Ivory in the cup. Superb light malt flavored hand selected silver tips with a touch of briskness, are painstakingly harvested and naturally dried. Extremely rare.
HEALTH PROPERTIES: Very high in anti-oxidants
CAFFEINE LEVELS: Low
TEA SOURCING: China, Fujian Province
INGREDIENTS: White Tea
ETHICS: Ethical Tea Partnership and GMO free
THE STORY OF SILVER NEEDLE
Silver Needle, or in its Chinese name, Bai Hao Yin Zhen, is a white tea produced in Fujian Province China. The distinct silver needles are covered in pekoe - a white down which is the mark of the highest quality teas. These are amongst the most expensive teas produced, as only the unopened bud of the new tea leaf is plucked and used, unlike other teas, which use the opened leaves, which provide a greater quantity.
Ordinarily, Silver Needle is exceptionally expensive. We have been able to keep the cost down by importing our Silver Needle tea in small quantities, direct from the producers in China.
BREWING INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOT TEA: Infuse one slightly heaping teaspoon for each 8 ounce cup with water brought to a rolling boil (85 Celcius) for 3-7 minutes.
Infuse 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of tea with 1 1/4 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water, and add the infused tea, straining the leaves, to the pitcher. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Add lemon and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
Infuse 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea with 6 ounces of boiling water for 5 minutes. Add the tea to a 12 ounce glass, filled with ice, straining the leaves. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the tea or removing the bags. Add lemon and sweeten to taste.
NUMBER OF CUPS: 15-20 cups from each 35 grams of tea, with a single use of the leaves. Loose leaf tea is traditionally infused 3 times, with a different flavor profile following each infusion. Accordingly, each 35 gram bag can make up to 60 cups of tea.