Review: Teaves Tea Silver Needle Select

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Thumbs up!"The tea is very grassy and vegetal; it's not a subtle silver needle."
Katie’s Teaview: 7/10
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teavessilverneedleselectI recently got a new job (I know you probably don't care much about my personal life, but too bad), and they have hot water dispensers everywhere. It's heavenly, and I've found the best way to take advantage of them is to bring a thermos with a built-in filter to work. I put some leaves that don't get bitter under the filter, and repeatedly add hot water until the tea starts losing flavour, add more leaves, then more water, etc. etc. It's not messy, it's easy, it's perfect. Silver needles are great for this, so I've been sampling as many as I can.

The fuzzy green and white needles brew up into a cup with a vibrant hay, grass, and vegetal scent. The tea is very grassy and vegetal; it's not a subtle silver needle, but the flavours are ones I like finding in my white teas. My second steep has a surprisingly brilliant scent again, but it doesn't translate well into the flavour, which is a bit bland. There's very little smokiness, which I appreciate because I prefer more delicate flavours for my silver needles, but it does come out when you steep the way I like to at work.

As far as I can tell, the company doesn't ship to Canada, always a pet peeve of mine. Overall, though, this is a solid silver needle. Although it isn't brilliant, it's got some notes I really enjoy. I won't go out of my way to get it (not that I could anyway), but it's the sort of thing I'd throw in an order if I was already buying from Teaves.

— To purchase Teaves Tea Silver Needle Select, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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