China Silver Needle

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From Whittard of Chelsea

The longest, palest, gently sweet silver tips.


Brew very light using a pinch of leaves in a tea bowl, or 1 teaspoon per 2-cup pot. Never add milk.


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SIPDOWN! 221 and i am 98% water for sure at this point. i REAAAAAALLLYY wanted to get to 217 today but i’m not sure i can do it. It’s getting late and i should probably stop drinking fluids lol

There are some silver needles that i quite like, and there are others that are pretty much water. This is one of the former – it’s a delicious juicy white tea.

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Another Sipdown from NofarS :D
Although I’m not a huge fan of white teas, this is without a doubt an excellent quality white. Long whole leaves, with a robust dense character about them, the flavor is gentle, as white teas are, but not flavorless by any means. I enjoyed drinking several steepings of this while teaching this afternoon.

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Another tasting note for work… Are you sick of this yet? :’D

The other day I made this with a big pinch of the leaves directly into the cup but neglected to consider the fact it, uh, gets stronger the longer you leave it so it was gradually turning hazel in the cup… The leaves are wonderfully whole and quality-looking (with a stray twig here and there- is this intentional?) so it tends to be fairly easy to pick just the right amount for a mugful, though I’ve found it takes practice getting it perfect!

It’s brewed to a light, slightly toasted sunny gold in the cup, and is giving off the loveliest fruity/smoky aroma. I love the smell of white tea so much. And that scent is very telling of the taste, very pleasant although much weaker than the aroma – or rather, fruitier than the aroma! It’s slightly dry on the tongue but the body is mellow, tasty, some toasty notes in there to round off a wholesome slightly smoky sip. I could drink this all day if only I figured out how to re-brew the leaves!

Sadly don’t have many other white needle teas to compare this to, but it’s delicious nonetheless!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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