Imperial Silver Needles – 2023 Harvest
$15.00 – $51.00
Imperial Silver Needle leaves are slowly sun-dried and hand sorted in the early spring harvest, using 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 has continued to decline due to weather and labor shortages. This is coupled with increased demand for high-quality Fujian white teas due to its high anti-oxidant content, unique flavor, and collectible value. This causes the procurement of the highest quality silver needles to be difficult and pricey. 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. Imperial Silver Needles has a fresh, unique fragrance and taste. Its unaggressive nature (almost no bitterness) makes this one of the most enjoyable tea-tasting experiences available.
Fujian, China: Fujian is a coastal province in southeastern China where the finest oolong, white, and jasmine teas are produced. According to written records, 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 by pouring hot water onto the leaves and draining and discarding the water immediately. The water temperature should be about hot to near boiling. 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 if you are guestimating the number of leaves to be used, the fluffy nature of this beautiful tea makes it looks like you’re using a lot of leaves. By the time you steep and drink the tea, the liquid should not be very hot so you can taste a creamy texture and different layers of flavors. The liquor is pale yellow. The flavor is both floral and sweet and has some green alfalfa-like 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.