If at first you don’t succeed, try… try again. I cannot remember who penned this quote, however, I believe it to be quite true. Especially when steeping a cup of tea. Several days ago, I made a cup of Pre Rain Jun Shan (Imperial Mountain) Silver Needle Yellow Tea. In a rush to make a cup of tea, I added too many leaves, not enough water, and steeped for entirely too long. The end result… a rancid cup of tea. Immediately my instincts told me to disregard this experience and start all over again. Tonight I did just that!
Composition: First crop silver needle yellow tea from China picked in late March.
Dry Visual: Very green whole leaf tea buds with silver tips mixed throughout. Thanks to Jing Tea for the picture.
Dry Aroma: Mildly grassy – permeated by a sweet almost honey aroma.
Flavor: Pre Rain Jun Shan (Imperial Mountain) Silver Needle Yellow Tea – what a mouthful – tastes delightful. The first sip, while hot, was quite sweet with a floral finish. Sip after sip, Imperial Mountain did not disappoint, maintaining a consistent flavor profile from the first sip to the last. However, midway through, the floral quality began to fade while the taste of honey began to present itself. Surprisingly, as my cup began to cool, the taste of honey became more dominant.
Naturally sweet, there was no need for a sweetener of any kind. I fear sweetener would alter the flavor, especially since Imperial Mountain is a very mild tea.
Liquor: A very clear yellow tea.
Brewing Time: The recommended steeping time is 1-2 tsp for 3 minutes – water temperature at pre-boil. I steeped for 3 minutes.
Manufacturer: Jing Tea
If you have had an opportunity to try Pre Rain Jun Shan (Imperial Mountain) Silver Needle Yellow Tea, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
What’s In A Name?
Pre Rain Jun (Imperial Mountain) Silver Needle Yellow Tea has a lot of meaning within it’s name. Pre Rain, speaks to the time of year (March) when the leaves are picked. Jun Shan speaks to the location where the tea plant grows.
Jun Shan is located in Yueyang, one of the fourteen prefecture-level divisions within Hunan, China. (A prefecture is an administrative or political division.) Whereas, Hunan is located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting (hence the name Hunan, meaning “south of the lake”). Hunan is sometimes called Xiāng for short, after the Xiang River which runs through the province.
Silver Needle describes the portion of the tea plant from where the leaves are derived. Finally Yellow Tea describes the color of the liquor.