I was inspired by chado.my.teaway to give my 2010 Bai Mu Dan another chance. I checked Five Star Teas for brewing ideas and decided to follow their gong fu approach. I half filled a pot with tea leaves, set the water temp to 165, and started with a 30 second steep. This tea is not destined to become one of my favorites, but it was good enough to look forward to more sessions with it. And a good thing too, because when I made the purchase, I accidentally bought two 50 gram bags, one of which is still sealed! Its from Seven Cups, so its a good quality, well packaged tea, which should be finished by the 2014 harvest.
Its been a white tea kind of day. My second tea session was Rishi Jasmine Silver Needles. I have a yixing.com pot that someone gave me years ago because he knew I would enjoy the shape and the chinese astrological symbols as decoration in the kitchen. Years later when I began drinking tea I washed out the pot and tested it. Somehow even the best Jasmine tea tastes better brewed in this pot.