Your Cart is Empty

Tea Review: Organic Silverback White

February 23, 2009


The thing that initially caught my attention about DAVIDsTEA’s Reserve Collection Organic Silverback White was that part of its name referenced the top member of a gorilla troup, which led inescapably to my curiosity to try it. On a less conceptual level, I was also quite intrigued by a white tea grown and processed in Kenya. Small yield, high labor tea production is the antithesis of what the Kenya plantations are most widely known for, so a white tea is certainly unexpected. This particular tea is grown on one of George Williamson’s estates, at a very high elevation approximately 6500 feet above sea level in the Nandi region. Only 600 kilograms of this white silvertip are produced each year, which makes it quite special.

The Silverback White is, in essence, very similar to the white teas grown in China, but as I had anticipated, the differences in environmental conditions between China and Kenya result in a significantly different character of tea. DAVIDsTEA’s description:

“Kenya has done a magnificent job of growing Asian tea plants and producing traditional teas with flavours all their own. This organic white is a prime example. It has a luxurious, oolong-style flavour, and a rare, haunting finish that evokes the vast African landscape. The nutrient-rich soil, heavy mists and bright sun have all contributed to create an exciting tea worthy of our reserve collection.”

The liquor of the Silverback White is aromatic and sweet, with a faint and pleasant hint of clove. But its most distinctive aspect is the incredible silken feel of the tea in the mouth. In general I would say that compared to other white teas that I have tasted this tea is more fully flavored and slicker. The taste is also a little less grassy. The mouthfeel and scent are quite reminiscent of honey, brought out most prominently in the second infusion.

Like any white tea it should be brewed gently, at around 185 degrees and with the best quality water available. I would recommend brewing it in glass or porcelain. A gaiwan works nicely, but a glass teapot is also appropriate. It exhibited the best of its qualities when I brewed it in a small glass gongfu teapot using lots of leaf and short infusions. This tea can yield four infusions without losing its flavor, although the second is notably the best of the four.

Silverback White is a very lovely and exceptional tea. It is interesting to compare it to Chinese white teas, but it stands admirably on its own merits and is well worth a try. I have tasted it several times and have found it startlingly good each time.

Possibly Related Posts:

Also in Blog: Cheap, Deals, Reviews, Best, Online, Free

On Tea Evangelism – Part 2

April 25, 2019 0 Comments

Continued From On Tea Evangelism – Part 1 The Los Angeles Times recently ran an article “Finding a haven at Tea Habitat, Alhambra’s secret shop for tea geeks.”  That business and vendor overlap with a tea type that does occasionally come up in media sources, Dan Cong oolong; with the … Continue reading

The post On Tea Evangelism – Part 2 appeared first on T Ching.

Read More
On Tea Evangelism – Part 1

April 24, 2019 0 Comments

I wanted to write a short opinion-oriented post for T Ching for once; to get away from the interviews, research, and topic-summary themes.  I talk a lot about tea; why not cover how that goes? Google + ending had me thinking quite a bit about social media, but I’ve posted … Continue reading

The post On Tea Evangelism – Part 1 appeared first on T Ching.

Read More
5 Health Trends That are Already Rocking 2019

April 23, 2019 0 Comments

 It’s already spring, and suddenly, many of us are realizing that 2019 is well underway. So what’s trending in the health world this year?  In 2019, trends in health and wellness are all about reconnecting with our senses. Whether it be a cup of herbal tea or bathing in the green glow of a forest, [...]

The post 5 Health Trends That are Already Rocking 2019 appeared first on The Daily Tea.

Read More


Spin to win Spinner icon