Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Teavivre Jasmine Silver Needle

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: straight and fat, covered in downy hair
Ingredients: jasmine scented white tea
Steep time: 40 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: very pale

Most jasmine scented teas that I have come across were green teas so I was intrigued by this white tea rendition. It was mellow and sweetly floral but not intensely so. I was happy to find that the jasmine scenting was not perfumy or heavy. The finish was slightly dry but there was no bitterness and it had a smooth mouth-feel. I was able to get many infusions from this tea and the flavors evolved and grew stronger each time. I gave up after round four but I probably could have squeezed another one in. This would make an excellent cold brewed iced tea in the summer. Plain and simple silver needle is still my preference but this was an interesting break from the norm. I love that Teavivre provides detailed information about how this tea was scented and where it comes from. They even give a short profile of the farmer who produced it.

You can find out more about this tea here.