Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle)
Organic White Tea 2020
The delicate fragrance of Silver Needle’s nutritious tea buds is like fresh flowers. The smooth, juicy flavor fills the mouth with clean, lingering sweetness. Consists entirely of single tea buds with highly concentrated nutrients, harvested by hand from the original Da Bai Hao white tea bush cultivar from Fujian Province.
- Tea Origin
- Shao Wu City, Fujian Province, China
- Tea Bush
- Dabaihao (Big White Hair)
- Tea Master
- Chen Qingwen
- Harvest Time
- Late March
- Picking Standard
- One bud
The sweetest of the white teas, Silver Needle is made up of only buds from the tea bush. Meticulously separated from the stem, the buds are fanned on to a single layer and dried naturally until 90% of their moisture is removed. The drying process is then completed indoors when the tea is roasted over charcoal. During the roast, the tea is separated from the charcoal by bamboo trays lined with paper. 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.
High quality Silver Needle 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.
The fragrance is light, akin to freshly bloomed flowers. The flavor is more juicy than dry, filling the mouth with a smooth and lingering sweetness.
Unlike green tea, white tea is never fired or steamed to kill the enzymatic action that causes oxidation. Instead, oxidation of the leaves is prevented by their lack 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.
For first time tea drinkers and seasoned aficionados alike, Silver Needle is a very approachable tea. It is easier on the stomach than a green tea and even a long infusion in high temperature water will not bitter the flavor. You will find it very easy to drink and very easy to brew.
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.
Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle) 2020 brewing guidelines
Teaware: 12 oz. glass or porcelain pot
Amount: 1 ½ Tbs of tea leaves
Water: 185°F filtered water
Infusion: First infusion at least 3 minutes. The leaves are good for 5 infusions. Add a little more time for each subsequent infusion.