Buddha’s Tears from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

Buddha’s tears roll tenderly from the tea plant; made with the bud and first two leaves. Carefully plucked and hand-crafted into tiny pearls, they are then scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. Once removed from their floral cocoon, the tiny pearls are ready to be brewed. With a pale liquor and delicate taste, Buddha’s tears provide a soul-soothing treat at any time of day.

Ingredients- Green and White tea scented with Jasmine Flowers

Taster’s Review:

What a lovely jasmine tea!

The ingredients confuse me just a little – this is a “pearl” jasmine tea, and so I don’t know where the white tea comes in to play, unless they are considering the bud attached to the two leaves the white tea.  But, it hardly seems necessary to fuss over such details.

These little “tears” unfurl slowly, releasing their intense flavor… which means many happy infusions for this jasmine enthusiast!  The flavor is sweet and silky.  Sometimes jasmine can come off as slightly bitter or soapy, but not this time.  The jasmine simply tastes lightly floral.  It is very soothing and restorative – and to get full effect of the relaxing effects of this tea I strongly recommend inhaling deeply – taking in the fragrance – before you sip.

The green tea/white tea is delicate and very soft … like clean air and crisp spring leaves!  It has a very comforting feel to it as it washes over the palate.  A delightful tea any time of the day, I find it most welcome later in the afternoon to help calm frazzled nerves.

I do not recommend sweetening this tea as it would overwhelm the gentle flavors of this tea.  I prefer it hot, but it makes a nice iced tea as well (and when I ice jasmine tea, I do add a little sweetener just to perk up the flavors).  It is a refreshing and beautiful tea, no matter how you choose to serve it!

Jasmine Peach Bai Mu Dan from Samovar

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Samovar

Product Description:

Organic white tea, organic osthmanthus flowers, organic jasmine flowers, natural peach flavor and natural essential oils of orange and tangerine blended in the U.S.

Flavor Profile: Consummately floral, with notes of fresh citrus, white peach, white pepper, toasted amaranth and a trace of fresh blueberries.

Taster’s Review:

This is a beautifully floral tea – I love how well the jasmine and the osmanthus work together.  It creates a light and lively flower-y essence that is not sharp like some floral notes can be, and because of the fruit-like flavors of the osmanthus, the flavors here do not come across as soapy.

The white tea is very delicate here.  There is a whisper of vegetation to this tea that is barely there, mostly what I taste from the tea is the white tea sweetness with a hint of spice.  It sits in the background, making its presence known without being too obsequious.

The peach flavor is the real star – I love how it shines through!  It tastes like a fresh, ripe peach, bursting with flavor!  The citrus tones of this tea bring a little tangy flavor to the cup, just enough tart to keep it from being too sweet.

This is a lovely white tea.  It is one that was sold out at the time that I wrote this review, I do hope that the supply will be replenished.  It is a fantastic springtime tea!

Have Hope – Citrus Strawberry White Tea from Teamotions

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Teamotions

Product Description:

Flavor Profile Delicately sweet with bright notes of mandarin, tangerine, and strawberry.

Ingredients White Tea, Oatstraw, Schizandra Berry, Ginger, Safflower Petals, Strawberry, Natural Flavors.

Taster’s Review:

This is such a deliciously unique tea!

The fragrance of the dry leaf is amazing – I can smell the citrus tones, a light amount of spice from the ginger, and the strawberry!  Together, these scents create a mesmerizing aroma.

The flavor is light and crisp.  The white tea base has a delicate vegetative taste.  It is clean and fresh.  There is a soft, barely-there mouthfeel and a light astringency.

The fruit flavors are nicely balanced and appeal to the palate with sweet, tangy and tart notes.  The ginger is not overwhelming here and adds just a hint of zesty spice.  I don’t remember having tasted oatstraw in a tea before, so I don’t know if I’m tasting it now or not, but, oatstraw is very beneficial to health and I’m glad it’s there!

As I sip, I can feel the stresses of the day melt away.  I can even feel the tension in my shoulders lighten a little!  This is an amazing tea, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Organic Silver Needle from Teahouse Kuan Yin

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Teahouse Kuan Yin

Product Description:

Silver Needle is the rarest and most prized of white teas. It is comprised of only the downy tea buds before they open, so that they resemble soft white needles. Its flavor is extremely fresh, because so little processing takes place in Silver Needle production. The leaves are very lightly oxidized, and undergo no frying or rolling process. Our Silver Needle is IMO-certified organic.

Taster’s Review:

I love the light, crisp taste of this Silver Needle!

Generally speaking, most white teas possess a delicate flavor, however, this seems to be even more delicate than most of the white teas I’ve tasted in the past.

The flavor is somewhat floral – like a mist-covered, flowery meadow lies somewhere in the horizon, but, not easily seen.  It whispers of its presence to the palate.  There is also a hint of a leafy flavor:  not quite vegetable, and not quite grassy, but somewhere in between, and ever so faint.

This is such a pleasant, sweet tea.  Very relaxing and meditative.  These needles can be resteeped several times with no loss in flavor, so I encourage you to take full advantage of the unique and rewarding taste that awaits you!  I brewed this tea in my gaiwan, using a little extra leaf and steeping for a very short time.  By steeping this way, I find that I really get the most flavor and enjoyment out of the tea… even the steeping process becomes a restorative exercise!

A lovely tea, indeed.

Jasmine Snow Dragon Premium from Shang Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shang Tea

Product Description:

Ingredients: 100% Organic White tea leaves, Jasmine flowers- Antioxidant Rich

Truly a treasure tea, freely rolled tea leaves open to present a delicate and beautiful jasmine flavor. Jasmine Snow Dragon is a signature tea of Shang Tea .

Taster’s Review:

Do you love jasmine?  I mean, really love jasmine?  If your answer is yes, then have I got a tea for you!

I happen to LOVE jasmine tea.  The aroma is intoxicating, and the flavor elevates me to a place of pure joy when I sip it.  And this Jasmine Snow Dragon from Shang Tea is one of the BEST jasmine teas I’ve ever tasted.

From the moment I opened the pouch of this tea, I knew I was about to try something very special.  The aroma was so sweet and floral – it took my breath away.  It smelled like I was walking into a jasmine jungle!  Now, I don’t know if such a place exists, but if it did, it would smell like this tea.  It was as though I were surrounded by jasmine vines and shrubs while the petals “rained” down upon me.

And that amazing fragrance continues with the brewed tea.  Do be sure to inhale deeply before taking a sip of this tea.  My nostrils fill with the delightful scent of jasmine.

And the flavor!  OH!  The flavor!  It tastes so extravagant!  So luxurious!  (Forgive the exclamations!)

The jasmine flavor is very pungent – sweet floral notes with a bit of a sharp, bitter taste from the jasmine.  To the point where it might be off-putting for those who do not love jasmine.  But if you do love it – you will think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

The white tea base is very soft but it is not completely overpowered by jasmine.  There are soft, fresh notes from the white tea with the faintest whisper of vegetative taste.  The overall cup is sweet, very floral and just enough bitterness to keep it all interesting.

I recommend brewing this one in your gaiwan, using a little extra leaf and very short steeps.  This will get the most sweetness out of the jasmine without allowing it to develop to the point of being more bitter than sweet.

I LOVE this tea!  LOVE it!

Lemon Cream Tea from Sands of Thyme

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green & White

Where to Buy:  Sands of Thyme on Artfire ~0r~ Sands of Thyme on Etsy

Product Description:

Ingredients: white tea China Pai Mu Tan, green tea Darjeeling, green tea China -Fog Tea, -Lung Ching, -Jasmine, -Jasmine Jade Pearls, orange peels, flavor, lemongrass, yogurt bits, lemon bits

Taster’s Review:

This tea has a lot going on, but, it works!

The base of green and white teas alone is rather interesting, consisting of a white tea (Pai Mu Tan) and several different green teas.  In the sample I received, I didn’t find any jasmine pearls, but I can definitely taste the presence of jasmine in this cup.  It is a soft note of jasmine, but I like that its there.

The white tea is not very distinguishable in this cup, although, I don’t think that this tea would taste the same without the white tea.  While it isn’t easy to discern specific “white tea” qualities, it is obvious that there is more than just green tea notes.  The base tastes lively and smooth.  There is some vegetative taste to the tea as well.  There is no bitterness to this tea.  A moderate amount of pucker-y astringency at the tail that works very well with the lemony flavor.

Although I didn’t notice any of the yogurt bits in the blend when I measured out the tea, I must have gotten some in there because I can taste the tangy taste of yogurt.  The yogurt along with the combination of teas (and this is where I suspect the white tea plays a role) create the creamy note of this tea which is not overwhelmingly creamy, but just enough to tie in with the name of the tea.  I’m not left asking “where’s the cream?” with this tea.

Overall, this is a very interesting and delightful cup of tea.  It isn’t too pungent or over-the-top, nor is it too subtle with its approach.  A very nice tea makes me think of spring on this cold winter’s eve!

Snow Jewel from Lahloo

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Lahloo

Product Description:

Snow Jewel white tea is the true queen of teas! Pure elegance! This rare wild Dai Bai silver needle tea grows high in the Fujian mountains.

♥ Downy buds plucked in the spring just before they open
♥ Exquisitely refreshing and delicate
♥ Ripe fruits- peaches, lychees, pear

Taster’s Review:

I absolutely LOVE this tea.  The aroma is amazing!  It smells sweet and fruity, somewhat floral and leafy, and reminds me of the air here in the Pacific Northwest just after it rains (which it does a lot here).

The dry leaves are fuzzy and even though they resemble spears or “needles” – they are light and fluffy.  Silvery!  And the flavor they produce when steeped is so delightful.

The flavor is delicate and sweet.  I can taste peaches!  Fresh, delicious peaches!   The taste is crisp and slightly vegetative.  Clean and invigorating!

The mere act of sipping this tea is truly a meditative process.  First, inhaling deeply to experience its sweet fragrance, and then taking a sip and allowing the flavors to develop onto the palate, all the while I can feel the stresses of the day disappear as my spirit rejuvenates.

I love this tea!  This is a tea I could drink every day and never grow weary of it.

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