Silver Needle

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Chestnut, Citrusy, Cut grass, Earth, Autumn Leaf Pile, Corn Husk, Grass, Honey
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Average preparation
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

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31 tasting notes

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

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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71
8 tasting notes

Very clean taste. For me, I like it a bit stronger so I find myself adding more tea when I brew.

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89
2 tasting notes
Silver Needle from Teavana is the first flush/first leaf. The best. It is wonderful alone and perfect to pair. I add it to any tea I want to tone down or to add hydration and detox to.
Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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96
9 tasting notes

Indescribable, you just have to taste it for yourself.. Reminds me of spring.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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13 tasting notes

With a little peppermint and honey to cure my birthday party hang over!

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79
15 tasting notes

I purchased this tea as a show-and-tell item for my tea class. I decided to try it, since I blew $18 on it, and decided not to return it. White teas aren’t always my thing, but this was very lovely. Subtle, resteeps well, and is a fantastic companion to late-night computing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90
122 tasting notes

I enjoyed this subtle tea. Even with over-brewing it was delicious! The leaves smell great and I like how soft and downy they look.

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92
3 tasting notes

One of the best Whites ever. I enjoy it hot with rock sugar, or with a nice strawberry lemonade iced down mix on a hot day

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79
12 tasting notes

So refreshing! My favourite is drinking this cold when I need something to quench my thirst. Very mild taste however.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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67
5 tasting notes

This is true tea “soup.” The pale infusion possesses a very milky mouthfeel with a similarly lactic tang in the form of refreshing acidity. The taste is crisp and complementary to fermented foods; its unctuousness and bright savoriness capture distant echoes of soy. The aroma, though floral, can be damp and almost slightly gamy. Because of this, I prefer to brew this at room temperature for an hour or so.

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