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Silver Needle


$17.64

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Country of Origin
China

Cup Characteristics
A premium tea that has exquisite haunting hints of peach whit a fresh lingering finish. This is one of China’s best white teas.

Infusion
Shimmering with light yellow notes.

Ingredients
Luxury white tea.

Information
For the worlds top tea collectors, Fujians Fuding County holds a special place as the home of the worlds finest white teas. Each has its own special characteristics resulting from the unique soil conditions, rain, sunlight, tea genus, production method and story. Thats right story. Were they better known, Fuding Countys many tea legends would make the region a required stop for the worlds top storytellers. From one end of Fuding to the other stories abound describing the way certain teas were discovered and how they got their names. One of the lesser known of these tales has to do with 2 Doves Silver Needle, a fabulously delicate buds only white tea plucked from a Fujian genus known as Fuding Da Hao.

The story we were told took place during the early days of Fuding (the county was established during the Qing Dynasty in 1739 AD.) In those days, a tea grower and his family found themselves indebted to a mercenary who lived in a neighboring county and had protected them during a local squabble. The mercenary told the grower that he had one year to pay back the debt he owed or he would claim their daughter. Faced with the prospect of giving his only daughter to be the mans concubine, the grower began to pray. After a few weeks, the grower and his wife both had the same dream. In the dream a pair of doves told them that in the morning, two real doves would appear on the farm gate. The grower and his wife should follow the birds deep into the woods where they would find a tract of undiscovered wild tea. From this tea they were to pluck only the top downy buds. These they were to process in a special new style that would help them make enough money to save their daughter.

The next morning, just as the doves had said, the grower and his wife found the wild tea. They plucked as many baskets as they could carry and brought them back to their house where they set to processing them. 3 days later they brought the tea to market and made enough money in one day to pay back their debt a miracle! From that day forward they called their new tea 2 Doves Silver Needle in honor of the birds who had saved their daughter. Its an amazing story. Whether or not you choose to believe it, the amazing qualities of this tea can not be disputed. The wiry, silvery buds coated in a light down resemble doves wings while the flavor is light, sweet and loaded with nuance a wonderful tea to add to your collection today.

Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly (a la chinoise) about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180F or 90C. Place 1-2 teaspoons of leaves in your cup and let the tea steep for 3 minutes. Then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low add more water, and so on until the tea flavor is exhausted. Milk or sugar will mask the delicate characters of this tea and are not recommended. Look at the pattern of the leaves they foretell life.

Iced tea brewing method: It is not customary to make iced tea from white tea, nevertheless if you wish to do so we would recommend the following method: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

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