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We at TeaVivre have carefully selected our organic Silver Needle White Tea to make sure it is absolute premium quality. When brewed, it has a pale golden color and subtle flowery fragrance. The taste of TeaVivre's Silver Needle is delicate, without any bitterness or strong flavour.
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TeaVivre's Silver Needle White Tea, or Baihao YinZhen as it is called in China, is the highest grade of White Tea. It consists only of the top unopened tea leaf buds, and doesn't contain any opened leaves. Amazingly, one kilogram of this tea typically contains approximately 120,000 buds. When you look at our high quality Silver Needle White Tea, you will see how it gets it's name – the bud is covered in a down-like covering of fine white hairs, and so the bud looks like a white needle.
When brewed, we at TeaVivre have carefully selected our Organic Silver Needle tea to make sure it has a pale golden yellow color and subtle flowery fragrance – characteristics of the premium Silver Needle teas. The taste of TeaVivre's Organic Silver Needle is delicate, without any bitterness or strong flavour. This year because the temperature of Spring is relative higher than last year so that the tea grow quickly. This made the picking work so hurry that there may be some small leaves around the buds. And the quantity is also limited this year.
White tea contains various functional components, including caffeine, tea polyphenol, tea polysaccharide, theaflavin, theanine and so on, which are beneficial for human health in multiple aspects. For example, tea polypgenol can anti-aging, by antioxidation and clearing free radical away; caffeine is diuretic due to its function of restraining the re-absorbing of sodium, chloridion and water; flavanols, and also caffeine, help to refresh mind and remove fat.
For more information on the remarkable health benefits of TeaVivre's White Teas, see our article on General Health Benefits of Tea.
TeaVivre's Silver Needle White Tea is from Mt. Taimu in Fujian province, on the south eastern Chinese coast.
This tropical mountainous coastal area is perfect for growing White Tea. It has abundant rainfall and temperatures that are neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter. The mountains around the farms are more than 80% forested, ensuring the soil has a high natural fertility and organic content, removing the need to use fertilizers.
The particular Organic Silver Needle tea that TeaVivre is selling, is guaranteed to be organically grown and produced, independently verified to meet the following certifications:
USA Certified Organic in accordance with the USDA (National Organic Program) accreditation for organic farms, production and produce. USDA certificate number is A-2007-00252_1 / 2012-03715.
Europe Certified organic in accordance with both EU regulations Article 29(1) of Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007. Certificate number is A-2007-00252_1 / 2010-03563.
Japan Certified organic in compliance with the JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standards) regulations for organic agricultural products. Certificate number is A-2007-00252_1 / 2012-03738.
Their certifications have been independently verified by BCS Öko-Garantie GmbH - the organic certifier.
The Company also obtained ISO9001 quality and process management certification in 2003.
Materials for making Bai Hao Yin Zhen are from finite tree species which should have stout and strong buds and distinct pekoes, such as Fu Ding da bai cha, Fu Ding da hao cha. They are mainly planted in Fuding and Zhenghe in Fujian Province.
The species in Fuding is Fu Ding Da Hao, “Da hao” for short. It is asexual propagation, belonging to semi-tree form. In 1985 it was certificated as national variety in the number GS13002-1985. Its plant could reach up to 2.8 meters high, and has obvious trunk.
Spring tea, which contains 1.8% of amino acid and 28.2% of tea polyphonels, is the material of high quality for making Silver Needle White Tea and White Peony Tea.
Lin Jian, who was born in Fuding, Fujian, has been living under the environment of teas. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather are all tea farmers. When he was in elementary school, he helped to pick the tea after school at the tea picking time when there’s not enough people to pick the tea. The dream of engaging in tea business was came up at that time. He said: “My original idea is to make a good life for my family by tea business. But from 1993 when my tea business was gradually developed, I changed my mind. Fuding is the best place of planning white tea. So I want to create a long-term Organic Tea business.” Through our contact with Mr Lin, we felt that he is a man of frankness, speaking quickly, walking quickly and working quickly.
Not exaggeratedly speaking, now Lin Jian is the first founder of Chinese white tea. He owns near 2800 acre high quality tea gardens in Fuding including 500 acre organic tea garden which is the only organic tea garden in Fujian that has passed the USA, Europe and Japan organic certification. He also owns 200 acre Jasmine tea garden in Guangxi. Meanwhile his heshan organic tea base was regards as the national agricultural standard base.
In 2008, his Silver Needle White Tea won the gold medal at the annual Chinese White Tea festival in Beijing.
White Tea is the earliest form of Chinese tea. When the Chinese first discovered tea, they soon found out that sun-drying or baking the leaves ensured that the tea could be easily stored and used at a later time. These steps, of course, formed the basis of the withering and drying processes that are still used to this date.
White Tea originally was grown in the area around the city of Fuding, in Fujian province. It later spread to the areas around the cities of Shuiji, then Zhenghe. The first type of White Tea produced was Silver Needle (Bai Hao Yin Zhen), in the area around Taimu Mountain near Fuding.
Originally Silver Needle was made from the buds of the Xiao Bai form of the tea bush. This form of the tea bush is smaller and slower growing, and so Silver Needle was expensive and rare. However around 1857 farmers around the town of Shuiji began using the DaBai form of the tea bush. This has larger buds, and – more importantly – produces better quality tea, with more white hairs on the buds, more fragrance and a stronger taste. From that time on, White Tea has been made using the DaBai tea bush.
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This tea came out wonderfully over many steeps, even though I didn't mind the recommended brewing times very well. My two toddlers kept sneaking sips! Smooth and vegetal in a good way.
Drank this one yesterday evening. Great tea, very bold taste, very humble and unpretentious. Though a tiny bit too grassy for me, I guess. It lacks some flower-y notes for my liking, But still, I’d drink this one every day for a long time. This review was originally published on Steepster by Vortegne in January , 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Vortegne.
I decided I needed the energy of a white tea this morning. I think it worked reasonably well; I managed to get a fair amount done this morning even through my relative exhaustion. Let see if I can keep it up this afternoon. The first steep of this tea was quite nice, and I definitely got that bready, squashy flavor again. I went for a resteep for 3 minutes, but I didn’t enjoy it as much. I think it was a tad more hayish and green vegetal, as well as just being less flavorful. Still this is perhaps my favorite white tea that I’ve tried so far, and the only one (that’s not jasmine flavored) that I would consider reordering at this point. This review was originally published on Steepster by Dinosara in June, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Dinosara.
amazing tea. amazing leaves. super high quality. the viscosity of the tea makes tea extremely luscious as you pour it and drink it. the flavor is very unique, but extremely good. it's sweet tasting.
I do enjoy a good Silver Needle Tea! I also am a believer in the curative properties of White Tea in particular having had a cure on my palms of a skin condition that I suffered with for 20 years and that White Tea applications cleared away completely never to return now many years later. (I don’t buy it when other people tell me these things, I know…but this is true for me!) I prefer the BEST ORGANIC I can afford! When this arrived in my package of samples, I was anxious to try it. Opening the pretty white individual packet, the silver needles were long and covered with white down. Lovely! With a steep time of 1-2 minutes there was no waiting time. I am so impatient! The wet needles were fragrant with a green-bean vegetal scent, not scented enough to fill the room. I expected a floral smell which was not there. Curious. The flavor was quite mild, unlike any white tea or silver needle I’ve tasted before. So mild in fact that I would not be able to say this is silver needle in a blind tasting. It was a bit salty and juicy, more like linen than needle, not floral or vegital at all. It was a bit hazelnutty. I broke down and sweetened it…maybe that would change the picture. Oh Golly! (like that word) The sweetness with the salt grabs the guts of the tea and yanks the hidden not-to-sweet flavor of salted butterscotch! This was mega better good! Now I had the roll going…sweet….slurping…salty butterscotch silver needle white tea! My taste buds are having a party because this is one of those flavors that all you need is some friends to stop by. You want to share a tea like this one. This just can’t be a Silver Needle! This review was originally published on Steepster by Bonnie in May, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Bonnie.
This is an absolutely wonderful tea. It has a strong floral aroma and flavor which lasts for several 2 minute brews. There is no grassy or bitter taste at all and the virtual absence of caffeine makes it a great evening drink which will not disturb your sleep. It is also a high grade tea at a good price.
Dry: Downy jade-colored tea buds. Fresh, soft, delicately fragrant, and notably sweet. Steeped: Lovely clear gold liquor. The steeped aroma is more subtle than the dry buds, very slightly floral in a pleasant way. Taste: This tea is a lovely experience. I am having a difficult time describing the taste because it is so mild and pleasant. I picture a dewy wildflower meadow, green with lingering sweet aromas and subtle floral notes. This is very fresh and delicate. I can see how some people are tasting melon or cucumber. All I can say is that I am really enjoying it!
I love Silver Needle white tea and have been drinking it for many years. However, the 2013 harvest is very average and not as good as last year which is why I can only give this 4 stars. Actually, 3.5 would be about right.
Another great but subtle white tea from Teavivre. The leaves for this tea are beautiful — narrow and complete, silver and fuzzy, with just a bit of green. They look very fresh, and there is practically no leaf dust in the bottom. The taste is very clean and satisfying, light and springlike. Something reminds me of the way grass seems after the frost melts. Fragrant and fragile. I don’t know why I hesitated to try this tea. I should have expected excellence before I cut open the pretty white pouch. That said, I think I prefer the Bai Mu Dan over this. It seemed like it had more going on… This review was originally published on Steepster by Tabby on July, 2011. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Tabby.
Reply: It's because their leaves are of different grade. The organic silver needle tea has much tender buds than other white tea, which cannot bear high temperature. So it must be brewed at lower temperature, as the recommended 176℉ / 80℃. While you mentioned 75℃, it is recommended for the western brewing way, which is to use glass or teapot to brew. In this way, the tea leaves will be brewed for longer time (several minutes) than the chinese gongfu way, so it's better to use water at lower temp. If it is brewed at 80℃ or higher for 5 minutes, it will taste bitter. Yet according to pratical experience, all the white teas can be brewed at 80℃ or lower, because low temperature can make the tea liquid softer and mellower. You can try it by yourself.
Reply: They are harvested from different species of tea trees in two different tea farms. So the time varies. For the difference between the two teas, the Organic Nonpareil Silver Needle White Tea is made of higher grade leaves than the normal one. The organic tea has more buds. And their taste are slightly different because of the tea tree specie.
Reply: Hi vmoors. White tea can be permanently preserved if it is stored in good condition, like stored at low temperature, in airy and dry place away from sunshine.
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