Silver Needle White Tea

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Silver needle (Bai Hao Yinzhen or Silver Tips) white tea from China’s Fujian province is perhaps the purest of teas. This tea is made up of fleshy, silver-colored budsets covered with tiny white hairs, or “down.” It is estimated that more than ten thousand hand-picked buds are needed to produce just 1 kilogram of this tea. This tea was picked in early spring of 2010 before the buds were able to open into leaves. The buds are dried in a shaded area with good air circulation then packaged and shipped. White tea Silver needle white tea can typically stand up to 2 or 3 steepings. Because of their delicate nature, these silver needle buds should be steeped in water that is 150-160 degrees fahrenheit for 1-2 minutes. This tea was sourced by David Lee Hoffman in China’s Fujian province in spring of 2010.

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911 tasting notes

Bad news this evening has me reaching for a comfort tea. This one fits the bill nicely. Opening the canister, I get a delicious whiff of honeyed nectar. The taste is sweet, soft and gentle with a vegetal undertone and slightly tingly endnote that combine to give me a comforting cuddle. I can’t help but breathe and let go a bit as I sip.

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Wonderful note! makes me want to revisit my silver needle tea. I always seem to get “mashed potatoes” from it because I know I’m oversteeping it. I want “honeyed nectar”! :)


Okay, the mashed potato tea cracks me up! I tend to get “leftover water from boiling soybeans” from other SN. This is the first (only) straight SN that has given me such joy. (Though the mashed potato SN sounds oddly tempting just for weirdness factor.)


I hope the bad news is short lived. I’m glad you had some comfort tea on hand.

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177 tasting notes

For some reason I want sweet tea instead of savory today. I found this sample from Ellen after staring forlornly at my far too empty staple silver needle tin. Given the silver sleet drowning Illinois at the moment, it was a perfect fit for dessert and my penchant of matching a tea to the situation.
But this is quite savory a silver needle! Four steepings all tasted like jasmine broth, I’d say zucchini and konbu based with some vanilla at the start. It’s thin and has that distinct white mouthfeel seem to crave more and more. Each had undoubtedly jasmine notes, yet this isn’t scented. I had it beside a Bai Mu Dan as well, so I know it’s not me now.
Absolutely delicious, but not enough for the night. (Gestures to the aforementioned Bai Mu Dan) I’m not sure this tea would ever be satiating on its own, more of a hold over between other teas. I love it anyway.

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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596 tasting notes

Exquisite. Simply exquisite. Use a tiny porcelain gaiwan to brew this silver needle and heaven is yours.

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Very delicate. Sweet and vegetal. Really good quality stuff :)

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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1137 tasting notes

I’ve tried lots of steeping times, but I just can’t bring myself to love it. I prefer Pai Mu Tan to silver needle


I agree. Silver needles never seem to satisfy for some reason.

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18 tasting notes

Well, I just finished off my sample of this at work today. Got out pretty early which makes the night great!
Anywho, this tea smelt very light, I could pick up just sweet veggies. Well the tea itself reminds me of the same! Almost like snow peas with a little honey on them, the taste is really cool and refreshing.

I enjoyed this tea, but I think I would have savored it more from a gaiwan. Most of those nuances are lost when you don’t have time to relax and focus on them sadly :/

155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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One of the most exquisite white teas I have tasted. Sweet floral flavours with a peppery note that I find very refreshing in comparison to the almost excessively subtle flavour of some Yinzhens. Definitely use a gaiwan or a small teapot — brewing and drinking this tea in small amounts seems to bring out the flavours more clearly. Highly recommended.

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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10 tasting notes

Really interesting. Overall very light, but there are some very strong floral notes in there. Some sips are sweet. The aftertaste is somehow dry on the tongue, reminiscent of mint.

155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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2 tasting notes

the tea itself was a a nice light yellow in color and the smell greeted me with light grass notes and vegetal aromas. the taste was very light as it was not brewed for very long but it had a nice subtle flavor being bitter at first but finishing nice and sweet.

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Wheat

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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