Early Spring Yunnan Silver Needles

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 17 oz / 500 ml

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This batch of Silver Needles is from the first pluck of the Spring, 2010 season. The buds are a little bit smaller than last year’s harvest due to their early harvest and the unfortunate drought conditions in Yunnan so far this year. The flavor is smooth, delicate and sweet, and, if you haven’t tried a fresh harvest of white tea before, I highly recommend giving this tea a try.

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This silver needles white tea is composed entirely of hand picked tender young buds from tea plants grown near Pu-Erh City (formerly Simao City) in Simao County of Pu-Erh Prefecture (see map) in Yunnan province. These pretty young buds are covered in the downy white hairs typical of Silver Needles, or “Yin Zhen” style white teas. It produces a light colored liquor with a subtle grassy-sweet aroma.

White teas have the reputation of having the highest amount of antioxidants of the styles of tea because of their unprocessed nature. Folk wisdom in China says that white tea also lowers body temperature, so they are considered ideal for hot weather. They are typically steeped at a lower temperature than other tea types, so they also have the reputation of having lower amounts of caffeine in the infused liquor than other teas. Whether these claims are true or not is up to the scientific community, but it is definitely true that this is a very pleasant and refreshing tea for any occasion.

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259 tasting notes

This pale yellow tea belies its simple color by packing a good deal of complexity and flavor range into my cup. It does not have some of the overwhelming vegetal taste of the greens (which I do like—-I’ve discovered that I like hot buttered “spinach” in my cup.

This tea is more delicate yet quite fulfilling. The “vegetal” elements have been reigned into a decorous garden taste. The tea is naturally sweet on its own and has got a lot of “buttah” as well—not cardiac strength butter, but a delicate amount.

The tea conjures up a sort of pure elegance and understated glamour. I don’t see how anyone could dislike this. I also am rethinking my earlier and stupid aversion to white teas as being tasteless and packing no punch. That prejudice was ingrained, no doubt, by somebody’s elderly tea-bag once upon a time. This tea makes me want to try more silver needle types and start paying attention to white teas in general.

2 min, 45 sec

Mmm…it’s like buttah!

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311 tasting notes

Another very nice session with this tea today. Mellow, delicate, floral, delicious. A good start to the day, with about 6 infusions.

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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64 tasting notes

A favorite of mine for it’s cooling qi. Lightly buttery, ever-so-slight astringency, and vegetal overtones. Quite a complex taste, I can’t quite call it camphorous but I seem to feel it somewhere on my pallet.

180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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2031 tasting notes

A sample I’ve been eyeing for a while. My fail yesterday made me want to try another white. I’m a bit of a masochist that way.

This makes a pale yellow clear tea that smells sweet, like nectar. It also has a definite flavor, though I’m at a loss to describe it because it is, to me, anyway, extremely subtle. It tastes a lot like it smells. “Delicate and sweet” is about right — I’m not getting the complexity others who tasted this have, but then again my sample is quite old.

It’s pleasant enough, though I think white teas may just not be my thing — which is somewhat unfortunate as I have an awful lot of them in my stash.

I give it points for having a definite flavor. If I was going to drink white tea, I wouldn’t mind drinking this one.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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