Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Eteaket
Silver Needle tea is the most famous of all white teas, and for good reason. The delicate downy buds (packed with antioxidants and very low in caffeine) give a delicate but complex flavour with a hint of melon, fresh citrus notes and a lingering finish. Forget silver, this tea deserves a gold medal.
The fragrance of the dry leaf is different from many white teas I’ve encountered – it has a light, leafy scent that is fresh and is intermingled with a delicate melon note! It smells very nice. It looks nice too: the thin spear-shaped leaves are soft and fuzzy. The look as fresh as they smell.
The flavor is very pleasing. It is not at all delicate like one might imagine a white tea would be. It has a strong fruity presence, as the description suggests I can taste hints of citrus and melon. There is also a vegetative note lingering in the background. There are even soft notes of spice that are somewhat uncommon for silver needles!
I really like this deliciously different silver needle. It tastes smooth and rich. There is no bitterness and no astringency. It is sweet, delicious and incredibly relaxing to sip. Ahhh!