Purchasing silver needle white tea can be a very fun and interesting experience. If you want to get the best flavor, you should always research the type of tea you enjoy to understand the best blends and sellers. Silver needle white tea is no different, and there are in fact a lot of considerations to take into account when you go to buy your tea.
Purchasing Silver Needle White Tea in a Store
As silver needle white tea is extremely light and mellow in flavor, the quality of leaves that you purchase is incredibly important. Many cities and towns have local tea shops and suppliers that allow the community to purchase loose tea and tea bags. For silver needle white tea, this option is likely going to be a good idea because you can see and touch the tea before you make your purchase.
It might seem odd to ask to view and touch tea leaves, especially since you are interested in the flavor, but tea leaves are extremely telling. You will be able to get a good sense of how old the silver needle white tea leaves are simply by looking at them. If they appear dry and powdery, then they might not be as fresh as you would want. The leaves should look healthy and supple, and be full. Silver needle white tea is made from full, young tea leaves. If the leaves are broken, brittle, or crushed then your tea will lack the flavor you are expecting from this light and delicious tea.
Many tea shops will also let you sample the tea that you wish to purchase. If you are unsure about the tea leave’s quality, you might want to try a small taste test to see if you like the flavor before you invest in buying several ounces of the tea. In the event that a taste test is not possible, purchase a small quantity of the tea and try it out for yourself. Most likely, you will enjoy the subtle flavors that the silver needle white tea brings, and you will find yourself back in the shop purchasing more soon.
Purchasing Silver Needle White Tea Online
While physically being able to inspect the tea you want to purchase can be very helpful (as mentioned above) it is not always possible. This is especially true if you want to get your silver needle white tea from local growers in China, where the tea was first grown. If this is the case, then you will either need to travel to China to select the tea yourself or more likely you will order the tea online.
There are many local Chinese growers that have begun distributing the tea online, and it is not difficult to find sellers. As with ordering anything online, it is best to do some digging into online reviews to ensure that the retailer is reputable and the product you receive will be as described. Some online sellers have email based customer support, so you can ask them questions about the tea before you place your order.