Silverneedle: do I brew it right

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Silverneedle: do I brew it right

by Patrice » May 17th 19 1:56 am

Hello,

It's the first time I brew white tea. I just received some silver needle white tea Silver Needle White Tea and want to make sure I brew it right.

I used 70 ml of water at 80c for 1 tbs of tea. Waited 6 sec and served. I did the same for 3 infusion (I'm about to try a 4th infusion at 8 sec this time).

The liquid is very clear and mild. There's a nice sweetness to it (very light but still there). Frankly, I never drank white tea before so I can't compare.

Thank you

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Re: Silverneedle: do I brew it right

by Teasenz » May 22nd 19 9:54 am

I find Silver Needle quite a flexible tea when it comes to brewing. I brew it at 80ºC as well and I think that's good. There's some differences between individual Silver Needles, and depending on the teaware you use, one has to adjust the steeping time. It generally looks right. Also try to brew it grandpa style. It works well with Silver Needle.

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Re: Silverneedle: do I brew it right

by teapro » May 28th 19 12:21 pm

I think you should experiment with the temperature. We've brewed it at 75°C before but also at 90°C and it's interesting to see how the higher temperature brings out more fruity, full bodied and rich notes while the lower temperature keeps the flavour smooth and delicate.
Let me know what you think!

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Re: Silverneedle: do I brew it right

by Patrice » Jun 1st 19 1:26 am

Thank you for your replies

Teasenz: could you explain what that grandpa style is?

Teapro: I'll play with the temperature. That's a good idea

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Re: Silverneedle: do I brew it right

by Patrice » Jun 2nd 19 3:15 pm

Teapro: I will definitely experiment with the temperature. So far I was not impressed with it (maybe just because I'm used to tea that are stronger in flavor). Who knows, I might find the right "setting" for that tea.

Teasenz: can you say more about that grandpa style thing?

Thank you!

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Re: Silverneedle: do I brew it right

by Yoda » Jun 13th 19 3:03 pm

Hi, did you manage to find the right parameters for your taste?

I've tried it today for the first time, and I used approx. 5g per 100-120ml and brewed the first infusion for 40s at 80°C, and then extended brewing times on later infusions by 5s.

The taste on the fist one was light yet really flowery/honey like. The later infusions had a stronger taste of honey/really sweet, almost too sweet for my liking.

It seems that OP and replyers brew for a very short time.

Since I have only 5g left, I was hoping to get some pointers on how to try brewing it on my second attempt. Any suggestions greatly appreciated :D

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Re: Silverneedle: do I brew it right

by Patrice » Jun 17th 19 12:20 pm

Yoda wrote: Hi, did you manage to find the right parameters for your taste?

I've tried it today for the first time, and I used approx. 5g per 100-120ml and brewed the first infusion for 40s at 80°C, and then extended brewing times on later infusions by 5s.

The taste on the fist one was light yet really flowery/honey like. The later infusions had a stronger taste of honey/really sweet, almost too sweet for my liking.

It seems that OP and replyers brew for a very short time.

Since I have only 5g left, I was hoping to get some pointers on how to try brewing it on my second attempt. Any suggestions greatly appreciated :D
Hi,

I did pretty much the same as you did and increased the dose and infusion time to 40-50 sec. It was much better.