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My humans took a brief time out from the Chilled Tea Extravaganza to review this tea from California Tea House.
The Subject: Silver Needle White Tea from California Tea House.
Tea type: White
Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A
Aroma, dry: Fresh, planty. Gorgeous full-leaf tea.
Aroma in the cup, plain: Planty, light
Taste, plain: Mild, no aftertaste, slightly buttery
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: About the same (could easily have done a 3rd infusion)
This tea lives up to its reputation of being the “Piñot Noir” of teas. We prepared the sampling a little differently than their Website recommends. We heated the water to boiling and then let it sit for a minute. We used approximately 2 spoonfuls of dry tea in 2 cupfuls of water (about half the amount of tea they recommend). So, our infusion was a bit lighter than you would get using their method. We suggest you try different combinations to get the infusion strength that’s right for you. In fact, do 3 or more infusions from the same batch of tea leaves. That will really give you a lot of bang for your tea buck and make the $18 price a bit more palatable (well worth it in my estimation).
While hubby and I don’t fall for the organic mumbo-jumbo nor assume that something labeled “organic” is going to be better quality (often, it’s just more expensive), we aren’t going to deduct a half teapot. The tea is THAT good!
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.