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drank White Peony by Rishi Tea
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So this was the second Rishi tea I ever had, I always have a tin of it in the cabinet, I always share it with friends, it never lets me down, I wrote a song about it, we’vebeentogetherforseveralyearsnow…

Anyways! What a fine example of the great qualities white tea can offer. I’ve had a few that are better, but Rishi (as usual) sets the bar pretty high.
Yes it’s not Silver Needle, but I’ve actually found that when introducing “real white tea” to my non-tea drinking friends, starting with Bai Mu Dan is sometimes the better way to go. Silver Needle has the potential to be too subtle for some taste-buds (Doesn’t it break your heart when someone claims your tea tastes like hot water?)
I think the White Peony has a little more presence while still retaining the texture and overall taste of what a white tea should be. I think it’s really a personal preference when you get down to it though, Rishi has fine examples of both Silver Needle and White Peony.

My favorite thing about this tea is that after I share it with friends, they can go out and pick it up from the grocery – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Oh Cha!

I totally agree about sharing white teas with friends – Bai Mu Dan seems to be a bigger crowd pleaser for the average American palate, or those who are newer tea drinkers. It’s the fuller body, and the rounder flavour methinks. :)

SoccerMom

Rob, What really breaks my heart is when I think the tea I am drinking tastes like water! LOL yeah but I do agree my Mom tends to thinks some of my oolong teas (on the greener end of the oolong spectrum) taste like water and it totally irritates me! I usually just take over her cup at that point.

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Oh Cha!

I totally agree about sharing white teas with friends – Bai Mu Dan seems to be a bigger crowd pleaser for the average American palate, or those who are newer tea drinkers. It’s the fuller body, and the rounder flavour methinks. :)

SoccerMom

Rob, What really breaks my heart is when I think the tea I am drinking tastes like water! LOL yeah but I do agree my Mom tends to thinks some of my oolong teas (on the greener end of the oolong spectrum) taste like water and it totally irritates me! I usually just take over her cup at that point.

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So I’ve neglected Steepster for some time now! I feel like I need to make up for that somehow…

A tea enthusiast since 1999, I enjoy the experience of sitting and drinking tea.
As a life-long student of tea, I learn something new every day about the vast world that is Tea.

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