2 Doves Silver Needle

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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2 Doves Silver Needle White Tea is a premium grade, loose leaf white tea from China. This rare and exquisite white tea is comprised of select leaf buds covered in silky hairs. One of China’s best white teas available with hints of peach and a fresh, and lasting finish. The flavor is pure pleasure to your palate.

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This has a strong sweet scent. Light honey maybe.

Drank very hot it has a strong green flavor with that sweetness tied in.

As it cools to medium sipping temperature the green comes out stronger but with no bitterness, the sweetness still holds and balances this tea. The vegetal flavor is in the main portion of the mouth while the sweetness coats the back of the throat and reminds one of brown sugar. It’s not strong, again it’s just enough to balance the flavor of the tea in total.

As it cools further, a deep earthiness comes out, putting one in mind of a pu-erh almost. Not nearly as strong, of course, but with that same slate-y river-mud tone to it that some pu-erhs have. The sweetness has continued and turned darker and richer. A green note can be noticed here and there, spiking hard in the upper mouth/nose; not in every sip, but there.

And the cooler it gets, the more it shifts into slight berry tones.

This is a complex and rich tasting white.

The longer I drink this, the more I like it as it goes through it’s changes. It may well be a buyer. So far, even among those I wouldn’t buy, I have been pleased with Imperial Tea Garden’s whites. I’m very glad my husband grabbed me a bunch of samples as a gift.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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