tasty, viscous, sweet, and a hint of cucumber notes.
“Same tea, new note. I added the rest of the sample. This is the last of one of the first teas I received from Teavivre. So sip down! This is still so fresh and clean. Along with the melon and...” Read full tasting note
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“Again, I am brewing this in my gongfu pot. I did 6 steeps:rinse,45s,1m,1m30s,1m45s,2m20s,3m The same notes come out as western brewing. Floral, slightly sweet, grass/hay, and that organic...” Read full tasting note
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Origin: Fuding, Fujian, China
Ingredients: Tea buds covered in white hairs
Harvest time: March 25 – April 15, 2013
Taste: A subtle, slightly flowery, sweet, lingering taste
Brew: 2-3 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 176 ºF (80 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)
Health Benefits: Silver Needle White Tea gives you the greatest health benefits of all White Tea’s. Composed of only unopened, fresh leaf buds, none of the beneficial antioxidants and minerals in this tea have yet had a chance to used by the plant to convert to chlorophyll or other parts of an opened leaf’s structure. As a result TeaVivre’s Silver Needle tea has the highest quantity of beneficial ingredients.
Certifications: The particular Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) that TeaVivre is selling, is guaranteed to be organically grown and produced, independently verified to meet USDA, EU, JAS organic certifications.
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This was for a tea review of a sample of Yin Zhen sent to me by Teavivre.
The leaf was very fluffy and downy. This was very promising as their Bai Mu Dan was similarly fluffy and produced an absolutely amazing cup. I was expecting a high sweetness I think of as typical of Silver Needles over the heartier, richer White Peony.
My first hint that this was a different Yin Zhen was the scent of the leaves. It was very woody and a tad musty. Not in a bad way, just more potent than I expected.
I watched the color closely as I brewed it (in a gaiwan) since I figured it would be wise not to trust my “normal” Yin Zhen technique. The first infusion (80C for 2 min) was sweeter than a Bai Mu Dan, but not overly so. There was a noticeable and pleasant lingering effect of that sweetness on the front of my tongue. It was faintly reminiscent of thyme and rosemary, maybe even with a mintiness. The liquor was a pleasant blond-gold color.
The second infusion (at the same time and temperature) had an aroma of straw and that woodiness that I sensed in the dry leaf. There was less sweetness.
The third and fourth infusion continued to be more woody and less sweet leaving me with the distinct impression of a really good Bai Mu Dan. It’s interesting and not bad, just not what I was expecting.
The leaves are HUGE! Very fuzzy and giant. They really are a beautiful thing. This tea definitely has a hay or grain-like aroma, like some have already pointed out. I always have to get myself past that smell, for I think I won’t end up liking what it tastes like. But this is so light and flowery, I’m also tasting some honeysuckle notes. This is a really high quality Silver Needle tea. It may not be my favourite kind of tea, but I bet if you’re a Silver Needle nut, this will impress you.
This morning I enjoyed these lovely 2013-harvested needles over a two hour period. I understand the high reviews. It is quite a lovely tea.
Needles largely unbroken. The leaves themselves are green with the classic white fuzz and the liquid produced is a pale, pale green (almost yellow) color. The flavor is vegetal, floral, and nutty all at the same time.
Very smooth liquid and I definitely recommend to all. This is everything a silver needle should be – subtle, sweet, delicate.
Water: I boiled 8oz water on the stove,then let cool for 5 minutes.
Leaves: medium size tea buds, light green & fuzzy
Aroma: light fresh scent
Color: very pale almost clear
Taste: I decided to brew this tea again. This time using a more proper method than i did the first time around. I never thought I would be able to re-steep it soo many times yet still have a nice light flavor.
This is the real deal. I mean wow! Tastes very vivid, clear and elegant. Has absolutely no bitternes or grassy mouthfeel whatsoever. Color is very light and that gray hair from the leaves really makes the tea almost to sparkle.
Lasts for at least 5 infusions (second seems to be the best). Totally recommended!
(This was a free sample generously provided to me by Teavivre. Thank you kindly Angel and the whole Teavivre Team)
Dry Leaf: Has a hay or even a malt like smell.
Wet Leaf: Has a vegetal smell think green bean like with a slight sweetness to it.
Liquor: Has a pale yellowish color and good clarity.
Taste: This tea has a light refreshing hay or even grain like taste. There is a very slight dryness to it. Along with a slight sweet note I pick up.
My Score/ Over All Opinion: 90, This is my first white tea that was not produced in a bottle by Lipton or even Snapple. I found it very enjoyable and glad I have 50 grams coming to me from my recent order I placed. I had to give it this score since I lack experience with white tea and it felt like quality in my humble opinion.
Teavivre sample 3/5
Well well, here we have the most expensive white tea that has ever come through my hands, so let’s see if it’s worth it.
The first steep is a lot of sweet hay, very thick and abnormally fruity for a white (melon)
The second steep is a lot more woody, with lots of clean florals coming through (clean like without the accompanying earth that always seems to be in whites)
Third – It’s a very full and rich tea, this one. it isn’t just repeating the same earth-flowers-melon-orange that makes me bored of a lot of whites. It’s very sweet and grassy, with subtle florals, and a very fruity overtone, lots of melon and hints of lemon/lime.
Fourth – You know how cranberry juice leaves your throat feeling like.. swolen? (is there a term for that sensation?) this tea does that to me, just along with astringency and a bit of.. cotton-mouth-ness. Hay, flowers, lemon-lime, melon.
Fifth – I may have been steeping slightly too long. Nevermind actually, it tastes just as good as before.
Sixth – I really appreciate these lemon-lime notes. It’s making the tea much more enjoyable. It’s kinda cantaloupey.
There’s nothing bad in this tea, (I mean I guess if you wanted to, then you could have a problem with the weird mouthfeel) but there isn’t really all that much that seems special about it. I know I never would have thought anything special about this if I hadn’t seen the price or.. frankly the steepster ratings.
I’m happy to drink this, in fact it’s more enjoyable than most of my other whites, but I’m starting to think white tea isn’t my thing anymore. Which is unfortunate since I have a rather large stash of whites at the moment.
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Cranberry, Flowers, Grass, Hay, Lemon, Lime, Melon, Sweet, Wood