I don’t generally like silver needle tea or other fuzzy young whites, so I probably shouldn’t have bought this, but those little buds were too cute to pass up. Sadly, my first instinct was correct: this tea tasted like licking a popsicle stick.
I did a fairly standard gongfu brew in a thin porcelain gaiwan. I tried brewing it at the recommended 90 degrees at first even though it raised a brow. Once again, my first instinct was correct: hitting it with boiling water like a silver needle yielded a note of delicate sweetness that the lower temperature didn’t. Not enough to make me love the tea, but enough to improve it.
Flavors: Starfruit, Woody