TEA REVIEWS: Grey’s Teas – Kenyan and Ceylon white teas

Grey's Teas white final

Website: Grey’s Teas
Twitter: @greysteas
Facebook: Grey’s Teas
Blog: Grey’s Teas Blog
Company location: Warwick, UK

In May I reviewed a handful of spring 2015 teas available at Grey’s Teas. You can find those reviews by clicking here. Today I’m pleased to be reviewing two white teas from the spring 2015 harvest that are from areas not particularly well-known for white tea production – Kenya and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Whilst the Kenyan and Sri Lankan tea markets have much experience producing black teas, both are branching out and producing green, oolong, dark and white teas, and with great success, in my opinion.

Read on to see what I make of Grey’s Teas Kenya White Lelsa Silver Tip and Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle White.

Kenya White Lelsa Silver Tip

Kenya White Lelsa Silver Tip cuts out a pale yellow liquor that has a sour berry/fruit aroma. It has a melon (watermelon-like) flavour with subtle berry undertones. The liquor is refreshing, although it has a slightly drier mouthfeel compared to Chinese white teas. It has a lingering melon aftertaste.

Infusion method: 80 to 85C water for three to four minutes. Two to three infusions.

Retail price: 60-gram packet for £24.64 / 125-gram packet for £24.64 / 125-gram tin for £27.64


Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle White

Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle White cups out a golden liquor that has florally and rose notes. The liquor has buttery, sweet and orange blossom flavours. When it is infused with cooler water, it has a melon sweetness. When it is infused with hotter water, it is has more floral, orange blossom and rose notes. The liquor has a thicker mouthfeel that reminds of a Chinese white teas, especially when infused weaker.

Infusion method: 80 to 85C water for three to four minutes. Two to three infusions.

Retail price: 60-gram packet for £19.16 / 60-gram tin for £21.16 / 125-gram packet for £34.83 / 125-gram tin for £37.83



I found both of these teas a pleasure to drink, as they cupped out very different liquors in both taste and mouthfeel. My favourite was the Kenya Lelsa, with its watermelon-like notes and refreshing liquor. I think the Ceylon Oodoowerre could be a bit controversial amongst white tea connoisseurs, a bit of a Marmite tea – either you love it or not. Whilst the tea has a similar mouthfeel to Chinese white teas, the orange blossom and floral notes are pronounced and may not be for everyone.

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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