BaiHaoYinZhen – Silver Needles, spring 2017
This tea is a master of metamorphoses. If you smell the dry leaves without actually looking at what you are smelling, you could easily mistake it for cocoa powder. Wet leaves would give away rich herbal and vegetal aromas – artichoke, asparagus, green beans – with pungency like arugula or freshly cut rhubarbe and undertones of tobacco, leather, nuts and vanilla. The liquor’s aroma gets airy. It keep just a veil of wet leaves’ aromatic profile, and its taste would strike you as being extremely mellow, almost oaky like old white Burgundy, without a slightest note of bitterness and astringency.
Tonight I’ve tasted Silver Needles – Bai Hao Yin Zhen, 2017 spring – one of the most beautiful tea buds that exist in this world. The first idea of food pairing that came to my mind was the smoothest possible carrot cake with vanilla cream cheese icing yet not too much sugar.