It was a good run but I’m glad to see ya go White Butterfly. Especially since I really enjoyed you most as an iced tea, and it’s now too cold for that. So long old friend. That is all.
“SIPDOWWWWWWN!!! It was a good run but I'm glad to see ya go White Butterfly. Especially since I really enjoyed you most as an iced tea, and it's now too cold for that. So long old friend. That is...” Read full tasting note
“Thank you *Indigobloom* for sharing this with me too! I have had it around for a while and I apologize for just now getting around to it! I seem with teas I only have a sample of to try putting...” Read full tasting note
“Thanks to *Indigobloom* for sending me a surprise envelope full of samples! We had talked about swapping a while ago but I didn't know one was coming. Very sweet. This is a nice white tea full...” Read full tasting note
“This was a very tasty sample from *Indigobloom* that she sent along with the uber-nice order of Sweet Temptation that she put together. Much kudos for her on that one. This is a really good...” Read full tasting note
White Butterfly is produced in the Fujian province of China where only the youngest leaves are gathered in the few days of early spring. The spiral twisted leaf and naturally white downy appearance makes this a delicate, clean, sweet and mild cup of tea. Not only is White Butterfly revered as one of the finest Chinese White Teas, but it is also naturally low in caffeine which adds to its widespread appeal in the tea community.
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Thank you Indigobloom for sharing this with me too!
I have had it around for a while and I apologize for just now getting around to it!
I seem with teas I only have a sample of to try putting off tasting until I have the time and peace to really enjoy them.
When I first smelled this in the steeped form I smelled dirt and sugar lol.
It has almost a beet flavor to it and it is mildly and naturally sweet!
I love earthy teas so the slight flavor of dirt I am getting is a okay with me!
I do get the lightly melon flavor but had I not had that pointed out to me by other reviews I may have just called it juicy and fruity.
I do pick up the peppery essence that Dylan found lacking.
What I love about this tea is everyone seems to get something slightly different from it!
Thank you again Indigobloom! I am enjoying this cup!
Thanks to Indigobloom for sending me a surprise envelope full of samples! We had talked about swapping a while ago but I didn’t know one was coming. Very sweet.
This is a nice white tea full of curly leaves. My first impression when I smelled the leaves was that of a sweet honeydew melon with a few very light vegetal notes.
The tea liquor is a light yellow. I tend to steep my whites at a lower temp than some people, which I find helps to preserve a delicate flavor. The flavor of the cup is melon-y, but there is also a nuttiness present that’s really nice and a bit like a dragonwell. This isn’t as sweet as some white teas I’ve had but I don’t believe I’ve ever had this particular type of tea before. Not my favorite white tea ever but definitely light and elegant. I need to try drinking more white teas in the afternoon since they’re lower in caffeine.
Thanks for much to IB for the sample! It’s always fun trying new teas. :D
This was a very tasty sample from Indigobloom that she sent along with the uber-nice order of Sweet Temptation that she put together. Much kudos for her on that one.
This is a really good white tea. I think this is the subtlety of white tea that is intended, as opposed to the subtlety of white tea that really means ‘weak’.
This tea is a little sweet, with a very peachy flavor, and just a hint of buttery vegetable at the end. Strangely, it’s lacking the peppery taste at the end that I’ve come to expect from white teas (so there’s not a hay flavor either, which tends to go with the pepper). This is quite lovely.
Thanks again for the sample! Too bad Teaopia is on their way out, I could see wanting to keep this around. Whoa, just looked at the price. Holy moly, Indigo, that was a nice sample you sent us for a tea that spendy!
This is a generous sample from Indigobloom. Thanks!
Today is stormy and cool, a perfect day for trying out new teas. Since Steepster is upgraded and I can log in, it’s a good time for trying out new things.
I thought this had nutty qualities much like the last green tea I tried from Teavivre. It’s pretty smooth in texture and taste, like butter. I was pleasantly surprised by the peach flavor in here. Awesome tea. Thanks again Indigo!
Another thank you to IndigoBloom for this lovely Sample!
My experience with White Tea is very limited. The White Tea’s in the past have been from Teavivre, and Puripan (now known also as TeaO2) which have been super good tea’s indeed.
I steeped the furry green nettle-like leaves for 2.5 minutes in 160F water Western Style (wanting a large brew for my glass pot).
The wet green leaf aroma was super spinachy, more than any tea I’ve had to date and like steaming artichoke hearts when you’re scooping out the choke.
On the first sip my whole mouth had a gentle pop rock sensation. The salty, lightly spinach flavored tea had a juicy, mineral and slightly bitter taste. The bitterness was not a bother but I don’t really like bitterness. I added sweetening which even with a tiny bit tempered the bitterness without covering up the flavor. Note that the tea’s astringency increases as the it cools.
I wish I could agree with the other reviewer comments on Peach and Floral flavor/scent. Digging deep, I could not find those flavors anywhere! Maybe sweetened, ah yes, that is when the dessert quality came out and was delightful. I thought it tasted more like a Cream Cookie than a Peach though.
As a straight up White Tea, this was a mild, vegital variety that was best hot. Not a candidate for iced tea! It’s low caffeine (nice plus). Sweetened the tea can double as a dessert tea.
Every chance I get to try all the various types of tea is a fantastic experience for me! (although the worm pooped tea that Scott has he can keep to himself!)
Thanks again I-Bloom
A sensitive, but very fine cup of white. From what Teaopia offers in unflavored whites, this is definitely the way to go. Silver Needle is a fine tasting tea, but can be a little to plain for some palettes. I find this tea to be a nice balance between delicious and light. There are subtle hints of peach in the flavor, and the leaves themselves are beautiful, borderline sensitive.
Drink up. This tea is a delicacy.