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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:
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.
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.
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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Reply: 1. About caffeine content in white tea
Actually, caffeine content of white tea is a very controversial issue. I've also read about many article about white tea and caffeine. But the result often ambiguous.
Generally, there are two main variables that influence the caffeine content of a cup of brewed tea: the type of leaf and the tea preparation method.
On average, the young bud and first leaf generally have slightly more caffeine than leaves picked from the lower part of the tea bush.
Besides, many parts will affect caffeine content such as the amount of leaf, the leaf particle size, water temperature and steeping time. For example, tea steeped in hot water for a longer time will release more of its caffeine than tea steeped with cooler water for a shorter period.
2. About the quality of our tea.
Before we sell one tea on our site, we will firstly try the samples from our producers and make sure there is no problem of the taste and quality. Our Organic Nonpareil Silver Needle White Tea owns the certifications of USDA, EU and JAS.
Reply: Thanks for your question.
I’m not sure the exact time for 2016 harvested Organic Nonpareil Silver Needle White Tea. It’s probably will be available in next week. I’ll notify you via email once it arrives at our warehouse.
Hope it’s helpful.
Reply: Dear Yeok Wee Phua,
Thank you very much for writing to us.
This tea will be available in early May. Hope this is helpful for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Reply: We do not recommended your tea sitting out overnight or for a long time. There are no vitamins left in tea left sitting for a long time, and tea can easily grow bacteria if left out overnight, which can actually be very dangerous to your body. Second, the tea liquor will be extremely dark or cloudy and the flavor will be bitter and undrinkable, with little or no aroma. For these reasons you should only drink freshly brewed teas. You can click this to know more:
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.