Nepali teas are revered for their purity and distinctiveness. Zero pollution, extreme elevation, and drastic temperature changes all create ideal conditions for flavorful tea.
Only the fine unopened buds are carefully hand-plucked and allowed to dry naturally. The moisture slowly evaporates leaving behind shiny silver buds with fine hairs surrounding. The fine hairs are called trichomes and they protect the new leaves on the tea plant. Since the buds are not fully grown into tea leaves, silver needles tend to have much more of these fur than other teas.
White teas are the least processed of all teas, especially silver needles tea, which go through virtually no processing at all. This might as well be the purest form of all teas. While the process is quite simple, the meticulous precision and timing in plucking from very special bushes is what makes silver needles one of the most expensive and prized teas. The special thing about Himalayan silver needles is that the bushes that it comes from are very young, less than 50 years old. This gives a unique fresh floral brew that is quite unmatched.
Bring filtered or spring water to 185°F. Add 2 of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep Whisk minutes.