White Lynx - Yunnan Silver Needle

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
White Tea
Flavors
Cocoa, Cucumber, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Honeydew, Melon, Nuts, Pepper, Smoke, Tannin, Nutty, Stonefruits
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “I’m putting this one into my “tricky steeper” file; when it worked it was awesome but when it didn’t it was meh. I also never got it to fly through multiple steeps (over 2). The perfect cup was...” Read full tasting note
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  • “hmm this was fairly light in flavours and not like most of the silver needles I have mad in the past. I got some hay notes, general white tea flavour, but not a lot of specific flavours that I can...” Read full tasting note
  • “Right into it – this smells like a dewy, honeyed nectarine dripping all over my face. It’s so luscious and full, I literally fell back when I stuck my nose in the bag. Brewed it smells more like...” Read full tasting note
    96

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This Silver Needle from Yunnan is hand-picked and -processed and consists only of the top unopened tea leaf buds. The aroma of the wet leaves is pleasantly spicy. The liquor has a mellow, smooth and sweet taste with fruity notes and a slightly smoky, lingering finish. White Lynx is a super-delicious white tea and what is more, it offers an unbeatable value for money.

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I’m putting this one into my “tricky steeper” file; when it worked it was awesome but when it didn’t it was meh. I also never got it to fly through multiple steeps (over 2).

The perfect cup was nuanced- mellow hay and cucumber layered with honey, stonefruits, melon, and nuts covered with a light dab of cocoa- leaving the mouth full of something surprisingly equal parts fruity (sweet, melon) and savoury (pepper, walnut, and smoke). The hint of “spice” reminds me a tad of juniper and cedar. There is also a touch of something subtly creamy smooth, like rice or coconut water, or maybe almond milk. This cup pairs surprisingly well with a chocolate peanut bar.

On a bad day it tasted like burnt hay and astringent messiness. Fickle, fickle tea.

Thankfully for the sipdown, today was a good day. Teabento says steep at 80C or 85C and I found life was better if it was steeped somewhere in the middle of this range.

Steep Count: 2 + Rinse

(Sample generously provided by Teabento)

Flavors: Cocoa, Cucumber, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Honeydew, Melon, Nuts, Pepper, Smoke

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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hmm this was fairly light in flavours and not like most of the silver needles I have mad in the past.

I got some hay notes, general white tea flavour, but not a lot of specific flavours that I can pick out.

Flavors: Hay, Tannin

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1496 tasting notes

Right into it – this smells like a dewy, honeyed nectarine dripping all over my face. It’s so luscious and full, I literally fell back when I stuck my nose in the bag.

Brewed it smells more like cocoa, nutty and with a hint of stonefruit.

The flavor is completely different piping hot over as it cools. Hot, (perhaps a bit too hot, I admit) it’s cloyingly sweet, like drinking pure honey from a fruit tree. As it cools, it gets multifaceted – we have honey notes, but strong nectarine still, some cocoa, straw, and back to the sweetness again. The final notes are more honeyed hay.

This is an exquisite white tea, and I’ll go out of my way to order it.

Thank you to teabento for sharing this tea with me so I could review it.

Flavors: Cocoa, Hay, Honey, Nutty, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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