Silver needle is a prized white tea, often understood to be the best white tea. It consists entirely of buds picked before the leaves have time to bloom. Silver needle gets its name from the snow white and silver colour of the dry buds. Hailing from Zheng He city in Fujian province, our silver needle gets its unique flavour because of the time at which it is picked. The tea is generally picked early in the harvesting season. The teas signature sweet and crisp flavour comes from the extra shot of glucose and chlorophyll it receives to help the leaves bloom. The taste is light at first but quickly evolves and turns into a sweet flavour reminiscent of honey and fresh cut grass. The aroma is quite sweet and evokes memories of bakeries.
Region: Zheng He, Fujian Province
Other Names: Bai Hao Yin Zhen, White Hair Silver Needle.
Teaware: Glass or ceramic Gaiwan
Amount: 3g /1½ teaspoons
Temperature: 80°c (176°F)
Steeping Time: 1 to 2 minutes for the first two steeps and 3 to 5 minutes for the third and fourth.
*These steeping directions are for a traditional Gong Fu style tea, if you are brewing this tea in a regular cup we recommend steeping for 2 – 3 minutes. This tea can also been re-steeped 4 times.