Saturday, January 17, 2009
Tea Tasting Saturday #3 - Ceylon Silver Tips
My white tea tips have gone on a diet! The tea leaves (tips, actually) that poured out of this week's sample packet were skinny little things and weren't as fluffy as the Silver Needles tea. And while I knew that visually it would be hard to beat those beautiful Bai Mei flowers last week, I have to say this particular white tea's flavor is my favorite so far.
And without further ado, this week's tasting notes:
Name of tea: Ceylon Silver Tips
Category: White Tea
Purveyor: Harney and Sons
When purchased: December 2008
Dry leaf appearance: Long, thin tips - reminds me of fat pine needles
Wet leaf appearance: Elegant green tips, many standing perpendicular in the water
Steeping temperature and time: 175 degrees, 3 minutes
Scent: The usual vegetal scent, with almost a woodsy note(?). (I hope I'll develop a better "tea taste detector" this year in order to better describe what I'm smelling and tasting!)
Color: Pale golden yellow
Flavor: Has a more robust flavor than the other white teas - really liked it!
Additional notes: It *would* be nice to taste all these white teas together sometime. Maybe I should host a tea tasting instead of a tea party ...
Next week's tea: Bai Mu Dan (White Peony)