Silver Needle

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec 13 oz / 379 ml

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Also known as Yin Zhen, this well guarded secret of Chinese emperors is a rare delicacy for a Western table. The most tender white downy tea buds are harvested only two days out of each year using the centuries old techniques of Imperial Gathering. This exceptional tea was reserved for the Chinese imperial family until just a few decades ago when it became available to the general public. Famous for its subtle taste, pale infusion, and extraordinary purity.

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15 tasting notes

I purchased this tea as a show-and-tell item for my tea class. I decided to try it, since I blew $18 on it, and decided not to return it. White teas aren’t always my thing, but this was very lovely. Subtle, resteeps well, and is a fantastic companion to late-night computing.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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122 tasting notes

I enjoyed this subtle tea. Even with over-brewing it was delicious! The leaves smell great and I like how soft and downy they look.

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3 tasting notes

One of the best Whites ever. I enjoy it hot with rock sugar, or with a nice strawberry lemonade iced down mix on a hot day

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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12 tasting notes

So refreshing! My favourite is drinking this cold when I need something to quench my thirst. Very mild taste however.

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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5 tasting notes

This is true tea “soup.” The pale infusion possesses a very milky mouthfeel with a similarly lactic tang in the form of refreshing acidity. The taste is crisp and complementary to fermented foods; its unctuousness and bright savoriness capture distant echoes of soy. The aroma, though floral, can be damp and almost slightly gamy. Because of this, I prefer to brew this at room temperature for an hour or so.

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4 tasting notes

I find this tea really relaxing. One of my favs for sure

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1 tasting notes

This is a tea I drink after a day of working, a time to wind down and relax. The antioxidants within the tea are refreshing and help calm my nerves. Good blended with a flavoured tea or not, both ways are I find relaxing and calming, something to fill the senses and to settle down after a long day.

2 min, 15 sec

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4 tasting notes

Nice light tea to help rehydrate the body.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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6 tasting notes

I don’t think I’ve ever had this tea buy itself. I normally just blend it with and oolong or green tea or I’ll throw some in my coca mate on occasion. I do enjoy it though

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4 tasting notes

So, I hadn’t been in awhile, but I decided to give teavana one more go. Honestly I was looking mainly for a double-walled glass tea tumbler, but I decided to get some silver needles tea as well. I’ve tried silver needle tea from lots of different tea shops, and was disappointed with this one. First of all, 15$ for 2 oz? That’s pretty steep, but this is supposed to be a good tea, right? Well, not in this case. I’m not sure what to think really, it just doesn’t taste as natural, very bland even for a white tea. The leaves are extremely broken for a premium chinese tea; I wonder if it was processed in a factory. It’s drinkable, has very light floral notes etc., but not near actual white tea standards, and definitely not worth what they charged me for it. I think next time I’ll go with my mainstays, Tao of Tea, and Townshend’s Tea from Portland, Oregon. They both tend to be cheaper and of higher quality. It’s no wonder almost all of Teavana’s teas are mixed with some sort of dried fruit.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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