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Yunnan Silver Needles from Passenger Coffee

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Yunnan, China

96 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 7th, 2017

This tea was served at Copper Cup coffee shop in Lancaster, PA. Prior to that, I hadn't even heard of Passenger Coffee, and this tea really blew me away; I thought it exceptional.

I tend not to like silver needle white teas because they're often a bit too subtle (or, put less diplomatically, bland or weak) for me, ...

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Okayti Silver Needle Darjeeling White Tea Second Flush from Golden Tips

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Darjeeling, India

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 16th, 2015

I thought this an exceptional tea, probably the best white tea I've ever sampled.

Another lost review that I somehow missed posting.

The leaf of this tea is wonderfully fragrant, with an aroma completely distinct from both Chinese silver needle teas, and the very different variants of them I've tried from Africa ...

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Silver Needle White Tea from Simply Good Tea

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 17th, 2015

I tend not to like Silver Needle teas, but I found this one more interesting than most. It was my favorite silver needle yet from China (I strongly prefer the African-grown versions).

Dry leaf is mildly aromatic, and upon brewing, the cup initially smells like a typical silver needle of good quality, with the typic...

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Silver Needle White Tea from Arbor Teas

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 17th, 2015

A very typical silver needle, enjoyable, good quality, and true to the style, but this is a style of tea I'm not a huge fan of, especially given its high price.

Brewed 3 minutes as recommended, this was too weak for me. I preferred a single, long infusion of about 12-15 minutes.

Very low in astringency, leading ...

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Silver Needle from Octavia Tea

Style: Silver Needle – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 12th, 2014

To be fair, I'm not a huge fan of silver needle white tea, so this wasn't among my all-time favorite teas, but but I thought this was a good example of this style, and very enjoyable to drink. Served in Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown--an ongoing thank-you to Velvet Sky for ordering numerous small samples to allow me ...

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Organic Silver Needle White Tea from Wegmans

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 13th, 2013

I'm not a huge fan of silver needle; I thought this was above average for its type but I would still strongly prefer other teas, even other white teas, both because of price and characteristics of the cup.

Dry leaf, consisting exclusively of whole, intact tips, has a melony aroma with a slight hint of caramel, but i...

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Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) from TeaVivre

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 5th, 2013

I found this to be a finicky tea which required care in brewing and which I was not always in the mood to enjoy. To be fair, I tend not to be a huge fan of silver needle, but even then this was not my favorite example of such a tea. Contrast this with TeaVivre's white peony, which I thought was one of the best exampl...

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Tanzanian Silver Needle from Teas Etc

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Tanzania

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 23rd, 2012

I was really interested to try a silver needle tea produced in Tanzania, and I am glad I tried it as it was quite interesting tasting as well.

Fairly light in color, but full-bodied flavor. I like this tea significantly more than most Chinese examples of silver needle that I've tried, which tend to be too mild for ...

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Kenya Silverback White from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Kenya

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2011

Leaf looks like a silver needle white tea with leaves on the smallish side, but with a much deeper golden yellow color.

Brewed, the aroma is very unlike other silver needle teas, and much stronger. Aroma is predominately toasty, nutty and woody, strongly reminiscent of hojicha, especially roasted kukicha, with a to...

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White Whisper Tea from Royal Tea of Kenya

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Kenya

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 11th, 2011

This was the first white tea I have sampled not only from Kenya, but from any African country. I was eager to try it, and I was not disappointed.

The dry leaf of this tea looks a lot like silver needle white teas, consisting exclusively out of buds / tips. However, the brewed cup was darker in color, and the flavo...

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Peony White Needle from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 27th, 2011

I'm not a big fan of the silver needle style of tea, but I am beginning to distinguish between different ones to a degree.

From looking at the leaf, this is unambiguously a silver needle tea, but interestingly, the aroma of the brewed tea is much more like white peony tea. The appearance of the leaf, both dry and b...

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2 Doves Silver Needle from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 27th, 2011

I want to preface this review by saying that I tend not to be a huge fan of silver needle tea in general; I prefer darker, more full-bodied white teas. I tend to always think that silver needle is overpriced.

Silvery-white leaves brew a darkish colored cup, especially dark for a silver needle. Used leaves show a p...

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Silver Needle from Adagio Teas

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 19th, 2011

Brews a dark color for a silver needle, but the flavor profile is more like what I'd expect for a silver needle.

Aroma is mellow, mostly vegetal, slightly floral but only weakly so. Sweet, no bitterness. I used a very long steep time (>10 min.) and it had only a little astringency.

This is not my favorite style...

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Adam's Peak White Tea from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Silver Needle – Region: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

63 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 10th, 2011

This was an interesting tea, recognizable as white tea, and more like Silver Needle in style than any other style of white tea, but still unlike any other white teas I've tried. I've tried brewing this tea several different ways.

With a briefer infusion and lower-temperature water, it brews a pale amber with a slig...

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