Silver Needles White tea of Feng Qing * Spring 2016

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
White Tea
Flavors
Apricot, banana, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Mineral, Sweet, Wood, Butter, Cinnamon, Fruity
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “I like white tea, but never seem to buy or drink much of it, possibly because I’m still unsure about the brewing parameters. Do you do long steeps at 175F, short steeps in boiling water, or...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Begins with a very smooth, buttery taste for the first few steepings. With further steepings, it takes on a primarily hay flavour, which I’m personally not fond of, hence my rating, but the first...” Read full tasting note
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High quality hand-picked and processed silver needles (pure bud) white tea from Da Si village in Feng Qing county of Lincang. Slight cinnamon spice aroma and fruit when brewed. Thick and sweet. Very lubricating mouth-feel that stays in the mouth after drinking.

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I like white tea, but never seem to buy or drink much of it, possibly because I’m still unsure about the brewing parameters. Do you do long steeps at 175F, short steeps in boiling water, or something in between? The end result is that I tend to go with none of the above.

I decided to brew 5 g of this tea in a 120 ml teapot at 185F for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds, followed by a really long soak to get all the flavour.

The first steep has mild notes of hay, wood, soybeans, linen, apricot, and grain, and a wonderfully long aftertaste that intensifies the fruit. The second steep ramps up the flavours and weirdly makes me think I’m drinking pencil shavings. This is a sweet and woody tea.

As the session goes on, I get notes of banana, herbs, and minerals, and the tea gradually loses its intensity. I don’t get any cinnamon or spice notes.

This is a tasty white tea that I’ll enjoy finishing. Maybe I’ll even discover the right way to brew it.

Flavors: Apricot, banana, Grain, Hay, Herbs, Mineral, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
tperez

I’m never quite sure what temp to brew whites at either… I usually do around 190F, 8g in 120mL

Leafhopper

That’s a lot of leaf! Your teapot must be almost full.

tperez

Yeah with white peony its almost overflowing haha

Leafhopper

I’ll have to try this method, though I’m sure there’s the potential for bitterness. My Teavivre Organic White Peony might be able to hold up to it, but this Feng Qing silver needle might get too astringent. Clearly, I need more whites to experiment with …

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Begins with a very smooth, buttery taste for the first few steepings. With further steepings, it takes on a primarily hay flavour, which I’m personally not fond of, hence my rating, but the first steepings were very nice. The cinnamon spice and fruity flavours advertised were extremely subtle.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Fruity, Hay

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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