Silver Needle (2 oz)

One of the most prestigious white teas is Silver Needle: Early in the spring, individual leaf buds from the Da Bai Hao cultivar are hand picked and carefully crafted into this delicate tea in Fujian Province, China.

Each bud is covered with white downy hair, and yields a softly sweet, haylike fragrance and smooth, apricot-pit flavor. With its velvety texture, this is a cup to enjoy at any time of the day.

To maintain white tea's natural sweetness, infuse with water below boiling (180-185F).

Country: China
Region: Fujian Province
Tasting Notes: sweet hay, honey biscuit, apricot
Year of Production: Spring 2016

Stock Status:In Stock

Product Code: WCY22

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White teas

How to Brew White Teas

White tea is best brewed with warm water ranging from 170-185 F. One way to achieve this temperature is to carefully remove the top to your kettle: look for tiny bubbles forming on the heating element or rising from the bottom. Generally these teas are extremely lightweight, so be sure to add enough leaf to the cup or pot. Try a long first steep, 3 to 4 minutes; add more time for subsequent steeps. This extended time is necessary to allow the leaves enclosing the bud to open up and release their flavor to the cup.

White teas are perfect to enjoy in the evening after a light dinner. Avoid drinking them after eating spicy foods, as much of their delicacy will be lost. They are also an alternative for people who are interested in the health benefits of green teas, but find their characteristic vegetal taste too strong for their palate.
  • Start with your favorite spring or filtered water. Heat the water to about 180 F, which is when the steam curls out of the kettle. (Or let the water cool from a boil.)
  • Use 2 heaping tablespoons (3 grams) of tea per 6 oz serving.
  • Steep for 1-2 minutes. Remove the leaves when ready -- rely on taste, not color. Use a large enough strainer basket to allow the leaves to open and release their flavor. Get to know the tea by playing with the amount of leaf, the water temperature, and steeping time. Re-steep to make another cup!
  • For more about brewing tea, visit our Brewing Notes page.

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