Bai Hao Yin Zhen (organic)

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
Organic Chinese White Tea
Flavors
Hay, Honeysuckle, Dark Bittersweet, Floral, Grass, Nectar, Sweet, warm grass, Honey
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Maxine Allen
Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 7 g 10 oz / 306 ml

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  • “Sipdown! I had about 7 grams of this left between two sample packets I got from DT so I decided to combine them both in a cup. My first time trying it. DT said on the packet to steep this in 94C...” Read full tasting note
    Kamyria 125 tasting notes
  • “Well, I gave this one another chance! and I think I've finally met a white tea I don't like. I was afraid this day would come... Unless it's simply that the leaves were scorched (quite possible),...” Read full tasting note
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    indigobloom 1314 tasting notes
  • “I added some unsweetened shredded coconut to this today. I love, love, love coconut and I wanted to see how it would taste with a straight white base. Oh yes. I'm really enjoying it. All...” Read full tasting note
    Courtney 696 tasting notes
  • “So I've never really had just a straight, white tea before! I've had a few different flavoured varieties but never just the tea on its own. I probably never would have tried this tea if left to my...” Read full tasting note
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    Beckara 95 tasting notes

From DAVIDsTEA

A most beautiful tea

This is a true luxury, considered by many to be China’s most famous white tea. To create it, only the downy, silvery unopened buds of the tea plant are picked by hand during the April harvest. How does this influence the flavour and aroma? Connoisseurs rave about its sweet complexity, and about an underlying grassy taste that makes it uniquely perfect. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: High-grown white tea from the mountains of Fujian Province, China.

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49 Tasting Notes

125 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I had about 7 grams of this left between two sample packets I got from DT so I decided to combine them both in a cup. My first time trying it.

DT said on the packet to steep this in 94C water but since this is a white tea I just couldn’t. I steeped at 79C for 2 minutes.

The resulting liquid was golden in color and fragrant, the scent reminding me of honey like it should. The taste was ok but i wasn’t wowed. I mean, it’s a good tea but I’ve had better…. You can blame it on Teavivre’s organic silver needle.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Helena

Yep the excellent quality stuff really ruins you on the good stuff. Before it was all WOW this is awesome than you found better and you go back and it’s like meh

Kamyria

Oh yes… exactly like that! :D

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1314 tasting notes

Well, I gave this one another chance! and I think I’ve finally met a white tea I don’t like. I was afraid this day would come…
Unless it’s simply that the leaves were scorched (quite possible), then this tea really is not great at all. In fact, this is how I imagine a no name, grade C, or even D, BAGGED white tea would taste
Boring. Rough. Bitter. None of these are words I associate with good tea!

Dorothy

What temperature did you brew it at? I know their website says something like 95 degrees, but I wouldn’t trust that. 75 to 80 sounds more reasonable.

Indigobloom

I’m not sure! it was from the shop, and they prepare it behind the counter… where they have an 80c and a boiling water tap- they mix the two together.
I always thought 94c for a white was odd but it works for the Whisky White! then again that one isn’t pure…

Dorothy

Ahh I see, maybe they boiled it. What a shame :(

Indigobloom

I agree. That said, I’m not willing to spend more money on purchasing more to find out!

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696 tasting notes

I added some unsweetened shredded coconut to this today. I love, love, love coconut and I wanted to see how it would taste with a straight white base.

Oh yes. I’m really enjoying it. All coconut.

Update March 5/13: Having this lovely mix again. Man I love coconut. I’ll have to keep this tea on hand just to have a coconut white à la Courtney. Perhaps I should try it with David’s White Peony and save myself some money if that tastes just as delish.

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95 tasting notes

So I’ve never really had just a straight, white tea before! I’ve had a few different flavoured varieties but never just the tea on its own. I probably never would have tried this tea if left to my own devices, but last night I was invited to a little seminar at the David’s Tea near my house. We tasted different teas, and talked about the benefits of tea and how different kinds are processed and blended. I really enjoyed it!

And I really enjoyed this tea! It has a sweet grassy taste—but it isn’t a bad thing! If you’ve ever had one of Jelly Belly’s Bertie Botts grass flavoured beans, you’ll know what I mean when I say it isn’t a bad taste. It reminds me a bit of honeysuckle, or clover and doesn’t need sweetener at all to be incredibly pleasant to drink!

For real. I left David’s Tea with a tin of it immediately after the tasting!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Dorothy

I’ve been looking for a good white tea to try. So I’ll give this a shot when I go through my stash of Spring White Pearls.

Beckara

I was actually surprised. With white tea I was always a little bit like “Man, it’s so expensive! It can’t be THAT good…OMG IT IS!”

Michelle Butler Hallett

I love a good white tea. Cheap white tea, like Celestial Seasonings — don’t bother.

Oh, silver needles — I could write poetry about that one.

Stash carry a white Darjeeling. Ah-maz-ing.

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248 tasting notes

This came as a sample in my last order. It’s not one of my favorite white teas that I’ve tried, that said it’s drinkable but meh. It’s a little more on the hay side than I prefer, and not really in a good way. Perhaps I’m just not in the mood for it right now…

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This is one of the several kinds of tea Lovelylotus shipped to me in our tea swap. I steeped the leaves for roughly 4 minutes and they brewed a nice golden cup. This has a fresh, sweet grassy flavor accompanied by mild floral notes and a clean finish. Delicate and non-astrigent, this is an excellent choice in terms of straight white tea. While I prefer my black or green teas mostly, I could see myself trying another cup of this here or there, just to keep things interesting.

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

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442 tasting notes

I’m always hesitant when I drink straight whites and greens. I don’t enjoy grassy flavours, or ones that just taste . . . planty . . . at all. Thankfully this tea didn’t have that. It is very light, almost too light even more me. I had a few sips of it without adding anything and found it had a slight underhint of something. I hesitate to say vanilla but there was definitely something nice sneaking in. Wondering if some sugar would highlight it so I could pinpoint what I was tasting I added a halfspoon of sugar. And wow, suddenly the tea was almost tasteless.

I don’t dislike this tea, but it isn’t my favourite white so I don’t think I’ll be purchasing it again. It isn’t a bad tea, it just isn’t memorable or something I see myself ever having a craving for.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Maxime-Daniel Friðrikson

I see why this tea seems tasteless for you… You steep it at 90 degree and during only 5 minutes.

A white tea needs to be steeped during 10 minutes at 75 degree. I always infuse this tea in a ceramic teapot at the bottom of the teapot without any infuser. With that method all the taste is released and the ceramic keeps your tea hot during a long time when it infuse.

Hope it helps! :)

Tina S.

The first time I brew I try to follow the guidelines the store gives me. Of course half the time they’re wrong, but I like giving them the benefit of the doubt ;) I’m definitely going to go for a more traditional white steep next time to see if it has a difference!

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83 tasting notes

This tea is spectacular. The golden color and the lighten taste.
Almost heaven.

It has some “spicy” aftertaste and some kind of vanilla sweetness. It’s hard to describe, but this tea have a really complex aroma.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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142 tasting notes

i needed something zen to get me through my afternoon and this is exactly what i needed.

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149 tasting notes

This tea smelled amazing…with a taste that flat out let down. Stale hay, with maybe a hint of stone fruit.

It looked beautiful, and smelled great…the taste just wasn’t there.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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