This tea was produced in Fuding, located in the Chinese province of Fujian. The leaves were scented up to 6 times, for 6 to 7 hours each round. Teavivre’s informative website is worth a visit for more details on the production of t...
This tea was produced in Fuding, located in the Chinese province of Fujian. The leaves were scented up to 6 times, for 6 to 7 hours each round. Teavivre’s informative website is worth a visit for more details on the production of this tea. Looking at my sample, the silver and grey leaves are very downy. They are mostly whole, with a few broken bits here and there. Their aroma is predictably floral, bordering on soapy.
I used the instructions posted on Teavivre’s website, infusing 3 grams of leaf in 8 ounces of water heated to 80 degrees Celsius for 1 minute. My sample’s package recommends a temperature of 85 degrees, but 80 seems safer. A pale gold cup ensues. It’s scented with a sweet jasmine perfume, obvious but not overwhelming. The jasmine and the leaves’ flavours mesh well, the tea being smooth, slightly buttery and floral. There are also some thirst-quenching cucumber, honeydew melon and mineral notes. All in all the results are good but not great.
I much prefer the following steep. Following a 2 minute-long infusion, the tea’s flavour is more focused around the leave’s contribution than the jasmine’s. Slightly astringent grass and green bean notes have developed, giving the cup a more substantial feel. The finish is less sweet but somehow more filling.
I steep the leaves again for 3 minutes. The flavour profile is more astringent and mineral still. The cup is less pleasant overall but definitely still drinkable, especially since strong jasmine notes chime in for the finish.
I try a fourth infusion, thinking that it will be my last. After a 4 and a half minute-long brew, the tea is smooth, sweet, floral, with a hint of honeydew melon and honey. It becomes a bit more astringent as it cools, but the results are quite good – somehow even better than the previous steep.
I can’t help but try a fifth steep, clocking in at 6 minutes. The leaves are definitely passed their prime now, but not in any unpleasant way. While it’s a bit bland, the jasmine still kicks in a bit of smooth floral sweetness. There is no bitterness or astringency present.
This is a very pleasant example of a jasmine silver needle. It strikes a good balance between the leaves’ buttery contribution and the jasmine’s sweet, juicy notes. It is a bit pricey but the leaves have an amazing amount of staying power. Taking into account the number of possible infusions reduces the cost significantly. My one pet peeve is the discrepancy in the brewing instructions between the website and the package, but that’s a minor detail. This is a good bet for white tea and jasmine lovers alike.