REVIEW: The Tea Co – Silver Needle Supreme (Bai Hao Yin Zhen)

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Tea: White tea from Fujian, China
Sample provided by: The Tea Co
Retail price: Sample for £3.30 / 50 grams for £11.45 / 100 grams for £21.75
Link to Silver Needle Supreme on The Tea Co website

Dry leaf:
– Full, plump, hairy leaves
– Moderate sweet aroma, but not particularly strong

Infused tea:
– The tea cups out a very pale liquor
– Like the dry leaf, it is not particularly aromatic
– The first infusion is very delicate and sweet, but the second through fourth infusions cup out a sweet liquor that has melon notes and a pleasant lingering aftertaste

Conclusions/tips:
– Infuse this tea two to three minutes (I would suggest closer to three) with 80 to 85 degree water. Drink without milk or sugar
– Do not give up on this tea after one infusion!!! The flavour really develops with each infusion. For me, the second and third infusions were great
– I’m not typically a white tea person, but this tea seemed to have more body than other silver needle teas I’ve tried, and it is far more refined than any white peony. The astringency and sweet notes are very well balanced

Score:
5/5

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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