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.
To ensure the highest quality drinking experience and maximum nutritional value, we keep all of our white and Puer teas in proper temperature and humidity controlled professional storage.
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: 5g tea leaves (~2 heaping Tablespoons), 100ml (a bit less than 1/2 cup) water each time for 5 seconds in a Chinese gaiwan or a small pot. After the first 10 infusions, increase each infusion time by 5 seconds. To produce lighter tea, either decrease amount of tea, increase amount of water or decrease brewing time. To produce stronger tea, either increase amount of tea, decrease amount of water or increase brewing time. You can easily adjust to suit your individual taste.
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.