Review: Tea Zone Silver Needle Tea

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Thumbs up!"A very clear plant/vegetative taste to it. Nutty might be a good adjective for it."
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teazone-silver-needle.jpgThe leaves are long and intact. There are few small or broken pieces in the sample. The leaves are silver, green in color with a few dark green or brown. They are twisted/wrapped, and many have a light fuzz/fur to them. The aroma has an earthy quality to it and with a hint of sweetness.

A Google search shows that this tea is picked with the buds still closed which is why it is closed or wrapped compared to black, green, or other white teas. Many white teas are from the Fujian Province of China. Silver Needle tea is gathered only for a few days in early spring. The tea is minimally processed which is why it still has hairs. There are those that believe the more downy the leaves the better the tea. Since this tea is very minimally processed it is thought to taste most similar to pure tea leaves.

You can find out more about Tea Zone at: A new website is promised soon. Tea Zone is affiliated with the Camellia Lounge in Portland, Oregon. The site offers an array of teas with at least a few in each category, e.g. white, black, etc. The overall selection is medium to modest in terms of varieties and blends.


Hot Brewed: 1.5 - 2 heaping teaspoons in about 14 ounces of water. I let the boiled water stand for about 5 minutes before steeping for 3.5 minutes. For the second cup I did 1.5 teaspoons in 8 ounces of water (measured)

I did not try this tea cold.


I recently reviewed another white tea and so I had the opportunity to compare the White Needle side by side for visual and taste comparisons. The White Needle brews up to a very nice light color I would describe as translucent green yellow. I have tried multiple cups of this tea and each time the smell is outstanding. Though subtle the smell is distinct with an earthy quality reminding me of growing vegetation. There is a hint of sweetness to the smell with a hint of mint or nuts. I really love the smell of this tea.

For the first cup of tea I probably could have used more tea but the second cup was perfect. I used about a teaspoon and a half for 8 ounces. This tea is very delicate and light. This is not a strong or overpowering tea. It has a wonderful character and for a light tea has a nice lasting taste. There is no bitterness to this tea. I found the taste came out more as the tea cooled (about 5 minutes) from the initial brewing temperature. I don't really know how to describe it but I am reminded of a very clear plant/vegetative taste to it. Nutty might be a good adjective for it. At warmer temperatures I did not detect any fruitiness or sweetness though as the tea cooled a slight sweet quality crept into the taste. I found the taste and temperature relationship to be very interesting and I liked that it had a different quality as the tea cooled. All of the tastes were wonderful. Since the leaves are minimally processed the taste must reflect the tea plant closely. Layered and full-bodied come to mind also.


This is a delicate tea with a wonderful flavor. This will be a tea that I order and drink on a regular basis. I enjoyed the whole cup and gave it my full attention sip after sip until it was gone. I particularly like the lightness to it and yet it held my interest in taste and smell. I heartily recommend this white tea. Outstanding!!!!

— To purchase Tea Zone Silver Needle Tea, 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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2 Responses to “Review: Tea Zone Silver Needle Tea”

  1. Loy Says:

    This particular Silver Needle is from the Tea Zone, Inc of Somerville, MASS. There Website is
    They are not affiliated with the Tea Zone in Portland, OR.

  2. the tea zone portland oregon Says:

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