Brew with water at a temperature between 75 and 80 degrees and leave to infuse for 1 to 3 minutes
Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle is one of the rarest types of Sri Lanka Tea we stock. While finding a Ceylon Green Tea is an uncommon occurrence, even less likely is to discover a gem such as this remarkable Ceylon White Tea.
It comes from the Oodoowerre Estate, which produces only a few kilos of it every year. When it arrives at our Kent-based factory, we then pack it fresh to order.
Connoisseurs have sometimes compared Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle to another popular White Tea, Ying Zhen Silver Needle. Both indeed consist of lovely, large leaves with a pleasant, almost fruity aroma.
Both also have mellow, grassy flavours with every sip. Yet this infusion remains unique in its character and charm - as, hopefully, you’re about to find out.
Facts About Oodoowerre in Uva Province
- Ceylon Tea is most often a type of Black Tea made in Sri Lanka.
- The history of Tea production in this country dates back to the 19th century.
- Oodoowerre Estate finds itself in Uva Province, which, in turn, is one of the most remote districts. (Its provincial capital is only accessible via steep, winding mountain roads.)
- This garden lies some 3,500 feet above sea level, which contributes significantly to the quality of Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle.
- It is one of the few places in Sri Lanka making Ceylon White Tea.
What is Silver Needle Tea?
White Tea doesn’t often work on a strict grading system. However, if it did, Silver Needle would be the highest-quality variety available.
Most believe that the best kind is one harvested during the First Flush period - between late-March and early-April.
It consists of the uppermost, tender and downy buds of the Camellia sinensis plant. Our Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle is no exception.
Caffeine Content of This Tea
The processing of any White Tea, including this one, is minimal at best. This means that it undergoes the least amount of oxidation - even over Green Tea.
As a result, it only contains around 15-mg per 8-oz cup, thus making it an excellent choice among those looking to cut down their intake.
Most, however, choose Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle because, put simply, it tastes great.
Type of Tea: White Tea.
Origin: The Oodoowerre Estate, Uva Province, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 75 and 80°C. Infuse for 1 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: Best served without additions.
Tasting Notes: Light and refreshing from first to last sip.
Colour in Cup: Peachy-yellow liquor, light in tone.
Benefits of Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle White Tea
The fact that this beverage only undergoes a small amount of oxidation has a significantly positive impact on its medicinal value. It boasts the highest levels of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a potent antioxidant, of any other type of Tea.
This chemical compound can do much to support your health and wellbeing, most notably by reducing the risk of developing numerous chronic conditions, find out more on our Benefits of White Tea article.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Detox, Hydration, Weight Loss
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