"The World of Silver Needle Tea Co." A note from the Founder & CEO.

Welcome to the world of Silver Needle Tea Co. where the mornings are most luxurious.  Breezy white curtains, spring water in the kettle, cups on the table, exquisite tea tins harboring the finest single estate teas in the world. This is how we start the day.

Here at our New York City atelier, quality tea deserves equally thoughtful design and delivery.  It’s all in the details.  We aim for elegance, a distinct style conceived with the modern and well-traveled clientele in mind.

Our team travels across the globe each season to partner with extraordinary tea plantations. From oolongs to white, green, and black teas, we go straight to the source, offering pure tea plucked straight from the plant.  We offer only the best and believe the taste should speak for itself.

What is Silver Needle?  Striking in appearance and intoxicating in flavor, these tea leaves are found in rare gardens situated on the high plateaus in China.  The finest silver needle tea can only be plucked for two days out of the year. They were once reserved for the Emperor and court dignitaries, and continue to remain one of the most sought after teas in the world.  This exquisite tea is the inspiration for our name and captures the essence of the finest single estate teas we procure for you.

It is our hope to share the profound clarity, history, terroir and community surrounding remarkable tea with you. We are humbled to offer much more than a collection of artisanal teas, but a complete experience and lifestyle in the art of tea.  Tea is a daily luxury we could never do without, and trust you too will feel the same. 


Our Tea

In our quest for exquisite whole leaf teas, we head straight to the source.  We bypass the brokers and importers, cutting out everything in the middle to bring you highest quality pure tea that is also sustained in an ethical manner.

We work exclusively with single estate teas – no blending, everything we carry is pure.  Quality is of utmost importance and each tea is selected based on origin, environment and craftsmanship.  The tea estates we partner with, nestled between ancient hills and atop lofty plateaus in China, Taiwan and Japan have never before been introduced in the U.S.

The Silver Needle Tea Co. collection encompasses the four major tea categories: White, Green, Oolong, and Black. Each differs in their production process, reflecting oxidation and caffeine levels, taste and health benefits. They are packaged in fine cylinders color-coordinated with each type of tea. 

Like wine, terroir is everything when it comes to tea.  Geography, geology and climate.  When you brew that next cup, inhale, and imagine:  every steep is a stroll into another world.  Legendary appellations, high elevations, pristine air…these are the teas of Silver Needle Tea Co.


ABOUT SINGLE ESTATE TEA

“Single estate tea” is any tea originating from one single tea property, plantation or garden, where the make up of the tea plant’s environment, soil elements, elevation level, as well as climate are important factors that directly contribute to the quality, taste, and health benefits of each tea leaf.

The vast majority of teas sold in the U.S. are actually blends from various estates, or a combination of tea leaves with herbs, dried fruits, or other essential essences.  A favorite herbal tea you maybe familiar with is Chamomile, which is made from daisy-like dried chamomile flowers.  Other favorites are herbs like peppermint, lavender, or hibiscus and they are often blended with oils or colorful fruits to achieve an appealing look or particular taste profile.  What’s important to know is that these herbal, floral, and fruit infusions are not actually tea: true tea is made from the leaves of tea bushes known as camellia senensis, and can also offer minimal levels of caffeine, whereas herbal infusions cannot.

Sometimes these herbal ingredients are blended with actual tea leaves, however this often compromises tea’s natural taste and health benefits.  For centuries people have sipped tea for its health properties, as tea was discovered in ancient Asia for its many medicinal purposes.  Over the years, the scientific community continues to discover various health benefits found in tea, which can span from lowering cholesterol levels to cancer-fighting agents and countless more.  Since herbs are not technically considered tea, they cannot offer the bounty of health properties of true tea.

Single estate teas are pure, whole-leaf teas from camellia sinensis that are not blended with any additives.  More importantly, these teas reflect the distinct taste profile of their unique origin.  Like wine, tea from a singular origin is indicative of its terroir.  Wine enthusiasts know to choose their wine based on location, geography, geology, and climate because these factors determine the final and complete taste profile.  For instance, green tea from Japan will not taste the same as green tea from China, just like Pinot Noir from California will taste different from those produced in France.  It’s a matter of preference, and most wine connoisseurs learn their preference based on education and experimentation—the same goes for tea.  Aside from its incredible health properties, understanding single estate tea connects you to the environment and culture of the origin where a particular tea is produced.  This is where tea becomes an art form.  Just like a single malt scotch, vintage wine, and single origin coffee, we appreciate single estate tea for the same reasons.

Learning your preferences in tea will take time and practice. With time you will learn the distinct difference in the complexity of its natural taste, from one single estate tea to another.  To start drinking single estate tea, I recommend choosing a tea type that reflects your taste profile.  White, Green, Oolong and Black teas are the four major categories and their taste profiles vary from light to strong in that order.  You can assess your taste profile base on your preference in wine.  If you drink white wine regularly, then I recommend starting with a lighter tea, within the white or green category.  If you prefer red wine, then start with Oolong or Black tea, as they are richer in taste. 

Spend sometime exploring each particular category of tea at a time, and learn to detect the subtle difference between the estates you prefer as well.  Trust that you will find the tea that you love.  After all, it’s about your tea journey, and not just the destination.