Silver Needle

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180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 oz / 238 ml

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  • “Dear Silver Needle: Thank you for keeping me company on my commute this morning. I very much appreciated that you were not planty or heavy, like your colleague, White Symphony. Thank you for being...” Read full tasting note
  • “So, I didn’t get to taste this infusion, but this tea absolutely saved me today. I crushed my finger in the automatic car window today and broke the bone. Serious serious pain. Also, gross alert,...” Read full tasting note
  • “Soooo. I forgot about this one while I was steeping it. Like I acknowledged the timer, and flipped it off, and then somehow I let the tea keep steeping. So it went about 5-6 minutes. Luckily, it’s...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’ve tried this before in a sample pack I had back when I first started drinking whole leaf tea. I didn’t write a note, though. It might actually have been before I joined Steepster. Anyway, Silver...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas


White tea from China. Silver Needle is among the most revered of Chinese teas, produced in the Fuding and Zhenhe districts of its Fujian province. Gathered only in the few days of early spring, the preparation of this tea is governed by strict requirements to ensure a premium product. This dedication to perfection is evident in the cup, which is sweet and delicate with a clean, airy fragrance. Our ‘Sublime Needle’ is a Special Grade (Bai Hao) version of this exquisite tea.

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116 Tasting Notes

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I am usually not a fan of white tea. But my cousin was drinking silver needle from adagio when I was in the mood for some tea tonight. So I made myself a cup of this tea. The color of the tea was definitely misleading because the taste was quite strong from the light color. It was a light tasting tea without any particular aroma. But after the tea passed thru my throat, there was a returning sweetness in the mouth. I was told that tea like this is good. Since I am not a fan of white tea, I’m not rating this tea just to be fair.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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21 tasting notes

This is my last cup from the sample pack I bought from Adagio. No tasting notes from before because, well… I don’t think I even knew about this site yet.

The smell of the leaves after being steeped remind me of asparagus, but I like that smell. The color of the tea looks like a pale ale, or champagne. The tea itself doesn’t smell of the asparagus that the leaves do, it has more of a subtle grassy smell. I like it!

Oh cup, I wish you would cool down some so I could try the tea!! So impatient. I’m not very experienced with white teas. I spend most of my time drinking herbal blends, and green blends. Every now and then I’ll try black, but I think that’s my least favorite.

So my first sip was… sort of lackluster. I knew whites were muted, but about the only thing I got out of it was an asparagus aftertaste like a minute after I had swallowed that sip. That seems slightly silly. I really want to like whites. They have great antioxidant properties and are low on the caffeine scale, which I’m really paying attention to lately and trying to avoid caffeine. Let’s try again.

Ok I think the taste is building with each sip. I don’t hate it at all, it’s actually quite soothing. It’s like… a chamomile tea without the sweetness. I really hate to give this a rating right now as I don’t have much to compare it to. I definitely will try more white teas.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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108 tasting notes

This was included in a White Tea sample pack gifted me by a friend who was trying to turn me on to loose-leaf tea. It may be because I’m so new to teas, but I found this tea, often described as “subtle” far too mild for my tastes. I could barely distinguish this from hot water. Drinkable, but not something I’d like to try again. I liked the White Symphony in the sample pack much more, and later tried White Peony and found I also prefer it to Silver Needle.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

just looking at your brewing note….I don’t know how much you used, but the silver needle has most of its surface area concealing inside it, meaning it needs longer steeps. I would suggest for a better cup, take a clear, heat resistant glass cup and add about 3-4grams (about a 1tbsp-1.5tbsp) in 185 degree water. Cover the cup and watch the needles ‘rain’ to the bottom of the cup. Let steep about 5-7 minutes or until most of the needles have sank to the bottom. Drink. I think you will find it to be a better cup.

Lisa (harmony_bites)

I always follow the instructions on the package—which usually means a teaspoon per cup of water, or two teaspoons sometimes in cases were the tea leaves are, shall we say, not the kind that easily lie on the spoon.

The thing is, this was part of a sample pack, and I clearly preferred “White Symphony” (which seems to be a combo of silver needle and white peony) and later TeaSource’s White Peony. So I doubt I’ll revisit the Silver Needle. If I ever do, I’ll keep your advice in mind.

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596 tasting notes

Not a super-complex silver needle, but also quite sweet tasting with a subtle herbal backnote. Refreshing.

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64 tasting notes

180°, 3 minutes Very grassy.

Very flavourful, but not really the “sweet and light” I tend to search out in my Silver Needles. It is good and much sweeter than I expected, and my blueberry scone is meshing wonderfully with the cup. I personally wouldn’t buy it since I can get Silver Needles I enjoy more for around the same price, but it makes a fine cup.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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17 tasting notes

Silver Needle is still one of my favorite teas. I have flings with others now and then, but I always come back to my love.
This is a decent, base Silver Needle. It’s very drinkable, but it lacks structure. Also, the tea looks handled for some reason; if that makes sense.

Stephen Wise

It’s that handled look and feel that I try to avoid like the plague. If you don’t think Adagio’s could get any worse, check out Teavana’s selection of processed leaves.

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13 tasting notes

Silver Needle was very pleasant, it’s doesn’t have an outstanding taste but it’s one I can see myself drinking more often than not . It’s a light tea that goes down really smooth. There was no after taste (some after taste are good and some are bad so this statement is just an observation), the smell is subtle, and it is my first Adagio white tea. I give it thumbs up

180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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84 tasting notes

very soft flavor i get almost a creaminess to it. i enjoyed the touch of grassy flavor aswell

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110 tasting notes

Delicate, but very rich flavor. This definitely goes on my list of teas to reorder.

175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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87 tasting notes

Decent Silver Needle. Slightly sweet flavor, not very aromatic. I was able to get 3 quality infusions out of it. My sample contained a noticeable amount of broken leaves. Would not buy again, there are much better Silver Needles out there.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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