Kenya 'Rhino' Premium White Tea

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White Tea
White Tea
Cacao, Floral, Honey, Melon, Orange, Spices, Straw, Wheat, Honeysuckle, Sweet, Tannin, Fruity, Licorice, Malt, Almond, Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Cocoa, Cream, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fig, Hay, Herbs, Lemon, Marzipan, Mineral, Molasses, Plums, Wood, Cotton Candy, Sweet Potatoes, Grain, Smooth, Thick, Sugarcane, Citrus, Creamy, Custard, Cake, Hot hay, Kettle Corn, Maple, Maple Syrup, Tangy, Butter
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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 oz / 190 ml

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  • “Not rating, because I’m not knowledgeable enough, so this is just basically for my own notes. I wanted to try this because (I think?) some have called it a white tea for a black tea person. I’m a...” Read full tasting note
  • “The dry leaves, twisted, fine-haired, and multi-colored (black, green, yellow, gray, in myriad shades) reveal careful attention and skill on the part of the producer, and emit a subtle perfume of...” Read full tasting note
  • “Well, I got a big order in from What-Cha and as I’ll be reviewing it for my own purposes, I decided why not continue sharing my thoughts here on Steepster? I’m sure it would interest some others. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “I think it was Crow Kettle who sent me a sample of this. I wanted to try this tea, but didn’t end up purchasing any on my last what-cha order. I appreciate the chance to try this unique white...” Read full tasting note

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15 tasting notes

Ordered a sample of this with my first what-cha order, and I was pleasantly surprised!
The dry leaf smells like birthday cake/lemon ice cream, very pungent and delicious smelling just like a dessert. I was a bit concerned that it would brew up tasting very different, but luckily the liquor tastes exactly as I thought it would.
Sweet, creamy, custard, lemon, and thick. Like a lemon egg custard or fresh lemon cream cheese frosting, or even halo top’s lemon ice cream.
I brewed this at 190 with infusions that were very very short considering it was a white I didn’t want to push it too far and risking it turning bitter. Luckily the 5-10 second infusions were the way to go.
By the fifth or so steep it starts leaning more towards butternut squash, still good and but not as sweet and a little more savory and starchy (but not unpleasantly so)

I only have 10g of this (5g now!) but I’ll definitely buy a 50g pack with my next order from what-cha. This immediately goes on my “to buy” list, and I’m not even out yet!
Described in one word: Delicious!

Flavors: Citrus, Creamy, Custard, Fruity, Lemon

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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61 tasting notes

Delicious citrus oil-like notes with a round white woody flavor. Maybe slightly like hay. I want to call this like a Kenyan Grey.

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239 tasting notes

Let me be the ten millionth person to say that this is white tea that tastes nothing like a white. But as someone who loves sweet black teas, it was a perfect choice for me. You know who you are, thanks for the sample!

The first steep was vastly different than the rest. It was sweet peaches and honey with a pollen kind of taste that reminded me of orange blossoms. There was also a light caramel flavor, and something reminiscent of juicy fruit gum? It was bright and sweet. There was no bitterness whatsoever, but maybe the slightest, slightest hint of astringency at the very back of the throat that dissipated quickly.

The second steep on got darker in flavor, but no less pleasant. It becomes a little sweet potatoey, with some earthiness thrown in there. Maybe it was all about the butternut squash; it’s difficult to be sure.

I brewed a couple of steeps at 175 and lower, and it become mineral, losing all its sweetness. I wouldn’t recommend it that way.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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7099 tasting notes

Guess what guys… This is my 4000th tasting note!

Holy shit that snuck up on me; I remember somewhat around tasting note 3300 or something I was trying to plan for distant future so I could pick a memorable tea for tasting note 4000 but then BANG 4000 is here already just like that!

I think this is a good pick for 4000 though; I LOVED Butiki’s White Rhino tea and I’m really happy to get the chance to try another company’s offering. It’s such a unique and memorable varietal because it’s white tea that really ISN’T white tea. Both in flavour and how you brew it. Instead of that 70-80 degree range, I definitely used near boiling water for this one ’cause I just know that it can take the heat. Literally; in this case.

And shit guys; it’s like drinking Butiki’s White Rhino all over again. Someone catch me; I’m swooning so hard right now I may just injure myself. I wish I had in real life tea friends who could share this excitement with me. It’s both nostalgic and new and exciting!

There’s so much going on with the flavours; I’m not even sure where to start. I guess I could just list ‘em? I mean, firstly the tea overall has that same Hot Cross Bun/Easter Bun flavour that I found so poignantly distinct to Butiki’s White Rhino. It’s REALLY cool that it’s translating to this one too. Sweet sugary dough/bread, that kind of icing-y stuff and glaze, soft cinnamon, raisins, and fruity undertones? Mmmm; all there! Apart from that, there’s also thick notes of hay, some yummy malt in the finish, honey, and sweet potato! Maybe even a sliver of cocoa; but that element is quite light. It all comes together to create something so rich and smooth. Easy to finish the full mug without realizing it/even starting the tasting note you were planning on writing alongside drinking it. You know, hypothetically of course…

This was a good choice; and after a day of pretty mediocre tea overall this was a GREAT note to end on. And yeah, holy shit, 4000 tasting notes! That’s totally INSANE. And it’s only been like three years since I’ve been on Steepster, eh? Rounding a bit, that averages to like four tasting notes a day!? Man I don’t even know how to feel about that…

Also, a song pairing ‘cause that’s just sort of my thing now:

I actually tried SUPER hard to find the perfect, meaningful song to drink with this both to fit the tea but also the landmark tasting note. I struggled doing that and then eventually gave up searching. Instead I just put my playlist on shuffle, and settled into this one. It actually wound up feeling quite fitting…


Happy 4000! And a tea like White Rhino is definitely deserving of 4000. :D


thanks for reminding me about this replacement…i’d forgotten about it! and grats on 4k!


That’s an amazing amount of tasting notes, congrats!


Congrats on 4000 notes! And based on this one, I’ll have to give White Rhino a try.

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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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62 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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369 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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