All weekend long, I have been drinking Silver Needle. Purchased as part of my White Tea Sampler from Adagio teas, I was excited to brew and taste. For over a year, I enjoyed Winter White Earl Grey by Harney and Sons daily. The purchase of the White Tea Sampler was encouraged by my desire to enjoy a pure White Tea with no added flavors. After brewing and tasting, I could not wait to share my Silver Needle experience.
Composition: White tea, nothing more and nothing less.
Dry Visual: Very green rolled leaves (resembling fat pine needles) with silver fur – hence the name.
Dry Aroma: Slightly vegetal – but very light.
Flavor: Delicious! I was very impressed with the light taste. Naturally sweet, easily enjoyed both with or without sweetener. I must admit depending upon my mood I really enjoyed with just a hint of sugar in the raw – preferring it over honey whose flavor almost overpowered the delicate taste of Silver Needle. This tea had very unique flavor – not vegetal, not woodsy, not smokey, just pure tea. I could drink Silver Needle every day.
Liquor: Beautiful amber – actually gold color.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 7 minutes. I brewed for 7 minutes during the first two infusions. 10 to 12 minutes for subsequent infusions using my new Yixing Teapot dedicated to white teas.
Manufacturer: Adagio Teas
Silver Needle is a tea I could drink on a daily basis. It is light and refreshing maintaining its character after multiple infusions. Never bitter always delicious. Until we meet again… Happy Tea Drinking!