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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review: California Tea House’s Silver Needle White Tea

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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.


Water temperature: Below boiling, per their Website
Steeping time: Up to 5 minutes, per their Website

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)

Chilled: N/A

This tea lives up to its reputation of being the “PiƱot 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).

This is definitely a “sipper tea” — you need to take your time enjoying it to make sure you don’t miss any of the flavor.

We would like to see this and other tea companies put their steeping recommendations on the package like TeaGeschwendner, or on a card like Chicago Tea Garden that comes with the teas. It’s a bit tricky to rush to the PC, go to a Website, find the tea, and read through the information there before being able to prepare the tea. Sometimes I really really really need a cuppa tea, like, RIGHT NOW.

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.


  1. I don't know what setting you changed but I used to be able to read the whole review in my reader. Now I just get a blurb. Would it be possible to change it back?

  2. Sadly, my blog content was getting posted without my knowledge or permission to this blog: I changed the RSS feed to "blurb" to make this a bit harder for him. He has since stopped posting, so I will change the setting back. If he or someone else starts up again, I will change the setting again. Sorry to inconvenience anyone. Perhaps you can leave him a comment to stop pulling content from other blogs (not just mine) and presenting it as his own.


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