2021 Silver Needle
2021 Silver Needle
2021 Silver Needle
2021 Silver Needle
2021 Silver Needle
2021 Silver Needle

2021 Silver Needle

One River Tea

Regular price $20.00 Sale

Tea: Silver Needle (Yinzhen)
Type: Fuding White Tea
Harvest: Spring 2021
Region: Panxi, Fuding, Fujian
Producers: Yuanming Tea Garden

This years pick of Silver Needle is incredibly consistent and very early.  The buds are all very small, only a few centimeters in length, and as Qiu usually does, he has decided to leave the “scale leaf” attached to the bud.  This in his opinion (and ours!) creates a slightly sweeter Silver Needle than the pure but versions.

The aroma off the warm leaves is one of baked bread, fresh cut hay, flower pollen.  The aroma changes to something much more savory when brewed, like roasted nuts and rain on dry wood.  The brew is a very light and clear gold, and the taste on the tongue is still very fresh, a beautiful mix of vanilla sweetness and green bean vegetal thickness on the tongue.

This has to be one of the best fresh silver needles we have tried, and while we slept on the 2018 silver needle, we won’t sleep on this batch, we hope to buy a few more kg later this year for more long-term aging.

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