Imperial Silver Needle Tea is a White tea from China and is among the most revered of Chinese teas. Produced in the Fuding and Zhenhe districts of its Fujian province and is gathered only for a few days in early spring. A dedication to perfection is evident in the pale, ivory colored liquor. The lingering fragrance is delicately honeysuckle floral, with a warmed sugar sweetness. Refreshing texture that is soft and airy on the palate. This is a special grade ('Bai Hao') version of this exquisite tea.
Modern-day white teas can be traced to the 18th Century Qing Dynasty, a time when they were harvested from ordinary tea bushes. White teas differed from green teas in that their processing did not incorporate any steaming or pan-firing. The teas were simply allowed to wither dry. The resulting leaves were thin, small and did not have much silvery-white hair.
It wasn't until 1885 that specific varieties of tea bushes were selected to make white teas. The large, silvery-white buds of the Silver Needle came into being in 1891. It takes more than 4,500 hand-sorted buds to make just one pound of this very rare tea.
How to Prepare:
Use 1 Tablespoon per 16 to 24oz pot.
Use Very Hot (195º - 205ºF.) water.
Steep for 3 to 5 Minutes.
Caffeine: 10 mg / 8 oz cup.