Although I was rather sorry to say so long, oolongs, I am very interested in what the next three weeks of yellow teas will bring!
Category: Yellow Tea
Purveyor: Upton Tea
Dry leaf appearance: Very stiff olive green leaves shaped like claws. Or maybe surfboards. Reminded me very much of Silver Needles tea leaves.
Wet leaf appearance: Looked like very tiny French cut green beans.
Steeping temperature and time: 1 teaspoon of tea, 175 degrees, 3 minutes. I had to watch the water, since I've grown accustomed to boiling it to about 205 degrees.
Scent: The dry tea didn't really have much of a scent. The steeped tea had that vegetal scent I associate with greens.
Color: Pale yellow.
Flavor: This was a very enjoyable tea with a smooth flavor and an almost buttery finish. I didn't detect any astringency, and I polished off two cups of it quite quickly!
Additional notes: It wasn't until after I'd done my "observing" that I noticed Jun Shan Yin Zhen is also called "Jun Mountain Silver Needles." No wonder the leaves reminded me of Silver Needles tea! And from Michael Harney: "Plucked in the spring, the tea's sweet tips are also beloved for the way they sway vertically in a kind of dance when dropped into hot water." Yes! In fact, because I knew my water would probably be too hot, I poured the water in the pot first, cooled it to 175 degrees and then added the tea. Harney actually suggests doing it that way so you can watch the leaves dance. Aren't they pretty? I know only my fellow tea
Next week's tea: Meng Ding Huang Ya