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I love silver needles. This is my third try of a regional silver needle, and they are all so different it’s shocking.

The Yunnan Silver Needle has a delicate grassy smell, with light hints of something more leafy and green. Very savory, I would compare it to a vegetable soup broth.

It’s a sweeter silver needle, slightly fruity. There’s definitely a sweet corn-like taste that’s very appealing. Smooth mouthfeel, not as supple as the Kenyan Silver Needle, but definitely acres better than the Nepal Silver Needle. The smokiness at the end is very subtle, so don’t go comparing this to a lapsang souchong. I think the savory sweetness of this one might have won me over, though. This is such a friendly little white.

Flavors: Cedar, Dandelion, Kettle Corn, Smoke, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 160 ML

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