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It seems like I am on a white tea kick. So please feign your surprise that I am drinking and reviewing yet another white tea – this time White Peony. This tea was included in my white tea sampler from Adagio Teas.

Composition: White tea from the Fujian province of China.

Dry Visual: White Peony, known locally as Pai Mu Tan, is tea made from tea buds collected and withered prior to opening. This tea is fun to look at – the whole, unfurled leaves remind of Christmas. The leaves are various shades of large leaves and appear to have a fresh dusting of frost.

Dry Aroma: An earthy mix – part woodsy yet partially earthy.

Flavor: Very mild and delicate flavor – White Peony is naturally sweet. There is no need to add sweetener, but if you decide to only a dab is necessary. My recommendation would be Sugar in the Raw over Honey. White Peony is delicious; however, I did not see a significant difference between this tea, Silver Needle and Decadence.  They are almost interchangeable.

Liquor: A rich but light golden color.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 7 minutes.  I brewed for the recommended 7 minutes.

Manufacturer: Adagio Teas

Caffeine: Yes

Tomorrow, I’ll have to surprise you and drink a different tea for review and posting. Perhaps a good oolong or puerh. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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All weekend long, I have been drinking Silver Needle. Purchased as part of my White Tea Sampler from Adagio teas, I was excited to brew and taste. For over a year, I enjoyed Winter White Earl Grey by Harney and Sons daily. The purchase of the White Tea Sampler was encouraged by my desire to enjoy a pure White Tea with no added flavors. After brewing and tasting, I could not wait to share my Silver Needle experience.

Composition: White tea, nothing more and nothing less.

Dry Visual: Very green rolled leaves (resembling fat pine needles) with silver fur – hence the name.

Dry Aroma: Slightly vegetal – but very light. 

Flavor: Delicious! I was very impressed with the light taste. Naturally sweet, easily enjoyed both with or without sweetener. I must admit depending upon my mood I really enjoyed with just a hint of sugar in the raw – preferring it over honey whose flavor almost overpowered the delicate taste of Silver Needle. This tea had  very unique flavor – not vegetal, not woodsy, not smokey, just pure tea. I could drink Silver Needle every day.

Liquor: Beautiful amber – actually gold color.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 7 minutes.  I brewed for 7 minutes during the first two infusions. 10 to 12 minutes for subsequent infusions using my new Yixing Teapot dedicated to white teas.

Manufacturer: Adagio Teas

Caffeine: Yes

Silver Needle is a tea I could drink on a daily basis. It is light and refreshing maintaining its character after multiple infusions. Never bitter always delicious. Until we meet again… Happy Tea Drinking!

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