Origin: Fujian, China
Price: Sample (regular price – $22.95 for 3oz.)
Vendor: Teas Etc
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1 teaspoon of leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 180°F-190°F, steeped for 3 -6 minutes
Overall Score: 3.7 out of 5
Bai Hao Silver Needle is an organic Chinese white tea. A fresh and sweet aroma comes from the dry leaves. There is a little grassiness in the aroma, but overall the leaves smell very fresh like recently cut grass… that clean smell. These leaves are long, hairy, buds that are light green in color.
The aroma is subtle, but when I finally find it, it smells grassy and dew-like. The liquor is an exceptionally light yellow color.
The taste is subtle and mellow. It has a nice, sweet, grassy flavor. It is not bitter, but it does dry my mouth out after the first 2oz cup. The flavor is really delicate, but the reward is how sweet it is. However, it is more astringent than I care for.
The vendor describes this tea as “smooth,” but I am not sure where they taste that. The taste of this tea is so light that it’s hard to find and by the time it’s found it’s too astringent to fully enjoy. This is my opinion after steeping it for 2 minutes. Maybe an extra 30 seconds to 1 minute might help that.
Monday, June 8, 2009