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!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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