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Silver Needle Loose Tea

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Item Code: 301382 / Net weight: 50g / 1.76oz


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March's Tea of the Month

Origin: Fujian Province, China
Leaf Type: White Tea
Taste: Sweet and mellow
Drink: Without milk
Brew: Lightly, 2-3 minutes according to taste with water off the boil
When to drink:Throughout the day

Silver Needle Tea is one of the most rare, beautiful and sought-after teas in the world. Drinking it is like drinking a very fine wine or champagne, each sip to be savoured and enjoyed.

It is a tea shrouded in romance. It is said that historically the fine white tea is only harvested during a full moon, by young women with golden scissors. This may just be legend, but it is true that there are only a few days each year when the pure silver tips used for this tea can be picked to ensure rain doesn't damage the young buds.

The extremely light processing of the tea gives Silver Needle an exquisitely sweet and mellow taste. The young and tender tea should be carefully prepared using water just off the boil to appreciate its smooth, sweet elegance.

Perfect for use in our Cold Brew T Bottle


100% White Tea.

Packed in an environment where nuts are handled.

Brew a Perfect Cup

Ideally warm the pot first with a splash of hot water. Use one teaspoon (around 2g) per cup and use freshly drawn water which is heated to around 80 degrees. You can either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for a few minutes afterwards. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Should be drunk without milk.

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Average customer rating based on 5 reviews

I very much enjoyed this unusual tea. To brew it I followed this procedure:
- Boil the kettle then leave the water to cool for a while until the water is about 70 degrees C.
- Weigh out 6g of tea.
- 'Wake up' the leaves by covering with hot water for 10 seconds.
- Use the water to warm the cup you are going to drink from and discard it.
- Cover the leaves again with 150ml water and brew for 30 seconds.
- Strain into warmed cup and drink.
- Repeat up to 3 times with the same leaves.
- If you wish to steep the tea again after 3 times, increase the steeping time to 60 seconds.

The second steeping tasted better than the first steeping to me.

Posted by Victoria (5th July 2014)


Please be aware this is usually a most beautiful tea, it should be champagne in colour and has a rich distinct flavour - this years crop however is sadly a definite "miss"! Off brown in colour instead of silver white and just tastes of mud! Not sure what Whittard have done to this years white tea crop but it is a sorry state of affairs - time to try a competitor, it may after all have been a poor season?

Posted by Tim Woodward (28th May 2014)


I wish I had read the very accurate "Emperor's New Clothes." I've been buying tea from Whittard for over 30 years and this is tantamount to drinking boiled water. Sorry:(

Posted by Richerd (7th April 2014)


We looked forward to getting this tea but were very disappointed. We made it carefully according to instructions on web but found it so 'delicate' that we couldn't taste anything. Tried it three times and measured carefully. Looked like Frascatti colour but without the flavour. Sorry to say it felt a bit like an expensive case of the emperor's new clothes

Posted by Terence McGinnie (10th March 2014)


This tea has a lovely light, sweetly nutty flavour. It is definitely worth the extra money as it is gorgeous.

Posted by Megan Morcombe (15th September 2013)

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