I love Silver Needle. That is all.
“As I was drinking from my favorite tea bowl, I became concerned about being someone who has a favorite bowl.” Read full tasting note
“There is only a little bit left of this tea at the bottom of the tin. Maybe another serving or two. This silver needle was the first one I ever tried and pretty much the only one. I won't be...” Read full tasting note
“This is an extremely mild and very subtle tasting tea! You really have to sit there and close your eyes to concentrate on the slight grassy notes that it has to offer. I prefer more taste and...” Read full tasting note
“I don't ever drink this tea alone. I tend to add it to more potent teas to cut the flavor a little when I want a milder peppermint for example. I might have to try it on it's own and see how that...” Read full tasting note
Also known as Yin Zhen, this well guarded secret of Chinese emperors is a rare delicacy for a Western table. The most tender white downy tea buds are harvested only two days out of each year using the centuries old techniques of Imperial Gathering. This exceptional tea was reserved for the Chinese imperial family until just a few decades ago when it became available to the general public. Famous for its subtle taste, pale infusion, and extraordinary purity.
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This is one of my all-time favorite low-caffeine teas; it’s very delicate and lightly smoky. I love this as a pre-bedtime relaxing tea, but it’s also great in the afternoon. The flavor is so soft that it really should be drunk on its own – not a tea to drink with a meal.
At first I loved this tea, my first white tea experience. Several pots and fresh brews later, I wonder if it was good because of the marketing hype that I wanted to believe, and had invested so much money in this purchase.
Did I buy real Silver Needles? There is no white feathering on these ‘sticks’.
So. I shall try buying from a different source, David’s Tea, and see what happens.
Thank you Steepsters!!!
This tea is great when you’re feeling under the weather. I added it to all my tea when I was fighting off a head cold, and definitely felt a lot better for it. On its own, it has an extremely soft, slightly grassy flavour. This is a subtle tea that I mainly use for blending.
Pretty sure I got an old batch, next time I go into a teavana I’ll try to exchange it per their policy. This was my first silver needle ever, so at first I just followed their instructions.
What I got was a cup of barnyard hay and wet straw, kind of like walking through the farm animal exhibits at a county fair, not really much else. For the price of 2oz I could have bought an entire bale of straw from a local farmer and made 50-gallon drums of this stuff. Perplexed, I thought “hmm, maybe there’s some trick to this” and scoured the internet for more info. At first, I thought I was being a dufus and overbrewing it, but trying much shorter infusions, different temperatures from 100-190F (even went nozomi gyokuro style and tried room temp water once for 15 mins), nothing but hay and straw. So I figured, “hmmm.. guess I just don’t like white tea..”
Then I had some good fresh whites from a few other sources and voila! I love whites!
So long story short, based on all the other positive reviews I’m reading here and now that I know what to look for, I’m pretty sure I got an old batch and need to go back to switch out what I have. Until I do though, this is getting an appropriate rating.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Corn Husk, Grass