- Silver Curls Background
- Silver Curls Preparation
Silver Curls Chinese Green Tea is a perfect option for those who find green teas from India to be too rough and/or astringent while those from Japan can be too “seaweedy.” Our Silver Curls from Zhejiang, China, is neither of these. It has the characteristics of the archetypical Chinese green tea — soft, fragrant, slightly sweet & refreshing. The soft fresh aroma has a slight hint of smokiness while the refreshing infusion has a light sweet aftertaste.
In the world of green tea many people find those from India to be too rough and/or astringent while those from Japan can be too “seaweedy.” Our Silver Curls from Zhejiang, China, is neither of these. It has the characteristics of the archetypical Chinese green tea — soft, fragrant, slightly sweet and refreshing. The soft fresh aroma has a slight hint of smokiness while the refreshing infusion has a light sweet aftertaste.
Silver Curls has been hand crafted with great care and attention as can be seen at first glance. The abundance of silver tips covered with down is a testament to its freshness and care in handling from the tea garden to your cup. In many tea shops you will find this same quality of tea labelled as Biluochun or some other expensive name and sold at an exorbitant cost. With our Silver Curls we are pleased to offer you the same expensive quality at a fraction of the cost!
Silver Curls is a very flexible tea to prepare. No matter how you infuse it you will have a superb cup of tea. While you can use the same temperature and proportions as you usually would, the optimum time and temperature for the best taste effects are 3 minutes at 185 degrees, which is higher than we normally use for green tea. You may want to play with the leaf to water ratio a bit to achieve your desired result.
Water Temperature: 170-185 degrees
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water with low mineral content
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 Tbl. (3 grams)
Steep Time: 2-4 minutes depending upon ratios and personal preference
Number of Infusions: 3
Experimenting with your own temperatures and steeping times is encouraged. Cooler temperatures and shorter times yield more mellow, fruity elements, while hotter water and longer times produce more floral and full-bodied complexities. Always use the best-tasting water you can find, and adjust steeping times, quantity of leaves, and water temperature to your personal preferences.
We highly recommend brewing your tea in a teapot or mug with a removable infuser so that you can remove the leaves at the end of the steeping time. Whole leaf teas of this quality need room to unfurl and expand in the water in order to perform their "magic." If you don't have a removable infuser, you can brew the loose leaves directly in the pot. At the end of the steeping time, pour all of the tea into a warm serving pitcher or pot.