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Silver Needle Loose Tea

Distinctly light and mellow... Read More

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£9.00 RRP £13.00

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

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Distinctly light and mellow...

The champagne of our white tea collection, this highly sought-after style of tea is picked before the very first rains of spring in China’s Fujian Province. Crafted purely from the barely opened buds of the tea leaf, the silvery tips create an elegant, needle-like appearance.

Legends tell of the virgins who were sent out to harvest the tea under the full moon – doubtful, perhaps, but it does give a sense of the extraordinary delicacy of the taste. You’ll find our Silver Needle tea distinctly light and mellow, with a hint of the sweetness of a ripe cantaloupe melon.

Perfect for use in our Cold Brew T Bottle

  • Origin

    China, Fujian Province

  • Tastes like

    Sweet and mellow

  • When to drink

    Throughout the day


Brew the 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.

A note from Whittard

“I love staging themed afternoon teas, and at the moment I’m trying out some of our more bizarre blends, like Bohemian Raspberry and Blueberry Rooibos!”

- Cianne, Southampton Marlands Store Manager


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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* * * * * Silver Needle 5 star delicious! by Lee Clutterbuck on 25th March 2015

Not sure what the 'emperor's new clothes' people were drinking (perhaps their tea came from a different batch), as I found this to be a fragrant and flavoursome cuppa. One of the most refreshing drinks that I have ever tasted in fact. It's subtle, light and 5 star delicious! Now looking forward to my next pot.

* * * * * Silver Needle loose tea by Mary Forster on 17th January 2015

This was the first time I had tried white tea. It has a lovely light sweet flavour and I would certainly buy it again.

* * * * * Interesting and delicious by Victoria on 5th July 2014

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.

* * * * - Not this years crop! by Tim Woodward on 28th May 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?

* - - - - Silver Needle by Richerd on 7th April 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:(

* - - - - Silver needle tea by Terence McGinnie on 10th March 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

* * * * * Luxurious by Megan Morcombe on 15th September 2013

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

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