Review: Lahloo Snow Jewel

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Thumbs up!"For any fan of silver needle teas, you won't be disappointed in the least. However, I would also recommend that any non-fan of silver needle teas should come to this one with an open mind and at least explore the iced tea version, as you may be pleasantly surprised."
Dan’s Teaview: 8.5/10
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lahloosnowjewelAn apparently-rare "Dai Bai" tea that grows wild, high in the mountains of Zhejiang Province (China), this silver needle is a gorgeous tea to behold in its dry form. It appears like a refined yet rough-around-the-edges mixture of fine, furry white-to-yellow-ish leaves with slightly deeper tan and green earth toned bits in equal measure.

As I like to do with all silver needle tea, I took a nibble of a dried leaf or two -- the initial snappy crisp gave way to a spongy bite, and virtually no bitterness on the palate -- a general sign of a high quality leaf. On the nose, I get a barely-there, faint scent of freshly mowed grass, perhaps from two yards down the street.

A 3 minute infusion with moderately cool water (170-180 F) yields a pale yellow cup - very faint in a clear cup, but bringing out a colorful brightness in a white cup. The tea actually takes on its color virtually immediately, after 10-20 seconds, if that, and then stays the same hue throughout the steep. The scent in the cup is virtually imperceptible. Initial sips reveal a lightly toasty character on the palate. Lahloo suggests hints of ripe fruits - I can indeed detect a very faint pear flavor here. Not quite vegetal, but more like the faint wisps of a steam infusion from boiling veggies or tea. As the cup cools, the flavor shifts direction. Lahloo recommends serving over ice as an alternative, so I grab a few cubes of ice and toss them into the last 1/3 of a cup or so and let it cool. Wow! It has transformed into a sweet little nectar with emphasis on the fruit-like notes from earlier. The "peach" flavor that various other reviewers have noted really comes shining through on ice.

For any fan of silver needle teas, you won't be disappointed in the least. However, I would also recommend that any non-fan of silver needle teas should come to this one with an open mind and at least explore the iced tea version, as you may be pleasantly surprised.

— To purchase Lahloo Snow Jewel, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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