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I really enjoyed my experience with this tea today! I was very careful to follow the instructions provided to me by a professional source and I made a great effort to adhere to ideal steeping and brewing procedures. The overall flavor of the tea was a bit better than when I was more negligent in my steeping and brewing. I was also pleased to discover that Jing provides quality Silver Needle buds. Yes, I found a leaf or two in the bag, but I won’t hold it against them. Haha.

Let’s talk aromas and flavors. Aroma: mostly earthy smells like hay and jasmine, but with some light sweet undertones. Flavor: like water (at first, of course), but the delicate sweetness comes through. The finish is not very strong, and why would it be? Everything about the flavor, body and liquor is light and subtle. In sum, it’s a very pleasant tea. However, I would not turn to this every morning. I need more poignant flavors to wake me up than Yin Zhen can provide. :)

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165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I steep mine at 3 as well- the flavor really pops! But 165? will have to try that. What’s your source?

mermaidcatch

Harney and Sons Guide to Tea.He actually recommends 175 for this tea, but he also mentions that white teas are generally good in water from 160-190 degrees. I shot for a lower temperature to avoid scorching the tea. Maybe those extra 10 degrees make a big difference in flavor, though. I don’’t know.

Cofftea

Oh ok. I normally do 180. I’ll try lowering the temp.

mermaidcatch

Let me know what you think. If it’s better higher, I’ll raise the temp a bit.

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Cofftea

I steep mine at 3 as well- the flavor really pops! But 165? will have to try that. What’s your source?

mermaidcatch

Harney and Sons Guide to Tea.He actually recommends 175 for this tea, but he also mentions that white teas are generally good in water from 160-190 degrees. I shot for a lower temperature to avoid scorching the tea. Maybe those extra 10 degrees make a big difference in flavor, though. I don’’t know.

Cofftea

Oh ok. I normally do 180. I’ll try lowering the temp.

mermaidcatch

Let me know what you think. If it’s better higher, I’ll raise the temp a bit.

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I’m a tea novice, but I am very interested in widening my palate and exploring different tea types and companies. Other than tea, my interests include studying and teaching ancient Latin (and exploring foreign languages in general), participating in local community theatre productions, and reading.

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