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2016 "Silver Needle"

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Silver Needle, or Baihao Yinzhen, is unquestionably the pinnacle of white teas.  These young buds are hand-picked early in the Spring, producing a fresh, highly-coveted leaf with delicate fuzzy tips.  A careful process of hand-crafting this exquisite white tea involves the most traditional method of allowing the leaves to wither naturally in the sun.  

The result is a delicate and light cup that preserves all of the natural components of the leaf.  Sweet aromas of straw and honey give way to light, refreshing flavors of honeysuckle and wintermelon. 

Notes:          sugarcane, honey, melon

Infusion:      190ºF / 88ºC for 1-2 minutes

Origin:          Fuding, Fujian Province, China




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Tea Infusion Quantities

So how many cups is 50g of tea? Or 1lb of tea leaves?

The appropriate amount to use depends on the size of the teapot, teacup, or gaiwan, and how much water is being applied.  Typically, an average serving of tea in a small-medium vessel is about 4-6 grams.  Experienced tea drinkers will often use 6-8 grams per serving - with shorter and more frequent infusions.

Therefore, a 50 gram pouch of tea should be good for 8-12 servings of tea.  Depending on the type of tea, however, the leaves can withstand several "steepings", so that 50 gram pouch should allow for 24-50 cups of tea!  And, since a pound (lb) is about 450 grams, a properly steeped pound of tea should produce several hundred cups of tea!

 

Quantity of Tea

50 grams

100 grams

1 pound

Servings

8-12 servings

16-24 servings

70-85 servings

Cups of Tea*

24-50 cups

50-100 cups

200-400 cups

*often depending on the technique of the tea master, time per infusion, and thirst of the drinkers