Silver Needle (Baihao Yinzhen)
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- Fuding City, Fujian Province, China
- Fuing Da Bai Cultivar
- 800 meters
- Spring, 2022
- Spring leaves
- Silver bud with fuzz and tender leaves
- Sweet floral
- Store in airtight, opaque packaging; in cool, dry place
- The longer the letter.
Silver Needle or Baihao Yinzhen or usually just Yin Zhen is the high end white tea, originated from Fuding, Fujian Province of China. Amongst white teas, this is the most expensive variety and the most prized, as only top buds (leaf shoots) of the tea plant are used to produce the tea. Genuine Silver Needles are made from cultivars of the Da Bai (Large White) tea tree family. It is distinctive in taste and appearance. These unopened, medium-to-large-sized buds are nicely shaped and have the characteristic silvery hue and a covering of white hairy down.
Our silver needle has a hint of stone fruit florals in the dry buds yields to an intense, classically pure tea aroma in the steeped buds.
Fuding City is located in the northeast of Fujian Province, on the coast of the East China Sea at the junction of Fujian and Zhejiang. Most of area is 500-800 meters or even more than 1000 meters above sea level.The climate conditions belong to the mid subtropical monsoon climate area, with obvious marine climate characteristics. The soil is suitable for the growth of tea trees.
Silver Needle is the tender bud of the white tea. It needs to be picked up before the buds open. Tea planters pick the leaves straight from the tea bush and put them into the baskets in dry sunny days.
Withering (sun drying)
The withering of white tea leaves is a natural process which needs the tea workers to use their real skills. The freshly picked leaves and buds are left in a dormant state for a maximum of 3 days to have them dried thoroughly.
Drying the Baihao Yinzhen is an essential and challenging step. The process has a strict requirement of temperature and workers’ skills. If the temperature fails to be in a specific range, the taste of Baihao Yinzhen will lose its unique taste.
- 5 seconds
- +5 seconds
- 120 seconds
- +30 seconds
This is another wonderful light tasting tea. I prefer stronger tea, so this is not my “cup of tea”. It has a VERY pleasant flavour after the full steep. If you enjoy a light tea, this is definitely for you.
Smell: sweet grass. Liqour: very light yellow. Taste: grass/hay but not in a bad way. It tastes very fresh and excellent quality. There is a slightly sweet note so that it isn’t bitter. 2nd steep: 90 degrees, 2 minutes, just as good as the first.
This is my first touch my white tea. My Chinese friends recommended Yin Zhen. I like it so much. Got a taste of nature.
David C –
Clear and bright white tea with delightful lychee flavor. Not a lot of complexity but it has a delicious and long lasting after taste.
Wonderful aroma when you first open package. Excellent flavor. I purchased over 20 different samples to try and this one might be my favorite.