Baihao Yinzhen (Silver Needle)
Organic White Tea 2021
The delicate fragrance of Silver Needle’s nutritious tea buds is like fresh flowers. The smooth, juicy flavor fills the mouth with a clean, lingering sweetness. Consists entirely of single tea buds with highly concentrated nutrients, harvested by hand from the original white tea bush cultivars organically grown in Fujian Province.
Since 2021’s Silver Needle has just been made, its fresh hay and green fruit notes are at the forefront. Hints of cucumber, melon rind, alfalfa and even, green apple linger for a little while before they eventually settle into the cool herbal, delicate floral, fresh cut wood, and young grain sensations typically associated with this white tea once it’s had some time to rest.
- Tea Origin
- Shaowu City, Fujian Province, China
- Tea Bush
- Dabai (Big White), Dahao (Big Hair), Quntizhong (Heirloom Tea Bush)
- Tea Master
- Chen Qingwen
- Harvest Time
- Late March
- Picking Standard
- One bud
High-quality Silver Needle from Fujian Province should be made up of large, healthy tea buds with most of their white fuzz intact. When infused, the buds will turn to a light green color right away. The color of the infusion is like a light honey. When compared to infused green tea, it will appear slightly yellow.
For first-time tea drinkers and seasoned aficionados alike, Silver Needle is a very approachable tea. Even a long infusion with high temperature water will not make the tea bitter. You will find it very easy to drink and brew.
The Silver Needle white tea garden
This particular Baihao Yinzhen is made from a blend of the two main Fujian white tea cultivars, Dabai (Big White) and Dahao (Big Hair), as well as some of Fujian’s local Quntizhong heirloom tea bushes. This produces a deep and complex yet balanced flavor.
Our Silver Needle is produced by a certified organic tea garden that is cared for without any pesticides or herbicides and weeded by hand. This has allowed other natural vegetation to flourish in the undergrowth around the tea plants.
The making of Baihao Yinzhen
Silver Needle is made up of only buds hand-plucked from the tea bush.
Meticulously separated from the stem, the freshly harvested white tea buds are fanned out into a single layer on bamboo trays and air-dried naturally until 85-90% of their moisture is removed. The drying process is then completed with a gentle baking to stabilize the tea. The very low temperature drying of this tea is designed to preserve the white color of its buds. Too high of a temperature will make the buds yellow.
What makes white tea different from green tea?
Unlike green tea, white tea leaves are never pan-fried or steamed to kill the enzymatic action that causes oxidation. Instead, oxidation of the leaves is prevented by the removal of moisture. The withering process is very long and gradual, thus slight oxidation of the leaves (or buds) will naturally occur. With this slight amount of oxidation, white tea’s color is typically not as bright or green as you would expect from a green tea.
This delicate drying process is responsible for the smoothness of its flavor. Silver Needle does not have the dominant vegetal or grassy flavor of green teas, nor the toasty flavor of teas with more aggressive baking.
No chemical fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide was used in the production of this tea. Click here to read more about our promise to fair trade and the environment.