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. :)