TeaVivre brings you another kind of Silver Needle White Tea, also called Bai Hao Yin Zhen in Chinese. This Silver Needle White Tea is made of the buds of large-leaf white tea, not fermented. Its sweet and smooth taste will be sure worth your praise. White tea can be stored for a long time.
Silver Needle White Tea has elegant appearance. The buds are of the length between 1.5 cm to 2.0 cm in neat and even size. A bud surrounded by tea leaf is called one bud and one leaf shape, or one bud and two leaves shape. This kind of shape of white tea has the same name as green tea’s, bird-tongue. The tea has bird-tongue-like leaves will be regarded as high quality. While comparing to our Organic Silver Needle White Tea, this Silver Needle White Tea is smaller in size, but has stronger fragrance.
Brief Health Info
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 Health Benefits of Tea.
Where is this Silver Needle White Tea Produced
TeaVivre's Silver Needle White Tea is from Fuding in Fujian province, on the south eastern Chinese coast.
This tropical mountainous coastal area is perfect for growing Pekoe. 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.
About Tea Farmers
Mr. Lin Xingbiao has been a professional tea farmer for thirty years. Born in a traditional tea family, he was deeply influenced by his family and built his own tea factory in 1966. With the gradual growth of his factory, he is trying to seek the common development between enterprise and tea farmers.
He thinks that the most challengeable factor is the weather. If tea leaves suffered from bad weather, the yield would be reduced and the quality would not reach the standard.
If tea leaves suffered from cold weather, straws would be used to cover them and protect them from being frosted. This is what Mr. Lin gets from his experience over the years.
Scenery for origin product place
Therefore, the first priority is to strictly control product quality and ensure its reputation. Mr. Lin, together with his tea factory, will continue to provide high-quality tea leaves and regularly increase the number of tea factory which provides the healthy and natural tea beverage for the public.
About Tea Tree
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 contains 1.8% of amino acid and 28.2% of tea polyphonels.
History of Silver Needle White Tea
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.
Thank you for your question. This Silver needle is not organic, and we have another organic silver needle white tea. Please kindly this link to review it: http://www.teavivre.com/organic-silver-needle-white-tea/
Q: Any estimation on when the 2015 batch will come in? Posted on 5/25/15 by Anonymous
Thank you very much for writing to us.
The 2015 Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) will be available at the end of this month. Hope this is helpful for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Q: What is the difference between this and the Organic Nonpareil version apart from the organic status?
Thanks Posted on 10/4/13 by Edwin Law
Reply: The Organic Nonpareil Silver Needle White Tea is made of higher grade leaves than the normal one. The organic tea has more buds. And they tastes slightly different, too, because the leaves of the two tea are from two different kinds of tea trees.