Saturday, August 28, 2010

Canton Tea Co Silver Yin Zehn

Accord to Canton Tea Co. this tea is grown in the Fujian Province of China. The leaves were completely covered in the downy hairs that silver needle is famous for. However, my sample had more than a few broken leaves. I chalk that up to shipping damage as that is not the norm for silver needle. I steeped this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 170 degree water and 2 minute infusions. Post steeping the leaves were especially plump and green. The liquor was very pale.

This tea was everything that I love about good quality white teas, delicate but with a wide range of experiences in single session. The first infusion had the typical melon-like quality that I would expect. As it cooled this flavor became more pronounced. The second infusion was more floral and had a honey aftertaste. The third brought out some nutty notes. There was a sweetness that lingered long after each sip. I would definitely recommend this tea.

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