Ilam Silver Needle

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  • “Assam Silver Needle (white tea – bud tip only) Dry: soft subtle floral hints, like a cross between early spring daisy and chrysanthemum Wet: ocean salt, mineral Appearance: beautiful long...” Read full tasting note

From Assam Tea Company

Terroir – Upper Assam
Satrupa Tea Estate is in Upper Assam, at the eastern-most part of the Assam region. This area has rich red loom soil, year-round tropical wet climate, and old-growth forest all around. Satrupa is on the periphery of the last contiguous rainforest tracts in the Eastern Himalayas.
Tea Description
Soft sweetish malty flavor gives a distinct Assam tea profile to this extremely hard to manufacture white tea from our tea garden, Satrupa. The body is light, the brew has a soft off-white color, and leaves a silky, velvety mouthfeel.
Brewing Suggestion
To relish the amazing nuances of freshly harvested teas, you will need a pocket scale and a timer. Teaspoons and other volumetric measuring devices are not recommended for measuring serving size in tealeaves.

Water: Use water that’s between 175ºF / 80ºC to 208ºF / 97ºC.

Steep Time: Set between 3 minutes to 7 minutes based on how strong/subtle you prefer

Quantity: 2-grams to 4-grams per 8 fluid ounces / 236.6 millilitres

Adjustments: Brewing white tea to taste perfect for your palate is somewhat of an art. Start with the lower numbers recommended above (175ºF | 3 min | 2-gms) and twig the three variables upwards to get to the perfect cup.

Note: We do not advise you to reduce the brewing time below 3 minutes unless you prefer doing multiple infusions. For multiple infusions, start the first steep at 2 minutes and add 2 minutes additional to each additional infusion of the same leaves.

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Assam Silver Needle (white tea – bud tip only)
Dry: soft subtle floral hints, like a cross between early spring daisy and chrysanthemum
Wet: ocean salt, mineral
Appearance: beautiful long ghostly white, silvery needles covered in subtle down. Transforms into rust streaked Asian pear-green, deeply veined buds that slowly ‘rain’
Cup: 1st extraction has a pearl colored hue and luster with faints hints of yellow at its edges. The cup is graced with a light, elusive floral flavor that is balanced against the flavor of fresh, sweet green beans. The cup is clean and smooth, light bodied and with a rear throat tickle that hints at astringency but never manifests. The cup is refreshing and lingers longer than expected and presents further flavors that are not unlike honey comb. 2nd extraction is deeply yellow, nearly sporting copper hints against the edges of the cup. Spicy, vegetal flavors increase and a mild tannin note paints the back of the throat, body increases and favors become predominately front notes with a side tongue muted spice resembling white pepper. Bears some similarity to the Ceylon Silver tip that I have had in the past, but more subtle.
Brewing Method: Traditional cupping set using 2grams of tea in 6 oz of 185 degree water and allowing initial steep to go 4 minutes to generate strong flavor intensity…following steeps were with 200 degree water and 4 plus minute steep times.

I enjoy the subtle flavors of finely crafted White teas, particularly bud only selections. I ordered this out of curiosity and found that the company is passionate and enthusiastic about tea and in particular Assam, in a way that I had yet to experience. I highly recommend them to any tea lover who appreciates passion, quality, and uniqueness in their tea and in the people who sell it.

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