Imperial Silver Needles
$15.00 – $51.00 — available on subscription
Imperial Silver Needles leaves are slowly sun dried and hand sorted. It is produced in the early spring harvest by traditional methods. This Fujian white tea is not easy to come by as only the unopened leaf or bud is used. And to complicate matters, white tea production is down by 20% as there is currently a great demand for high quality Fujian black teas. This causes the procurement of the highest quality silver needles to be even more difficult and pricey, especially if the demand for black tea should continue. The good news is that more growers are going back to the traditional methods, while more time and labor intensive, the tea produced is exquisite. The Imperial Silver Needles has a really fresh smell and taste.
Fujian, China: Fujian is a coastal province in southeastern China where the finest oolong, white, and jasmine teas are produced. According to the written record, teas have been produced there for well over 1,600 years. Growers currently produce five different categories of tea, most of which originated in the province.
For best results, first rinse the leaves to release the aroma and soften the leaves. The water temperature should be about 175-190 degrees Fahrenheit (80-90 Celsius) before it has boiled. It is okay to cover the lid of the Gaiwan while brewing the Imperial Silver Needles and you may want to use a little more tea than normal. By the time you steep and drink the tea it should be lukewarm so you can taste it. The liquor is pale yellow. The flavor is both floral and sweet but definitely has some green undertones. In the second steeping, the sweetness is more prevalent. It reminds you of walking in the meadow in springtime in high grass up to your shins, with wildflowers blooming all around.