Silver Needles

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Entirely composed of delicate downy leaf buds, this tea is one of our most prized and rare. Get lost in the pleasant aroma of sweet clover and linger in its sweet honey finish.

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  • 2 tsp per 8 oz of water, 185°F, 5-8 min. The same tea leaves can be steeped multiple times.

    • This white, unflavored tea from Fujian, China is one of the most prized teas in the world
    • Silver Needles, also called Bai Hao or Yin Zhen, is entirely composed of tea buds picked during the last week of March, (pre-Qing Ming)
    • After plucking, they are quickly transported to the factory and placed onto ventilated racks in even piles
    • Gentle heat is added to prevent oxidation and decrease moisture in the leaves
    • The buds are then sorted for size
    • The resulting liquor is very light bodied with a light green & vegetal (watercress) flavor profile, with notes of hay and a sweet aftertaste
    • Silver Needles has an extremely limited harvest time of just several weeks each year
    • It takes almost 4,000 of these fat, tea leaf buds to make just 1 pound of this tea
    • No wonder this tea is expensive when you consider the labor involved and limited production time!
    • Greek yogurt
    • Oatmeal
    • Any mild and soft cheese
    • basmati rice
    • Rice pudding
  • China, Fujian Province white tea: 100%

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