Reviews

Teavivre Silver Needle White Tea 2014

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: pale green, covered in silver hairs
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 165 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale gold

Many tea drinkers struggle with silver needle because until your taste buds have been trained for tea a bit, it might just taste like nothing at all. The flavor is extremely delicate but once you can pick up those hidden complexities it’s a real treat. Even though this isn’t +TeaVivre‘s highest grade silver needle, I thought that the leaves were super fluffy and pretty. At first the taste was very, very light. The mouth-feel was incredibly soft. That’s because all of those silver hairs wind up in your cup. Don’t worry, tea won’t give you hairballs! I tend to let my white tea leaves sit in the water without a strainer. It won’t really get bitter or unpleasant, especially when using lower temperature water. Notes of sweet hay and melon popped up along with a lingering floral finish. This silver needle is middle of the range as far as price goes. I wouldn’t call it a daily drinker but it’s fair for the level of quality.

Silver Needle White Tea 2014 sample provided by Teavivre.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.