• Reviews

    Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with Pearl River Mart and Silver Needle Tea Co.

    The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. It usually falls somewhere in late September or early October. For 2017, today is the big day! Many activities are enjoyed including sharing a family meal, gazing at the full moon, lighting lanterns, and eating a special type of pastry called mooncakes. The roots of this festival actually go back over 3,000 years. In the past, emperors worshipped the moon in order to ensure a good harvest. Although most people no longer depend on the agricultural harvest for their livelihoods, the tradition continues to this day. When Pearl River Mart reached out to me about reviewing…


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    Silver Needle Tea Co. High Mountain Oolong

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: pale gold Earlier in the year I helped Lucy from +Silver Needle Tea Co. at NY NOW. While I loved her passion and beautiful packaging, what really sent me head over heels was her high mountain oolong. It was grown at a staggering elevation of 7,000 feet on Alishan. This is not a tea to drink when you are in a rush. Even with a rinse, the leaves barely opened after the first infusion. The taste started out sweet and buttery smooth with lingering floral notes. Enjoyable as that…

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    A Day at NY NOW with Silver Needle Tea Co.

    A few weeks ago I made the acquaintance of Lucy Yung, founder of +Silver Needle Tea Co., through a mutual friend. She was in the midst of planning a booth at her first ever trade show, NY NOW at the Javits Center. That’s an exciting but scary time for any business! She was in need of some helping hands at her booth and I jumped at the chance. While I’ve attended lots of trade shows (both tea and otherwise), I’ve never had a chance to experience things from the vendor point of view. Lucy’s booth was beautiful in its simplicity. It perfectly matched the aesthetic of her brand and really drew the eye right…