Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Silver Needle Tea

My journey through teas-day has lead me to a white tea called Silver Needle.

silver needle tea© by Haalo

Up close, I can't help but think that they look like left-over legs off a huntsman but from a distance they look a bit more like silvery rosemary needles.

White tea is sourced from only the young unopened buds - they are dried and undergo only a light fermentation which gives it that silvery appearance. In comparison, Black teas are fully fermented - oolong is partially fermented and green teas are unfermented.

Dosage is a teaspoon to 1 cup hot water (80°C) and it should be brewed for about 5 minutes. If you've been careful with the water temperature you should get 3 re-steepings - if the water is too hot you can end up with a bitter taste.

It has a pale colour and soft, subtle flavours - a good choice if you're winding down for the day.

1 comment

  1. I love white tea.. Lots of flavours available now too. Great for that afternoon tea and cookie break!


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