REVIEW: P.M. David Silva & Sons (PMD) – Ceylon Golden Tips


Tea: White tea from the Dimbula region in Sri Lanka
Sample provided by: P.M.David Silva & Sons
Twitter: @PMDTea
Ceylon Golden Tips is available for purchase at Harrods

This is the first time I have tried a white tea from Sri Lanka. Although I recently read a piece written by Phil Mumby about differences between Chinese and non-Chinese white teas, I thought this Ceylon white tea, sheerly because of its appearance and dry leaf aroma, couldn’t be that much different from a Chinese silver needle. Read on to see what I think . . .

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf has plump hairy buds.  It is much darker/browner in colour than Chinese silver needle

– It is not particularly aromatic, but there is a slight hint of sweetness

Infused leaf:

– The first infusion cups out a golden liquor (similar to a roasted oolong) that has a faint sweet aroma. The colour of the liquor lightens with each infusion thereafter

– Like a Chinese silver needle, it is a light-bodied tea that is smooth

– What I find most notable about the flavour of the liquor is its finish. The flavour of the body of the tea is very delicate, but the finish really coats your throat with sweet notes (peachy or sweet melon-like) and leaves a nice touch of astringency


– Infuse this tea with 70 to 75C water for three minutes. You can get two to four infusions out this tea. I personally enjoyed the second and third infusions most, as the sweetness of the tea tasted was most refined here

– Although it is early days for me to proclaim that all non-Chinese white teas offer a distinct experience, I would say, from my tasting here, that it is different. Yes, the essence of a Chinese white tea is there, but the darker liquor colour and the less sweet flavours offer a nice change from the Chinese white teas that I’ve tried. Perhaps this is all due to geography and processing. This Ceylon is something that white tea lovers should try. I would love to hear what they think




About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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