I just received my order of white tea samples from Upton. This is the first tea I fished out of the box.
The description says it was grown in Assam region so I was very curious to try it because I really enjoy white Darjeelings and like the idea of white tea having characteristics of black tea.
The aroma coming from the bag is intoxicating, it smells like black tea with a touch of honey. The dry leaf is similar to Silver Needle but a bit darker in color and is bald, doesn’t have any hairs at all.
I brewed this in a Gaiwan. The brew is darker as well and tastes exactly like it smells – black tea, notes of honey and almost no Silver Needle sweetness.
I’m on the 4th steeping right now and it’s still flavorful. Amazing.
I’ll be adding this tea to my regular white tea rotation, no doubt here.

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I’ve been drinking loose leaf tea all my life. I always take tea plain without adding any sweetener or milk to it. Would love to swap for tea, feel free to contact me about it.

Teas Ratings:

1-9 Undrinkable
10-19 Hardly drinkable
20-29 Strong dislike
30-39 Dislike
40-49 Unpleasant but still has some merits
50-59 Average tea, no strong feelings either way
60-69 Good solid tea, isn’t worth repurchasing for some reasons
70-79 Quality tea, might repurchase once in a while
80-89 Great tea, will keep in my regular rotation
90-100 Outstanding tea, staple of my collection


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