Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: twisted, grayish-green
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale gold
I grabbed some of Adagio’s elusive Brigadoon last year and was able to add this green tea to my order as a free sample. I’m always on the lookout for new pure teas to try so Silver Sprout grabbed my attention. Their website didn’t give exactly where it is from but they do mention that it is a chun mee style. That means it is most likely from Jiangxi province but that is only a guess.
The dry leaves were twisted with a slightly broken appearance. They were surprisingly dark for a green tea. The buds scattered throughout had a slight grayish-green cast to them. A sweet floral aroma was apparent when I added them to my warmed glass teapot. I followed Adagio’s recommendations, steeping at 180 degrees for 3 minutes. If you prefer your green teas on the mild side, you may want to experiment with dialing that back slightly.
Silver Sprout brewed up a pale buttery shade of gold. The taste was nutty with notes of sweet corn. Subtle smoke and floral notes echoing the aroma of the dry leaves transitioned to an almost creamy finish. There was only the faintest hint of astringency. My second infusion was more vegetal but not offensively so. Fresh sugar snap peas came to mind.
At $0.16 per cup, Silver Sprout is a solid daily drinker. I would definitely recommend it to fans of gunpowder green tea looking to step up their game a bit. This tea was featured as part of Adagio’s CommuniTEA, so there are many recent reviews if you’d like to get multiple perspectives.
Have you ever tried Silver Sprout? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.