Imperial Silver Needle Jasmine

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  • “Well, that was freakin' awesome. I'm a major fan of Jasmine Silver Needle tea since trying Adagio's a while back and Imperial Tea Court's version is an epic contender. It's a really floral and...” Read full tasting note
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Since we introduced this superior white jasmine tea several years ago, it has become one of our most popular teas. Silver Needles white tea is harvested in early spring with tips and a small amount of young, tender leaves.

Since white teas are mild in flavor, including a small amount of young leaves during harvesting ensures adequate tea flavor after scenting with jasmine flowers. White teas are excellent candidates for scenting, as their downy leaves attract and retain aromatics.

Preparation: To serve Silver Needle Jasmine we recommend traditional gaiwan preparation. In a pre-warmed cup place 3-5 grams of tea and add a few drops of hot water to release its intoxicating aroma. Cover with near boiling water and infuse for 2-3 minutes. Re-steep by gradually increasing infusion time and water temperature.

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Well, that was freakin’ awesome.

I’m a major fan of Jasmine Silver Needle tea since trying Adagio’s a while back and Imperial Tea Court’s version is an epic contender. It’s a really floral and tasty aroma, and I made it in my brand new gaiwan, also from Imperial Tea Court in San Francisco.

The directions suggested re-steeping for longer periods of time and I tried that, it worked pretty well. But the first 2 steepings were definitely strongest and most flavourful – it lasted maybe for only 4 or 5 steepings (still, not bad!) I used only about 3/4 of a teaspoon for a 4oz gaiwan, so maybe I should use a little more next time. Anyway, this was amazing and tasty and epic and I loved it. Well done!

This was a lot tastier and less astringent than Lupicia’s Jasmine Special Grade, though I think that one is actually a green jasmine. This was very well balanced, great subtle undertones but strong floral, jasmine punch at the beginning. Just awesome.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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