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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 is magical. I have had a few silver needle teas before Teavivre, but nothing had come close to this. This cup was sweet and creamy. There were hints of melon, and hay. This tea had more depth to it than I would expect in a white tea. I mentioned creaminess before but this texture in the tea blew me away. It made it different than any other silver needle I have had before. Definitely a great cup! I am glad I still have some more of this to enjoy.
First sips come in light, a bit melony and sweet. This is a very light tea, not one that holds up well to food pairings. I think this should be enjoyed on its own so you can get the full sense of light sweet hay and honeydew/cucumber flavours. No bitterness or astringency at all, I like this more than the regular Silver Needle. This stands out more and has a bit of a floral note that I appreciate. I think I still preferred the white peony but this hits the spot right now.
Thank you for the sample, Teavivre! I've recently become obsessed with white teas. I never would have guessed. The flavor is a nice change from other teas sometimes! These leaves are almost green in color and larger sickle shaped, slightly different than what I'm accustomed to for this type(usually wirey, twisty). The scent of the leaves is very sweet and grassy. Teavivre suggests using five tablespoons of leaves for 17 ounces, which I'm not even sure is possible, but I know they mean loose teaspoon measurements since these leaves are so big, they'll fall easily out of a teaspoon. It should really be 10 grams. I used 2 1/2 teaspoons which seems like half a sample pouch. Steep #1 // 40 min after boiling // 1 minute steep The flavor is a great white tea. Refreshing, light, grassy, hints of lemon. This is the white tea flavor I'm addicted to. I can tell the next cup will be even better, the flavor is just getting started, as white teas tend to do. Do NOT miss out on resteeping white teas! Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 2 min steep Yes, the flavor is better here, it seems to meld together with fuller flavors, as the first cup of white teas seem a little tangy. More sweet lemon flavor, a little nutty, and some sort of flavor I can't describe that only reminds me of white teas. The flavor brings to mind having a picnic with a fluffy lemon cake in a field of grass. I wish I were there right now with this December weather! I'm sure the other white teas from Teavivre are just as good... I know I'm in love with the jasmine white.
This is my favourite tea of all time. I love tea vivre and the quality of this silver needle white tea. If you want a tea high in anti oxidents as well as a beautiful light but strong taste thats fresh and super smooth you need to buy this tea. After drinking always makes me feel amazing. Worth every penny.
So far I've liked everything I've had from Teavivre and this one does not disappoint. A very good Silver Needle. It is a refreshing tea that I enjoyed first thing in the morning. It is slightly sweet and floral. I highly recommend it!
I got this tea as a free sample to try it out before buying and it tastes really great. A soft sweet note with a very good resistance to relatively long steeping, the taste changes, but doesn't become bitter. I strongly recommend this tea!
TeaVivre’s version is so good! It’s incredibly fresh and crisp! To me, it’s a straight up cucumber tea! It’s like you just crunched into some freshly sliced cucumber. The hay note is there, but much more laid back, and it’s slightly floral. I also found it to be sort of creamy…can crisp and creamy even happen in the same tea? I enjoyed this after dinner and it was nice and light…like a palate cleanser. I could drink it any time of the day.
A wonderful tea. It arrived very well packaged and sealed, and smelled wonderful when first opening the bag. The leaves are clearly high quality, whole leaves with the white "hairs" that you'd expect for a silver needle tea. Brews a lovely tea that is delicate, fruity and slightly floral.
A lovely delicate tea. Delicious flavors of melon come through first followed by a hit of the cucumber flavor. My taste buds pick up a bit of almond flavor as the tea coolc a little. A very fine silver needle tea!
I had a 2013 Spring Harvest of this tea as a free sample selection. I had high hopes for this tea, noting that it's one of Teavivre's most expensive teas, and that it had a "nonpareil" rating. These Silver Needles definitely delivered. I'm a huge fan of Silver Needles, and this was certainly one of the best I've ever had. While it has that intense and distinctive hay aroma that is common to good Silver Needles, this was the first time I ever picked up melon notes from one. People often include that in their list of tasting notes for Silver Needles, and I usually can't spot it. But with these, it was clear as day. It tasted like hay and watermelon. Go figure.
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: http://www.teavivre.com/info/tips-on-drinking-tea/
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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