Friday, April 5, 2013

The Persimmon Tree Silver Needle

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: varied green, covered in downy hairs
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 4 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: gold

This tea was a classic silver needle. I loved the fuzzy and fluffy leaves. They almost sprung out of the canister when I opened it. The steeped tea was delicate and sweet with vegetal and floral notes. There was also a nice biscuity quality that made this a very comforting cup. That taste is one of my favorite things about silver needle and I was happy to find it in this one. The finish was clean and there was no bitterness or astringency. A second infusion proved just as delicious and I probably could have squeezed out at least one more. This would be a great tea to drink "grandpa style", meaning that you can just throw the leaves in your mug and drink at will. This type of white tea won't get bitter the way other kinds of tea might. I plan to bring the rest of my tin to work for that very reason. This is the second unflavored tea that I've tried from The Persimmon Tree and they have both been excellent.

You can find out more about this tea here.