inspectoring wrote: Just out of curiosity - what do you mean by a "lot"? You know - I will take a picture of the amount of leaves I use to get a very pleasant complex sweet honey like flavor.
Silver needle is quite expensive and I would hate to see you waste leaves (I went through that phase couple of months ago)
Yes, me want more info too. I am struggling with some yellow teas
that I am finding just booooring. I can taste it, but I'm quite sure that I am not getting the real deal and my brewing is undoubtedly to blame. Whites, for some reason, seem to brew pretty well for me.
Yeah...yellow bored me stiff. I struggled to get through a 50 gram bag. White however has never bored me, but has not excited me as greens and oolongs have.
But it is completely different.
When brewing SN, you have to remember, it is not how much volume of leaf you use...it is how much weight of leaf you use. I generally was going with 5-6 grams (a couple tablespoons) per 6.8 ounces of water. Once you know how much to use, SN is no harder than any other tea. But Whites can vary greatly in density of the leaf. Thus a scale is "helpful" at least in the beginning.
I breezed through my SN pretty quickly, not from wasting it, but really appreciating its subtleties. A session also lasted a long time...many steeps. There was no waste due to using a lot of leaf. I got every bit of flavor out of the leaves before I was done with them.