Good Morning tea-lovers!
Here we have a special Silver Needle from Tea Story.
This is Yin Zhen 1st Grade White Tea.
On opening the sample pack I smell a rather mild hay-like aroma which is very pleasant and delicate.
The rolled up tea leaves are very similar looking to rosemary sprigs.
Tea Story advise that for brewing you allow 1,5 tsp for 200ml, brew for 3-6 minutes at around 80 degrees.
I pop my kettle on to boil and take out my fine china cup (always a must for fine teas).
My kettle has now boiled so I pour the hot liquid into my teapot and let the leaves infuse for 6 minutes for the fullest flavour.
After 6 minutes I pour the tea-infused liquid into my cup and give it a very delicate swirl with my teaspoon.
I savour the teas aroma some more before tasting. I think that the tea will taste mild, clean and slightly sweet, lets see if my predictions were right.
I take a small sip of the tea and yes I was right, the tea is mild, sweet, clean tasting and very delicate and delicious.
Tea Story describes this tea as-
The creme de la creme of white teas.
Bai Hao Yinzhen, known also as Silver Needle, or White Down (Hair) Silver Needle. Produced in the Fuding and Zhenhe districts of its Fujian province.
The finest and most delicate of White teas. It is produced using only the most tender tea buds from the first flush of Da Bai (Great White) tea tree, which generally take place between late March to early April.
Its fragrance is refreshingly sweet while the taste is clean, smooth and very delicate. The lingering fragrance is delicately honeysuckle floral, with a warmed sugar sweetness. Refreshing texture that is soft and airy on the palate.
Brewing Instructions: 1,5 tsp for 200ml, 3-6 min, 80 °C
This particular tea is very good for multiple infusions. Just add fresh hot water to the pot and increase the steeping time slightly for each subsequent infusion. Repeat until the flavor starts to fade.
How many cups of tea there is:
20 grams – 16 cups*
50 grams – 41 cups*
100 grams – 83 cups*
150 grams – 125 cups*
250 grams – 208 cups*
* – on average, based on 200 ml cup and one infusion
- Appearance: needle shaped buds covered with silvery down
- Aroma: sweet and lingering fragrance with delicate honeysuckle floral
- Infusion: clear golden yellow
- Taste: refreshingly sweet, clean, smooth and very delicate
Overall I would describe this tea as refreshing, mild and slightly sweet. A lovely tea, thank you Tea Story.