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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Silver Needle is the ‘High Society’ white tea from the Fuding and Zhenhe districts of the Fujian province of China, also known as Bai Hao Yinzhen. California Tea House only carries the top buds available of its kind. This premier tea is picked between March 15 and April 10 when it is not raining, only using undamaged and unopened buds and governed by strict requirements to ensure you are receiving only the finest tea available.

Silver Needle has a sweet, clean taste and is the Pinot Noir of teas as it is appreciated by the sophisticated palate of seasoned tea connoisseurs

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I actually discovered California Tea House through Steepster. So glad I did! This is hands down the best Silver Needle I’ve ever had. According to the label it is USDA Organic which actually sometimes scares me in terms of flavor, but this came out perfect. Smooth, soft and still well rounded.


This one wasn’t too weak for you? I know that’s been something you’ve noted with a lot of your past teas. How many steepings did you end up doing? I usually don’t feel motivated enough by a white tea to steep it out since they don’t change so much from steeping to steeping.


(whoops.. got cut off there) …so I’d love to hear how this did for you. I need to give traditional white teas another go-around, and I’m looking for a place to start.


Lupicia organic silver needle white is extremely fine as well as verdant’s.


@spoonvonstup I assumed going into a white tea that it would be much lighter as it should be. I didn’t actually do a second steep. I will let you know next time around.


Thanks! and thanks for the suggestions, Bonnie

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17 tasting notes

I really am enjoying this Silver Needle. I am on my second cup this morning and I rarely drink two cups of tea back to back. Maybe I did the perfect steep. (notice I take the credit!) This tea has an very refreshing tone, and it is flavorful while being about as smooth of Silver Needle as I may have ever had. Good morning!

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24 tasting notes

Very nice.. for the refined tea drinker


Please don’t numerically rate your own teas.


Yeah seriously. shinobicha is right… You’re ruining this site

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9 tasting notes

I know I shouldn’t have caffeine tea this late, but I couldn’t help myself. I had one of these guy’s blooming teas lately at a friend’s party and so I had to try the straight up Silver Needle. It’s divine. A very mild sweetness that you can’t get enough of. I’ll stay up late for this.

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1 tasting notes

This tea is very subtle, which makes it a perfect tea for me to drink in between two other types of tea. I never get tired of this tea. It is very important with this tea to use soft water with few minerals, else the taste of the water wil overshadow the taste of the tea.

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67 tasting notes

I was sipping this whilst tasting some quirky dim sum, it was perfect just cleansing my palette, I need to buy this again..

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10 tasting notes

Very light and delicate- exactly how white tea should be.

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10 tasting notes

Absolutely delicious! I drink a cup every morning! It always wakes me up and puts a smile on my face!

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3 tasting notes

I’ve never had a Silver Needles that has a bouquet such as this. Amazing!

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