Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tea Review: Silver Needle Organic White Tea (Teahouse Kuan Yin)

Silver Needle Organic White Tea
Teahouse Kuan Yin
Type:  White
Origin:  China, Fujian Province
Product Description:  Silver Needle is the rarest and most prized of white teas. It is comprised of only the downy tea buds before they open, so that they resemble soft white needles. Its flavor is extremely fresh, because so little processing takes place in Silver Needle production. The leaves are very lightly oxidized, and undergo no frying or rolling process. Our Silver Needle is IMO-certified organic.

Temperature:  175° F
Amount:  2.5 grams
Steeping Time:  3 minutes

The dry leaf aroma was sweet and peppery with a hint of vinegar.

The infusion was bright, with a pale golden color and a delicate floral aroma.  The taste was sweet and flowery, with a velvety mouth feel and a surprising hint of something fruity like pear in the finish.

Though light, this tea was quite flavorful and held up well through a second steeping.  I would pair this with something lightly flavored like bread, brie, or pear slices.  I could happily drink this tea throughout the day and would definitely serve it to guests.

This tea was purchased by me.

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