tea than this one. This tea truly stands above the rest. It may be a little hard for me to be objective, as the current year I have from them is 2008 and that year is sentimentally-speaking the greatest of my life so far. Knowing this tea was harvested that year, I feel I transcend time when I drink it and the nostalgia of my memories of a half-year stay in South Africa flood back in.
This tea is incredibly smooth. On the first infusion of this pale-yellow green brew I am tasting very evident notes of cucumber, subtle notes of walnut and wild grass. This white tea is smooth, very smooth, almost creamy even. There’s a delicate lingering sweetness and a velvety feeling on the tongue for a while after a drink. There is no astringency or dryness whatsoever. This tea is as clean-tasting as it gets. The brewed leaves smell of parsley
Second steeping, the flavor is even more round, and be assured this tea is very round, we’re talking 360 degrees round. It doesn’t have the brighter “green” qualities of some younger white teas but showcases a maturity that is smooth and full. In terms of flavor, the second infusion offers a more nutty quality than the first. The light cucumber notes have backed away. There’s a slightly herbaceous taste. The lingering mild sweetness reminds me of the lingering flavor of a fresh baked pastry or donut, albeit much, much subtler.
With repeated infusions, the flavor is consistently light and delicately sweet. This tea is pleasant and easily approachable all-around. The dewy cucumber notes came back around a few steepings in. How lovely.
I’ve noticed other users here have given this tea a perfect 100 score, and it is definitely deserving. This is one of the finest white teas in the world. My only reason for the 99 rating is that I reserve the perfect score for my holiest most absolute personal favorites. As my palate for delicate white teas is still learning and developing (those subtle nuances can be really hard to detect for an American whose palate is used to strong-flavored food and drink), I haven’t quite been wowed to the point of absolute dedication to a particular white tea yet.
Flavors: Cucumber, Herbaceous, Pastries, Sweet, warm grass, Walnut
Thanks so much to Amanda Wilson for a sample of this tea!
Maybe my first Shang tea? This is quite charming. Creamy hay like white tea and gentle sweet floral honeysuckle. Very nice!
I have such a love/hate relationship with honeysuckle. I LOVE the scent, and I used to sip the nectar from the blossoms as a kid. (SO GOOD!) As an adult however, I’ve got honeysuckle taking over my flower bed and it is SUPER ANNOYING! shakes fist at it :)
Thank you Kat_Maria for sending this my way. EvaGrimm described this as candied fruit and though I certainly feel like that is an apt description, I would just like to add that this is also quite floral. It almost reminds me of a Jasmin tea (as those tend to taste like candied flowers) or Dammann Frere’s Violette. Not a bad cup but also not necessarily for me. I am grateful for the opportunity to have tried it though :).
I received this as a surprise sample in my swap with TeaTiff. Thank you for including this.
When I was adding my samples to my cupboard when I received this a couple months ago, I didn’t notice how highly rated this was. It’s been sitting in my cupboard generally unnoticed. But I’ve gone through most of my black tea samples in the last couple days and am down to the last ones. This one smelled slightly of grape to me. The taste of this is very VERY similar to jasmine. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if I didn’t know that it’s tangerine blossoms. There is a little bit of a citrus tanginess to it. This is really good, but I really love jasmine and have never been disappointed with a jasmine tea. I find a lot of flavours are hard to get right (banana, peach, lychee), but I find jasmine is hard to get wrong, or so it seems. This is like a good jasmine tea with a little something extra.
I am wholly confused that this tea says “black tea” as the tea type, yet in the ingredients it says “organic white tea leaves”, and in the description it mentions “red tea base” (which, as far as I know, is a type of black tea?)
Regardless of that, this is decent. It’s definitely a nice quality tea, but the flowery aspect isn’t really doing it for me. It isn’t repulsive, as I find most floral teas, but it just doesn’t tickle my fancy either. I’ll have to pay more attention to see if I can get any citrus, but it certainly isn’t jumping out at me.
Thanks for sharing MirandaGou!
Yet another tea from Shang Tea that is great!
It must have been one of the best white teas that I have tried so far – smooth and sweet, fragrant and delicate in a way that only white teas can be… I have no idea how honeysuckle tastes / smells in isolation but it blends wonderfully with the base tea and enhances some of its natural sweetness and charm. I still have a little bit of my sample left, but I will be definitely ordering more of it some day.
Definitely not a grassy, but a fuller vegetal type flavor that’s more akin to spinach or another dark green veggie. It has the same brothy, smooth heft that is most common in Dragonwell, though it lacks any nutty notes, and it more quenching and bright.
This has kind of an understated elegance to it. It doesn’t seem complicated and is really easy and comforting to drink, and would work well when the focus on something else, but if you take the time and really focus on the cup, other green and buttery levels seems to emerge.
Thanks a lot for this one Eva!
I just made a little pot of this for my husband and me and I will probably keep re-steeping it late into the night (well, not TOO late). My hub, who generally drinks whatever tea I happen to be drinking at the moment without any fuss, and who never says much about any of them except for labeling any and every fruit flavored tea as smelling like fruit loops, today expressed the following about this tea: “It’s very creamy, it reminds me of an oatmeal stout”.
While I, a huge stout fan, didn’t really see that much connection with an oatmeal one, or any other one, for that matter, I can totally get the creamy part, and I understand what he was trying to say. Because this tea, that starts off as grey-green and beige beautiful wiry leaves and ends up as hay yellow liquor, is gorgeusly creamy and is a real joy to drink.
The only thing I seem to be disappointed about is that there’s not that much oolong element to it. It just tastes like a delicious white tea (which is not a bad thing!). I think I detect some green-styled oolong qualities in the aftertaste but they are VERY subtle. However, they might come out to the front more with subsequent steepings.
EDIT: OOOH, yeah! It is definitely an oolong. The second steeping of a copper color revealed lovely and slightly TGY-like notes. But the refreshing sweetness of white tea still shines through, which makes this tea truly unique. I am definitely going for the third steeping of this after my shower! (+ I’m upping the rating a bit).
Sipdown! (127). First off, let me tell you the amazing story of how this tea came (back) to me. It was in the Tea & Cards TTB that I had participated in. I set it aside as one of the teas I wanted to try, but I only tend to drink 2 (maaaybe 3) teas in a day, so I didn’t get to try all the teas that I wanted to while the TTB was in my possession. So I sent the box off to Pyroxy, who then wrote a tasting note about this very tea that made me regret not trying it or pulling some from the box. I commented about this regret on her tasting note and then she messaged me that she was sending me the last of the tea! So thanks so much Pyroxy for taking the time to do that!
On to the tea itself, haha. As soon as I opened up the tea, I was hit with a perfume-y scent that I couldn’t place on my own, but I assume that it’s tangerine blossom because of the name. This tea actually reminds me a lot of jasmine teas because of the perfume-y, almost soapy, quality (in a good way). It’s definitely more citrus-y than jasmine teas, though, which I guess distinguishes it as a tangerine blossom for me. I can also taste that malty black tea base at the very end of the sip that is also pretty distinguishing. Overall, I’m really enjoying this pot of tea, but it may be a tad too perfume-y for regular consumption for me.
I guess I’m reviewing me more than the tea. But after tasting this tea (and many others), I think I can finally make the sweeping statement that I like my white teas scented, blended, or cold brewed (which, at least the way I do it, seems to make them taste like black teas anyway). I certainly don’t hate this tea, but I wouldn’t pick it out of the collection voluntarily either. It turns out I don’t love that hay flavor. If you do like white tea though – you should really check out the other tasting notes on this. It gets raves.
Everything I’ve had previous from Shang Tea has been wonderful, so I had admittedly high expectations for this even though it was a bonus sample (yay!) and not something I had chosen myself.
I’ve never had honeysuckle blossom in a tea before, so I wasn’t completely certain on what to expect.
The cup is sweet, buttery, vegeta, sweet and slightly nutty. It’s not a honey sweetness, and not really sugary either, but more of a floral-like sweet.
It’s hard to pick out the base because it all kind of blends together to create a really lovely, relaxing cup.
And for fun, this:
is my earliest memory of honeysuckle.
Today is another Shang tea just because I want to place an order and finally decide whats my faves. I got this sample from Nicole – thank you!
3.5g gaiwan 150ml
1steep 175F 5sec produced pale yellow green tea. Sweet and floral. i find it very similar to jasmine.
2steep 185F 5 sec the color is more intense yellow green. more floral, pleasant, even though i"m not jasmine tea drinker. the cup is bolder in taste and smell
i decided to stop because i read it lowers your blood pressure. I’m afraid to drink more because my blood pressure extremely low.
if you like floral teas, especially Jasmine, I highly recommend this tea.
Thank you Nicole for your generous offer.
Thank you Nicole for your generous sample.
its only Shang Tea today. i want to sample everything to place an order (they have sale till March 8th). I’ve been very impressed with Shang. This tea is great quality. Prepared in 150ml gaiwan 3.5 g 185F
1st steep 10sec produced malty cocoa tea with some light tree floral notes
then i decided to increase temp and time
2nd steep 200F 1min whoa this tea is strong and bold. dark chocolate and very pronounced roasted flavors.
I think this tea is great gongfu style. I didnt really like those roasted flavors. steeping short you can notice sweetness progressing each time you brew
This is a sample from TeaTiff – thank you
Today i made it western
1tsp 8oz 200F
i combined it into one Timolino and went to Kickboxing class with my son. i used to be a soccer mom, now I’m kickass mom
i really like this way because tangerine blossoms are so gentle and not overpowering. i have a problem with floral/jasmine teas. They are too perfume for me. this time its just right. Base is chocolatey bready, soo good. My son gulped 1/3 of Timolino and liked it as well (and he is very picky with food or drinks)
I started watching “Orange is The New Black” on Netflix. its hilarious. i love it. Never thought I would be interested.
Thank you Nicole for your generous sample.
This tea is like nothing I tried before. Its awesome. Sweet, tree floral,citrus,malt and delicate at the same time.
150ml gaiwan 190F about 4 g
I have to mention that all Shang tea I tried resteep exceptionally well. i have multiple gaiwans on my counter and i expect to continue tomorrow
Thank you Nicole for your generous sample.
I made this tea without reading reviews. I thought that it would be light white citrus tea. Nope. this tea is bitter. smells floral, even kind of jasmine to me. after reading the review i increased the temp from 175F to 200F. maybe like 5 sec steep. the bitterness increased. im not used to such tea so i cannot fully appreciated it. therefore no rating
It’s 70F today, gotta get something spring-y in before tomorrow’s supposed winter storm! A nice mellow weekend spent mostly indoors scheming and dreaming for spring break travels in a week…
Sweeter than most greens, and brothier, with a silky heft that makes it feel like some sort of magical healing elixir, an ouchless soup when you’re feeling funky to help you get better. Satisfying. And like always, resteeps like a dream. I have yet to be disappointed by any of the stuff I’ve tried from Shang, and if this keeps up they’re going to become one of my very favorite purveyors of whites and greens. Yum!