No. 26 Yunnan Silver Needle

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White Tea
White Tea
Floral, Grass, Hay, Herbaceous, Honeysuckle, Melon, Peas, Vegetal
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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 oz / 350 ml

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Harvested in early spring, this white tea is produced in the Yunnan Province of China, the birthplace of tea, and is made from only the bud of the tea bush. With delicate sweetness and melon-like flavor, it has subtle floral notes and a lingering complexity telling of the terroir of Yunnan.

Tasting Notes: Hay, bitter greens, honey

Ingredients: Spring harvested white tea from Yunnan, China.

Preparation: For best flavor, bring spring or freshly drawn filtered water to 190 degrees. Steep three minutes and enjoy Yunnanimous approval.

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I received a bag of this from a cupboard sale from Ost several summers ago, so thank you Ost! Now I see that bag has a “packed on” date from 2016, so this has been a major priority for sipdown. I had a Silver Needle tea not long ago gong fu style, but I just ain’t got no time for that when I need to sip down nearly 2 ounces of this stuff, so this has been my morning (and lunchtime second cuppa) take-to-work-thermos tea for a while now. I brew just slightly over 2g in 185F water for 3 minutes, western style.

The tea has a grassy, warm hay flavor. It’s a little sweet toward the end of the sip, a bit like melon water and slightly floral, like honeysuckle. Mostly it’s quite vegetal, slightly herbaceous, and very subtly floral. I’ve been getting a light pea-like note, as well. Probably not the sort of tea most people would choose as their first morning cuppa, but I’ve been enjoying it enough as I sip it down.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Hay, Herbaceous, Honeysuckle, Melon, Peas, Vegetal

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

I’m sipping an Ost tea today too. :D

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