Silver Needle

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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From Gong Fu Tea Shop

The finest of the White teas. Our Silver Needle is comprised only of Spring-picked buds from China’s Fujian Province, and produces a delicate flavor with a long and balanced sweetness. This White tea is naturally low in caffeine and high in antioxidants. An excellent evening tea.

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100 tasting notes

I’m starting to think I’m just not into white teas as I’ve never been wowed by one so I’ve decided not to rate this. This one smells great and the small fuzzy leaves look appealing and when brewed it’s got a lovely aroma and silky mouthfeel…but the flavor is too delicate for me. I’ve doubled the amount of tea, brewed it western style/grandpa style/in a mug with a ceramic strainer, and tried lowering the temp (I think the recommended 195F is a bit high) but it still makes me wish I picked one of my stronger teas.
Part of it could be the quality of my water. With a tea this delicate perhaps filtered water should really be used. And I’ve already found out that the brewing vessels and strainers should really be clean (no brown wire mesh strainers!) unless you want to muddy up the tea flavor. Strangely enough I think the best way I’ve had this tea so far is iced where it’s floral sweetness really comes out.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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882 tasting notes

This is another sample I finished off today :) I really enjoy silver needle teas. This tea has a nice sweetness to it. A touch of honey, apple, and hay. A bit weak but still enjoyable.


I need to place an order with Gong Fu one of these days….


Cheri, they usually have free shipping around the holiday. I would go to the web page and sign up for their news letter.


Good call. Thanks!

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636 tasting notes

The first time I made this, I made it to the package instructions. 1 tsp per 6oz @ 195. It was way to weak for me, it tasted like drinking water and I got none of the sweet taste that I enjoy about silver needle. Last night I made this and altered my preparation a bit. I used 3ish tsp for 12 oz water, steeped for a little over 2 mins @ 175. Much more enjoyable. I could taste the tea and not just the water. Will have to try this again to see if it was really the preparation or my mood:).

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84 tasting notes

Sarah – really like this one. Definitely buy again. Rating: 90

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