Bai Hao Silver Needle - Organic

New Mexico Tea Company
  • Spoon 1.5 tsp Per Cup
  • Kettle 190°F
  • Timer 4 Min

Hot Tea Brewing Instructions:

Bring spring or filtered drinking water to 190°F in a kettle. Add 1.5 tsp of tea leafs to a cup. Always pour boiling water over tea leafs and let steep 4 minutes.

Any of these variables can be changed to suit your particular palate, so experiment! Many teas can be steeped multiple times (especially green, white, and oolong). When steeping a tea multiple times increase the length of steep time slightly with each successive infusion.

Iced Tea Brewing Instructions:

1) Hot water method: For 1 gallon of iced tea, bring half a gallon of filtered water to boil in a pot. Turn off heat, and add 3 tablespoons (1 oz of tea), let steep for 4 minutes. Strain the tea into the other half gallon of cool water and refrigerate. If you want to serve immediately, you can pour the concentrate over ice to cool and dilute, then pour over ice again.

2) Sun tea: use a glass container and add 1.5 tsp of loose tea of each cup of water directly into the jug. Then set in the sun for a few hours, tasting occasionally to get the desired strength.

3) Cold brew: The slow cold-water-steeping method extracts natural sweetness and flavor from the tea leaf. It lessens the bitterness and tangy-ness produced by tannic acid so your tea tastes smooth and mild. Add 1.5 tsp of tea per cup of cold water and put in the refrigerator. When the water is chilled, your tea will be ready!

Other Brewing Suggestions

This white tea is best enjoyed when the leaves are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off. The tea is then re-infused for the recommended time. The leaves may be re-infused several times, with each resulting infusion yielding different liquor from the proceeding cup.

Price: $7.75

4oz(20% off)$24.80
8oz(35% off)$40.30
16oz(45% off)$68.20
Packaging Options
Gift Tin w/ Label$3.50Tin holds 2oz of this tea.
Extra Label$.50For your own tin (3.75" x 2.4")
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Extra Info:

Silver Needles refer to the buds of the tea plant. The leaves or buds of white tea are not steamed or pan-fired (the process used in green teas) or oxidized and fired (the process used in black tea). The leaves are naturally withered and dried in the sun. Because white tea is the least processed type of tea, you can still see the fibers on the individual buds. If mechanical drying is required it is a baking process at temperatures less than 104 degrees Fahrenheit.


White tea buds,


Wuyuan, China

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Subtle Treat Awaits

  2 likes 5 Stars

These wispy needles need a long, warm bath to wake up.For the first infusion, give it 3-5 minutes. The liquor is an amber color, similar to a light apple cider. The aroma starts as mountain lilac with a stone fruit underneath. becoming more fruity with successive infusions. The taste is a delicate flavor of peaches in dried grass and a lilac perfume. Three minute splashes in hot water keep bringing life to these little leaves.



  1 likes 5 Stars

I have tried an assortment of white teas from other sources and I have not been impressed. I bought a sample of this one just to compare with the others. I had suspected I just didn't like white tea. But New Mexico Tea Company proved me wrong. I have been brewing this tea in my own slap dash way. About 5 frams of tea in a 100 ml gaiwan. 180 f water, steep for 2 minutes for the first and second brews. Subsequent brews I bring the water temp up 5 and steep for 2.5 minutes. Doing it this way I get about 8 really yummy steeps. Each steep brings out some new flavor. From piney, honey like in the first infusion, to stone fruits, then citrus the a little floral and ending a little spicey. I want to drink this tea all day every day but I dont just so I can truly appreciate the deliciousness anew.



  5 Stars

Delicious! I add NM honey for sweetness and it's a great treat. Ordered mine online and it came via US postal service within 2 days. Great service and product!!!

(Verified Buyer)


  5 Stars

Delighted to discover this first-class Silver Needle right here in Albuquerque. Much prefer to support local business!


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