Yunnan Sourcing Early Spring ‘Silver Strands’ Green Tea of Simao Review

This is an early spring green tea from the Wangzi Mountain region of Simao, China, sourced from Yunnan Sourcing.

It is a pure assamica varietal.

Tea Specifications

Brand: Yunnan Sourcing
Tea: Silver Strands
Tea Varietal: Yin Si
Vintage: Spring, 2021
Origin: Wangzi Mountain, Ning’er county of Simao, China

The tea itself is dark in color with some silver strands running through it, so I think it’s pretty apparent why they chose this name for the tea.


This tea was brewed in a small glass pitcher and strained through a stainless steel filter.

Brewed using bottled reverse osmosis filtered water.

First Steep

Steeped for 45 seconds.

This tea seems to have a full, robust flavor.

A bit more bitter then many other green teas, probably due to this being from the Assamica tea variety.

Flavor notes: Grass, asparagus, artichoke, chestnut, corn husk, and field flower.

Second Steep

Steeped for 50 seconds.

This steep is a little lighter in flavor, but perhaps my water cooled down a little.

The floral notes are more apparently, but the bitterness remains.

Third Steep

Steeped for 1 minute.

Reheated the water and then let it cool down slightly.

A bit more flavor on the third steep, but still relatively bitter.


A pretty decent choice for a Yunnan green tea, although I personally prefer softer tasting green teas from other regions of China.

If you’re into hearty, robust green teas, then you may like this one.

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