Review: Driftwood Tea Organic Doke Silver Needle Second Flush

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Thumbs up!"A white tea for green tea lovers, this cup is grassier and less fruity than other white teas. This is definitely worth a try for those looking to expand their horizons. "
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This is my first time trying a white tea from India. This particular example originates from Doke, a small, family-run garden in the northern state of Bihar. Chinese silver needle teas are normally harvested only once a year. These Indian producers are clearly innovators when it comes to white tea, daring a second harvest in the year. The elegant silver and olive leaves have a graceful air to them. Their aroma is a delicious mix of jasmine and honey.

White teas can be tricky to brew, so I followed Driftwood's recommendations, infusing 3 grams of leaf in 8 ounces of water heated to 75 degrees Celsius for 2 minutes. The pale tan-coloured cup is a bit darker in colour than one would expect. This is quite a flavourful tea as far as white teas go. The nutty and briny top notes are followed by some smooth floral tones and a sweet grassy finish. There is also an important mineral dimension to the cup. Normally I might find this disappointing especially during the initial infusion, but it highlights the other flavours brilliantly. The cup has a creamy, substantial quality to it that is rarely found in white teas. I feel a little thrown for a loop, but in the most pleasant way possible!

Driftwood suggests brewing this tea up to three times. After 3 minutes, my second round is more pungent than the first cup, all grass and savoury herbs. Oregano and thyme come to mind in particular. It's definitely more astringent but I don't mind. The flavours are well balanced, so a bit of bite doesn't detract from the overall effect.

Following a 4 and a half minute steep, the tea is smooth, buttery and herbaceous. There's still a definite astringency to the cup but again, nothing too harsh that would detract from the experience. It's basically a muted version of the previous cup.

I even manage to pull a fourth cup out of the leaves after a 6 minute-long steep. The intensity of the flavour has faded at this point but there are no unpleasant drawbacks that make themselves known either. What is left is a mild and smooth grassy cup – simple and satisfying in its own way.

A white tea for green tea lovers, this cup is grassier and less fruity than other white teas. This is definitely worth a try for those looking to expand their horizons. I will definitely keep an eye for white teas coming from India in the future. They are on to something goooood!

— To purchase Driftwood Tea Organic Doke Silver Needle Second Flush, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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