January 2022 harvest
A mild and unassuming white tea like many silver needles, though with plenty of nuance if that’s your thing. Nice structure — modest yet full aroma, very fluid viscosity upfront moves to spring water sweetness mid-mouth and finishes clean with mouth-watering minerality and quiet sweetness. Neutral energy.
I’ve tried water temperatures higher than 185F for these needles, but doing so only kills the numerous soft nuances and brings about an astringency that need not be there with a first steep. Because of this, I can’t say I’d recommend the tea to those newer to brewing. I’d stick to 185F, maybe lower but I haven’t tried.
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
The superfluous language makes me feel sick but maybe I’ll be able to slog through it.
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Banana, Bark, Camphor, Cantaloupe, Caramel, Cream, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Flowers, Hazelnut, Herbaceous, Hot Hay, Linens, Marshmallow, Mineral, Nutty, Pear, Peppercorn, Rose, Rosemary, Soft, Spicy, Spring Water, Straw, Toast, Tobacco, Vanilla, Viscous, Watermelon