Sweet + Smoky

[Fuding 2014] Silver Needle


Recommended for sweet and floral tea enthusiasts who want the very best experience of aged white tea

Who doesn’t love springtime? The buds after a long winter energize your soul, and the sweet scent of daffodils brings you delight. A cup of our aged Silver Needle will bring you back the memories of springtime: a moment full of bright, sweet, and refined flavors. Its initial honeysuckle note brings you to a fresh botanical garden with the aroma of toasted buttery French croissant. Its flavors are delicately balanced yet full-bodied with a beautiful smoky aftertaste, like a carefully charred marshmallow. Aged for 8 years, this Silver Needle has rich honey notes, often missing from fresh white tea. 

To make this Silver Needle, the artisans from Taimu Mountain in Fuding, the home of Chinese white tea, hand-plucked these young first flush buds one by one in the early spring. A prime harvest of delicate, needle-shaped silver buds with no mature leaves or stem, it is considered the jewel of white teas. Once reserved for imperial dignitaries, its rarity and craftsmanship give this luxurious white tea its exceptional taste and quality.

Tasting Notes:  honeysuckle, freshly baked croissant, bonfire s'mores

Terroir  Taimu Mountain, Fuding City, Fujian
Elevation  2,500 ft
Varietal  Fuding Da Bai
Vintage  Spring 2014
Aging Potential  20-30 years


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Ingredients  Aged White Tea

Brewing Guide  We recommend using Gaiwan teaware to enjoy the subtle changes in flavor over multiple infusions. To learn more about our brewing technique, visit Our Brewing.

Mansa Tea's Brewing Guide for [Fuding 2014] Silver Needle

Serving Size  Each serving (3g) can be steeped 5-7 times over a day

US Domestic Holiday Shipping Schedule

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 25:

  • Standard Shipping - Thursday, December 16 before 2PM EST
  • UPS 3rd Day - Tuesday, December 21 before 4PM EST
  • UPS 2nd Day - Wednesday, December 22 before 4PM EST
  • UPS Next Day - Thursday, December 23 before 4PM EST

International Holiday Shipping Schedule:

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 25: 

  • Express Shipping (Worldwide) - December 21
  • Standard Shipping (Canada) - December 7
  • Standard Shipping (UK) - December 13
  • Standard Shipping (Europe) - December 6
  • Standard Shipping (Australia / New Zealand) - November 19
  • Standard Shipping (Rest of the World) - December 1st


Delivery Timeline

Due to COVID-19, the updated delivery timeline is as follows:

  • US  2-5 business days
  • Canada  5-10 business days (Standard) / 3-5 business days (Express)
  • Worldwide  10-20 business days (Standard) / 3-5 business days (Express)

We ship out the next business day morning. 

For last-minute gifts, we recommend our digital gift cards.


Shipping Fee

Our regular shipping fee is as follows:

  • US  $5, or free shipping over $75 purchase
  • Worldwide  quoted at checkout, or free shipping over $150 purchase

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