REVIEW: Teasenz – Fujian Siver Needle White Tea (spring 2014)

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Tea and origin: White tea from Fuding & Zhenghe Village, Fujian, China
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Although I rarely go for a white tea when I’m craving a lighter tea, I can definitely appreciate good white teas. From the moment I opened the pouch with this tea from Teasenz, I was intrigued – the dry leaf is beautiful and very aromatic.

Read on to see what I think about this tea.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full, plump buds that are covered in fine white hair. It has a crisp, sweet aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a translucent liquor that has a golden tinge. It is a light-bodied tea that has almost no astringency. The liquor has a light sweet aroma, and the tea has a delicate plum-like flavour. It has a clean, refreshing mouthfeel and a lingering sweet aftertaste

Infusion tips: To make this tea I used three grams of tea with 200ml of 80C water. I used the following infusion times: three minutes, four minutes and five minutes. For a bolder liquor, infuse the tea three and half to four minutes for the first infusion and increase steeping time by one minute for each subsequent infusion. Infuse this tea three to four times

Conclusions: I really enjoy the delicate sweet flavour that this tea offers. Lately it seems like I’ve tried quite a few white teas that have smoky undertones. Fortunately, this one does not – it is sweet, smooth and easy-drinking. I think this tea is best drunk after it has cooled for a few minutes. My initial reaction was that it was too delicate for me, but once the liquor cooled, it seemed to have more body and the plumy flavours really came out

Retail price: 15 grams for £2.51 / 70 grams for £10.04 / 200 grams for £16.78

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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 teaxplorer@gmail.com 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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2 Responses to REVIEW: Teasenz – Fujian Siver Needle White Tea (spring 2014)

  1. This is actually the next tea I’m planning to review for my tea column. I had my first cup of Teasenz’s Silver Needle last night, and I liked it a lot. Very delicate and airy. 🙂 Nice job on your review, by the way!

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