Tea Company: Canton Tea Co. (website)
Ingredients: White Tea
Vendor Suggested Preparation: Use 1-2 tsp per cup (200ml); water temperature around 75 deg C (167 deg F) and infuse for 2-3 mins; and infuse 2-3 times
I’m sure I’ve had a silver needle before, but I don’t have any recollection of it.
I brewed it for 2 min’s at 175 degrees. After the allotted time brewing the coloring as surprisingly fair. The lightest hint of gold, it was almost barely there. Holding it up to the light, there was a warm glow, but I had to double check that I had prepared it properly and I had.
The leaves dry, are a little fuzzy with a faint silvery green in color. When brewed they resemble teeny tiny little pea pods, cute actually. The aroma right from the package is also faint, you have to crush a little of the leaves to release their oils and fragrance.
I rarely add anything to my tea, unless it’s a black and this was no exception. I wanted to taste all notes of the flavor, but there was very little there. It left me feeling like I simply drank a mug of hot water. If I were looking for a warm drink with out the rich tannins of a black tea, I may reach for this and I would never turn it down, however, it was forgettable. I wanted it to be a little more, I had higher expectations, but this is a quiet, tranquil tea. You just have to accept that.
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