When you touch the Silver Needles, you can feel the silver hairs like baby fuzz adorning these baby leaves. Not yet leaves, not yet flat and open, still closed little buds. Soft on the surface, they are also rather stiff. The energy of the tea is like this, soft and fuzzy, yet sharp and firm with time. I like this tea as a nice wake up, either first thing in the morning, or in the later morning/middle of the day.
Silver Needles is actually a high end tea, because you can only pick the buds. Walking around harvesting all day, you might come back with a bag that still isn’t so heavy. These particular fuzzy buds are from Zhenge He county, one of two traditional areas along with Fuding, both in Fujian, neighboring one another. This tea was grown in a wild garden, which means that the trees are scattered amidst other trees. Harvesters roam around the hillsides, spotting the trees, and looking for choice buds.
I like drinking the Silver Needles steep after steep, in a gongfu cha style. As the leaves get wetter, the fresh melon flavor becomes more apparent. The taste doesn’t change as much as with other teas you may have had, but it does progress. And the steeps can be quite long. The tea is light, yet durable.