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White Tea Steep Time is Subjective | Yin Zhen Tea

White Tea Steeping Time Quotes

As you will see from these examples, the steeping time for white tea (silver needles) is highly subjective and dependent on individual taste. Here are some quotes from various white tea references that illustrate that point…

The Republic of Tea
“Pour the water over the tea, cover if in a pot and steep for 30-60 seconds if using tea bags or 2-3 minutes if using full-leaf.”

About.com
“When it Comes to Steeping Times, More is Better: Specific times can vary depending on the brand of white tea you are using. However, 5 to 8 minutes for the first steeping is generally recommended, with another 2 to 3 minutes for each additional cup. Purveyors of specialty brands such as Silver Needles frequently recommend steeping the tea for up to 15 minutes.”

Enjoying Tea
“Add hot water and let the tea leaves steep for 2 to 3 minutes.”

In Pursuit of Tea
“Steep for 2 to 3 minutes, taste.”

White Tea Central
“Depending on the quality of the tea, it should be steeped for under one minute, or slightly more. Silver needle quality tea should not be steeped for more than 30-40 seconds for the first steeping.”

Teavana (Acquired by Starbucks)
“Silver Needle: Use 1.5 teaspoons of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 175 degrees (79 degrees Celsius) and steep for 4-5 minutes. For stronger flavor, use more tea leaves. 2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons.”

WikiHow
“White tea leaves can withstand longer infusion times than other tea types before pouring. It is usual to steep for 7 to 10 minutes. However, you may wish to experiment with a short steep initially (1 to 3 minutes) and then to graduate to longer steeping times, to find the steeping length you prefer.”

Norbu Tea
“White teas tend to be quite delicate and subtle in flavor. The consensus seems to be to steep white teas at a low temperature (160-180 deg F) for a longer period of time. Start out with a big tablespoon per cup, and steep for 6 to 10 minutes.”

Tea Trekker
“A leafy white tea rarely steeps for longer than 2 minutes at a time ( often less ), so start with a 2 minute steep, and taste a tea that is ‘new to you’ every 30 seconds after.”

Numi Tea
“White Tea Water Temperature: Just under boiling (170-185 F) White Tea Steeping Time: 2-3 minutes

White Tea Guide
“Brew 3-5 Minutes In Very Hot Water. Like green tea, white tea is best brewed with pure water that is very hot, but not boiling. For stronger flavor, steep for a few minutes longer. Use 2 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea per cup.

 Red Circle Tea
“White tea: water @180°, steep 30 – 40 seconds.”

Rariteas
“White tea leaves can withstand longer infusion times than other tea types before pouring. It is usual to steep for 7 to 10 minutes. However, you may wish to experiment with a short steep initially (1 to 3 minutes) and then to graduate to longer steeping times, to find the steeping length you prefer.

Tea Etc.
“Allow tea to steep 4 – 6 minutes and remove leaves.”

Sipping Streams Tea Company
“White Tea 200°FHeat water until just before boiling. Steep 30 seconds to 2 minutes

Eating Well – Tea Buyers Guide
Water temp/steeping time: Steaming water for 2-3 minutes.”

Sip Tea
“Water temp: 175°-195° F bring cold filtered water to a rolling boil, let rest for 2 minutes. Measure: 3 g (approx. 1 ½ tbsp) of Silver Needle Tea per 6 oz of water (for iced tea, use half the amount of water) steep: 2-3 minutes, resteep.”