The leaves are small, slender, silver and grey and smell very floral. Brewed leaves are golden green and vegetal. Starts off light, sweet and nutty. Gains a twinge of bitter and for a second I think it’s going to turn spicy, but instead deepens a bit in mouth feel and reveals some veg. There’s something a tad unorganic tasting here. Second steep is bitter so I cut the steep time, third is more veg but still bitter, down the drain and moving on ::shrug::
Song Zhen Needle Green Tea
Part of Teavana’s Tea Prosperity Collection. Song Zhen Needle, from the Fujian Province of China, is a relative newcomer in the long history of Chinese tea, this tea resulted from much experimentation and research by An Hua County Tea Research Association located in Hunan province. With long thin leaves (resembling pine needles), this tender and delicate tea is harvested only once a year in the early Spring. One bud and two leaves are plucked when there is fine downy hair on the buds. The infusion flavor has a nutty beginning with a mild bitter-sweet middle note and sweet finish.