White Lion

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84
drank Organic Earl Grey by White Lion
4637 tasting notes

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A really pleasing Earl Grey with a low astringency. The bergamot is a bit more mild than I typically want in an Earl Grey blend, but this is still flavorful. The black tea is robust and full-bodied with malt notes. It’s a little earthy and it’s a good, strong black tea. It would make a good morning tea. I don’t know if I’d go latte with this though, because the milk might overwhelm the bergamot.

This would be a really good Earl Grey for those who tend to be timid about a strong bergamot flavor. If you like your bergamot a little softer, try this one.

This also makes a really good iced tea.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/09/12/organic-earl-grey-black-tea-from-white-lion/

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84
drank White Calypso by White Lion
4637 tasting notes

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A really tasty blend. I like the mango and guava together, but it was the grapefruit’s presence in this blend that made me want to try it. And I like the bright note of the grapefruit. An uplifting tropical blend that’s sweet, tart, and nicely balanced.

The white tea isn’t overpowered by these fruit flavors.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/28/white-calypso-tea-from-white-lion-tea/

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90
drank Vanilla Dolce by White Lion
4637 tasting notes

Backlog:

What prompted me to add this to my MUST TRY list is the description that promises a double dose of vanilla. I love me some vanilla tea. And this tea delivers. It’s sweet and creamy!

The black tea base is robust and the natural malty notes of the tea, when combined with the notes of vanilla create an almost caramel-y taste. Decadent! Sinfully yum.

This would be a great breakfast tea, especially if you like having some guilt-free dessert for breakfast. Who wouldn’t want that?

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/13/vanilla-dulce-black-tea-from-white-lion/

Sil

Mmmmmmmmmmmm

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drank Tuscan Garden by White Lion
127 tasting notes

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This is a nice light herbal. I enjoyed it this afternoon to warm me up and calm me down.

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drank Lemon Souffle by White Lion
556 tasting notes

I have been wanting to try this tea since Azzrian’s review about it that made it sound super delicious (I’m so easily influenced) and thanks to Marcel Duchamp’s generosity, I get to try a cup!

I was searching for the steeping instructions but wasn’t able to find any even after looking on White Lion’s website and that is always a little disappointing to not have any guidance on where to start with a tea. I ended up going with a default 1m steep at 185 because that was the generic white tea instructions that I was coming across.

I’m finding this tea to be really subtle, but very smooth. I can just barely pick out lemon and there is a hint of spice, like curry ever so faintly in the background. Each sip is smooth and fades into a light creaminess. Sweetening it brings out a bit of the richness and after a few minute break from the tea, I think I can pick up on a little more lemon than before, but it is still far from bursting lemon that others mentioned. I’m wondering if lemon is one of those flavors that doesn’t hold up well over time which would explain a lot in my lemon tea experience. Still, I’m super glad to have tried this!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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34
drank Organic Jasmine by White Lion
77 tasting notes

Couldn’t wait to try this “new to me” jasmine tea. The fresh leaf smells vegetal but I do not get any jasmine from them. There are beautiful flowers mixed in with the tea.

I steeped this for 3min at 175. I did not get any bitterness from this steeping. This tea has a nice smooth vegetal flavor. However, Iam not happy that I get NO jasmine from this tea! I’m not sure why there is no jasmine. Maybe they sent me an old batch?

Good as a green tea but a waste of my money being there is no jasmine flavor, the main flavor in the title!

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drank Lemon Souffle by White Lion
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I’m must have received a bad batch of this. Everyone who has tried it seemed to really like it. This is my second tasting. I followed the directions on the container and all I’m getting are hints the vanilla and caramel. Absolutely NO lemon. Thought my first cup was a fluke, but second cup is missing lemon as well. Pretty disappointed with this so called Lemon Souffle. If it were vanilla caramel white tea, this would be spot on!

Sil

hmmmm weird. I keep wanting to try white lion but they make it seriously annoying to order. even with a tea mule i can’t put in my canadian credit card address heh. I’m less disappointed seeing that you didn’t like this haha

Em

Glad I could help you out :) I really hope mine was just a fluke and I’m happy it was a gift and that I didn’t pay for it myself!

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drank Quilan Oolong by White Lion
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This was a wonderful birthday gift from my sis (THANKS SISSY!!!). I had a hard time enjoying tea this summer. Maybe it’s just a fall/winter/early spring thing for me. So, sadly, I just tried this tea for the first time 5 months later :)

Very nice oolong. I am not good at judging oolong teas, I just tend to like them :) I had this on my shopping list because of Azzrian’s beautiful description! Burnt marshmallows are the best. It made it through 3 infusions before I had to call it quits. It might have survived more if it wasn’t already 10pm when I finished the 3rd.

Speaking of Azzrian, she’s not logged a tea in 6 months. Bummer.

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99
drank Raspberry Truffle by White Lion
77 tasting notes

Wow! This is the first chocolate tea that I’ve had that actually tastes like chocolate! The raspberry doesn’t taste fake and the tea is just SMOOOTTH……

This is my first White Lion tea and was a sample sachet even! I’m thinking I might need to place another order before their low shipping minimum ends for June.

I love everything about this tea and could have it everyday for a nice dessert tea.

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Full Review on the 19th on http://sororiteasisters.com/ But here are snippits:

Ginger Peach Black from White Lion Tea is juicy, succulent, delicate, and joyful. There is just the right level of ginger in this tea so that it allows the gorgeous sweet peach to shine through. The peach flavor in this tea tastes very natural, as if fresh picked right off the tree in an orchard. This is not a fakey flavored peach tea, so it won’t be as in your face as some peach teas you have tried before, but it is so well blended that you taste the peach flavor lingering on your taste buds long after each sip, if you can wait long enough to find out that is, because all you want to do is take another sip!

White Lion Teas says this is excellent over ice so I had to try it this way as well and I must agree that the flavors totally popped! I also found that adding a little rock sugar made another wonderful twist on this tea too! Either hot or cold I really enjoyed this tea just slightly sweet. I do not normally add sugar to my teas but in this case I just wanted this to be a little more on the dessert side after thinking of the spiced peaches I used to make the kids.

The wonderful thing is that so far I have yet to meet a White Lion (tea) that I do not like. Stellar teas from this company!

Terri HarpLady

Yum! I still haven’t tried any of their teas, although I’ve lurked on their page more than once. This one sounds tasty :)

Sil

I want to place an order with them, it’s just a pita for me. Because they don’t ship to canada, i can have it shipped to my friend’s place BUT i can’t pay with my credit card online beacuse it’s a CAD billing address, so i have to call. I hate calling. BOOOOO!

Sil

pain in the ass lol sorry

Azzrian

Pain in the A$$

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I thought maybe it was auto correct again ;)

Sil

hahaha naw then it’d have been potassium lol

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100
drank Lemon Souffle by White Lion
807 tasting notes

Full Review forthcoming on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on the 25th – here are the snippits:

I have searched high and low for a tea like Lemon Souffle from White Lion. This tea is exceptional. I knew I wanted something creamy, because I am a big fan of lemon desserts, and I knew I wanted something some what sweet for that reason.

The vanilla and caramel essence do not take over the cup, but rather play supporting roles, helping the tea taste like a lemon creme brulee or lemon cream tart.

I had ordered only two sampler sized teas from White Lion and the box I received was simply awe inspiring!

Customer Service from White Lion has been excellent thus far.

If you want a tea, in a tasty white base, that reminds you of a gourmet lemon cream dessert, then don’t hesitate to try Lemon Souffle from White Lion. You will feel like royalty when you open your box, and be quite pleased with yourself for placing an order when you sip their teas!

Ellyn

This sounds SO GOOD!

Josie Jade

Adding this one to my list, your review just made me hungry for something sweet!

Azzrian

Ellyn it really is excellent – I can’t wait to get my larger order! Josie Jade – lol sorry to cause a sweet tooth :)

Sandy'sCuppa

I just put in an order because of this review!!! I had been thinking about a lemon tea after having loved the lime chiffon so much. But my husband would have a fit if another box came from Della Terra so soon. When I read this review I decided to try White Lion! So excited, can’t wait!!!

Azzrian

Ohhh please PM me and let me know what you think of the package when it comes. I was pretty impressed by the packaging alone lol – but I would love to know what you think of this tea too! :)

Sandy'sCuppa

I just ordered the sample sizes of the lemon souffle, the fireside, the ginger peach, the pomegranete oolong, and vanilla dolce, but I can’t wait to get them! I’ll let you know what I think.

Azzrian

Oh I have the Vanilla Dolce on the way as well. I can’t wait to try that! I think I got a sample of the ginger peach as well.
I can’t wait to get those cute glass containers too :)

Sandy'sCuppa

Does the samples come in a container or just a foil bag? I thought the containers was 4oz or more.

Azzrian

My samples came in the tins pictured above and with the tea listing. I took that pic.
I had thought the samples came in the glass jars as well – little ones – and they may because I know they were out of the larger glass jars. I have been waiting for them to get restocked for my order as I did not want the plastic containers they offered in replacement.

Sandy'sCuppa

Now I really can’t wait! Sometimes I’m like a kid at Christmas. I know the postman thinks I’m nuts, when I’m waiting on something I run out to meet him. My husbands always getting things in the mail for the corvette, so I’ll yell is it light or heavy when he reaches for a package. If he says light – I raise my hands and yells " YES "! He just laughs, shakes he’s head as he pulls out the drive.

Azzrian

I LITERALLY LOL’d! :) That is awesome! I am sure my mailman, UPS guy, and FED ex guy all think I am involved in something really huge haha. Getting packages from all over the world more or less. He probably thinks I’m really wealthy haha then again he knows I don’t live in a wealthy neighborhood! :)

Sandy'sCuppa

Lol!! I know my family teases me when I get out the scale. Their like “Are you sure that’s tea!?!”

Azzrian

haha exactly! And if you ask me Dong Ding does not really smell or taste like tea! :)

Sandy'sCuppa

Roflmbo!!!

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100
drank Quilan Oolong by White Lion
807 tasting notes

I just can NOT top Kashap’s review! Its spot on!
I love this oolong! I too am not always fond of Wuyi – I like it but this is the first one I can recall that has really WOWd me!!
The aroma – wow – when I had that first whiff of this tea before sipping I instantly thought of Burnt Marshmallows! Now I indeed do love my marshmallows burnt till they are pitch black as long as there is still yummy melting marshmallow inside. This was the aroma! There was that smokiness to it that really had me.

I have had a long dang day and this is hitting the spot!

To top it off I started my day with an excellent tea from another company – already reviewed – then I had another tea from THIS company which I have yet to review but soon will. I just don’t think I am alert enough to give either of these teas from White Lion justice right now.

I will say this. I really can’t afford another tea order right now and have a lot of expenses coming up, and I have been wanting to place an order with a favorite company for ages now BUT I regret, regret, regret, NOT getting more than a sample of this AND their Lemon Souffle!

An order is being placed!
Plus I am grabbing a sample vanilla dolce and calypso!

Em

Now I must get some of this. You had me at marshmallow.

Azzrian

LOL :) If you make an order with them be sure to get at least a sample of the Lemon Souffle!

Em

Thanks for the tip! I’ll add it to my shopping list for when I have money to throw at tea.

Sil

Oh man…another tea company….lol must resist…just need to get through another week…

Kashyap

thanks for the sweet kudos dear Azzrian…that means a lot…blushes

Azzrian

Haha your welcome but seriously your review was intimidating in a good way!
Also I wish we could find photos for this company’s tea – their site won’t let me steal them! Bah!

Azzrian

I SUPPOSE I could take some of what I have / get but you know it won’t look as good. Oh maybe I will post the ones of the box I posted earlier in the threads. Duah

Kashyap

I have pics that I took but I couldn’t post them on here unless I ‘recreated’ the tea

Azzrian

I just slapped that one I took earlier up for now. Maybe they will get some photos to us if they see more reviews :)

Veronica

I just looked at White Lion’s site, and wow! It looks beautiful. Between that and your reviews I am going to be cash poor but tea rich. ;-)

Azzrian

Haha sorry about that :) I am sitting here staring at my order ready to hit the button …. SIGH I need to go organize the tea I have now! lol

jessiwrites

Ahhhhh, I can’t place an order from Canada? Sigh.

Azzrian

Nooooooooo!!!!!

Sil

jessi – if i ever get around to placing an order with them I’ll try to remember to drop you a line. We could do a swap as i have a friend who transports my tea across the border every weekend lol

jessiwrites

Haha, awesome! I would love to try a couple of their teas. Thanks for the offer!

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94
drank Quilan Oolong by White Lion
54 tasting notes

Organic Quilan Oolong – White Lion Teas
Dry: Soft fruity-berry note that quickly fades into a yuzu-pineapple, woodsy-toasty, ‘Wuyi’ mountain aroma
Wet: Citrus rind-pith, grapefruit, soft berry, brazil nuts, slight hints of sugar cane
Leaf: Dark sepia, umber hue when dried and picks up a deep wood, peat green when wet. Leaves are long and chopped, twisted and moderately oxidized.
Cup: Gorgeous luminous yellow-orange hued liquor with caramel edges. Medium bodied, juicy and rich with layers of flavor. Hints of cocoa nib, milk chocolate, citrus, and exotic fruit (even a touch of durian creaminess), come in waves on the sip; first striking the sides and front tongue and then settle and eddy with sweet flavors and a citrus pith aftertaste that is finished with a cocoa nib lingering. Clean and smooth with many blushing transitions.
Directions: Used 3.2g of tea in 8oz of 190 degree water steeped for 3-4minutes in a glass pot and aerated and decanted into porcelain cup.
Notes: I have never been much of a fan of teas from Wuyi and the usual flavors that arise from the processing style and the area are usually very typically toasted, sour, edgy, and generally not my cup of tea. Those teas also often carry a signature aroma as well, that I can spot immediately, and if the leaves cut doesn’t give it away, then the oxidation hue will. This tea resembles that in every way, but the distinct cocoa note is very clear and naturalistic and the citrus is subdued and balanced. There is a sublime sweetness that is left by the cup afterwards and is surprisingly present and distinct. I would rate this very well against other teas from Wuyi and say this is a wonderful surprise.
I also did a bit of searching to fully flesh out the origins of the tea as the term Quilan seemed phonetic and somewhat referencing an old ‘English’ term (much like Quimun to Keemun) and stumbled upon a secondary meaning and translation as Qu Lan and its translated name of Rare Orchid oolong and online reviews place this tea indeed in the Wuyi mountains in the Fujian province in Anxi County. Where is commonly reviewed as : dark in color with a nutty aroma, while less oxidized are green in color with an orchid aroma and a liquor of bright gold, and a lasting sweet aftertaste.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

SIGH that review just prompted me to order this stuff along with their Lemon Souffle. I could NOT resist even though I am a bit broke. Dangit you! LOL I love that even their samples come in those cute little jars!! Nice sample size too! Dang I may have found a new place. AGAIN lol

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80
drank Tuscan Garden by White Lion
46 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite herbal teas. I especially love it if I’m feeling under the weather because it is so soothing. It has lovely citrus notes and the smell of wildflowers. I have occasionally even blended it with a black tea for a different flavor. I don’t usually drink herbal teas, but this one definitely appeals to all tea drinkers.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Yuck. Smells and tastes awful. This type of thing is obviously for people who can’t take the taste of real Oolong.

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drank Quilan Oolong by White Lion
127 tasting notes

Whoa… I’m stunned. Somewhat fermented rich Oolong. How did the Aut bar find this company?

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58
drank Green Passion by White Lion
127 tasting notes

Not bad but it’s been done 100 times. Green with passionfruit.

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71
drank Lemon Souffle by White Lion
127 tasting notes

Interesting and full lemon taste, not sweet. Too much caffeine.

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68
drank White Calypso by White Lion
127 tasting notes

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68
drank White Calypso by White Lion
127 tasting notes

Fantastic aroma and excellent flavor, but lacking any aftertaste.

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68
drank Raspberry Truffle by White Lion
87 tasting notes

I received this tea from Sarah today :) and I must say its good!! The smell is a soft raspberry and chocolate. The taste is not as strong as I would like so I’m going to steep it longer next time but if I inhale the sweet aroma before sipping this tea it’s like a beautiful summer day :)

Thanks so muh Sarah!!!!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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This was my second sample from White Lion. Am having it late on a Saturday morning, with milk.

This is very soft and fragrant, with pleasantly hushed bergamot and floral notes. It’s almost sweet, but that may be the effect of the milk. Probably not for someone craving a very assertive bergamot, but calming and refreshing.

I tried this years ago and have concluded that at that time I didn’t know what I was doing with it. I probably crowded way too much leaf into a mesh tea ball and steeped it way too long. I may have gone a bit short on the steeping time today, but I like the results very much and would be inclined to order this again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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