Category Archives: White teas

Review: Tea Forte Vanilla Pear – Loose Leaf White Tea

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

If you are looking for a bright, slightly fruity loose leaf tea for the summer, we’ve got you covered! I’ve only tried this tea hot so far, but I think it would like a lovely iced tea too! As a hot tea, it has a floral aroma with a blend of light white tea and fruit taste. There is no sweetness, so a bit of honey added would be nice. I’m going to try that next time, for sure.

 

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

 

Katie says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)

Steeped: 3 minutes

Served: A teaspoon of creamed honey (see below)

A pretty and yummy tea! I love the cornflowers that give this loose tea lovley blue specks. The lightly fruity taste is very good both hot and iced. I started with a hot cup but when I got busy and let it get cool I poured it over ice. I liked it iced a bit better. I almost always add a hint of sweetness and this tea way lovely with a little local creamed honey that I got at the Natick Farmers’ Market.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.

Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Review: Tebella Tea Company White Coconut Dulce

 

 Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.

Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Below boiling
Steeped: 3mins
Served: Nothing added

I’ve only tried this tea hot, but I bet it would make a great iced tea too! When you open the container you are instantly brought to a tropical place. The smell of the big pieces of coconut give the aroma an unmistakably tropical scent. I love how well the delicate white tea blends together with the coconut to give this tea both sweet and savory notes. Though the coconut pieces are big and the flavor is prominent, it doesn’t over power the subtle white tea. The two elements blend together for something even better. This tea has just the right amount of both to make each sip interesting. That makes for a fast cup of tea! Don’t worry, this tea can be steeped more than once. Just keep in mind, the balance of coconut to white tea flavor will change with each steep. I found that the coconut became more mild with each steep, therefore the earthy tea flavor was more noticeable.

This tea is a great choice for any white tea lover and anyone looking for a lighter tea with hints of sweetness. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

 

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Below boiling & also tried iced.
Steeped: 3mins
Served: With a touch of honey

I agree with Abby, this tea is amazing! The tropical coconut flavor is delicious mixed with the delicate whit tea. Maybe it’s the hot weather, but I thought it was even better iced! I love green and white teas iced because the light flavor and low caffiene content seems to make them extra refreshing. Steep a strong pot in the morning & drink the rest iced!

Iced tea tip: when brewing iced tea you’ll want twice as much loose tea as you’d use hot. Don’t steep longer! Longer steeping will just result in bitter tea not stronger tea! Also, if you like a bit of sweetener, add it while the tea is still hot so it will dissolve easily.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.

Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Review: Steven Smith Teamaker White Petal

  

 

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate

Katie says:

Temperature: @190 (below boiling)

Steeped: 2.5 minutes

Served: with a touch of honey.

 This is a tasty tea indeed. I like white teas since they are light like green teas but less likely to taste bitter. Be careful not to over steep or bitterness cannot be avoided! With a short first steep this tea holds up nicely for a 2nd steep. It has a nice light flavor with floral and herbal notes. If it gets cold don’t toss it, this makes an excellent iced tea. Add St Germain or elderflower cordial for a delicious cocktail/mocktail. (I’ve been obsessed with elderflower lately) This tea is a bit pricey but comes beautifully packaged. It’s obvious they take the same care in packaging as in selecting tea as you can see the nice big leaves inside the bag.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate

  
Abby says:

Temperature: @190 (below boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served:  Nothing added

White Petal tea from Steven Smith Teamaker is a blend of Chinese white tea, Osmanthus flower and chamomile petal. Even though this is bagged tea, you can see the beautiful bring green tea leaves and colorful flower petals through the mesh. Steeped, the tea becomes a pretty light yellow. But, of course, the best part is how it tastes. The flavors are very subtle and delicate and though I didn’t add anything after steeping, it is creamy tasting. The overall taste is flowery and light without any sweetness or perfume qualities. It is easy to drink and delicious.

This tea is a great choice for people who enjoy lighter teas that still have lots of flavor. If you haven’t tried it yet, go for it.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.\. (just watch water temperature and don’t oversteep

Review: Golden Tips India’s Original Masala Chai and Okayti Silver Needle (White Tea) Darjeeling

Please note that while we were sent free samples of this tea to review we are just as critical of free tea. If we receive something we don’t like we give an honest review or skip it all together!

Golden Tips India’s Original Masala Chai Overall rating: 

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves: Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added, then as a latte

Chai is one of my favorites. I just love spicy and warming it is. I like to drink it black with nothing added (unusual, I know) and of course, I love a good chai latte. Because of my chai love affair, I was especially excited to try this tea. We reviewed another Golden Tips tea recently and really liked it. This gave me high hopes for their chai.

This tea smells amazing while it steeps. It gives off a spicy and inviting aroma that fills the room with the ginger and clover really standing out. The taste is just how you imagine, strong tea black tea flavors mixed with bold spices. For me it tasted great without anything added, but for fun I decided to make a latte for my second cup. Using frothed skim milk and a touch of honey, the chai latte was just as good. The milk toned down the spices somewhat, but it was still very flavorful. I would certainly recommend this chai to any chai-lover such as myself.

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves: Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: With milk & honey

Real chai has a very different texture than other loose leaf teas with tiny little bits of tea and cardamom pods. As soon as I opened this tea I could tell it was the real deal. This is a delicious and authentic chai. In India it is poured back and fourth or from a kettle hight up to a cup on the ground to create a nice frothy drink. I love most black teas with cream and sugar but chai is extra delicious this way. If you like a traditional chai I highly recommend this one!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves: Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 — this tea requires very little effort.

 

 

Golden Tips Okayti Silver Needle Darjeeling White Tea Overall rating: 

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3.5 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 175-180 below boiling
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Maybe it’s all the snow we have piling up around here, but I have a serious thing for white tea right now. I’ve always loved white tea, but it has become my go-to style these days. This means that I was super pumped when Golden Tips sent us a white tea for review. I’ve never tried a white tea darjeeling tea before. In fact, I’m not sure I knew it was really a thing. It is!

This tea is beautiful with long thin green leaves and it steeps to a pretty light yellow. It has a light floral and slightly grassy flavor that makes it very easy to drink. It tastes great on its own and because it’s mild it will also pairs well with many foods. I first had this tea in the morning with a breakfast of chocolate-chip zucchini bread (recipe to come shortly) and I thought it was a perfect match for a cold winter morning. White tea is lower in caffeine, so give this tea a try if you are caffeine sensitive or if you a looking for a nice light tea to drink anytime of day. Be careful not to steep it for too long! Like green tea, white tea can become bitter quickly if steeped for too long.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 175-180 below boiling
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: with honey

Some white teas are so light in flavor that they have almost no flavor at all. That isn’t the case with this white tea. I really love the rich floral notes in this tea! The only difficult part for me is that it is so easy to over steep both from leaving the leaves in the cup too long or from a temperature that is too hot. Be careful with this delicate tea and it will be well worth the trouble!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Snow Day Review: Numi Winter Spice

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It’s another snowy day here in New England! We’re beginning to wonder if it will ever stop! Do you think it will be July before we can see our lawns again?

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 — this tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2.5 minutes
Served: Nothing added then enjoyed with a touch of honey.

This a a great fall & winter tea. It has all of the same flavors as mulling spices. If you like a nice mulled wine or cider try this as a lighter version. The light clean taste of white tea pairs well with this traditional cold-weather spices giving them a chance to shine through.

This a great tea for anyone cutting back on caffeine. It would also be a good choice for late afternoon if you are sensitive to caffeine later in the day. Many decaf teas are a but lackluster so try this low caffeine option instead!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 — this tea is a bit delicate.

 

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Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged
Temperature: @180 (well below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Numi’s Winter Spice is a blend of delicate white tea, cinnamon, clove and orange peel. Dry in it’s bag and while it steeps this tea gives on a wonderful spicy and herbaceous aroma that makes you want to try it immediately. Although light, you are able to taste all of the ingredients in each sip. The cinnamon and clove come out at the front and the sweet orange lingers after. I wasn’t able to pull out the taste of the white tea in my first few sips, but then realized that the flavor of the tea is simply adding an earthiness or herb flavor to the traditionally sweet spices.

White tea is lowest in caffeine, so this tea makes the prefect afternoon cuppa! It  would also be a great way to warm up all day if you have made a resolution to cut the caffeine. BTW, are we still talking about resolutions now that is February? 🙂 Remember that white tea isn’t as forgiving as other teas, so don’t oversteep and make sure your water isn’t too hot!

Let’s not to forget to talk about some of the other reasons I love this tea: Organic – yay!, Fair-trade – double yay!, Non-GMO – hooray for food labeling! The more you know about where your food and tea come from the easier it is to make decisions about what you consume.

Pro tip: Resteep this tea! For the second steep I let it sit for 3.5 minutes. The second time around the cinnamon and clover were strong, but the orange peel faded. It was still tasty and worth the second cup!

 

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 — this tea is a bit delicate.

Review: The Persimmon Tree White Peony

The Persimmon Tree Tea Company was kind enough to send us tea samples for us to review.* Thank you!

The Persimmon Tree White Peony

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ boiling
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

This week Katie was unable to review tea with me, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one as I’m reviewing solo.

The dry White Peony tea from The Persimmon Tree smells good, fresh and green. The leaves are very dry, flaky and I had to submerge them into the hot water with a spoon because many were just floating on top. It then steeped to a pretty yellow color. The flavor was medium bodied with a strong earthy, chocolate-y flavor. There is a mild sweetness, but this tea is not sweet. I found that nothing extra was needed, no sweetener or milk/cream. It has a nice flavor of its own. Give this tea a try if you like white tea or green tea.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves –  A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

The Persimmon Tree White Peony

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas a we are of ones we purchase. If we receive a tea we can not rate at least 3 or better we sill simply not review it!

Review: Galleon Tea Sencha Fancy, Organic Royal Golden Yunnan & White Tip Oolong Fancy

Galleon Tea was generous enough to give us more samples of their teas!  Please see our first review of their tea: Golden Snail. For these three other teas we decided to simply review them all here in this post with the intention of giving our readers a sense of the types and quality of teas available from Galleon tea.

Abby says: White Tip Oolong Fancy (photo above) Oh, how I love oolong!  This tea did not disappoint. It has a light touch of earth flavors with hints of cocoa giving it some bitterness. An underlying subtle sweetness balances the bitterness perfectly and makes this tea easy to drink and gone, just like that!

Katie says: This tea was a very mild oolong. I did notice that I found Galleon’s teas mild across the board so I recommend using a good amount of loose tea or using a small cup like a traditional teacup & saucer for any of their teas. Oolong pairs well with chinese food but this is emil enough to enjoy with almost any meal. I like my tea with honey, but in this case I’d go with a raw sugar so it won’t change the taste of the tea.

Abby says: Organic Royal Golden Yunnan  (photo above) has a lovely nutty flavor with just a touch of smokiness. It was interesting and easy to drink. Again, a lighter version of what I typically find with this type of tea. With a larger sample to steep, I think it has the possibility of being very flavorful.

Katie says: I’ve had Golden Yunnan before and very much like the flavor. The other brand I tried was a strong black tea and I enjoyed it with cream & sugar. This was a milder version. There was still a black tea taste, but mild enough that even a lover of sugar & cream may want to enjoy this cup of tea black.

Abby says: Sencha Fancy  (photo above). For a sencha, I found this tea to be a bit light, but I could easily still pull out the classic sencha qualities. It has a bit of sweetness, like citrus, with a wonderful earthiness reminiscent of grass and spring time – or maybe that is just me hoping for am improvement in our weather.  

Katie says: This is s sweet mild green tea. I started with a hot cup with a little honey. I had a half a cup left and it had cooled. Some tea just won’t work for me cold. However, this mild tasting green was just as nice cold as warm. It would make a nice summer iced tea too!

Review: We Are Tea Immunitea

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate. White tea can be little tricky, make sure not to oversteep.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose
Temperature: Just below boiling
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

With the first sip, this tea gave me a chuckle an brought me back to being a kid again. You may wonder why. It tastes just like Cap’n Crunch! Seriously. This is not a joke. For this, I love this tea! It was so much fun to drink. I never though this would happen, either. There are no strange ingredients or sweeteners added. It is a blend of white tea, bamboo leaves and pomegranate. Somehow this creates an immediate flashback to the 1980’s when Cap’n Crunch was one of my favorite treats. Fun! It is a light, sweet, fragrant and easy to drink cuppa that will help you feel better this winter.

Other things that are fun about this tea: it helps boost your immune system (good name then, huh!) and We Are Tea is a wonderful and award-winning, independent tea company from the UK. Good stuff! So, give this tea a try.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate. White tea can be little tricky, make sure not to oversteep.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose
Temperature: Just below boiling
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Holy crunch berries! Abby & I tasted this tea together and had the same thought, call capt’n crunch, he’d love this tea! That being said, I really l really like it. It’s not an everyday tea for me, but when you’re in the mood for a sweet tea without the need for sugar this is a winner! I’d drink it just for the berry taste but who couldn’t use a boost of immunity?

After our tea party I had about 1/2 a pot of this left. I put it in the fridge to drink iced. Then I got the brilliant idea to mix it 1/2 & 1/2 with lemonade. The result was delicious crunch berry lemonade. What? I’m a genius you say? I know 😉 enjoy!

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate. White tea can be little tricky, make sure not to oversteep.

Review: Trader Joe’s Pomegranate White Tea

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Overall Rating:

Taste: 3 of 5 tea leaves – A decent, tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @180 (below boiling)
Steeped: 3-4 minutes
Served: Nothing added to start, then with a dab of honey

If white tea wasn’t listed in the name, I would have thought this was pomegranate herbal tea. The pomegranate totally overwhelms any tea flavor. Granted, white tea has a very mild flavor compared to other teas. It is just too bad that it is completely hidden, I would like to have tasted a true blend of the two flavors. This tea also has hibiscus flowers and lemongrass and I don’t get much of that either. Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way. I like this tea!

The classic pomegranate color is vibrant and cheery. The pomegranate taste is true, not artificial tasting at all and plenty tart! In fact, I added a little bit of honey after the first couple of sips to tone down the tartness with a little sweet. Then, it was even better. I would recommend this tea to anyone who likes the flavor of pomegranate or strong tasting herbal teas. Keep in mind, that although you can’t taste it, there is actual tea here. That menas caffeine even though white tea has a lower level of caffeine. This may be a nice a choice for those seeking a little caffeine while at the same time getting a herbal tea experience. I would certainly drink this tea again, in fact, I think it would make a terrific iced tea. But I would not choose this tea if I was looking for a taste of actual tea.

Taste: 3 of 5 tea leaves – A decent, tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is easy to make!

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Katie says:

Temperature: @180 (below boiling)
Steeped: 3-4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Abby & I often have similar reviews, but this time reading her review was like she had been reading my mind! If this had been an herbal tea I may have given it a higher rating. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good, it just doesn’t taste like it’s name and ingredients. If it didn’t list white tea on the box I’d think for sure it was an herbal tea. In fact, as Abby suggests, it would be quite nice as an iced tea. The flavor would be similar to the passion iced tea from Starbucks. This tea is a lovely red color and has a nice fruity flavor without tasting artificial. In my opinion the biggest flaw of this tea is that you can’t taste the white tea flavor.

Taste: 3 of 5 tea leaves – A decent, tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Review: Atlantic Spice Company White Tea

Atlantic Spice Co. Green Tea

(Photo by Katie Ring)

Overall Rating:

Taste 4.75 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Temperature: @ 180-200 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2-3 minutes (then re-steeped several times)
Served: Nothing added

White tea is one of my favorites because of its subtle yet complex flavor, and Atlantic Spice Company White tea is just that. In addition, each steep brings a slightly different flavor profile to the cup. This is a tea I like drinking all day, hot or cold. Generally with this tea I will steep it three or four times, each time leaving the tea in the hot water for longer lengths of time. On the first steep the tea will be a beautiful pale golden yellow and each steep following the color becomes sucessively weaker and more pale. The taste changes as well, while still keeping that signature white tea flavor.

White tea and this one in particular is great if you are looking for a satisfying subtle tea. Keep in mind that this tea is a little fussy and can easily be over-steeped. This tea is also loose, so it requires a teapot or filler tea bags.

Taste 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Temperature: below boiling
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: Nothing added

I have to say this was a welcome treat after last week’s Lipton white tea review. That tea was just OK, but this white tea, from Atlantic Spice Company, is fantastic! To me it is similar to the difference between homemade and store-bought food. The lipton tea had smaller leaves and more ingredients than seemed necessary. This one is just white tea, pure, simple, and with nice big whole leaves!

White tea, like green tea, is easily over-steeped. So, when brewing a cup make sure that your water isn’t too hot I suggest letting it boil and then cool for a few minutes or catch it right before boiling. You should also avoid over-steeping this tea;  just a minute for the first cup. I like to use a tea ball infuser like this one.

As Abby mentioned, when steeped properly this tea can be sipped all day. It has a mild yet satisfying flavor and with short steeping times it isn’t bitter at all. The best way I can describe it is that is has a very clean simple and refreshing taste. One of my all-time favorite white teas!

Taste 5 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.