Have you met Aurelie? She’s the latest thing to hit our shelves this Christmas — a classy silver needle white tea speckled with gold dust, and an aromatic mix of neroli, bergamot, jasmine, peach and apricot thrown in for good measure. Whether it’s brewed in a pitcher or teapot? Elegance to the highest degree. With her light, refreshing scent and taste, it’s easy to fall in love with her as swiftly as we did with her name (which we decreed after having the first sip).
A practical fun fact: Aurelie comes high in antioxidants and polyphenols (great for anti-inflammation), reduces cholesterol levels and helps with digestion.
AURELIE — PORCELAIN’S BESPOKE SILVER NEEDLE WHITE TEA
Silver Needle is the holy grail in the world of white tea, with distinctive straight needle-like buds and tips that are usually covered in a fine, white downy hair. Beautiful — and also expensive.
The reason for the almost exorbitant price tag? The harvesting process is tedious, time-consuming and requires utmost care. Only young, unopened tea buds can be plucked. At the time of harvesting, the stems are picked as well to prevent damage to the delicate buds, and only at the factory are these removed. Due to this intensive and painstaking SOP, even the most expert tea gatherer can only pick about 500g each day. And after processing, only 100g is left.
So… Who Made Aurelie?
Our dear friends at Gryphon Tea.
So… Why Aurelie?
They understand our mission for healthiness from within. We are first and foremost a skincare provider, but we don’t believe that good skin starts and ends with just good skincare habits. Clear, radiant skin is a culmination of not just that, but a holistic sum of parts, including your diet, lifestyle, sleeping habits, etc.
And the only thing we love more than hydration is antioxidants. These protect against free radicals which damage our skin by destroying skin cells, DNA, and collagen production… in other words, they cause visible ageing: wrinkles, sagging, and roughness.
We always advocate eating your water — so why not eat your antioxidants, too?
HOW TO BREW THE TEA: COLD & HOT
Brewing Aurelie Hot
Water temperature: 75ºC – 80ºC (167ºF – 176ºF)
Quantity: 1.5 – 2 tsp / cup (250ml or 8oz)
Steeping Time: 3 – 5 minutes
Rebrew allowed: Yes
Tea ware: Glass teapot
Heat water and pour some into your teapot and cups to warm them.
Cold tea ware will cool your tea’s temperature too much and spoil the perfect brew.
Tip 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of silver needle tea leaves per cup (250ml or 8oz) into the teapot and pour the hot water (75ºC – 80ºC (167ºF – 176ºF) in.
Steep around 3 to 5 minutes for the perfect infusion. We suggest a glass teapot precisely to watch the buds dance around with the gold dust — it’s a more than pretty sight!
White tea takes longer to infuse due to its delicate nature. If you prefer an even subtler taste, infuse it for a shorter time.
Silver needle buds may be re-infused up to thrice. With each additional time, you might need to add a minute to the steeping time. Experiment and have fun!
Brewing Aurelie Cold
Water temperature: Room temperature / Cold
Quantity: 2 – 3 tsp / cup (250ml or 8oz)
Steeping Time: 4 – 10 hours
Rebrew allowed: Yes
Tea ware: Ice-cold glass
Add 2 – 3 teaspoons of tea into cold water
For cold brews, we usually recommend 1.5x the usual amount of leaves used for hot brews
Leave in the fridge overnight and wake to a super refreshing brew the next day!
Just casually dropping our X’mas kits in this post too. But more on that later.
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