As I’m sure you are aware, Teavana recently closed all of its retail locations. This was very sad to me because although I don’t order any stuff from them online, I do really enjoy going their stores when I am at the mall. It is a nice way to kill time when I’m waiting for other people and it is really one of the only tea-centered retail chains in the U.S. I’ve had so much fun browsing their mall locations in the past, but this time I was on a mission.
Like a shrewd businessman, I decided to buy up a lot of their higher quality teas at a quarter of the price right as they were closing down. I got some Imperial Gyokuro at 75% off and I also picked up about a pound of this Jasmine Silver needle, which I am drinking today.
This tea is very heavy on the Jasmine, but the fresh white tea is still noticeable. One of the reasons I like this tea is that it does very well iced. You can even cold brew it if you want. When I go out for boat trips in the summer, I like to just throw half a handful of this tea into a huge pitcher and have cold brewed white tea for the whole day. For some reason, I always think white teas make the best iced teas. They are so light and refreshing, I can really drink them all day.
The aroma coming off of this tea isn’t quite as strong as you might think, but there is a note of Jasmine, which is quite nice. The tea itself has a bold, full-bodied flavor to it, but the subtle taste of jasmine is quite light and dances on the back of the tongue. Typically, you would steep this tea at 185 degrees Fahrenheit, but every once and awhile I tend to go a little bit higher. If you use a higher temperature water, you can definitely experience some bitterness here. Sometimes I like a bitter white tea, other times I’m not really in the mood for it.
Although I really do like the Jasmine, I might have to say this is not the best tea blend. I think silver needle is such a gentle tea, it gets overpowered by the jasmine flowers. I love jasmine green teas because the flavors balance it out, but with this one it does not quite work as well. I would much prefer either a plain silver needle or a jasmine green tea. That being said, I think this tea tastes really good and I definitely like to keep it around the house so I have it.
In the near future, I will try to do more white tea reviews, but for right now it is a little bit tough because I get so may oolongs and green teas. Do you guys always have white tea, green tea, oolong tea and black tea in your house or do you only have one or two varieties at a time? I am curious to hear what you think in the comments!