Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea (Mo Li Yin Zhen)

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
Jasmine Flowers, White Tea
Flavors
Jasmine, Flowers, Creamy, Floral, Honey, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 oz / 288 ml

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  • “The lady I had not seen in about five years who came for tea last month wanted to come again. She was picking up feed bags for a Pinterest project. Of course, I wanted to serve tea again because...” Read full tasting note
    ashmanra 1848 tasting notes
  • “I know nothing about the jasmine flower. It sure seems like there must be two distinct types used in tea, or two different application methods. All I know is all tea bag versions, and most loose...” Read full tasting note
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    ks6 1367 tasting notes
  • “This is like an instant-calm potion. I take a sip and I can just feel myself relax. It is tea like this that makes me wish I either had a fantastic thermos bottle to bring hot water down with me or...” Read full tasting note
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    MegWesley 528 tasting notes
  • “This is a big sample, and it's getting up there in age, especially for a white tea. I really need to drink it down! I put a big pile of this in my gongfu teapot and steeped it for somewhere...” Read full tasting note
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    dinosara 1995 tasting notes

From Teavivre

Origin: Fuding, Fujian, China

Ingredients: Mixing the freshness and fragrance of jasmine with the mellowness

and sweetness of silver needle pekoe

Harvest time: March 24, 2014

Taste: Pale Bright and clear tea liquor

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 Teas. 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 offers the highest quantity of beneficial ingredients.

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113 Tasting Notes

1848 tasting notes

The lady I had not seen in about five years who came for tea last month wanted to come again. She was picking up feed bags for a Pinterest project. Of course, I wanted to serve tea again because she was so stunned at how good the high quality tea tastes last time! I chose this one for today because she mentioned that she and her mother were interested in tea for the health benefits.

Twice now I have had trouble getting people to understand that white tea is higher in antioxidants than green. They keep insisting on green because of all the articles they have read. As I served this one I read the description and details from the Teavivre website. She was very excited when she heard the part about antioxidants.

We tasted the tea and she declared it to be the best tea she has ever tasted in her entire life, and asked me to order one bag for her and one for her mom. She even stayed for a resteep of the pot and we finished that one, too.

This is one of those teas that would be in my shelf if I ever had to have just five teas. (Gasp!)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Don’t we all wish that. Back in the day when we didn’t even know any of this existed ha ha.

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1367 tasting notes

I know nothing about the jasmine flower. It sure seems like there must be two distinct types used in tea, or two different application methods. All I know is all tea bag versions, and most loose versions, I’ve tried have the same icky smell and flavor about them. For years people told me how good jasmine tea tasted. I was convinced they had no taste buds. Then came TeaVivre changing my mind.

All the TeaVivre (and honorable mention to Utopia) jasmines have such a wonderful scent. The flavor always makes me think grapes. They are light and sweet. I am totally amazed how much I like them.

I have to admit, at first, this one made me uncomfortable. White tea, especially silver needle, is so delicately flavored on its own that it seemed wrong to cover it up. Tasting it caused me to forget my concern. The lightness is maintained. It crosses the lips as gentle grapes surrounded by flowers, then caresses the throat with creamy delight. The aftertaste lingers with sweet nectar that slowly fades revealing the silver needle base. Yep, this is good stuff.

LiberTEAS

I think that some companies use a jasmine oil or essence to flavor the teas… and that’s probably the nasty icky jasmine you tried previously. The best method, and the one employed for this tea, I think, is by layering the jasmine blossoms with the tea and allowing the tea to absorb the natural essence of the flower.

K S

I actually found a blossom in my leaf today. Whatever they do different – keep it up.

ashmanra

I found blossoms in my Silver Jasmine Green from Teavivre today!

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528 tasting notes

This is like an instant-calm potion. I take a sip and I can just feel myself relax. It is tea like this that makes me wish I either had a fantastic thermos bottle to bring hot water down with me or an electric kettle that I can keep in my room.

I will be surprised if I drink another tea today. I might bring this one through lots of steepings from now until bedtime.

ashmanra

I love this one, and I can’t imagine why I haven’t ordered it yet. This is going on my next Teavivre order.

MegWesley

It is really fantastic. Because I like this one so much I have been eyeing the white aged yunnan cake. It opened up a whole world of white teas for me.

K S

white aged yunnan cake? From?

MegWesley

Verdant Tea. http://verdanttea.com/teas/aged-yunnan-silver-needle-white-cak/ I read a review from somebody on here. I just don’t remember who.

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1995 tasting notes

This is a big sample, and it’s getting up there in age, especially for a white tea. I really need to drink it down!

I put a big pile of this in my gongfu teapot and steeped it for somewhere between 10 and 20 seconds. Not a lot of precision here, but the result is quite lovely. Sweet, honeysuckle-y jasmine, yum. My second cup is not my favorite… I think the white tea is overtaking the jasmine, somehow, and I think I prefer a green base (rather, a pearl base) for jasmines overall. But still a delicious jasmine tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Kasumi no Chajin

will have to try this for sure!

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2068 tasting notes

A perfectly simple tea to end the evening with, and a perfectly simple tasting note to match.

Holy butts I can’t believe I turn 19 in one day! Ahhh!

Nattie

Enjoy it while it lasts! I am fast approaching my 20th birthday, and I’m already mourning the loss of my teenage years ):

Hello.Kiki

Happy birthday!

Iridium

Heeey, happy birthday! (and hey, being old isn’t too bad. You get used to being 20 after a while…)

OMGsrsly

Yay! Happy birthday! :)

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818 tasting notes

Thankyou so much Angel and Teavivre for this sample. This is the sample that I have been most anxious to try. I think I am falling in love with jasmine teas.

Dry leaf appearance: Beautiful fuzzy long white needles

Aroma: smells like fresh jasmine in a sunny meadow

Taste: Light jasmine, with that wonderful delicate white tea in the background. Sweetness comes through in a silky smooth way. This has a wonderful mouth feel to it, creamy like! I am glad I got such a large sample pack of this because I am certainly enjoying this!

2nd steep: 85degrees, 2minutes, just as delicious as the first with a little stronger jasmine.

I have had a LOT of tea today, so I will have to do the other steepings tomorrow and update!

Not sure how it compares to my beloved pearls, I will have to taste this tea again, and then on another day…have a side-by-side taste comparison.

Edit: 3rd steep, 90degrees, 3minutes, starting to lose flavour and silkiness, I think I would cold brew this steep next time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
K S

I just notices you had reviewed this one. Seems your unsure which is better as well – pearls or silver. Since I still have some of it, I’m thinking this is my new (possibly temporary) favorite.

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616 tasting notes

Jasmine has this magical thing it does where no matter where I’m at emotionally when I start my cup, by the time I finish, I’m in a good place. I think if I absolutely had to decide on one type of tea to drink for the rest of my life, a variety of jasmine would absolutely be in the running. It’s easily my favorite floral flavor.

In this particular one, the silver needle is sweet with notes of honeysuckle and pairs perfectly with the jasmine, which is delicate, floral, and sweet itself. It’s so smooth. I enjoy the first two steeps the most, where the jasmine and silver needle are in harmonious balance, but the jasmine starts overcoming it by about the third steep.

I don’t think jasmine is a flavor. It’s an experience.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C
Roswell Strange

I really, really agree with that last line.

__Morgana__

I so agree. I love jasmine.

AnnaEA

I have to agree. There’s something about tea and jasmine that’s just incredibly synergistic.

tigress_al

Mmmm, I love jasmine, especially this particular one!

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318 tasting notes

Another gratuitous sample from Teavivre! I really wanted to try some more of their teas but I didn’t feel like sitting down to something dark, and I’d already had a cup of the Dragonwell this morning. So here goes with this one.

When I opened the sample package, I looked inside to see that the buds were a bit more curled than I’d seen previously, and there are some small leaves mixed in with the buds. Bending down to take a closer look, I was hit with a really strong scent – much more strong than I’d expected. It was a lot different too – very flavorful. Beyond the jasmine I got whiffs of peach, plum and nectarine. There’s something else there that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe a sort of orchid scent? It almost reminds me of the forest, mossy and cool, but not dark. Regardless, it’s the best smelling unaltered white tea I’ve ever smelled.

The steeping instructions asked for 1-3 minutes; I steeped mine for approximately 2 to 3. I didn’t set a timer. After steeping, the buds look a bit of a brighter green than before, and they’ve started to unroll just slightly. The wet scent of these is similar to the dry scent, but not as strong. I’m also getting a little bit closer to the flavor I was unable to identify in the dry leaves – it smells almost mossy, somehow.

I used my 2-cup teapot for this, which is a light rose color. I really do need to get a glass or a white teapot. I’ve been eyeing the 18oz glass ForLife ones… sigh. Too many teapots, so little money. As it pours, the stream looks white. Even in the light pink teacup, I can see that the liquor is a pale yellow in color. The scent of the liquor is even fainter than the scent of the wet leaves, but it’s still along the same line.

It tastes fantastic. I haven’t had a lot of experience with yin zhen teas – I’ve tried the Teavana silver needles and David’s jasmine-scented. Both of them have been soft but fairly tasteless to me. I can hardly taste the jasmine in David’s.

But this – this is something else. I can taste the jasmine there without a doubt, but it’s light and delicate, without the overpowering dryness or “soapy” qualities it can have when used in excess. The best descriptor I can find for the tea is “round.” It’s clear and pure, mild and sweet. It’s the fullest-flavored yin zhen I’ve ever tasted, and it has its own distinctive flavor.

The first time I went into Teavana (hardly knowing anything about tea, but knowing that silver needles was considered “expensive and quality”) I asked for a cup of their silver needles so I could taste it. The girl there said “Sure, but it has a very light flavor it’s really best blended with other teas. Would you like to try that?” She blended it with another, and it was good, but this is a tea which, while very light, needs nothing extra to taste fantastic.

Thanks again Teavivre – you’ve sold me. Another one I have to add to my shopping list!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I am ordering this one because of my sample, too! It is wonderful! I got three steeps.

Michelle

I’m on my second now, and it’s even good iced!

Relmaster

I have had the “Yin Zhen Pearls” from teavana..and I wasn’t that impressed for $25 for 2oz!! Even when I mixed them with my “jasmine dragon pearls” (My favorite) ..I only got 2-3 steepings ( a dry,astringent taste after 2nd steeping) ,where I can easily get 5 steepings out of the dragon pearls alone! Is white tea…more or less caffeine than green tea/oolong?

ashmanra

I believe this one is marked low caffeine, less than 10% of a cup of coffee.

Michelle

The studies of caffeine in tea go both ways. More commonly seen is black tea having the most caffeine, although I’ve also seen studies which say that white tea has the most caffeine due to the lack of processing.

Tea websites themselves generally align themselves with the former camp, although after seeing Teavana quote the “30-second steep gets rid of caffeine” misconception, I’ve been a bit hesitant to take retailers’ word as law.

Dylan Oxford

My two speculative cents on this issue is – we’ve all experienced how different tea can act and taste depending on crop, climate, and growing conditions. I think those variances may impact caffeine production as well. So while a white tea may generally have less caffeine, it definitely doesn’t have to always be the case.

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A nice light and floral white tea. Not an everyday tea for me, but a nice option for when I’m in the mood for something elegant. A lovely tea for multiple steeps.

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Sipdown!
This is lovely Jasmine white. Some jasmines have a soapy flavor, probably because they are artificial, but this one is very nice, not too heavy on the jasmine, with a sweet & clean flavor. I shared it with a student, & she loved it so much that I gave her the last bit of it, enough for another cup, to enjoy at home.

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