Silver Needle White Tea from Mandala Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Mandala Tea

Tea Description:

A very precious and delicate tea characterized by the fine white hairs on the leaf. This beautiful white tea is only harvested for a couple of days each spring. It produces a rich body and savory aroma. Rich in antioxidants, as well as other extremely healthful minerals, white teas are less astringent than green teas with all of the same benefits. Its light and smooth flavor make it ideal for accompanying food, or soothing in the evening due to its lower level of caffeine.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Ah!  What a sweet and refreshing tea!

I’ve tasted quite a few Silver Needle teas, and even though I’ve had quite a bit of experience with this type of tea, it never ceases to surprise me just how much flavor can be found in this delicate tea.  Light?  Yes.  Delicate?  Yes.  Void of flavor?  Absolutely NOT!

These Silver Needles are very soft and covered in tiny hairs.  I love touching them before brewing them, they’re velvety and soft … like a cloud made of plush fur.  The texture of the brewed tea exhibits this same luxurious softness with its silky smooth mouthfeel.

The flavor is incredible.  It has a sweetness that permeates every moment of the sip, while a complex set of flavors play upon the palate, from grassy and hay-like tones, to hints of spice and wood, to an airy kind of flavor that evokes thoughts of the air I would breathe if I were taking a hike through the woods in the spring.

Another exceptional tea offering from Mandala Tea.  I’ve been very impressed with their dedication to quality!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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!

One thought on “Silver Needle White Tea from Mandala Tea

  1. I’ve always wanted to try silver needle, and I’m afraid your article has sent me over the edge! Will buy soon!

    White tea does tend to complement food very nicely and has, I find, a surprising amount of flavor for such a light tea. It’s become my official ‘go-to’ tea when eating food I’ve never had tea with before.

    I’m almost tempted to question the popularity of Green Tea when white light. flavorful White Tea exists as an alternative!

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