“N” is for Needle Tea – Silver Needle White Tea

One of the most delicate and prized teas, white tea is only picked a few days per year.  Picked by hand in the gardens of Bai Hao Yin Zhen from Fujian, China, Octavia’s Organic Silver Needle White Tea consists of only the first flush, spring buds of the tea plant making it the highest grade of white tea and one of the rarest and healthiest teas in the world.  This particular tea is only picked for two days of the year.  Like all white teas, its high antioxidants potentially provide protection against many types of health conditions.

Like all true teas, white tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant; the same plant that produces black, green and oolong teas.  Unlike most teas, white tea is minimally processed.  It is handpicked, air dried and minimally handled before shipping.  No heat reaches the tea until the leaf enters your cup or pot.silver_needle_tin__69516

White tea brews an almost clear, pale, golden color and has a subtly sweet, gentle nectar-like flavor with unique floral and honey notes.  This delicate infusion evokes a nectar-like sweetness and a mellow, lingering finish.  White tea contains powerful antioxidants and the amino acid theanine which is known for its ability to reduce stress, enhance mental clarity and act as a natural anti-depressant.

Octavia recommends White Tea for customers who want the health benefits of green tea but are hesitant about green tea’s strong flavors. With no bitterness and its delicate smooth flavor, Octavia’s Organic Silver Needle White Tea gently introduces tea to newbies of the tea world.  For the seasoned connoisseur, white tea’s attraction comes from its rare quality and remarkable complexity.

White tea is best brewed with water that is between 180 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid scalding the leaves. Since white tea is lighter in weight than black teas, the old adage of one teaspoon per cup of water does not work.  Adjust the amount of tea used to suit your taste.  I use about 2 tablespoons of dried tea leaves for every 8 ounces of water. Because silver needle teas are made from the buds only, for me, I steep it for a full five minutes to bring out the full flavor of the tea.  Another consideration when brewing tea is the size of your cup.  Chances are, you may be using a tea cup larger than 8 ounces.  Adjust the amount of tea used for each serving accordingly.

If you’d like more information about Octavia Tea Company or if you’d like to experience this unusual tea for yourself, check out Octavia Tea Company’s website HERE.  You can also find their teas at specialty and gourmet shops.spilled-tins-our-story

This post is part of an A-2-Z Writing Challenge for the month of April where you write everyday except Sundays with the next letter of the alphabet.a to z challenge for april 2018

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