Silver Needle

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White Tea
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Chestnut, Citrusy, Cut grass, Earth, Autumn Leaf Pile, Corn Husk, Grass, Honey
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175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 17 oz / 492 ml

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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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52 Tasting Notes

21 tasting notes

I love Silver Needle. That is all.

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

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.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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1 tasting notes

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!!!

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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30 tasting notes

Subtle and delicate, a tea to be examined thoughtfully. Lots of little things going on: a hay-like, dry grass note, even a mild cedar tone. Think mild summer nights and clean, open air in a cup.

The type of tea that you drink in silence or with a good book.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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83 tasting notes

I spent so much money on this tea that I reserved it for special occasions. However, those are few and far between and as I got more tea, this one got forgotten. I made a cup this morning and it seemed flat; wasn’t very interesting like it should be but just blah. I think it has gone bad :(

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54 tasting notes

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.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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61 tasting notes

Really the perfect tea when you are looking for a subtle and light tasting drink. Good for reflecting and relaxing.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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38 tasting notes

So… Long time no tea….^_^. It has been some time since I have been on here and for good reason. I have been dealing with my life in a way that I never thought I would have to, and after dealing with my demons and my divorce I have found time in my life to find someone my way back. This tea gets a bad rep, but rather think it’s breath of fresh air.

Flavors: Chestnut, Citrusy, Cut grass, Earth

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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5 tasting notes

Very light. Tastes like a mix of black and green teas. You have to really stick to the rules for amount & temperature & steeping time or it’ll taste off. Much more sophisticated than I am.

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2 tasting notes

Relaxed this evening with the husband drinking a pot of one of my all time favorites, Silver Needle. I generally drink this tea without mixing it (as I am completely drawn to its delicate flavors of honey and grassy notes) however, tonight I mixed it with a little Peach Tranquillity. It was a nice mix, but I felt that the peach over powered the flavors that I enjoy savoring in the Silver Needle. I think I will stick to steeping it alone …

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 940 ML

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