Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Canton Tea Co.
Other names: Jasmine Silver Needle Tea, Silver Tip Tea, White Pekoe, Bai Hao Yin Zhen
2011 Great Taste Award Winner
Jasmine Silver Needle is a soft, lush tea, made from the young, unopened silvery tea buds which have been layered with fresh Jasmine blossoms over several nights. The fragrance is absorbed by the buds and gives the tea a pure, sweet, distinctive flavour that is mellowed by the white Silver Needle. This tea is a great accompaniment to food and full of beneficial antioxidants.
What a beautiful jasmine tea.
The white tea base is a silver needle. The flavor is so soft and has a pleasant sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is soft and supple. There is very little astringency and no bitterness.
The white tea seems to bring out a milder, lighter taste in the jasmine notes. It isn’t a sharp or perfume-y jasmine taste. The grassy tones to the tea are faint and they meld with the gentle floral tones of the jasmine so well. It becomes like a gentle spring breeze for the palate.
One of the finest jasmine teas I’ve tasted. I highly recommend this to all tea enthusiasts – even those who aren’t particularly fond of jasmine – because it is so delightfully perfect. I love this tea.
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!