Organic Nonpareil Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)

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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 g 6 oz / 165 ml

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  • “Same tea, new note. I added the rest of the sample. This is the last of one of the first teas I received from Teavivre. So sip down! This is still so fresh and clean. Along with the melon and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I guess because of having to read about silver needle so much lately, I really started wanting some again. And like I said last time I broke out the Teavivre samples I need to a) drink the latest...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Again, I am brewing this in my gongfu pot. I did 6 steeps:rinse,45s,1m,1m30s,1m45s,2m20s,3m The same notes come out as western brewing. Floral, slightly sweet, grass/hay, and that organic...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Hmm, have I never reviewed this? It seems unlikely, but there are no reviews to be found by me so I guess not. In that case I apologize to Teavivre for taking so long to get around to reviewing...” Read full tasting note
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From Teavivre

Origin: Fuding, Fujian, China

Ingredients: Tea buds covered in white hairs

Harvest time: March 25 – April 15, 2013

Taste: A subtle, slightly flowery, sweet, lingering taste

Brew: 2-3 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 176 ºF (80 ºC) for 1 to 2 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: Silver Needle White Tea gives you the greatest health benefits of all White Tea’s. Composed of only unopened, fresh leaf buds, none of the beneficial antioxidants and minerals in this tea have yet had a chance to used by the plant to convert to chlorophyll or other parts of an opened leaf’s structure. As a result TeaVivre’s Silver Needle tea has the highest quantity of beneficial ingredients.

Certifications: The particular Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) that TeaVivre is selling, is guaranteed to be organically grown and produced, independently verified to meet USDA, EU, JAS organic certifications.

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114 Tasting Notes

137 tasting notes

This is a delicious, high quality silver needle tea. It has a light body and sweet, soothing taste. Steeped at higher temperatures, I get a lot more of the hay and corn. For me the sweet spot for this tea was around 165 F at 1 min. That produces the most balanced cup with a mild nuttiness, natural sweetness, and pleasant vegetal notes.

Although I still prefer jasmine scented silver needles, this is easily the best straight silver needle tea I’ve ever had. Just the tea to help unwind and relax before bedtime.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Hay, Sweet

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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510 tasting notes

I’ve only ever had a couple silver needle tees that I absolutely love. I tend to prefer White Peony as far as white teas go.

While this isn’t my favorite white tea, it has some things going for it. It has the characteristic hay flavor, of course, but it’s not so intense to either make me sick or feel like I’m eating my father’s horse-food-flavored cereal. Instead, it has a subtle hay note and a creamy mouthfeel. Sometimes I can detect something sweet, but it comes and goes.

Flavors: Cream, Hay, Nuts, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100 tasting notes

This tea tastes exactly how the dry leaf looks – soft, downy, and light. Though not as strong as black and green teas, this almost clear cup in no way tastes of water. It is somehow full without being at all assertive. The cup ends with an unexpected and pleasantly surprising peppery note on the breath out.

Flavors: Honey, Pepper

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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618 tasting notes

This was tasty – standard white tea, for me. A bit sweet, fruity, hay-y. Good hot and cold. Not the best I’ve ever had, but very enjoyable.

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2029 tasting notes

Thank you for the sample, Teavivre! I’ve recently become obsessed with white teas. I never would have guessed. The flavor is a nice change from other teas sometimes! These leaves are almost green in color and larger sickle shaped, slightly different than what I’m accustomed to for this type(usually wirey, twisty). The scent of the leaves is very sweet and grassy. Teavivre suggests using five tablespoons of leaves for 17 ounces, which I’m not even sure is possible, but I know they mean loose teaspoon measurements since these leaves are so big, they’ll fall easily out of a teaspoon. It should really be 10 grams. I used 2 1/2 teaspoons which seems like half a sample pouch.

Steep #1 // 40 min after boiling // 1 minute steep
The flavor is a great white tea. Refreshing, light, grassy, hints of lemon. This is the white tea flavor I’m addicted to. I can tell the next cup will be even better, the flavor is just getting started, as white teas tend to do. Do NOT miss out on resteeping white teas!

Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2 min steep
Yes, the flavor is better here, it seems to meld together with fuller flavors, as the first cup of white teas seem a little tangy. More sweet lemon flavor, a little nutty, and some sort of flavor I can’t describe that only reminds me of white teas. The flavor brings to mind having a picnic with a fluffy lemon cake in a field of grass. I wish I were there right now with this December weather! I’m sure the other white teas from Teavivre are just as good… I know I’m in love with the jasmine white.

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636 tasting notes

This is a sample from Angel at Teavivre. Thank you!

I was not in the mood for rooibos or chamomile, but wanted something soft and soothing. I thought a cup of this would be a good choice and I was correct. This tea is magical. I have had a few silver needle teas before Teavivre, but nothing had come close to this. This cup was sweet and creamy. There were hints of melon, and hay. This tea had more depth to it than I would expect in a white tea. I mentioned creaminess before but this texture in the tea blew me away. It made it different than any other silver needle I have had before. Definitely a great cup! I am glad I still have some more of this to enjoy. This will be going on the wish list. Thanks again for the opportunity to try this tea.

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818 tasting notes

TeaVivre has done it again! They’ve made me like a tea that I didn’t think I liked before. Last time it happened with dragon well. Here we are, and they’ve changed my mind about silver needle. Previously, when I tried silver needle from another company, I thought it tasted too much like hay, and was sort of rough on the tongue…maybe astringent?

TeaVivre’s version is so good! It’s incredibly fresh and crisp! To me, it’s a straight up cucumber tea! It’s like you just crunched into some freshly sliced cucumber. The hay note is there, but much more laid back, and it’s slightly floral. I also found it to be sort of creamy…can crisp and creamy even happen in the same tea?

I enjoyed this after dinner and it was nice and light…like a palate cleanser. I could drink it any time of the day. Thanks so much to Angel for sending me this sample!!


The difference quality makes, eh?


I guess so! Everything I’ve had from them is stellar!

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726 tasting notes

I’ve only had one other Silver Needle before this one. It was Harney & Sons’ Silver Needle. It was back when I first got into tea, and all I noticed was that it tasted strongly of hay. xD Which disappointed me at first because everyone always seemed to love silver needle, and I just didn’t get it.
I really wanted to like it. I love how it looks and how soft and fuzzy it feels. It’s just one of those teas that I just want to feel because it’s just that soft. If I were a bug, I’d totally want to make my home in this tea because it would be so comfy…
Okay, that’s kinda weird I realize…Sorry ‘bout that…
Anywho, this tea surprised me, while it still has that tea flavor, it also has like a natural sweetener in it. The sweetness of this tea distracts from the strong hay flavor. Not bad but not something I’d buy tons of. Definitely willing to try other silver needles in the future. Probably just won’t go out of my way to buy some.

Christina / BooksandTea

I’m not a huge fan of white teas in general, though this one I do like because of the strength of the jasmine flavour. Maybe white tea just isn’t your thing.

Cameron B.

I got a silver needle sample from Shang, I’ll have to try it today. :P


Christina- Maybe not, but I am open to trying more. Just won’t buy it willingly. I am not sure that I noticed a jasmine flavor in this tea though…weird..
Cameron B- Hopefully you enjoy it! (:

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237 tasting notes

I’m surprised by the strong melon notes of this tea. The melon is followed by a hint of grass that then transforms into hay. A nice delicate tea, with little complexity and a very smooth body. The texture of it is very soft, and it is making me happy right now :)

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106 tasting notes

The aroma is that of sweet hay. This tea is light and sweet. It has a pronounced melon flavor with hints of hay and cucumber.

175 °F / 79 °C

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