Tea: Silver Needle

A Silver Needle from Adagio Teas

Picture of Silver Needle
Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Silver Needle
Region:Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:3 View All
Product page:Silver Needle

Review of Silver Needle

AromaFlavorValueTotal
6 of 104 of 52 of 560 of 100
GoodGoodOverpriced

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 of tea. But this tea was solidly good. It's pricey though...and I don't think it's really worth the price, especially after being really wowed by Adagio's White Peony / Pai Mu Tan, which is about a third the price. I'm not a silver needle connoisseur, so I can't say how this would compete with other teas of this style, but my intuition is that this is an above-average silver needle, but I just don't like this style as much as the darker white teas.

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Comments:

Bob Downs wrote:
on November 8th, 2011

Thank you, Alex, for this review. I'm just learning about White Tea and am browsing this website, seeking information. I was trying to figure out whether to try this Silver Needle for my first White Tea or something else. Your review has convinced me to investigate Adagio's White Peony / Pai Mu Tan instead. Thanks again!

spaflam wrote:
on May 16th, 2013

Good advice, Alex.

Alex Zorach wrote:
on May 16th, 2013

I have sampled quite a few silver needles since writing this review...I will say, as much as I love Chinese teas, my four favorite silver needle style teas so far originate in Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and two in Kenya. They may not be authentic Chinese-style silver needle teas, but I found all of them more interesting than anything to come out of China. I still love pai mu tan and shou mei though.

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