Art of Tea’s new Silver Needle just arrived, and it’s proving to be the best Silver Needle AOT founder, Steve Schwartz has ever tasted, he says. This 2011 crop of hand-picked Silver Needle is organic certified and is now also fair trade.
These delicate and rare white tea leaves can be found only in the Fujian Province in Southeastern China. Silver Needle tea leaves uniquely resemble uniformly-shaped needles that are covered in a silvery green fuzz or “hao”. When the tea is brewed, the fuzz disappears to reveal a vibrant green tea leaf. Chinese legends say Silver Needle was solely picked just two days a year in the spring by virgins wearing white gloves and offered exclusively to the emperor. Only the top buds are harvested to maintain Silver Needle’s supreme quality among white teas. Today, this prestigious and widely sought-after white tea is still revered for its high quality and rareness.
This new batch of Silver Needle is pure splendor in your cup. It has a golden ivory flush with an inviting earthy tone. Its light woodsy aroma lingers in the taste, but offers a mildly sweet finish. These leaves are fresher and softer in texture, and provide a beautiful green hue. Contrary to the Chinese legends, Silver Needle can widely be enjoyed by everyone, and that is something you should definitely take advantage of. Steep for one to three minutes for best results!