REVIEW: What-Cha – Kenya Silver Needle Purple Varietal White Tea


Tea and origin: Purple varietal white tea from Mount Kenya Region
Sample provided by: What-Cha
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Kenya Silver Needle Purple Varietal White Tea

Wow, another rare and interesting tea out of Kenya available at What-Cha! The aroma of the tea when I opened the sample pouch is powerful and extremely enticing, so I best get to tasting. Read on to find out more about this tea.

Tasting notes:

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full needle leaves that have a smoky colour and are covered in white hairs. It has a strong apricot-like aroma

Infused tea: The first infusion cups out a clear liquor with a slight purple tinge. Subsequent infusion have a a golden tinge. It is a very light-bodied tea with delicate tree fruit sweetness. The liquor has a slightly thick mouthfeel and no astringency

Infusion tips: Infuse this tea six to eight minutes with 80C water. You will get three to four infusions

Conclusions: This tea has an aroma and delicate sweet flavour that you have to admire. The purple varietal component of this tea gives it great complexity, and white tea lovers should give this a try. Whilst I completely respect and admire the complexities of this tea, I typically go for a white tea that is not as delicate. But of course, its delicacy could be its main selling point for many

Update/rethink: After I posted my review, Alistair at What-Cha suggested that I infuse this tea for six to eight minutes with 80C water, not the two to three minutes that I used for my initial review. Infusing this tea six to eight minutes definitely gives it a lot more oomph. It is still a delicate tea, but much more to my liking. The longer infusion also gives it a thicker mouthfeel, which is another big bonus in my book

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.34 / 25 grams for 4.68 / 50 grams for £8.50 / 100 grams for £15.94


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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