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No. 45

Jasmine Silver Needle - Loose Leaf Tea

Chinese White Tea

A Great Taste Awards winner, this premium loose-leaf white tea is naturally infused with the essential oils of jasmine flowers for a beautifully floral brew.

From: Fujian Province, China

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UK Deliveries

 

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£2.50, Free - over £25

Royal Mail

2-5 days, up to 14*, Not Tracked

Tracked

£5.95

DPD

1-2 days, up to 5*, Tracked

Next-Working-Day

£9.95

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Saturday

£13.95

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 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

European Deliveries


Currently, there are some delays with parcels being sent to EU countries from the UK. This is due to complexities arising as a result of the UK leaving the European Union. If there is any disruption to the service that you have selected, we will keep you updated.The table below provides estimates of shipping times.

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Method

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Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

Rest of the World

 

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Cost

Carrier

Transit time

Standard

From £4.00

Royal Mail

8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

USA tracked

From £15.00

Fedex

2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

 *Most deliveries will be made within the usual time frame, but some areas and services may experience delays.

 

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The origins of our Jasmine Silver Needle Tea


Take a deep breath. Naturally infused with the essential oils of jasmine flowers, our Great Taste award-winning Jasmine Silver Needle white tea has a light, smooth flavour with stunning floral-scented tea notes. Boasting a pale gold Champagne colour and a delicately sweet mouthfeel, it's a beautifully fragrant example of a luxury jasmine tea.

Only the finest tea buds are picked for the production of this Chinese speciality brew. Harvested in spring in Fujian province, this tea is the least processed, the leaves are mixed with fresh jasmine and left to dry, allowing the fragrance and flavour of the beautiful flowers to infuse the long, silvery-green buds. This low-intervention process creates an outstanding loose-leaf tea with mild yet complex flavours and a delightfully heady aroma of fresh jasmine.

Learn more about how this tea is made and its health benefits


How is white tea made?


The best types of white teas are harvested in springtime in the lush fields of Fujian province, China. These pure, rare teas are produced from the same plant used in most black, green and oolong teas – Camellia sinensis – but in this case, only the finest spring buds are collected and used. Look at the dried leaves of your Jasmine Silver Needle, and you'll see a soft fuzz of little white hairs, reflected in the name of this tea and a result of it being harvested young before its leaves unfurl.

Together with the minimal processing techniques, those youthful buds give white teas their famous delicate character. Once picked, they are carefully withered and dried under natural sunlight for up to three days – unlike green tea withering, where the tea leaves are left to dry for only a few hours. During this time, enzymes in the leaves produce sugars and the amino acid theanine, responsible for white tea's fresh, sweet flavour.

At The Tea Makers of London, we work closely with some of the very best tea farmers and tea producers in the world, regularly visiting local tea fields and production facilities to ensure the teas we provide are of the utmost quality. The leaves and flowers used to make our jasmine teas are all sourced from the revered Fuzhou region. Located high in the Fujian mountains, this is the original home of jasmine tea.


The health benefits of white tea?


Because of the natural way they're produced, white teas have been of particular interest in studies of how tea can boost health – with some evidence pointing to white tea having the edge over other kinds of tea. A unique cocktail of active enzymes, antioxidants and polyphenols are thought to be preserved in the making of white teas, some of which may combat skin ageing, heart disease, cancer and even dental issues. And thanks to our Jasmine Silver Needle's exceptionally low caffeine content, you can enjoy it all day long!


Alternatives to this Chinese loose leaf tea


For another outstanding white tea from Fujian, our White Peony offers a different floral option, this time with delightful fruity notes. Fujian is also famous for its green teas, and our Jasmine Dragon Pearls and Jasmine Green Tea are both beautifully floral examples of the style. Most of the best white teas are produced in China, but try the delicate and honey-like Rare Jasmine Silver Tips from Sri Lanka for a wonderful exception.

For the full range of The Tea Makers of London white teas, browse our Tea Shop, where you'll find some available in our convenient Triune tea bags.

Ingredients


Pure Chinese white tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers an intensely jasmine aroma and clear light golden yellow hue. A delicate and soothing cup with melon and pear notes with clean floral mouthfeel.

Region


Fujian is a coastal province in Southeastern China on the shores of the South China sea, facing the 110 mile-wide Taiwan Strait. The province is mostly mountainous and heavily covered in dense forests. The elevation varies from sea level to 2,174m at the peak of Mount Huanggang, in the Wuyi Mountains, offering a formidable natural barrier between the coast and the interior of China.

Learn more about the Fujian Region, China

Rivers are of great importance for transport and irrigation. The climate here is temperate Humid Subtropical (CFA), with hot summers of high rainfalls and cool, dryer winters, with occasional snow in the northwest and at higher altitude. Across the year, the skies are mostly cloud-covered, with low wind. The province has a whole as varied vegetation, ranging from tropical to cold temperate species.

At lower elevations, the subtropical forests are home to evergreens, hardwood trees and confiners, lianas and ferns, along with a diverse fauna which includes many birds, amphibials and reptiles. Higher up, deciduous trees, conifers and rhododendrons are plentiful. Oolong, Black and smoked teas originate from the Wuyi mountains, in the North of the province.; whilst the white teas hail from Fuding and Zhenghe counties, closer to the coast, but still elevated, on rich, fertile forest soils. Rice cultivation is common in the valleys.

How to brew

2g - 3g

2g - 3g

70°C

70°C

200ml

200ml

2 - 3 mins

2 - 3 mins

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