Kenya 'Rhino' Premium White Tea

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White Tea
White Tea
Floral, Fruity, Licorice, Malt, Sweet, Almond, Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Cocoa, Cream, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fig, Hay, Herbs, Honey, Lemon, Marzipan, Mineral, Molasses, Orange, Plums, Wood, Cotton Candy, Sweet Potatoes, Grain, Smooth, Thick, Sugarcane, Citrus, Creamy, Custard, Cake, Hot hay, Kettle Corn, Maple, Maple Syrup, Tangy, Butter, Honeysuckle
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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 7 oz / 194 ml

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  • “I haven’t tried that many teas, as im still taking my baby steps in the tea world, but this is the best so far. Its a delicate white tea flavour, but with lots other strong flavours and a medium...” Read full tasting note
  • “One of several reviews I have needed to post for a while, I finished off a 10 gram sample of this tea somewhere between one and two weeks ago. I don’t know why I never got around to posting a...” Read full tasting note
  • “I made this in the Tea press which it sat in all day cuz no food and caffeine, combined with work stress, is not a great combo. I had one sip at work and that was delicious and now I’m drinking it...” Read full tasting note
  • “The dry leaf has a punchy sweet apricot aroma. The brewed tea has a sticky pudding sweetness aroma with baked plum and molasses on the finish. The tea has a sweet white tea flavour which...” Read full tasting note

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338 tasting notes

interesting. white tea that isnt white. Its golden hairs everywhere, like its sporting a giant afro.

smell is weird, I get sweetness & malt. Aroma is the same. Taste is a very very smooth golden tips with zero bitterness or astringency, just sweetness, honey, caramel. (although these arent strong like in other oolongs). I also get orange, but not citrus, very rounded orange taste. Malt, but not malty.

So its either a delicate light red, or a full-bodied white. This is very nice for me, who often wants my red tea to be more delicate/less malty. It certainly isnt chocolatey. Its got pretty zappy energy too. Even after a few sips i felt shaken out of bed.

Second cup I steeped it out a bit and got a very amber liquor, and was met with a dryness more akin to golden tips, so you can make it taste like that a bit more if you want. There is something cake in the body but I couldnt picture what it was (its not doughy or bready), also I was reminded of a 2nd flush tea, although this is Spring. (a bit woody & malty but not overpowering)

Depending on parameters you can get either a few steeps of something more white but full bodied, or a couple of steeps of delicate subtle but still golden tipped red tea, its an interesting mix!

Flavors: Cake, Caramel, Honey, Malt, Orange, Sweet, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Daylon R Thomas

I love how flexible this tea is. Hence it being one of my favorites along with its caramel note that should belong to a Dian Hong.


Yeah I read someone else gonfuing it & it working nicely too. I will try that out next

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34 tasting notes

This was a very nice floral tea. Evolved through multiple steeps, and very tasty.

Flavors: Fruity

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60 tasting notes

Sweet potatoes and sugarcane are at the forefront, with a soft malt background. This is a smooth and unusually flavorful white tea that dispenses with any subtlety and brings to mind a fruity Dian Hong black, only lighter in body and revealing more overt sweetness.

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347 tasting notes

4 apr- I really like this tea. Flavors of caramel, honey, and malt. Smooth. Lingering sweet caramel aftertaste.
I steeped this 7 times in 150ml gaiwan at 175F. I probably could have gotten a few more steeps from the leaves, but I ran out of hot water. I did cold steep them and it was good. 92
I started out this day with a caramel tasting tea that was good but not what I was looking for and ended the day with a caramel tasting tea that was the bomb.

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Malt, Smooth

Daylon R Thomas

Its awesome Gong Fu and Western. I’ve been savoring mine and it’s almost gone…


this one is on my list to try


Sometimes I just want to send a few paychecks to Alistair and say “fill ’er up!”


‘what-cha: one good reason to live in the UK’


@Rasseru-I would like to see that as a slogan on a t-shirt! :-D


haha they should make some

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35 tasting notes

I wrote a lot more than this and must have accidentally closed the tab, so here’s a short version.

Leaves are dark green with lots of golden hairs. Caramel notes could be smelled in the dry leaf and became stronger in the wet leaf.

The caramel taste in the liquor was light and quite pleasant. Longer steeps added some bitterness and gave more of a burnt aspect to the caramel flavor, which I ended up liking even more.

Flavors: Caramel

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 7 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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818 tasting notes

This tea deserves the hype. It’s delicious! It reminds me a lot of Butiki’s White Rhino. The leaves are fuzzy green and gold, and medium in length. I ignored the western steeping instructions and gongfu-brewed it, but only at 190 degrees, because it’s a white tea. It has a touch of malt, but I mostly taste the caramel and sweet potato sweet notes. It’s also a little floral with the slightest hint of vegetal in the background. The texture is super silky. Very nice!

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964 tasting notes

So I scented a sample with a crap ton of Bourbon vanilla beans for a month…. and the results were great. First steep at 30 sec, slightly higher grammage no more than 4 grams, and water at 185 F.

It turned being a light, sweet floral vanilla with a light malt background. In short, it was very close to Liquid Proust’s French Toast Dianhong, just a hint fruitier, lighter, and oddly dryer. This confirmed what I thought though: vanilla blends naturally well with white teas. Though this one is incredibly unique compared to others, there are a few notes that undeniably belong to a white, and I’ve had vanilla with a white before.

The second steep was closer to western, getting in at a minute and five seconds. Maple, dry malt, honey, and playful vanilla come up. Experiment=success.


That sounds fantastic!

Daylon R Thomas

It made me happy on a number of levels. :)

Daylon R Thomas

The vanilla does fade after a while, but with this tea as the base, there is no problem

Evol Ving Ness

Well done, Daylon R Thomas. This experiment is drool-worthy.

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894 tasting notes

This is such a surprising white tea. The dry leaf is twisted, ranges from dark to pale green and powdered with the same kind of dust you see with a lot of golden tips black teas. It smells and tastes very malty! The opening of the sip is all malt and sweet potato, very similar to a lot of black teas, but with a certain lightness (but no lack of flavour) that makes it different. The finish is very long and is malty but with a floral and tangy note to it.

I made this cup earlier and then had to run out the door, so I’m drinking this cold. It’s lovely, but I’ll have to try it hot one of these times too.

Edit: Resteeped my leaves from earlier – still lots of flavour in them – malt, sweet potato and a touch of floral. So tasty, so not what I expect from a white.

And woah! 90% of the way through this cup I suddenly have this really intense sweet taste in the back of my throat. I haven’t had anything but this tea in hours so I don’t think it’s something else.

Edit again: OMG! I just licked off the spoon I used to sample this tea earlier, and the dry tea residue is intensely sweet and tastes exactly like maple syrup!! WHAT?! Amazing! I’m going to have to experiment with this, because I have never encountered maple flavour like this in a tea before. It was like licking syrup off a spoon, it was that intense.

Flavors: Floral, Malt, Maple Syrup, Sweet Potatoes, Tangy

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Sounds good :)


Another one to add to the wish list!

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35 tasting notes

This is the first tea I’ve tried from several that I bought from What Cha. The shipping was fast, it was packaged well and I received the order with no problems. A handwritten note and a sample tea was included with the order. This Kenya Premium White tea is beautiful! On opening the sealed bag the smell was wonderful. The bag has the water temperature and steeping instructions which I find very helpful in getting the best cup of tea possible. This tea had no bitterness or astringency. I don’t really go into “taste like baked bread, carmel, fruity etc.” I just know that its a really beautiful, calming tea that I was able to resteep several times with it tasting wonderful each cup. My husband and daughter who aren’t big tea drinkers had some and said “this is our favorite of all the teas you have right now!” That is saying a lot! I have not had many white teas in my cupboard but this tea will now be a staple for myself and to serve friends and family!

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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726 tasting notes

Okay, this is the first What-Cha tea sample of the day that I actually kinda like. It’s different. Didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s pretty good.
It’s pretty malty, which is weird since it’s a white tea. Kinda expected it to taste like hay and have a really light flavor. But I taste malt, which makes me feel like I’m drinking a black tea. :O
I don’t know if I like it or not. I have mixed feelings.
I can’t pick out the other flavor. It’s malty and something else. Not bad. I look forward to sipping down the rest of this one and figuring out what I think of it. It’s definitely one of the best white teas I’ve had so far. xD

Flavors: Malt

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