Sunday, June 30, 2024

Tea Review: Silver Needle (Perennial Tea Room)

Silver Needle
Perennial Tea Room
Type: White
Origin: China, Fujian Province, Fadin
Product Description:
We're excited to offer a new premium Silver Needle tea! This classic white tea, also known as Bai Hao Yin Zhen, is made entirely from needle-shaped leaf buds that are covered in down-like white hair. Picked in the early spring, it brews a very pale yellow liquid, and the flavor is full, bright, smooth, sweet, and accented with hints of bamboo and orchids.

This is one of the most popular white teas, for good reason, and is among the most prized of all Chinese teas - a perennial “Top Ten"!
Temperature: 185° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaf aroma has notes of hay, raw sesame seeds, and pole beans.

The pale golden peach infusion has a savory aroma with notes of nuts, snow peas, and sweet corn.  The taste is smooth and nutty with notes of edamame, sweet corn, and green vine with a long finish reminding me of freshly cooked snow peas.

For the purpose of this review, I followed the instructions on the package, steeping for 2 minutes in 185° F water with excellent results.  As this is a very forgiving tea you can easily steep it longer with good results.  Following the initial steeping the savory nutty notes stepped back and more vegetal notes moved to the front.  It's been some time since I've tasted Silver Needles and now that I'm reminded of how much I love it, I need to stock up immediately.

This tea was purchased by me.

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