|"Creamy and tangy with a bright, fruity finish."|
I know little about this company other than what was included in the somewhat jumbled PDF file they provided, so it has one major disadvantage right from the start: I have no idea how to buy their products. I also have no idea how much this costs, and I didn’t see the brewing suggestion buried in the PDF until after I brewed the tea, so I didn’t make it the way they recommended. But other than that bevy of complaints, I was happy with this tea.
The leaves make it immediately apparent where the name “Silver Line” comes from; they are a beautiful deep gray with a single silver streak running down each one. I go with my staple white tea brew, 180° for three minutes, the find out later the company recommends 160°. However, I am happy with the cup, so I don’t retry it. Thanks, but I prefer it my way.
The liquor is a surprisingly deep amber colour, dark for a white tea, but since the leaves themselves are pretty dark, I’m not surprised. It has a strong grape aroma with hints of hay and asparagus. Nothing like a grapey-smelling tea to get my tongue tingling. The flavour is creamy and tangy with a bright, fruity finish. It has sweet overtones with a fruity, white wine flavour. A hint of vague vegetal taste sits on the back of my tongue.
My 160° 5-minute second steep has a stronger taste than I expected, but the flavours aren’t as brilliant as they were before. They’re somewhat muddled, though it’s still a pleasant cup. I’m a sucker for grape/muscatel flavours in my tea, and this leaf hits that note beautifully while having a variety of other flavours and characteristics. The first steep is especially well-rounded and delicious and will stick in my memory as a tea that stands on its own merits and, because there’s no website to go with it, basically nothing else.
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