Our organic Silver Needle White Tea is among the most revered of organic Chinese tea, produced in the mountains of China's 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.
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Posted by Johanna on 26th Aug 2016
I ordered a sample and have a cup beside me as I type. The aroma and taste bring to mind a sunny field of hay and flowers and peach trees. It's a really light and happy experience. This is my second white tea so I'm not sure how it compares to others, but I love it! The initial steep is really super delicate, and the first time I made it I was surprised at how it changed for the next couple.
Posted by Bill on 4th Feb 2016
A treasure. We obtained five infusions from one pot, and used both small chinese cups, and taller chimney shaped scent cups. We poured the tea into the scent cup, and then poured the tea from the scent cup into the drinking cup. Then we sniffed the scent cup, and the aroma was amazing, getting fuller and more complex for the first three steepings. citrus and floral, amoth others. The last two infusions were very good, but fading a bit. I am doing a sixth infusion as I speak to see what happens. The taste was also amazing, and evolved in subsequent steepings. Well worth the expense.
Posted by Jo on 23rd Jan 2016
This is wonderful stuff - clear and crisp (we drink it iced). I'm not sure it's worth the price that it costs, however, so we'll be saving this one for special deal coupons and such.
Posted by Lala on 7th Jan 2016
Very light and subtle dewy nectar of the gods. This was the first white tea I ever tried, and now I'm spoiled because it's the only one I want!
Posted by Christine on 31st Mar 2015
Arbor has great teas, but this is my ultimate favorite. It has a smooth, almost buttery taste that is so light, I feel like I'm describing a fancy pastry! (But without the heavy sugar hangover, obviously).
Posted by Tammy on 14th Feb 2015
Ok, I admit it - I have no problem letting tea steep for 10 - 20 min. I also mix teas. Nice strong bold flavors with some extra health benefits...I did this 1x with this tea and thought - what is the big deal, this is just ok. I did a little reading and tried again - this time following the directions (novel idea). WOW - It is truly worth every penny and I wouldn't trade it for the world. It requires me to slow down and truly savor the tea even taking in the smell.
Posted by Jason Manarchuck on 21st Sep 2014
This is what I drink at night when I'm winding down. Recently, I was out of town with a full schedule and out of my routine. A friend shared some of this tea with me and I felt like I was reunited with a close friend. You'll enjoy it's light, pleasantness. This is the tea for all occasions.
Posted by Connor on 14th May 2014
By far the best white tea I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. As many others have eluded to, it has a nectar-like quality. It's fragrance is sweet and floral. The flavor is an exquisite combination of honey and delicate floral notes. Absolutely no astringency as the after-taste is almost as pleasant as the tea itself. Simply marvelous. Will be ordering more.
Posted by Lala on 22nd Apr 2014
I buy this tea as gifts. Many people have never tried white tea, and I want them to try the best! This is so light, but it most certainly isn't hot water. It's like nectar of the gods; that seriously is what I think every time I drink it. Treat yourself with a sample size at least!
Posted by Yen-Wen C. on 10th Apr 2014
This is really light body tea to me. It's delicate and flavorful. It's good for the days when you don't want any flavoring, this "straight up good tea" can answer days like that.
It's certainly soothing and calming to have it when you need a little afternoon break :)
Posted by Joey on 2nd Feb 2014
This is the first white tea I have tried, but it has certainly hooked me! The flavor is subtle, but delicious! Not to mention the many health benefits this tea brings along with it!
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!
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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.