Jasmine Silver Needle

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White Tea
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Flavors
Fruity, Jasmine, Lychee
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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 g 8 oz / 251 ml

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From Adagio Teas

Young and elegant tea leaf buds with a whisper of jasmine aura. All the appeal and softly sweet nuances of a classic Silver Needle tea, enhanced with the aroma of night-blooming jasmine flowers. The quiet nature of this tea ensures it will make a gentle companion for your special moments. Steep 2.25 grams of tea per 6oz purified water for 7 min at 180 degrees F.

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Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

66 Tasting Notes

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6770 tasting notes

I see that my Sororitea Sister Liberteas hasn’t tried this one…I will send the rest her way :)

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Oh.

The bag is really, genuinely, irrevocably empty now. I shook it and held it upside down and everything.

And I can’t get any more right now.

Flurr.

[Sample from the EU Travelling Box, autumn 2013.]
[Sample polished off in Rome, January 2014.]

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Dag Wedin

I can add some Jasmine silver needle pearls if im before you in the next round. Seldon drink it. Superb quality thou.

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It’s official: Lena rocks! Why? Because she sent me this tea.

BEST. JASMINE. EVER.

Seriously. This is what I should have had last night when I was let down by the clunky, graceless jasmine oolong I brewed. This is light and delicate but yet has a substantial enough flavor that it doesn’t seem like flavored water.

Ugh, I don’t have a good enough command of language to express how lovely this jasmine is. Gorgeous. I love breathing in over the cup – the jasmine scent hits my tongue and is so sweet and yummy that I’m tasting the tea before any gets in my mouth.

Looks like I’m going to have to place an Adagio order soon!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 0 sec
LENA

YAYYYY! I knew you would like it better! This one really is the Best. Jasmine. Ever! Word to ya mother.

Cofftea

Lena does rock, but I got this tea myself;)

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744 tasting notes

oh fuzzy little leaves. cute like kittens.
i just don’t think i’m refined enough for Silver Needles yet. they are just so light. i can DEFINITELY smell and taste the jasmine here, which is very peaceful and comforting. but i’m not much for picking out any nuances with these fairy wing light teas.
it won’t stop me from drinking and enjoying though!!
thanks TastyBrew!

Chelle

I love your fairy wing description!

Serenity

fuzzy…kittens…fairy wings….I’m sighing blissfully just imagining!

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After my large amount of cooked pu erh today I decided to treat myself to something vastly different. This is one of my favorite whites. It’s light, sweet, crisp, clean, flirty, and gives me warm fuzzies like the texture of the raw leaves. Served w/ a clementine. I love jasmine… Jasmine is interesting… to me it doesn’t read like a lot of florals. Neither of the jasmine teas I’ve had (this and an oolong) say “garden” or “perfumey” to me like rose can. It marries with the tea like the chocolate and vanilla in twist ice cream, but does not cover it either.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

2nd infusion, 4min. A lovely golden color. Well, lovely in my cup… not so much in our outdated 70s kitchen. Sweet, jasminey, and a solid white tea flavor.

Cofftea

3rd infusion, 5min. W/ Chickpea salad.

Cofftea

4th infusion, 6min… looking forward to the day when it’s so hot I can’t stand to even look at a hot cup of anything.

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This tea smells genuine. It tastes genuine. Even the aftertaste is pure. Very light in color and ever so delicate. My cubicle smells like I have a little greenhouse of Jasmine growing and blooming. I think I must have accomplished the perfect steep because everything seems just so. I feel all girly drinking this cup…and I’m not a big girly girl. (except that I’m not really into bugs touching me…or being anywhere around me.)

This tea will have to be an “in a certain mood” tea. I couldn’t drink it everday.

Oh yeah, for all you visual folks out there, I added the pic of the tea leaves to the site. Thank you…thank you!

TeaEqualsBliss

I agree! Good review!

(I’m not a girlie girl either LOL) Thanks for adding the pic!
Auggy

I’m a bit girlie girl (which I’m sure surprises everyone since my avatar is a pink monkey, right?) and especially uncool with the bug thing. But I haven’t been able to fall in love with a jasmine tea. I haven’t tried too many and Adagio’s #12 is the only one I’ve really enjoyed.

Any chance you’ve had that one and can compare the two at all? Because this sounds really good. I’m just a little gun shy. But tempted enough to be curious.

LENA

Hey aug3zimm…I would have never guessed by the pink monkey! :) I haven’t tried #12 but I’ll slip you some of this one in the tea swap.

Auggy

Awesome – thanks! I’ll be getting your goodies together tomorrow. Tea swapping is so fun – like Christmas but no pesky wrapping paper! :)

Hyrulehippie

I’m another non-girlie girl, but I do love jasmine. It was kind of amusing to find myself drinking some jasmine green this morning from a pink hello kitty cup. >__<

I think I may have to be ironically girlie and add this to my shopping list!

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So… I finally gave up to the hype surrounding this tea and ordered myself a sample.
I read all the praising tasting notes before trying it and was prepared to face something extraordinary.

I like jasmine teas and am always on the lookout for the perfect jasmine. This isn’t gonna get to the top, that’s for sure. My main gripe is the smell. What I’m looking for is fresh-off-a-bush-jasmine and all I’m getting instead is old-lady-perfume-jasmine. It’s heady, powdery and strong. I can vividly picture an old English lady wearing jasmine perfume and serving this tea to her grandchildren. The lady is so stuck in my mind that I think of her each time I brew this.

I decided to use a gaiwan because I figured since it’s Silver Needle it should stand up to several infusions. And indeed it does. Actually I like the subsequent infusions much better than the first one. The perfume is pretty much gone and now I can enjoy Silver Needle taste with the traces of jasmine flowers.

I’ll continue my experiments with this tea and maybe I’ll find a way to beat the first wave of flavor…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Sad day. This is one of my favorites! I started steeping mine at the recommended 7 min.

Oolonga

If I’d steeped it for 7 minutes I’d had to pour it down the drain, that’s for sure :D
I also find Adagio’s recommended 7 min steeping time for whites to be quite excessive.

Ricky

I think the full seven minutes are necessary, then again I like stronger tea. For the smell, just let it cool a bit and it’ll die down. Oh god, now I have the old lady picture in my head, haha. Next time I drink jasmine I might think of it and I won’t enjoy my cup of tea.

Jason

Oolonga: Sorry for the unrelated comment, but I saw your discussion (which I have since deleted) about problems adding new teas and I just wanted to follow up and see if you're still having an issue (I tried to email you using your signup email but it didn't work). Shoot me an email at <a href="mailto:jasonsteepster.com" rel=“nofollow” target="_blank">[email protected] if you are having problems and include any relevant details about the situation if possible. Otherwise…have fun experimenting with the jasmine tea :)

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I’ve had this sample for a few months as part of Adagio’s silver sampler (4 white teas). I don’t believe I ever logged the other ones and this is the last one I had finished so am determined to try it!

After yesterday’s experience I decided to go mild and gentle on the white. The instructions here say 195 for 3-5 minutes but I did mine for 2.5 minutes with 180 degree water approximately. This seems to have been a good decision.

I don’t really love jasmine tea too much but I can appreciate this. Very mild and sweet, the jasmine is relaxing and soothing. I’m trying to focus on letting the jasmine aroma waft up into my nose rather than focusing on what it tastes like. Good for a relaxing moment. I am not sure I will ever finish it so if anyone wants to swap please let me know!

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Sweet lady Jasmine, with her pale smile, treated me well again tonight.
I’m thinking about moving into some Yellow tea in a moment, but this one was enjoyable in the mean time. Still can’t get over the scent – that alone might push me to buy a tin’s worth, and to keep an eye out for the same product from other brands.

A small note – the leaves are chewier and a bit less enjoyable than that of the Yellow tea. Comparing in my head those leaves to these, I can notice the quality differences. These leaves are just a bit more coarse, less refined. They’re not bad, necessarily – in my inexpert opinion, I’d put them at a 7 or, at a push, 8 out of 10.

I called my parents today. My mother wants me to post more things on facebook, because, strange as it is, that’s her way of making sure I’m alive and well. I told her, if she really wants to, she could check me out on here, because I post here more than on facebook. (I’m not much one for the trivialities of my generation…) When I told my parents what this site is, they laughed at me.
sigh Jasmine doesn’t laugh at me, no matter how lame I am. And onto Yellow tea!
…At 5:15 in the morning.

Angrboda

I get laughed at and mocked for this sort of tea. My aunt went so far as to prank me one year, by buying a box of the cheapest awfullest teabags in existance, cutting them open and trying to pass them off as a ‘very expensive special tea’. Because I am a fool who think I have a nice aunt, I tried really hard to find something ‘special’ about it that would justify it being so supposedly expensive. Completely ignoring the fact that a) the bag was one of those they use in the supermarket for their loose tea, b) leaf size was non-existant, little more than dust and c) if it was so highly special and expensive it was have come with a name! I felt like an idiot. Never trust people who don’t appreciate the same things as you.
Personally I can’t see why it’s any different from people collecting wines or whiskeys and what not. If this had been a site to discuss wine, nobody would have thought it the slightest bit weird. That annoys me a little sometimes, but it seems like we’re gaining followers.

Auggy

I’ve converted 2 family members (in addition to the husband) to loose teas but they still think I take this too seriously. Fortunately, hubby has a thing for single malts so he gets my tea freakiness. And my hobby is cheaper than his. But while others may humor my tea addiction, they still give me bags of herbal teas and expect me to be grateful. Thanks, but all teas are not created equal!

Angrboda

I’ve given up on trying to teach my surroundings that there is no such thing as herbal ‘tea’. I can’t really understand why the fact that if it does not contain tea leaves it is not tea is such a difficult concept. It’s not like you would go around calling something cocoa if it didn’t contain any cocoa…
I haven’t converted anybody yet, but I am trying to persuade the boyfriend to move on to loose tea. I’m selling the idea on the fact that then he wouldn’t have to import his lapsang souchong in bags from the UK, he could get a loose one here instead. :) I’m not sure how well it’s working, I’m trying to be discrete in my manipulations.

JMKauftheil

My family is still humored, when I try to make tea for them in a proper fashion, by how long it takes… I guess after spending so much time with the brewing process, you forget that it takes an seemingly unusual amount of time, what with waiting for the water to cool, letting the tea steep, tasting it to make sure it doesn’t oversteep…
My father, though, can enjoy a cup of Lungjing. He was into that before I even thought about tea, because he used to go on Business trips to Asia often, and he discovered the tea in China. My grandmother also has… some sense of taste in teas. She’s a Brit, so she’s very happy with my knowledge and practice with black teas.
I think the general idea amongst my extended family is that tea is a good hobby for me – at least it’s not drugs, right?

On that note, I’ve had friends tell me that teatime with me is like a drug deal – a high-class one, I’m assuming. While most people my age were out on weekend nights getting drunk and high, I was sitting in my room, brewing tea. I’m very out of touch with my generation…

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When I received my order from Adagio, I noticed that my sample tin of Jasmine Silver Needle seemed to be slightly deformed. This resulted in the lid being extremely difficult to remove. I was so excited to open the tin that I didn’t take the time to think things through, and realize that opening a tin of tea over a long shag carpet probably wasn’t the best idea. So finally the lid flew off, and the most expensive tea I have ordered to date went FLYING. It all landed in the shag carpet. What a nightmare. It took me forever to pick it all out, and my first sample cup most likely was an infusion of Jasmine Silver Needle and Carpet Fibers. Tasty.
Despite this nightmare, however, the tea really did taste wonderful. It was so light and flowery, and the smell was AMAZING as well. I have around $15 in frequent cup points built up, so guess what tea I’m going to spend them on?!

Angrboda

How annoying for you! At least it was a large leaf one so you could save it, and that it was worth the effort. :)

Erin

Yes! And as an added bonus, my carpet now smells like Jasmine. How delicious!

Angrboda

Hee! Nothing is so bad it’s not good for something. :D

Ricky

Aww that’s a shame that it went flying everywhere =(

CHAroma

As I was reading your review, I could picture the entire scenario in my head. I’m so sorry that happened, but it does make a great tasting note. ;)

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