White Tea

Silver Needle Supreme

Sweet, Mellow, Quenching Heshan Garden, Fujian, China
A supreme tea is savoured for its distinctive character. Offering complex yet delicate flavours with clear cucumber and melon freshness, our Silver Needle Supreme is rounded and rich with a satisfying, velvety finish.

Silver Needle Supreme

特级银针白茶

Composed only of spring's most succulent fresh buds, Silver Needle is renowned in the white tea category. Among the most prized teas worldwide, it is truly one to savour. Picked in early April in Fuding – part of China's Fujian province – the tea is slowly and expertly crafted using traditional methods. Overseen by tea master Sun Chenhui, the leaves are simply and precisely picked, withered and dried, producing a mellow and pristine infusion, with characteristic notes of melon and cooling cucumber.

  • Cultivar - Fuding Da Bai
  • Picked - Spring
  • Oxidisation level - 10%

Tasting notes

  • What to Look For

    Plump, large downy silver tips.

  • Aroma

    Honeydew melon and cooling cucumber.

  • In the Cup

    Honey-yellow with pale green hues.

  • Taste

    Complex with delicate flavours and a clear cucumber and melon freshness.

Origin

Composed only of spring's most succulent fresh buds, Silver Needle is renowned in the white tea category. Among the most prized teas worldwide, it is truly one to savour. Picked in early April in Fuding – part of China's Fujian province – the tea is slowly and expertly crafted using traditional methods. Overseen by tea master Sun Chenhui, the leaves are simply and precisely picked, withered and dried, producing a mellow and pristine infusion, with characteristic notes of melon and cooling cucumber.

  • Cultivar - Fuding Da Bai
  • Picked - Spring
  • Oxidisation level - 10%

Origin

Tasting notes

  • What to Look For

    Plump, large downy silver tips.

  • Aroma

    Honeydew melon and cooling cucumber.

  • In the Cup

    Honey-yellow with pale green hues.

  • Taste

    Complex with delicate flavours and a clear cucumber and melon freshness.

The perfect cup

  • Measure 4g or 3tsp per cup (250ml)
  • Heat water to 80°C
  • Infuse tea for 3 minutes
  • You can re-infuse this tea twice

Customer Reviews

1 of 16 Reviews
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4.9 out of 5
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    5 years ago

    Silver needle

    This is a beautiful delicate tea which is just as described with notes of cucumber and melon. I have bought it from you for years and have never found any other make of tea that surpasses your quality. Only downside is the price. Thank you your service is always excellent.
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    5 years ago

    Silver needle

    This tea is one of the finest I've tasted. The flavour was exactly as described, subtle hint of cucumber and melon, very refreshing
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    5 years ago

    Lovely Tea !

    I received my order of this 'silver needle' tea very quickly. Packaged beautifully along with instructions. The tea itself light in colour and full of flavour. Glad i chose JING i will order again soon.Andrea from Wellingborough Northamptonshire
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    5 years ago

    Delicious

    Really enjoying this tea not much left
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    5 years ago

    Fantastic as always!

    I have been a Jing customer for a number of years now, and regularly order Silver Needle tea. The tea itself is outstanding and the service Jing provides is second to none. Highly recommended to anyone interested in trying tea, and for the connoisseur, as I have yet to find a company who can supply such a high quality of tea, and provide such an excellent service!
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    5 years ago

    silver needle

    very subtle, yet delicious flavour.
  7. Rating
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    5 years ago

    A nice light tea

    A very nice white tea to be enjoyed all day long. I like it but i prefer the white peony, which is more floral.
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    5 years ago

    Silver needle

    My first cup of your lovely Silver needle tea can be at any time from four in the morning. it's smooth on the lips, gentle tasting and very refreshing. Order it one day and here the next, fantastic service!
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    5 years ago

    Beautifully fragrant

    I was introduced to this tea my recent stay at Chesterfield Hotel Mayfair. This selection is the best white tea I have tasted. Silver Needle white tea is beautiful ...fragrant, delicate and gently dances on your taste buds. 5 stars .
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    8 years ago

    WOW!

    this is really good tea. in every aspect.visually it's a ten. it's so fluffy!. the smell of dry leaves is just heavenly.and the taste is like a white tea should be. complex but easy. the melony sweetness is in front. a light grassy tone. and it just fills your mouth with full bodied flavour. this will be my main white no doubt
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    9 years ago

    Lovely!

    This makes a lovely cup of tea. I've tried Silver Needle from other online retailers, and have to say this one is my favourite. Silver Needle is naturally light and refreshing, but I've found the taste of others to be a little too non-existant. However, Jing Silver Needle has a more earthy taste that still retains the sweetness and lightness that makes Silver Needle so enjoyable.
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    9 years ago

    i like it more then more expensive white tea

    Im new to White Tea, the first time i drank white tea it was so fascinating because of the sweetness, but werever i tried to buy it, i couldnt get any. I bought one wich was too vegetable without sweetness, than i bought 25g for 20 pounds from harrods, it was yin zhen from the da bai mountain (considered the best in an american tea book) but it tasted totally astringent like new pu erh. I thought it was impossible to get white tea, then i bought some here to go with the oolong i bought. When i drank it i was suprised so smooth and sweet.. just the way i like i white tea.. the reason i got interested in white tea...i cant judge quality of white tea.. but this one i enjoy most!
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    9 years ago

    First timers impression of white tea

    my bests attempts at making this delicate tea. I infuseda tablespoon of leaves in warm water using my little glassteapot I recently brought from the site, which holds upwell, I'm saying that because I tend to break these kindof items and its still whole so theres an achievement.after 30 seconds I poured away this infusion, I've come todo this as a habit of washing the leaves. I poured over morewarm water and let it infuse for 2 mins which i timed on a timer.I also got one of those fancy gaiwan cups i think its calledhad to get the white one cos the other one was out of stock,plus a pitcher which i poured the infused tea into.After pouring it into my gaiwan cup I first smelt the tea whichdelivered a very fresh and sweet like aroma. upon taking my firstsip I got the hints of a creamy melon like flavour, which sank intoa light-bodied taste that washed down the back of my throat leavingbehind notes of a creamy sweetness I can only detail as honey-like.The second infusion was pretty much a weaker version of the firstbut it still held up to that wonderous creamy fresh taste, but beena novice I'm still experimenting with steeping times, and 2nd and 3rdinfusion times, for now I can only seem to get a reasonable first cupbut in time hope to perfect the art of tea making. I didn't taste any bitterness that I've had from other teas which usuallyis a note of oversteeping so I'm impressed with this fine Silver Needle teathat I've had the pleasure of sampling out of the explorer set.Will most likely order this one as my main white tea, yet I've got afew othersto try yet but this ones at the top of my list at this moment in time.
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    10 years ago

    I highly recommend this tea for anyone that enjoys a good white tea.

    I haven't met a white tea that I haven't liked. Some are definitely better than others and this offering from JING Tea is in a class by itself. This is a light refreshing tea that I can picture myself sipping at all hours. Just about any time that I want a treat.Grown in Fujian China, the first spring buds of the Da-Bai tea plant were picked by the end of March this year. My sample consisted of light green tips covered with the white hairs that are characteristic of Silver Needle teas with no broken leaves. The scent of the dry leaves is pure tea with just a hint of both cucumbers and melon. Almost reminds me of my favorite scent for candles.I wasn't able to find brewing instructions on JING's website so I guessed on the best temperature and amounts of dried leaves. I settled on 1 _ teaspoons of dry leaves which I brewed at 185F degrees for 3 minutes. The result liquor is almost clear with just a bit of green. The aroma is rather interesting in that one moment I am reminded of spinach, the next peaches and then melon. The taste is multi-layered and changes as it cools. When freshly brewed, the taste is light and clear with a tinge of citrus as it cools the taste becomes deeper and darker. I am now able to pick up honeydew melon. At all times, there is a lingering sweetness that sticks around for just a bit.I highly recommend this tea for anyone that enjoys a good white tea. And for those that want to try out white teas. Why not start with the best?
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    10 years ago

    Silver Needle

    I always like Silver Needles, but each time I come across one, I think to myself: could this really be any different than the others I've had? It may just be that I'm finally getting the temperature and steeping down just right, or it may be that this particular silver needle is superior, but this is one of the nicest white teas I've had in some time.These particular buds were harvested in March 09, coming from the Fuding region. They are are on the extreme side of tippy, with most of the long leaves bursting with plump fluffiness. Color-wise, there may be a bit more green to these leaves, as compared with some of the ultra-fine grade Bai Hao Yinzhen, but to my non-expert palette, I find it exquisite nonetheless. The dried leaves are more aromatic than any other silver needle in recent memory. JING's comparison to various melon fruits appears to be on the mark. A snack consisting of nibbling a half dozen of these leaves reveals a good flavor with a hint of wooden bitterness on the finish.I began with a gentle temperature - I'm guessing around 140-150 degrees, and a 2 minute brew. The cup retains a heady aroma, more pungent than most on memory, and more earthy than the scent of the dried buds. The flavor is bold for a white, and I'd strongly recommend this to those with aversion to white teas, as they may take to it with a whole new light. It retains a sweetness throughout the cup, and it comes through strongly on the finish, virtually rolling off the tip of the tongue. A second infusion with significantly hotter water and a 2.5 minute infusion brought a drastically different experience. It has taken on a toastier, almost burnt-like quality on the nose. In the cup, the flavor is much earthier, more woody, and has all but lost that sweetness from the first cup. Despite the fact that this was clearly the result of an error on my part in temperature and potentially brewing time, the results were not bad. Merely a different animal than the first cup. Ultimately the first cup was preferable, though.A third infusion at lower temp and for just 60 seconds was fairly unsatisfactory, so I kept it going for another 60 seconds. The results were slightly better and tastier than cup #2, but not nearly as nice as the first cup, nor as flavorful as the second.Although this didnt hold up to my expectations for multiple infusions, I believe further experimentation and more careful attention to times and temperatures would reveal several satisfactory steepings. In all, this tea is top notch when properly done.
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    10 years ago

    Dont think itll ever be beaten!

    I used to drink massive amounts of strong black tea with milk in and one day I just switched to drinking green tea using tea bags from the supermarket. Then I discovered this website and haven't looked back. I bought a tea pot and started with the green gunpowder tea and a few other fancy ones but, now I've discovered this silver needle white tea and I can't get enough of it. I'm not a big fan of the super flowery flavours or the grassy greens so this one suits me, it's delicate and refreshing with absolutely no bitterness and I drink it from the moment I wake up until I go to bed - I Love it! Don't ever give me dust in a bag again. Thank you Jing Tea! PS the white peony and rosebud is lush too.
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