Hailing from the Fujian province and with a long dynastic history, Silver Needle white Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) is storied and sophisticated. A favorite for group events and holidays, it makes appearances at many important occasions. Still, enthusiasts love to savor it alone, enjoying the night-like qualities that it offers when experienced in the quiet.
Delicate, dry, and slightly more caffeinated, this white tea is exemplary of the leaf's qualities, prepared with the harvesting of young buds meant to accentuate and simplify the white tea flavor, a favorite of tea lovers everywhere.
This highly prized tea is the immature bud and leaf of the first blooms or "Flush" with it's white down on the leaves and buds. After a long resting period during the winter, these first buds are believed to pack an abundance of healthy goodness most desired and making it highly prized by tea lovers. The tea has a very subtle sweetness that refined tea lovers have described as ethereal.
We generally ship via US Postal Service first class or priority mail This service can be a quick as overnight and up to 3 days in the lower 48. They even deliver on Saturdays. For 9 ounces and up the postage is $4.99 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 10 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.
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1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, use 2 teaspoons. For stronger tea use more tea.
There is no hard and fast rules on steeping except over steeping may make tea bitter. If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times.
Below are general steeping instructions. For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F. You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle. When pin size bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185F. To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.
|Tea Type||Steeping Temperature||Steeping Time|
|White Tea||170-185 F||1-3 minutes|
|Green Tea||170-185 F||2-3 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||170-190 F||2-3 minutes|
|Black Tea||200-212 F||3-5 minutes|
|Tisanes||212 F||4-7 minutes|
Fruit and herbal teas are also referred to as tisanes.