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"Seamstress" Silver Needle

"Seamstress" Silver Needle

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Seamstress is a Silver Needle white tea made from the white-haired buds of ancient tea trees on Wuliang Mountain in Yunnan Province, China. These ancient trees have mutated to grow larger, juicier, white-downy buds covered in silvery hairs.  Tea producers slowly dry and oxidize the leaves, and then release this tea on the market in small quantities. 

Tea Specifics

Region: Wuliang Mountains, Yunnan Province, China

Ancient Tea Trees

Slow drying and oxidation

White tea contains between 5-50mg of caffeine, depending on a few factors. A tea using just the tips/youngest leaves (like Silver Needle) will contain the most caffeine (because caffeine is a natural pesticide that protects young, vulnerable leaves). Also, caffeine levels decline over time because oxidation and light decay caffeine. Within the first three years, the caffeine levels in white tea start to drop. An aged white tea has caffeine levels that are half that of it's younger counterpart. Thus, an aged white tea that is decades old may not contain much caffeine at all.

Tasting Notes

Light apricot, spring blossom, nice mouth feel and high viscosity for a light tea, subtle and refined.

Brewing Recommendations

Serving Size: 3-5g per 100ml of purified water.

Ideal Brewing Vessel: Porcelain or glass tea pot or gaiwan.

Steeping: Boil water to 185-205F/85-95C and then wait for the water to stop bubbling before pouring the water down the inside of the brewing vessel, not directly on the leaves. Brew for 30 seconds, then replace the lid and pour the liquor into a gong dao bei (fairness pitcher) before apportioning into tea cups.  Add 15 seconds for each subsequent brew. Remove the lid of the brewing vessel to allow the leaves to cool between steepings. Flash brewing in this manner ensures this tea can be brewed up to 5+ times and brewed again the following morning if left overnight.

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