Oh my lord...thank you, again. It came today...I think I actually know what quality tastes like now!
I missed this one:
"Ordered it. Thanks for the recommendation!"
I thought "I hope they like it!"
And I'm happy to hear that you did! I think Hou De has some absolutely awesome teas, including their white teas. They once carried a fantastic Taiwanese white tea but once it was gone it was never replaced. They do regularly carry Silver Needles and although I'm not a huge fan of white tea overall, I really like this one and do regularly order it.
I know in the past Guang, the owner of Hou De, wrote about the precautions he takes when acquiring teas to sell, especially white teas. He said that because of the "hairs" on the leaf of white tea, special precautions should be taken to make sure that the tea is free of chemicals and pesticides. Apparently the "hairs" can retain or hold the chemicals if they're used for growing the tea. This is one reason I use Hou de for most of my Chinese teas and all of my Taiwanese teas; he is safety and quality concious and since I don't know that much about tea processing and growing, I rely on his integrity and judgment. So far I have no regrets paying a bit more for great tea that I feel safe drinking.
I'm glad this turned out to be a good choice for you; enjoy!