Silver Spiral Yinnuo green tea is made from camellia leaves from the Yunnan region of China. Here, by following the techniques of green tea production, a solid and excellent product has been formed for anyone wishing to start in this category without starting with the more famous Long Jing or Mao Feng, of which there are so many variations on the market. Looking at the leaves, we can also see that there are buds with their silver fluff still visible, indicating that they were harvested in early spring at their best time to be enhanced by the master tea-maker’s production process.
In the cup, this tea shows great freshness on the palate, often taking on floral or even citrus connotations. The vegetal part in this green tea is reminiscent of boiled herbs, but in this case it will always remain of the right intensity to leave the freshness in the mouth. During the tasting you can also feel a slight roasted trace left by the production process followed by the leaves.
Place of origin
This green tea has a very classic manufacturing process which, after an initial withering in the open air, involves cooking the leaves in large woks heated to temperatures of around 180°C to block enzyme activity and prevent oxidation. After these stages the leaves receive their characteristic rolled shape and are left to rest so that they lose some of the residual moisture inside.
How to prepare
We highly recommend infusing this tea in the traditional Chinese method (gong fu cha) to best enjoy these leaves. Following this preparation you can use 4 grams of leaves (about 2 teaspoons) in a gaiwan of about 100 ml to obtain several infusions with different tastes. After a quick rinse of the leaves in water at 80°C, you can proceed with an initial infusion of 10 seconds and then, keeping the water at the same temperature, proceed with multiple infusions, increasing the time each time by 5 seconds (10 – 15 – 20 …).
This tea has a longevity of about 4 infusions.
For a classic preparation according to the Western style we recommend 2 grams of leaves (approx. 1 teaspoon) in a 150 ml cup with water at 80°C for an infusion time of one and a half minutes.
Tea can be filtered for an easier tasting and also the infusion times mentioned above are purely indicative therefore it can be adjusted according to one’s personal taste.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.