WOW!!!! OMG!!!! I LOVE this stuff! I have added this officially to my “Must Have” list. After having this beauty I finally see why people rave about white tea. Until now I have never had such a flavorful white tea in my life. Of course I am not counting those that have been blended but strictly those that are straight. I found this so aromatic and sweet. Be sure to coat the tip of your tongue with this one to get the full effect. It just gets so much creamier and gives it a slightly sweet flavor. Unfortunately, the second steep didn’t hold up as well so I think I’ll just stick to one steep and as good as it is I just don’t mind at all.
2011 IMPERIAL ORGANIC FUDING SILVER NEEDLE WHITE TEA
Silver needle white tea is a slightly oxidized tea. It is named after its needle shape and has a silver color that comes from the light oxidation and the conspicuous tea hair. This is the top grade of white tea because all of the teas are composed of plump tea buds. White tea originates from Fuding and Zhenghe cities in Fujian province and is from the Da Bai Hao tea bush variety. Its taste is very fresh with a floral aroma and a long-lasting sweetness. White tea is reputed to have anti-cancer health benefits and this quality seems to be confirmed by an increasing number of studies. In Chinese traditional medicine, white tea is commonly used as to cool your body heat and remove interior body toxins. All of our white tea is stored in the freezer so it can maintain maximum freshness before delivery to you.
Tea variety: Da Bai Hao tea bush from Fuding, Fujian Province
Harvest time: 2011 spring
Picking standard: One bud
Shape: Tight, fat needle shape full of silver hair
Dried tea color: shiny silver color
Aroma: fresh & clean flower fragrance
Tea soup color: lightly shiny yellow
Taste: fresh, sweet, mellow, and light honey taste.
Brewing vessel: Recommend a Gaiwan and glass cup
Gaiwan brewing guidelines: 4 to 5 grams per session (based on personal taste). The first 3 infusions should be at 95C degree or 203F for about 40 seconds. Then the later infusions should be about 1 to 2 minutes.