Silver Needle White Tea

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
White Tea Leaves
Flavors
Champagne, Earth, Grapes, Hay, Smoke, Sweet, White Wine, Grain, Creamy, Hot hay, Thick
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “This is only the second or third silver needle tea from Nepal I’ve had the pleasure of trying. I’m already quite surprised by the scent of the dry leaf, which has some smokey notes and hay and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is the first silver needle I have drank, and I love it. I would say it is my favorite tea at this moment. It has a slightly straw or hay taste, just a twang of smoke. Very light and delicate....” Read full tasting note
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  • “I steeped this one more by instinct than anything else, not even really timing the soak. My best estimate for the first one is a minute and 25 seconds. I got what I expected from a white tea:...” Read full tasting note
    87
  • “I hope this explains as much as it did to me: These steeped 11 times and they were still asking for more, but I had to end them short. http://postimg.org/image/lzzc26bnb/ Almost all white teas are...” Read full tasting note

From Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company

BTTC is stepping into high quality Nepalese teas and we feel great about this one. Grown high in the Himalayan Mountains, this is an elegant silver needle white tea. One tender leaf and a downy bud are meticulously picked from each tender tea bush. This fresh tea is naturally withered, hand-separated and dried to halt the oxidation process. The result is a beautiful, rare tea, with long needles and distinctive silver tips.

Characteristics: Citrus, Almonds, Smooth, Non-astringent

One heaping teaspoon of Silver Needle White Tea, 8 oz. of cooler hot water at 175 deg., Steep for 2,3 and then 4-5 minutes.

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This is only the second or third silver needle tea from Nepal I’ve had the pleasure of trying. I’m already quite surprised by the scent of the dry leaf, which has some smokey notes and hay and earthy tones to it, quite different from any other silver needle I’ve tried before. These needles look very thin and delicate. The aroma of the wet leaves is smokey and perfumey at the same time with a sort of tart grape scent. It’s really intriguing.

The taste of the first infusion is not at all what I’d have expected. It’s really sweet, woody, and a little smokey. If you blindfolded me I’d probably think this is Ya Bao, a white tea made from plump, moth-like winter buds from wild tea trees. In some ways this reminds me of wite whine, something spicy and crisp like a Pinot Grigio.

The second infusion of this tea is more sweet and grape-like, now reminding me more of champagne. The smokey element is nearly gone. The taste is a lot more clean in this infusion than the first.

In the third and fourth infusions, the smokey aspect really cleared out and gave way to a really sweet and clean brew, while the flavor stayed somewhat similar, reminding me a bit of white grape with some sweet grassy undertones.

This tea had a rough start by my tastes, but after the initial infusion I was really enjoying it. That said, I never rinse teas except for Shou Puer. Maybe this is a rare case of a tea that I feel could be better with a rinse? Then again, I may not have appreciated those more delicate sweet later steepings without the smokey, earthy tastes up front with which to contrast them. This tea produces many flavorful steepings and really goes a long way.

Flavors: Champagne, Earth, Grapes, Hay, Smoke, Sweet, White Wine

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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This is the first silver needle I have drank, and I love it. I would say it is my favorite tea at this moment. It has a slightly straw or hay taste, just a twang of smoke. Very light and delicate. This has definitely become a staple in my cupboard. I have only been up three hours today and have already had five cups of this tea.

Flavors: Grain, Hay, Smoke

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I steeped this one more by instinct than anything else, not even really timing the soak. My best estimate for the first one is a minute and 25 seconds.

I got what I expected from a white tea: creamy mouth feel, with the taste and aroma of hot hay. Not the sweetest silver needle I’ve had, but one of the thicker, more starchier or grainier ones. Mildly reminded me of beer, but far more nuanced and graceful. I am going to have several cups based on the strength of this first steep. Looking forward to them. I think this might last me all day.

Flavors: Creamy, Grain, Hot hay, Thick

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I hope this explains as much as it did to me: These steeped 11 times and they were still asking for more, but I had to end them short.
http://postimg.org/image/lzzc26bnb/

Almost all white teas are elegant and this one isn’t part of the exception.

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