Good morning, dear tea friends! I love this spring time of year when I can throw open my windows to the sweet smelling breezes that bring in a chorus of birdsong. This morning I’m enjoying a cup of white tea called White Needle. It’s from the early Pre-Chingming harvest in China.
This tea is all silvery-sage downy tea buds that have been dried in the sun.
I steeped the buds for 3 minutes in 180F water. A delicate aroma of flowers drifted up from my glass teapot.
As I’ve shared with you before, Pre-Chingming teas are harvested before the festival of Qingming (Chingming), usually celebrated on the 15th day from the Spring Equinox (around April 5th). Any teas harvested before that date are referred to as Pre-Chingming teas. In other words, harvested in very early spring.
The tea liquor is silky smooth and very sweet with notes of honeydew melon and a clean, refreshing pine essence. The flavor is delicate and mellow. A tea of contemplation.
My tea graces one of my favorite tea bowls, the one my dear friend, Dave, brought back from Hawaii years ago.
Today I’m going to a local ice cream place that makes handmade micro-batches. Yum! Have a great weekend and enjoy your tea!
“Be still, while the music rises above us; the deep enchantment
Towers, like a forest of singing leaves and birds,
Built, for an instant, by the heart’s troubled beating,
Beyond all power of words.”
~Conrad Aiken, At a Concert of Music