Jing Gu White Pekoe Silver Needles White Tea - Autumn 2014

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Caramel, Malt, Sweet, Apricot, Hay, Honeysuckle, Mineral, Oats, Smoked
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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  • “Yesterday’s tea. I took this one to work and brewed in my double glass walled travel mug. I thought I took a pu’erh and was surprised to find a white tea. And one I hadn’t reviewed yet either. ...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This lovely sample came from Ubacat. I wasn’t planning on trying this one tonight, but miss Roswell Strange wanted me to try it so that we could compare our experiences. I generally enjoy silver...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

This White Tea is picked and processed from Autumn harvest tea leaves! It is fresh and fruity in flavor. The infused brew is very white and laden with lots of hairs from these buds. Lots of anti-oxidants!

This is a special tea made from Jinggu Yang Ta Large Leaf varietal tea (Camellia Taliensis). The tea is picked in the early spring, wilted slightly and then dried with warm wind tunneled through the tea until it is dry.

Autumn 2014 Harvest

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Yesterday’s tea.

I took this one to work and brewed in my double glass walled travel mug. I thought I took a pu’erh and was surprised to find a white tea. And one I hadn’t reviewed yet either. I just used the hot water from the hot water dispenser (water cooler) as I think that one is around the 175. I know it’s definitely less than 185. It was the best I could do at work.

I love how these leaves looked. So big , furry & white. It brews up to a pretty bold white tea. The liquid was an amber colour.

What struck me first about this tea is I got a caramel note. It seemed to taste like caramel to me but was between a caramel/malt flavour. This is the element I believe CameronB picked up that was similar to a black tea. On the YS website , they note that as this tea ages it becomes more like a black.

It’s interesting how we all get different tastes and then our brains interpret it in different ways too. What can I say? Caramel just seemed to stick in my head .

I didn’t get any fruity notes but I noticed this tea was VERY sweet; and of course I picked up the typical hay notes I get from most whites. The second brew on this was a bit too weak for me but the colour was still quite dark. I would like to try brewing this one gongfu next time.

Overall, an exceptional white tea!

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

interesting..may have to try this one out as i don’t generally ever get drawn to whites..

Ubacat

I’m drinking a lot more whites lately since I’ve had quite a few I’ve really enjoyed.

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This lovely sample came from Ubacat. I wasn’t planning on trying this one tonight, but miss Roswell Strange wanted me to try it so that we could compare our experiences. I generally enjoy silver needle teas, and Yunnan Sourcing’s are so cheap compared to most white teas in general. Plus, I’ve never had a tea from them that I didn’t enjoy, so it’s a win-win. The needle are a little over an inch long, and covered in pale silver, almost white fuzz. Dry scent is soft, sweet hay and oats with a bit of apricot.

I can still smell that touch of apricot in the aroma, but now it’s joined by a slighty savory smoky scent. And when I say ‘smoky’, I mean like smoked meat or fish, not like Lapsang. Wow, this is definitely a unique white tea. It has a mild ‘smoked meats’ type of flavor that I sometimes find in Chinese black teas. I can definitely see the similarity to a pure bud Yunnan black tea. Other than that, I can also taste a bit of apricot, though I would call it more of a dried apricot flavor. There’s also the sweet hay and oat notes that I find to be present in most white teas. In the middle and especially at the end of the sip, a strong and clear sweetness emerges, like honeysuckle nectar or spring water. Also, a touch of mineral. The aftertaste is long and sweet, and possibly my favorite part of this tea. Yum!

Flavors: Apricot, Hay, Honeysuckle, Mineral, Oats, Smoked, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Such different experiences :(

Tealizzy

Wow! Sounds so complex for a white tea!

Ubacat

Yowza! I haven’t even tried this one yet. I’ll have to have it soon! Great review!

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