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Silver Needle

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ONE OF CHINA’S RAREST TEAS…

Deliciously light, complex and delicate, Silver Needle or baihao yinzhen is one of China’s rarest and most celebrated teas. Only the youngest buds are picked before undergoing minimal processing, being left to wilt in the sun – the result is an extraordinarily refreshing infusion with sweet notes of melon and jasmine.

  • Tea Type

    White Tea

  • Origin

    China

  • Tastes like

    Refreshingly light and floral

  • When to drink

    For elegant elevenses

Brew the perfect cup

  Add two teaspoons (around 4g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.  

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Origin

China

The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…

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