Our Silver Needle comes from the home of white tea, Fuding in northeast Fujian Province. Only the most robust buds hand-picked from Fuding big white tea tree cultivars make the grade. Then highly skilled hands tend to the tea while sun drying to ensure maximum tea down/fur remains attached to the buds. This down/fur stores the classic Chinese herb and fur tip fragrance and flavor. The tea's soothing texture with its shiny apricot yellow hues hides not even a wisp of bitterness nor astringency. What is does deliver is a relaxing brew with a long natural sweet finish.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, Silver Needle restores and protects the liver, eyes and skin while dissipating inner heat to normalize body temperature balance.
Storage: Store unused portions away from light in a moderately humid area between 70-80F/21-27C.
Brewing water: Earth2O brand mineral water produces the finest results. Soft water, distilled water and hard water will ruin this tea. Tap water varies wildly and is best avoided as well. If you don't have Earth2O water available please see good substitutions on our water page.
Brewing temperature: 100C/212F
Brewing method: 3-5g tea leaves (~1.5 heaping Tablespoons), 60-80ml (~1/4-1/3 cup) water each time with quick infusions in a Chinese gaiwan or a small pot.
Notes: Small quick infusions showcase the changing flavors of each cup. Longer brewing times in larger quantities of water end up more homogeneous, but still very good results.