Our organic Silver Needle White Tea is among the most revered of organic Chinese tea, produced in the high mountains of China's southeastern Fujian province. This organic tea consists of only the most delicate downy buds from the tea plant's newest growth. The preparation of this organic white tea is governed by strict requirements to ensure a truly premium product. This dedication to perfection is evident in the cup. The pale yellow infusion has a rich, nectar-like body. It yields a light, honey-sweet fragrance with a delicate sweetness and smooth, clean finish. This tea is absolutely devoid of astringency.
Ingredients: organic Chinese white tea
Serving Size: one tablespoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: A truly exquisite white tea! The thick, nectar-like quality of the brew is outstanding.
Jeremy Says: This is my favorite white tea, and among my favorites in general.
Posted by Sasha on 5th Aug 2013
I debated purchasing this tea due to the price - but WOW. One of the reviewers used the word "nectar" to describe it and they were right on. Delicate with a hint of sweetness. My new favorite tea hands down.
Posted by Blake Canter on 20th May 2013
Although I enjoyed a number of my attempts to brew this tea, it wasn't until the very last serving of my bulk package that I truly brewed it right! It was so good when brewed well that I'm going to have to get more! The trick is using water at about 160 degrees and steeping for only 10 seconds! Surprisingly, a ten second infusion gives a much richer, rounder liquor than when I tried steeping for 5 to 10 minutes. Additionally, infusion after infusion the delicate, earthy-floral aroma remained. I think I got up to ten, full-bodied infusions from the same leaves, which I really appreciate in a tea since I enjoy having many cups -- and even offsets the high price, as one pot of tea could last all afternoon.
Posted by Lauren on 22nd Feb 2013
This tea has a very delicate taste with a nice lingering of floral. I am primarily a black tea drinker, so this tea is a bit weak for me for every day, but it is great as an afternoon drink.
Posted by Juliet on 25th Nov 2012
I've explored many many kinds of tea, and this by far is the most enjoyable one I've had. It is my "feel good tea". I cannot live without it. Very delicate and slightly sweet. Strongly recommended.
Posted by Unknown on 7th Jun 2012
A very pleasant white tea. I don't put anything in my teas when drinking them except water. when I run across a tea that needs a little something extra I usually add some organic peppermint leaves. This tea is very pleasant and satisfying by itself. Will be ordering more. Easy to get at least two satisfying steeps from this tea also
Posted by Lukasz M. on 7th Mar 2012
Wow! This Silver Needle white tea is one of my favorite teas of all time. It is naturally sweet without any bitter notes of any kind (assuming you steep it correctly). It has a nectar like quality to it that reminds me of fresh honeysuckle. The leaves are long, slender, and needle like and are covered in a beautiful silvery fuzz- not unlike the kief of Silver Haze of a different flora type.
Just one word of caution. If you're used to strong, black teas and/or put sugar in your teas, you may be disappointed by the subtle flavor of this tea. It is very delicate and is best enjoyed by those who drink tea plain. I've offered this tea to some of my friends who aren't tea lovers like me and there response was usually the same, "it's good, but tastes like water." They just don't have the palette to enjoy the delicate complexity of the tea. I bought this tea in bulk and will be buying it again shortly. It is hands down one of the best teas in the world in my opinion.
Posted by Aysia Scheerer on 16th Feb 2012
This tea is perfect for an evening when you just want to settle down with a book and enjoy a delicate, soothing cup of tea. The flavor of the tea has a slight sweetness/floral aspect, without any bitterness. It is a relaxing tea, which makes it perfect for drinking in the afternoon. This is one of my favorite white teas.
Posted by A on 3rd Oct 2011
I love this tea. It's absolutely my favorite out of all that I've tried (white, green and oolong.) It's sweet and if you've ever wondered what "pretty" tastes like- this is it. It just tastes pretty, and it will make you smile with its sweet floral soothing feeling.
Posted by W on 21st Sep 2011
This is fantastic tea. It is distinct among white teas, because it is only the bud of the plant (needle) instead of the top two leaves and the bud. It is very delicate, so I like to steep it in a slightly unconventional manor, by using water just short of boiling and steeping for at least 3-4 minutes. It never gets bitter; it isn't out of the ordinary for me to steep the leaves a few times.
Purists will wag their fingers at this, but I like to mix in a green tea with it every once in a while (when I need either a little more caffeine or mouth-feel). As a side note, I feel like Theanine levels in this tea are probably very high (L-Theanine is a non-essential amino acid found in tea leaves that promotes relaxation through lowered heart rate and expansion of the vessels). I feel even more relaxed than I usually do after a cup of tea when I drink the white needle. Over all you can't go wrong with this tea. I know it's a little pricey, but trust me it's worth it!
Posted by Unknown on 24th Jan 2011
I have to admit I am new to teas so I don't know all of the lingo and such but I wanted to start drinking teas as a step toward better health. After doing some research I was lead to white teas specifically organic loose leaf. I just received my first order of this tea and I love it. It's not a real strong taste/flavor but it has just enough "sweetness" to it that I can enjoy it (having had some bitter teas in the past that turned me away from tea I was quite pleased by this one). Definitely recommend...thank you Arbor Teas (especially the owners they were quick and friendly in their response to a tea related question I had)!
Posted by Stephanie on 22nd Apr 2009
This is my favorite tea! So delicate and sophisticated! I love to mix it with gyokuro in the morning for the ultimate luxurious tea!!
Posted by Bill Edwards on 16th Dec 2007
It took two sample orders and Jeremy's expert advice for me to brew this tea right. The sample looks like it is enough for 4 servings but it really is two. But it was worth the effort. If I had only one word to describe silver Needle white it would be "luscious." Not a word I ever associated with tea before. Not exactly sweet but I guess those are the taste buds that are activated--certainly no bitterness. There is a satisfying smoothness that my mouth wants to savor. This is a stand alone tea--the kind that calls for a time out from other activities.
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one tablespoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.